Victoria Macdonald , Health and Social Care Correspondent

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 reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.

She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • 24 Feb 2018

    “Today we’ll see if Russia has a conscience” declared the US Ambassador to the UN this evening. All the while Syria has been pounding eastern Ghouta with warplanes and artillery guns. Activists and rescuers say around forty-one people have been killed today, taking the total this week to over 500. Warning: this report contains distressing…

  • 14 Feb 2018

    The three private contractors who assess people for disability benefits have been accused of failing to meet the government’s own quality standards, according to a damning report by MPs. They say failures in the process have led to “untenable human costs” to claimants, as well as undermining trust in the system. Disability groups said the…

  • 8 Feb 2018

    A warning – this film contains graphic images of the reality of those injuries. Someone dealing with the consequences of knife crime on a daily basis is Martin Griffiths – the lead trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital which last year treated a record 702 stabbing victims, that’s roughly two every day.  

  • 31 Jan 2018

    The death of any child from a terminal illness is devastating for parents, but families say it can be made even worse if there is not help and support to look after that child in the last days and months of their life. Now six charities have come together, asking for an end to what…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    What do you do when you begin to lose your most precious memories at just 58 years old? Wendy Mitchell was a busy NHS manager when she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Now she has written a memoir like no other, recording the creeping loss of her independence and her ability to remember.

  • 26 Jan 2018

    Fed up with NHS waiting lists in England? You could have surgery in France instead. There’s no waiting list and it’s completely free. That’s because the NHS is paying for some patients to be treated in Calais, thanks to a deal between a health body on the south coast and a hospital across the channel.…

  • 25 Jan 2018

    Homeless charities describe it as a “catastrophe” that – in this day and age – so many people are sleeping out on the streets. The Government insists it’s investing hundreds of millions of pounds – but in Camden in north London – there’s been a 1000% rise in rough sleepers since 2010.

  • 23 Jan 2018

    In the actual health service, there’s been a damning indictment from  the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. A year after its State of Child Health report, the college says children in England are being failed – from “destructive” reductions in preventative services, to the failure to tackle obesity, and a lack of investment…

  • 18 Jan 2018

    Figures out today show a slight improvement in the number of patients diverted away from accident and emergency units and faster ambulance hand over times to hospitals. However, bed occupancy is still running at nearly 95 per cent – 10 per cent above the recommended safe level. And now Welsh A & E consultants have…

  • 17 Jan 2018

    MPs have warned that vulnerable patients could be at risk because of demands for efficiency savings on care that’s provided outside hospitals. NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is for patients who need more than social care, such as washing and dressing. But the Public Accounts Committee says in a report today that some patients are not…

  • 11 Jan 2018

    Leading accident and emergency doctors in England and Wales have said patients are dying prematurely in hospital corridors as the NHS faces one of the worst winters in recent history. A&E bosses wrote to the Prime Minister today saying safety is being compromised by “intolerable” conditions. At the same time, the organisation NHS Providers, which…

  • 8 Jan 2018

    Jeremy Hunt has kept his job. In fact, he’s added to it, with a new health and social care title. Does Mr Hunt’s new job description reflect new government priorities?  

  • 7 Jan 2018

    Victoria Macdonald joins us with more details on one health care case which has been in the headlines recently – that of an 81-year-old woman who died after a four-hour wait for an ambulance. East of England Ambulance Service says it has launched an internal  investigation into the incident and will be speaking to the…

  • 7 Jan 2018

    The Prime Minister has insisted that the NHS is delivering more care than ever before, and that the thousands of operations which have been cancelled this month were “part of the plan”.

  • 6 Jan 2018

    Women are still earning less than men at many major firms including Ladbrokes, Easy Jet and Virgin Money. All companies employing more than 250 workers must publish their gender pay figures by April.