• 2 May 2018

    SNP MP Dr Phillipa Whitford is a breast cancer surgeon and co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on breast cancer.

  • 2 May 2018

    Around 450,000 women patients in England didn’t undergo a final, routine breast cancer screening because of NHS technical errors. These errors were IT issues which meant the women weren’t sent an invitation for a breast scan. The failings started in 2009 but were only discovered this January. And it’s now thought that up to 270…

  • 1 May 2018

    There’ll be no more cheap booze in Scotland from today: it’s just become the first country in the world to impose a minimum price for alcohol. Health campaigners have described it as the biggest public health breakthrough since the smoking ban.

  • 30 Apr 2018

    Too many patients end their days in hospital, when they would far rather be at home with loved ones. Now, for the first time, a secure on-line system links patients with GPs, hospitals and even paramedics, so that everyone can instantly see where patients want to go – and whether they want to be resuscitated. The…

  • 25 Apr 2018

    The parents of Alfie Evans have lost their latest appeal against a ruling stopping them taking their seriously ill son to Italy for treatment. At the Court of Appeal in London, three judges dismissed their challenge after hearing legal arguments this afternoon. Twenty-three-month-old Alfie, who has a neurological condition which has damaged his brain, has…

  • 25 Apr 2018

    Parents of children with a rare form of cancer were told their treatment could be stopped mid-course, because the highly expensive drug might no longer be available for free. Doctors feared that the company which provides the Neuroblastoma drug, and has already spent £6 million on, might have to start charging. They’ve now agreed to…

  • 15 Apr 2018

    NHS buildings – inside and out – can be uninspiring, even bleak places. But now a charity is transforming secure and locked mental health units by bringing what they call ‘museum quality art’ on to the wards. Hospital Rooms was set up by two artists, after a close friend was sectioned under the Mental Health…

  • 3 Apr 2018

    Research show that if you’re a black adult male you’re 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. But why? And is there enough support available to those with mental health issues before they reach the point of crisis. Because too often it’s only when the breakdown happens that contact is made…

  • 11 Mar 2018

    A week after the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, hundreds of people who went to the city’s Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub have been told to wash their clothes and possessions. The risk is very low, but some members of the public want to know why the advice wasn’t issued earlier.

  • 8 Mar 2018

    The government has announced its ambition to reduce the number of calories in some popular foods by 20 per cent by 2024. Will this really help the nation lose weight? There’s often confusion and debate about how best to tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic. Some commentators have blamed obesity on over-consumption of certain food types like…

  • 2 Mar 2018

    Scientists have discovered that diabetes is actually five separate conditions, and each could be treated differently. It’s traditionally been split into type one and type two, but researchers who studied almost 15,000 patients now think it’s much more complicated than that.

  • 3 Feb 2018

    New figures show the mortality rate has fallen by 10% between 2010 and 2015. The high profile breast cancer campaign has meant more women are able to recognise the symptoms and get an early diagnosis. But some other cancers have seen no such improvement.

  • 2 Feb 2018

    Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, according to new research. Phil Kissi, a survivor of prostate cancer, discusses his experiences.

  • 31 Jan 2018

    An agreement between the NHS and the Home Office to share patients’ addresses for immigration enforcement purposes should be ended immediately, according to the chair of the Commons health committee, the MP Dr Sarah Wollaston. She has written to the head of NHS Digital, warning that the arrangement will not only undermine confidence in patient…

  • 31 Jan 2018

    The death of any child from a terminal illness is devastating for parents, but families say it can be made even worse if there is not help and support to look after that child in the last days and months of their life. Now six charities have come together, asking for an end to what…