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 24 November 2015
NHS: extra money 'not enough' to meet government's ambitions

Few believe that the extra money will do much more than pay off the ever increasing deficits and meet increased pension demands.

post 12 November 2015
NHS in crisis: too many patients, not enough money, angry staff

Warnings are coming thick and fast from all quarters that the NHS is under intense strain. That's before junior doctors have voted on possible industrial action. And the winter hasn't even started.

post 20 October 2015
How neglect by an NHS hospital contributed to a teenager's death

This is the second inquest in five days where a young person has died and the finding has been "contributed to by neglect".

post 24 September 2015
'Real and immediate threat' to NHS of new junior doctor contracts

A stark warning to the health secretary from the presidents of nine Royal Colleges about the impact of proposed new contracts for doctors on morale, staff retention and patient safety.

post 17 September 2015
Astonishing omission: NHS spends £1bn on cancer drugs without checking if they are working

As it is revealed that the Cancer Drugs Fund has no data on their efficacy patients remain caught between pharmaceutical companies and Government promises

post 20 July 2015
The 'revolving door of care': unsafe hospital discharges

The homeless, older people, those with mental health conditions. These are the patients whose voices we rarely hear. Even when it goes wrong and the NHS lets them down.

post 16 July 2015
Ambulance crisis: why taxis are filling the cracks in the system

An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed that hard-pressed ambulance trusts are increasingly relying on taxis to take patients to hospital even in an emergency.

post 18 June 2015
New duty of candour legislation creates 'two-tier health system'

New rules obliging the NHS to report when something has gone wrong, are not to be applied to private clinics and GPs, warns a patients' charity.

post 17 June 2015
IVF with donor eggs: the emotional, physical and financial strain

After years of failed fertility treatment, my consultant said I should think about egg donation. I was 45 by that stage.

post 04 June 2015
A&E waiting times: will monthly reports make a difference?

Changes to A&E waiting times and targets are much easier to understand, but probably not that easy for hospitals to make it happen.

post 03 June 2015
NHS: time for the regulators to sort out health care

Simon Stevens was reiterating his belief there is a need to look for local rather than nationally-imposed solutions. That one size does not fit all - especially in the health service.

post 21 May 2015
NHS England accused of interference over hepatitis C drug

NHS England officials have been accused of trying to interfere with the appraisal of a new drug for hepatitis C sufferers due to their concerns overs its cost.

post 07 May 2015
#NotGuilty giving courage to speak out about sexual assault

'Amelia', not her real name, was attacked six months ago in Oxford - but she did not tell the police. What helped her was a letter written in the Cherwell - Oxford's independent student newspaper.

post 03 May 2015
Who Cares: the play that puts the NHS under the knife in the election

The debate around the future of the NHS has inspired a play at the Royal Court that raises key questions about the health service. But have parties missed the chance to hear what voters want?

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.