• 7 Jan 2018

    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…

  • 7 Jan 2018

    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”.

  • 6 Jan 2018

    Faecal microbiota transplants, or FMT, are being given to people with c-diff infections when antibiotics have failed. Now this treatment is being regulated as a ‘medicine’ by the government.

  • 4 Jan 2018

    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%.

  • 29 Dec 2017

    ‘The NHS doesn’t stand for the National Hangover Service’ – so said the head of NHS England Simon Stevens today as he warned that ‘drunk tanks’ might be needed to relieve pressure on A&E. Mr Stevens revealed that a staggering 70 per cent of attendances at A&E on Friday and Saturday night are due to…

  • 28 Dec 2017

    The UK is sending doctors and nurses to Bangladesh, to try to save Rohingya Muslim refugees from the spread of a deadly diphtheria outbreak. In the camps sheltering people who’ve fled violence in Myanmar, there are around 160 new cases of the bacterial infection every day. The British team will treat those who’ve caught the…

  • 17 Dec 2017

    They are women challenging the stereotype of the body beautiful, by revealing and embracing their scars. A photography project features women whose bodies have been through unbelievable challenges. Now, they say, it is time to stop hiding.

  • 13 Dec 2017

    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.

  • 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.

  • 3 Dec 2017

    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.

  • 3 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 2 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 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…