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Victoria Macdonald

Health and Social Care Correspondent
Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News
Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.

Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

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post 27 January 2015
Burnham in spotlight for Labour's 10-year NHS plan

If this winter has identified anything it is that the health and social care system is not working together as well as it should. Indeed, some less kindly souls might say it's barely working at all.

video 20 January 2015 UK

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New-born baby in pioneering transplant surgery - video

Doctors carry out pioneering surgery to carry out the first organ transplants from a new-born baby after her heart stopped beating - helping two other children who urgently needed help.

post 14 January 2015
Patient log jam in hospital? Send for the Red Cross

An NHS hospital has called in the Red Cross to help with what is rather pejoratively called bed blocking.

article 12 January 2015 UK
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Cancer drugs 'funding stopped'

Cancer charities and drug companies are up in arms after the withdrawal of a range of drug treatments available on the NHS. Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria Macdonald reports.

video 18 December 2014 UK

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A&E departments 'stretched to the limit' - video

The pressure is growing on many hospital accident and emergency departments in what has been described as their busiest week ever.

video 17 December 2014 UK

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Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? - video

A new study claims that using e-cigarettes can significantly help cigarette smokers quit, or at least cut down.

post 16 December 2014
People with dementia need friends - especially at Christmas

Christmas is an isolating time for those with dementia - which is why the Alzheimer's Society is encouraging people to become "dementia friends".

post 09 December 2014
CQC settles libel claim after accusing Jill Finney of 'cover-up'

Serious doubts are cast over claims of a cover-up in which senior figures of the Care Quality Commission were accused of deleting a critical report surrounding the death of 16 babies at a hospital.

post 08 December 2014
How early onset dementia can devastate a family

Liza Grant was in her late 40s when the symptoms of dementia first appeared. The illness hit her husband and two teenage sons for six.

post 26 November 2014
Winterbourne View report: why has there not been more progress?

Today's report on the care of people with learning disabilities in England is full of horrible words and phrases like "stakeholder" - a shame, because it's important.

post 24 November 2014
NHS staff: struggling to make ends meet

NHS staff take to the picket lines for the second time in two months, with more unions joining in. The government says the recommended 1 per cent rise will mean job losses.

post 18 November 2014
NHS asks Nice to delay ground-breaking hepatitis C drug

It's a drug that cures hepatitis C in 90 per cent of cases - but a 12-week course costs 35,000. And now NHS England is worried that it's too expensive.

post 05 November 2014
'Serious problems' in children's mental health services

A new Health Select Committee report is damning about children's mental health services - and it comes after repeated warnings from professionals.

post 29 October 2014
Why we are on the verge of diabetes & tuberculosis epidemic

Figures show that diabetes triples the risk of a person developing TB, and experts fear that with diabetes rates soaring, recent progress in tackling TB could go into reverse.

post 28 October 2014
Is a diabetes cure really on the way?

Without a doubt, all this research is important. More than 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes - 29,000 of them are children.

post 23 October 2014
Can a new plan ease fears over the struggling NHS?

A new report by Chief Executive Simon Stevens lays out a way forward for the NHS - but will it assuage concern over the private sector's role in the health service?

post 22 October 2014
US warns against womb surgery tool - why is it still in use here?

Doctors have said that a power tool called a morcellator, used to remove fibroids in the womb, may actually be putting women's lives at risk by increasing the risk of a rare cancer.

video 18 October 2014 World, Sierra Leone

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Calls for more action to stop Ebola - video

More military, more medics and more money is needed to prevent the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation, say the aid agency Oxfam.

post 13 October 2014
'We've been carrying the NHS and now this'

The NHS is facing its worst financial crisis in a decade and any extra demands would require finding savings from elsewhere. Many managers are saying those "elsewheres" do not exist.