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 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.

  • Published on 31 May 2017 Sections

    The healthcare costs for retired British pensioners who return to the UK after Brexit could double to £1bn if the reciprocal EU scheme ends.

  • Published on 23 May 2017

    In the last few minutes we’ve heard reports that a vigil in Birmingham has been interrupted after a man apparently armed with a large knife and a baseball bat was detained nearby. In Manchester, the injured from last night’s attack have been taken to eight hospitals across the city.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections

    With soaring costs and huge pressure on dwindling funds, it’s become clear that something needs to be done about social care. The other parties are promising billions of pounds in new spending. But after the Conservatives’ great idea backfired within a few days, where does this leave their plans for a social care shake-up?

  • Published on 18 May 2017 Sections , ,

    The Conservative manifesto’s planned reforms for social care funding would see thousands more having to contribute to the cost of their care – but they will not have to pay during their lifetime.

  • Published on 15 May 2017 Sections

    The NHS is slowly getting back to normal after last week’s global cyber hack, as ministers said there had been no second wave of attacks when people got back to work this morning.

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections ,

    From Dumfries and Galloway to Colchester in Essex, hospitals and NHS trusts across the country have been thrown into chaos by a massive cyber hack.

  • Published on 11 May 2017 Sections ,

    This programme has discovered that the lack of suitable mental health services in the community means that in the space of the last five years there’s been more than a 100 per cent increase in the number of mentally ill children going to A&E to get help.

  • Published on 7 May 2017 Sections ,

    The Conservatives today pledged to improve NHS mental health treatment with ten thousand new staff by 2020. And Labour promised not to raise taxes for those earning under £80,000.

  • Published on 20 Apr 2017 Sections ,

    The election follows one of the toughest winters ever experienced by the NHS – with the funding shortfall and  concerns over staff shortages and social care all playing a part. And then there are the local campaigns to keep neighbourhood health services open.

  • Published on 14 Apr 2017 Sections

    Military veterans have held rallies in Belfast, Glasgow and London  – protesting against recent prosecutions of former soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.  A counter hardline Republican demonstration passed off peacefully.

  • Published on 13 Apr 2017 Sections

    Demand for hospital beds are at an all-time high – the same goes for waits in A&E. Depressing figures, after a tough winter: waiting times over the target the highest since records began, a record rise in days lost because patients can’t be discharged.

  • Published on 27 Mar 2017 Sections

    When Frances Cappuccini died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in 2012, just hours after the birth of her second son, her family sought answers. But it took four and a half years, a failed criminal trial and two inquests before they finally learned what happened. Now her husband Tom Cappuccini has spoken exclusively to Channel 4…

  • Published on 26 Mar 2017 Sections , ,

    Hundreds of protestors – including Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny – have been arrested, after thousands of people took to the streets across Russia in a wave of anti-government demonstrations.

  • Published on 25 Mar 2017 Sections , , ,

    Donald Trump’s flagship healthcare bill has failed. The President tried to blame the Democrats for his last minute decision to withdraw the bill – but despite his ultimatum to his own party – he couldn’t rally enough support.

  • Published on 13 Mar 2017 Sections

    If something goes wrong with your brain that requires urgent hospital admission, like epilepsy or meningitis, you’d expect to be seen by a neurologist straight away. But in fact the kind of treatment you get depends entirely on where you live, with a new survey revealing shocking variations across the UK.