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.


post 21 April 2015
Hunt, Lamb, Burnham - and an NHS ménage à trois

There's the married couple, Jeremy Hunt and Norman Lamb. Then a third person, Andy Burnham, comes a long to spice things up. That's what today's #healthdebate looked like.

post 15 April 2015
Lib Dem manifesto: equal care for mental health guaranteed

This is certainly the first time I can remember mental health being given such prominence in a manifesto, but the pledge of £500m a year seems far too low.

post 14 April 2015
Few surprises on health in today's Conservative manifesto

Apart from a pledge to fight dementia, most of the health measures had already been trailed. But then, the 2010 manifesto only hinted at the size of the NHS reorganisation that followed.

post 13 April 2015
NHS: Miliband refuses to sign up to 'totemic' £8bn increase

The chances are the £8bn being touted around this election will become many more billions by the next election.

post 08 April 2015
Ending loneliness: a map that could help target people at risk

A new report is urging councils to find out where lonely elderly people are living - so they can reach out and offer help.

post 07 April 2015
NHS: Labour and Tory claims on GPs and A&E put to test

Does it really matter whose facts and figures are right? In the end, it is all about perception. The rhetoric for some time now has been that it is difficult to get a GP appointment.

article 21 March 2015 UK
Deal over Meningitis B vaccine?

A year after a meningitis vaccine was given the go ahead, it's still not in use. Has a row between the drug companies and the government caused suffering to children's lives?

post 17 March 2015
Little prospect of relief for cash-strapped NHS in the budget

Will there be any relief for the NHS in the chancellor's statement? I have spoken to a number of health economists and the general feeling is there's not likely to be much.

post 03 March 2015
Pattern of failures that put babies' lives at risk

A "catalogue of failures at almost every level" is linked to the death of three mothers and 16 babies at Furness General Hospital.

post 02 March 2015
'A baby died an avoidable death': one family's fight for justice

Although the inquiry looks only at Morecambe Bay, it is clear that many of the problems the families faced following the deaths of their babies are far from unique.

post 26 February 2015
Savile's offending in NHS 'scarcely credible'

The story of Jimmy Savile's offending in NHS hospitals is unusual to the point of being scarcely credible. That is the opening line from Kate Lampard's report.

post 13 February 2015
A small link between HRT and ovarian cancer

The advice before hormone replacement therapy is to weigh up the risks and the benefits - and the increased link between HRT and ovarian cancer is minimal.

post 11 February 2015
Giving NHS whistleblowers the freedom to speak up

Over the years I have reported on a number of cases in which whistleblowers have had their careers, reputations and lives blown apart because they have tried to do the right thing.

post 06 February 2015
Art meets life: two tales of early-onset Alzheimer's

Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore, looks at a 50-year-old woman who develops Alzheimer's. Watching the film is a difficult experience for Wendy Mithcell, 58, who also has the disease.

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
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.