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 16 April 2014
Drug boost for severe hepatitis C sufferers

Channel 4 News has learned that the NHS has agreed to the fast track funding of a new drug for 500 patients with severe hepatitis C.

post 01 April 2014
Calls for change as doctors still avoid justice

After eight years in limbo, the family of a woman who died on the operating table say the medical tribunal system has failed to give them justice.

post 27 March 2014
Poor reviews: social care website highlights problems

Too many elderly people are being let down by the agencies meant to be helping them with basic care say their friends and relatives.

article 21 March 2014 UK
Pregnant woman (Getty Images)
Using research to ease the pain of stillbirth

The UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in the industrialised world. But now a team from Manchester has published data which shows certain ethnic groups are more susceptible than others.

post 11 March 2014
Government pushes through 'hospital closure clause'

The government could be facing a cross-party revolt on the care bill, which would give it greater powers to close or downgrade hospital services.

post 06 March 2014
Rethinking social care: experts back a 'fundamental shift' in delivery

An unusually high number of reports on the care system in England are being released this week - all of them are urging a rethink of the way health and care are delivered.

post 26 February 2014
Jeremy Hunt breaks up Mid Staffs Foundation Trust

Mid-Staffs NHS trust became a byword for neglectful, inhumane care. And with a trashed reputation, and an 11m deficit, turning it around is no longer an option.

post 13 February 2014
Government 'must act' to reassure patients over NHS data sharing

With just seven weeks until a national roll-out of the scheme, which will see anonymous patient data shared, doctors are joining those calling for the government to explain the benefits of t

post 13 February 2014
Alder Hey Children's hospital: too slow to change?

Nearly four years after an internal review of operating theatres triggered a safety warning from the one of its own Trust executives, why are Alder Hey staff still raising concerns?

post 06 February 2014
NHS reform: a year on from the Francis report into Mid-Staffs, what has changed?

Published exactly a year ago, the Francis report triggered a plethora of reviews into how the NHS is run. But have they led to real improvements in service at a time of extreme financial pressure?

post 05 February 2014
NHS must do more to prove that patient data is safe

The row over plans to extract GPs' patient records and put them onto a massive database shows no signs of abating. And the fact that NHS data is constantly compromised.

post 03 February 2014
Benefit reforms could push full-time carers into debt and food poverty

Full-time carers, who take a huge spending burden off government, are facing a 1bn cut in support over the next four years.

post 22 January 2014
What can Nice do when health providers are naughty?

Patients are once again facing a postcode lottery over which drugs they are prescribed. So what can the body that approves treatments for the NHS do to change this?

post 21 January 2014
Patients' dilemma over rise in high-risk organ donations

In the push to boost the number of organ donors in the UK - where donations are among the lowest in Europe - patients are being given organs from smokers, drug users and cancer sufferers.

09 January 2014
article 09 January 2014 UK
Safety warning for leading children's hospital, Alder Hey (screengrab)
'High risk activity' revealed at Alder Hey hospital

One of the country's leading children's hospitals has been issued with a safety warning by one of its own trust executives after an internal review into its operating theatres.

video 09 January 2014 UK

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Exclusive: Trouble at Alder Hey - preview video

It is one of the busiest children's hospitals in Europe, and for years has had an enviable international reputation. But, as Channel 4 News will reveal on Thursday, there are problems at Alder Hey.

08 January 2014
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