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.
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…
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…
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…
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?
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…
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”.
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.
The prime minister went to hospital today – not for an emergency admission but to apologise for the cancellation of operations caused by winter pressures on the NHS in England. Her visit came as figures covering the Christmas week showed record numbers of calls to the 111 service and bed occupancy as high as 93.5%.
The New Year Honours have been released. In total, 1,123 people have been recognised in some way.
London zoo has reopened following yesterday’s fire which killed several animals. The zoo said that four meerkats which were previously thought to be missing, died along with an aardvark. It’s still unclear what caused the fire.
US President Donald Trump has praised the United Nations Security Council after it voted to impose new fuel sanctions on North Korea. All 15 nations backed the measures which aim to cut North Korea’s petrol and oil imports by 90 per cent in an attempt curb its missile programme.
Hospitals across England are under such pressure they’ve been advised to put off all non-urgent operations until the middle of January. NHS England said they should free up beds for the most unwell patients ahead of an “expected surge” after the Christmas and New Year break.
More than 1400 people with dementia face spending Christmas in hospital even though they’re well enough to go home. Our Health and Social Care Correspondent Victoria Macdonald has been speaking to one woman who says her father spent three times longer in hospital than he should have.
The boss of one of Britain’s biggest NHS Trusts has resigned, delivering a warning to the Government over the future, and funding, of the health service. Lord Kerslake, who until last night was the chairman of King’s College hospital in London, said rising demand and increasing costs, all amid the tightest budgets in recent times…
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.