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.

  • 8 Aug 2018

    Black people in the UK are more likely to develop dementia than other ethnic groups but they’re much less likely to be diagnosed

  • 5 Aug 2018

    Hundreds of people could be saved every year, according to ministers, by a new law on organ donation. It’ll make everyone in England a donor unless they explicitly opt out. The government is bringing in the new system after a consultation showed the vast majority of people approve of organ donation – but only a…

  • 4 Aug 2018

    A toxic row between leading surgeons at a top London cardiac unit contributed to a higher mortality rate, according to a leaked report. The report found that the team at St George’s hospital had been engulfed by a “dark force” – putting patients at risk. Hospital offiicals said they were taking urgent action to deliver…

  • 2 Aug 2018

    Now, it’s a little known condition, but IPF – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is a serious disease which has no cure, with a life-expectancy of only between two and five years after diagnosis. There are two drugs which slow down its progression.   But the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – or NICE –…

  • 30 Jul 2018

    Relatives of people in a permanent vegetative state will no longer have to seek legal permission to end their care, the Supreme Court has ruled. When families and doctors agree it’s in the best interests of the patient, medical staff will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying to the Court of Protection. The…

  • 24 Jul 2018

    Sir Elton John has launched a billion dollar global project to fight the Aids epidemic, urging men to make themselves part of the solution by getting themselves tested. Prince Harry joined the singer at the world Aids conference in Amsterdam to launch the MenStar campaign, which will begin work in Africa next year. Victoria Macdonald…

  • 23 Jul 2018

    Delegates gather for the International Aids Conference today amid warnings from the children’s agency Unicef that complacency could lead to a surge in numbers. But there is some optimism, as research shows that antiretroviral drugs can prevent transmission, as well as keeping people alive.

  • 12 Jul 2018

    A radical new treatment for a rare type of childhood cancer will now be made available on the NHS. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has recommended the drug – after evidence it could increase survival chances for patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. A course of treatment can cost around £150,000 – but a deal with…

  • 6 Jul 2018

    A baby born today will experience a National Health Service beyond the imagination of those who set it up. So what does the future hold for this national institution? Our Health and Social Care correspondent, Victoria MacDonald, reports.

  • 4 Jul 2018

    Detectives are searching the home of a nurse arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others. The 28-year-old was arrested as part of a long-running investigation into the deaths at a hospital in Cheshire.

  • 20 Jun 2018

    Today’s report throws light on the latest in a long list of hospital scandals in recent years – scandals where families and whistleblowers have faced stonewalling from the authorities in their fight to uncover the truth.

  • 18 Jun 2018

    It’s the end of the “sticking plaster” approach to health funding, promised Theresa May today. The £20 billion a year boost to spending will, she said, come mainly from taxes, although she repeated her claim that some part of the increase will be paid for by a “Brexit dividend”. That suggestion has been widely attacked…

  • 17 Jun 2018

    NHS England will get a boost of more than 20 billion pounds a year after Brexit, Theresa May has announced – hinting that taxes and borrowing could rise to help pay for it, as well as that so called Brexit ‘windfall’. But it’s already caused huge ructions inside the Cabinet. Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social…

  • 2 Jun 2018

    For women with a family history of cancer – there’s a chance to get ahead of the disease by getting tested for the faulty BRCA gene. Many then decide to get their ovaries and fallopian tubes pre-emptively removed. Now doctors are encouraging women with the gene who are about to undergo any kind of abdominal…

  • 31 May 2018

    On the back of the worst winter in a decade, NHS trusts in England have reported financial deficits twice as bad as anticipated.The number of GPs planning to leave the profession has risen to two in five. And senior doctors have today warned the government that the NHS needs an extra seven billion pounds a…