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.

  • 7 Dec 2017

    A doctor involved in the tragic death of a six-year-old boy was found guilty of gross manslaughter at trial in 2015, and subsequently suspended by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

  • 6 Dec 2017

    Type 2 diabetes affects more than three million people in the UK. But now a landmark study has shown that dieting and weight loss can put this type of diabetes into remission. We met one of the patients who took the dieting trial and lost 25 kilos.

  • 30 Nov 2017

    The NHS may have to axe a number of health services unless it gets more funding. The NHS England Board has indicated that urgent and emergency care, general practice, mental health and cancer care would be ring-fenced but there would be no guarantee that services such as elective surgery or fertility treatment would continue to…

  • 28 Nov 2017

    England has one of the highest stillbirth rates in Western Europe and every week the NHS has to settle multi-million pound claims for hospital births that went wrong. Now the government has announced that independent investigations will take place if babies die at birth or shortly after. And the government will also look at changing…

  • 21 Nov 2017

    Doctors leaders’ have warned the government that as winter approaches, the NHS is facing unprecedented pressures. The Royal College of GPs has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of tomorrow’s budget, adding to the growing clamour within the NHS for a significant increase in funding.  Earlier this month, NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens…

  • 16 Nov 2017

    Tomorrow a campaign will be launched to highlight the significant number of young people who die suddenly from epilepsy. Figures show that nearly half of the deaths are preventable and yet too often those with the condition are not told enough about the risks. In Cornwall, they have developed a simple checklist – and an…

  • 8 Nov 2017

    The head of the NHS in England has demanded more money for the health service invoking the contested £350 million pound Brexit boost promised by the Leave campaign during the EU Referendum. Warning that hospital waiting lists could grow by 25  per cent – to five million – in the next few years Simon Stevens said…

  • 19 Oct 2017

    The NHS is facing one of its worst winters for years with warnings that increased patient numbers, fewer beds, and less money will increase pressures on an already struggling system.

  • 3 Oct 2017

    Care of the elderly, or social care, has rarely been so high up the political agenda. Indeed, it blighted the Conservatives’ manifesto launch at the last election.  Now a new report seen exclusively by Channel 4 News reveals that in five years’ time, nine out of ten local authorities in England will not have enough care home places…

  • 17 Sep 2017

    The statistics watchdog criticises Boris Johnson for a “clear misuse” of official figures – after he repeated the claim that £350m a week could go to the NHS after Brexit. Mr Johnson’s aides say the complaint was only about the headline on his article – rather than his own words. The Foreign Secretary was a…

  • 16 Sep 2017

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has insisted he is “all behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit” – after his article about Britain’s future outside the EU that’s been widely seen as a Tory leadership challenge.

  • 15 Sep 2017

    A pay rise to “stop the rot” – unions say a million NHS staff should get a 3.9% hike, plus an extra £800 for what they claim they’ve lost because of austerity cuts. That would cost the health service as much as  £3bn, and it’s yet more pressure on Theresa May and the Chancellor Phillip Hammond after a week…

  • 13 Sep 2017

    A cardboard box packed with essential items for the first year of a baby’s life. And when it’s emptied it can, along with a mattress, be turned into a cot. It’s a simple idea which has been introduced across Scotland to improve the health and welfare of the nation’s children.

  • 9 Aug 2017

    New figures show that three quarters of local authorities have been forced to overspend their children’s social care budgets by over half a million pounds. The Local Government Association says the councils have reached breaking point, with lack of funding leading to the closure of hundreds of children’s and youth centres in the past 5…

  • 8 Aug 2017

    A mother has told a medical tribunal it “never crossed her mind” that staff would not supervise her teenage son – who drowned in a bath in an NHS care unit after an epileptic seizure. Sara Ryan told the hearing in Manchester that the whole situation surrounding her son Connor Sparrowhawk’s treatment had been “terrifying”.…