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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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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.

post 06 October 2014
First British womb transplant 'by spring'

It was the first live birth from a womb transplant - baby Vincent had been born from a womb donated by a 61-year-old friend of the new mother. But when will such transplants come to Britain?

post 02 October 2014
GP recruitment crisis: a chronic problem in search of a cure

Relentlessly criticised, blamed for the A&E crisis, asked to work longer hours: being a GP just does not have the allure that it once did.

post 01 October 2014
Tories and Labour failing to deal with NHS funding shortfall

While there is a belief in some quarters that there is still room for efficiencies to be made, if you talk to NHS managers many will say they have sliced and diced as much as they dare.

post 24 September 2014
Labour's health policy: eight months to fill in the blanks

Although this was not quite 24 hours to save the NHS, certainly rescuing it from David Cameron was the theme. And how is he going to do this? Integration. Not terribly catchy.

post 23 September 2014
Time to start talking about the NHS?

The NHS is not always a big election issue. But - fuelled by winter A&E crises - it look set to be high up there with the economy in next year's general election.

article 12 September 2014 UK
Almost three quarters of mental health trusts that responded to a Channel 4 News freedom of information request say their funding has been cut, with a shortage of beds threatening patient care.
Mental health: too many patients, not enough beds

Almost two thirds of mental health trusts in England that responded to a Channel 4 News freedom of information request say their funding has been cut, with a shortage of beds threatening patient care.

post 04 September 2014
Would targeting affluent OAPs save the NHS?

The rich and middle-aged should be taxed more to pay for the NHS and social care, a new report suggests.

article 03 September 2014 UK
The first Briton to catch the Ebola virus during the current outbreak in west Africa says he feared he was going to die as he leaves the London hospital where he was treated.
British Ebola nurse released from UK hospital

The first Briton to catch the Ebola virus during the current outbreak in west Africa says he feared he was going to die as he leaves the London hospital where he was treated.

post 22 August 2014
Why sorry can be the hardest word for doctors

There are many doctors who would gladly have apologised when a mistake has been made but who will have been told by their management or their lawyers that they should do no such thing.

post 21 August 2014
Hep C drug that can cure - but is it too expensive?

There are some phone calls which brighten up your day. I have just had one of those. It was from Nils Nordal and he was phoning from his hospital bed in the Royal Free, north London.

post 24 July 2014
To end Aids, we must help the vulnerable, not arrest them

There is talk at Melbourne┐s International Aids Conference of ending Aids by 2030. But this requires the political will to help drug users and sex workers, rather than criminalising them.

post 23 July 2014
HIV successes under threat from anti-gay crackdowns

There are fears that the fight against HIV is in danger as increasing numbers of countries introduce anti-gay laws. Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria Macdonald reports from Melbourne.

post 22 July 2014
A small but important step in the battle against HIV

Kick and kill is a rather brutal phrase for a scientific endeavour but it precisely describes attempts to seek out HIV and then destroy it.

post 19 July 2014
HIV cure search - there's now a feeling it WILL happen rather than it MIGHT happen

There was a time when the word 'cure' was never used in relation to HIV. It was thought to be too elusive, too unachievable. But something changed in the past decade.

post 19 July 2014
MH17: 'The extent of our loss is hard to comprehend'

The president of the International Aids Society delivered a heartfelt statement on the loss of six delegates in the destruction of Flight MH17, writes Victoria Macdonald.

post 18 July 2014
MH17 senseless violence robs us of finest minds on HIV

At Melbourne Airport, there's a welcome desk for delegates for the International Aids Conference. It is heartbreaking to know some will never arrive.

post 15 July 2014
Why I feel a bit sorry for Andrew Lansley...

It's not often that I feel sorry for a politician. But today I do feel a wee bit sorry for former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, whose dreams of being EU commissioner have been crushed.