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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 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.

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.