• Published on 3 Dec 2017 Sections

    The Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield discusses whether she believes Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s claim to be making an “ambitious attempt” to transform mental health provision.

  • Published on 3 Dec 2017 Sections Education

    If education is one key factor affecting a child’s life chances, mental health is arguably just as important. Today the government announced plans to start offering young people in England mental health support in their school or college. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said early intervention would prevent problems becoming more serious, though some have questioned…

  • Published on 2 Dec 2017 Sections Science

    Progress in the fight against Malaria has stalled, the World Health Organisation warned this week. Funding has levelled off and after years of progress, countries where malaria is endemic have become complacent. The W.H.O’s annual Malaria Report finds five million more people died of the disease in 2016 than in the previous year. Many scientists…

  • Published on 30 Nov 2017 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 28 Nov 2017 Sections

    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…

  • Published on 21 Nov 2017 Sections UK

    Joining Krishnan in the studio to debate the state of the NHS is Jane Dacre, the president of the Royal College of Physicians

  • Published on 21 Nov 2017 Sections UK

    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…

  • Published on 8 Nov 2017 Sections Politics

    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…

  • Published on 26 Oct 2017 Sections UK

    One in six British workers struggles with mental health. 300,000 people with long-term mental health issues lose their jobs every year. And the cost to the country in monetary terms? £99 billion pounds. The figures come from the government commissioned ‘Thriving at Work’ report which highlights the additional issue: that mental health remains a taboo…

  • Published on 30 Sep 2017 Sections

    The number of women dying as a result of drug misuse has risen by 95 per cent in England and Wales in the last ten years. While fewer women are taking drugs, record numbers are dying from using them. Anja Popp talks to people whose lives have been affected by drug deaths and addiction.  

  • Published on 10 Aug 2017 Sections UK

    Four supermarkets have withdrawn egg sandwiches and salads from their shelves over fears they’ve been contaminated with an insecticide. The Food Standards Agency admitted that 700,000 eggs imported into Britain may have been affected. But questions are being asked about why it’s taken so long to learn the full scale of the problem. It’s alleged…

  • Published on 9 Aug 2017 Sections Politics

    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…

  • Published on 7 Aug 2017 Sections United States, World

    They are killing almost a hundred people every day. President Trump’s own commission on America’s opioid crisis has urged him to declare it a public health emergency. It’s becoming one of the country’s deadliest drug epidemics ever. Inigo Gilmore has been among one community in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania – one of the areas hit hard…

  • Published on 7 Aug 2017 Sections

    In Britain the number of drug deaths has reached a record high – much of that down to opioids like fentanyl which are often mixed with heroin and other classified drugs to bulk out supplies. So how should we tackle the problem – on both sides of the Atlantic? And is race an issue?

  • Published on 2 Aug 2017 Sections

    Game of Thrones star Kit Harington – aka Jon Snow – has joined a campaign to support charities facing a £400 million bill for back pay owed to carers who sleep over in residential homes. The charity Mencap says the ruling to pay carers the National Minimum Wage could have a devastating impact on the…