Latest NHS and Healthcare News

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  • Budget boost for NHS to fall well short of management demands

Philip Hammond is to give the NHS an emergency cash injection in the budget, though the chancellor will disappoint health service bosses by increasing funding by far less than they believe is needed. Hammond is understood to be preparing to unveil a plan to give the NHS up to £6bn by 2022 for three different purposes.

20 November 2017

  • NHS Budget plan not enough, say bosses

The extra money announced by the chancellor in the Budget for the NHS in England is not enough, health service bosses say. Philip Hammond announced an immediate £350m boost for this winter followed by £1.6bn more next year for the front line above the rise already planned.

22 November 2017

  • NHS pays out record compensation to cancer patients

The number of cancer patients successfully suing the NHS for missed diagnoses has doubled in the past five years, new figures show. The health service also paid out a record amount in negligence compensation for cancer misdiagnoses last year, according to the data.

26 November 2017

  • Safety fears as junior doctors left to run A&Es and other hospital units

The safety of hospital patients is being put at risk because inexperienced young doctors are too often being left in charge of A&E and other units, Britain’s medical regulator has warned.

26 November 2017



  • Minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland to start in May

Scotland will introduce minimum pricing for alcohol on 1 May next year, the Scottish government has announced. The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price per unit.

21 November 2017

  • Diabetes Causing ‘Health Crisis’ Among Men, With One In 10 Affected, Charity Warns

The report, created by the Men’s Health Forum, highlights that men are 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women, which can potentially have life-changing or even life-ending consequences.

21 November 2017

  • The Robot That Could Revolutionise Home Care For Elderly People

Not all robots will take over human jobs. My colleagues and I have just unveiled a prototype care robot that we hope could take on some of the more mundane work of looking after elderly and disabled people and those with conditions such as dementia. This would leave human carers free to focus on the more personal parts of the job.

23 November 2017

  • Women have 1.9 children on average, a record low

Women in England and Wales are having 1.9 children on average, fewer than their mothers who had 2.2 offspring, according to the Office for National Statistics. That’s a small decrease but the lowest level on record and continues the downward trend of the past few years.

24 November 2017

  • Give children flu vaccine before Christmas to protect grandparents, NHS bosses warn

Parents are being urged to vaccinate their “super-spreader” children against flu in time for Christmas to avoid putting grandparents at risk. Health officials say that without the flu vaccination youngsters are more likely to contract the virus at nursery or school and spread it at a rapid rate.

27 November 2017

  • Expectant mother told a cancerous black mass was growing beside her unborn baby, refused to terminate, and defied doctors by giving birth to a healthy girl

A mother has revealed she risked her life and that of her unborn child after a sinister black mass was spotted during her 12-week scan. Mickayla Jordan-Smyth was initially told she had a partial molar pregnancy which could become cancerous – jeopardising her life and that of her baby.

27 November 2017



  • Don’t Ever Let Houseflies Sit On Your Food, New Study Confirms

The animals carry hundreds of different species of bacteria, and might help that spread between humans, according to a new study. And it is carried when they land on poo and other disgusting organic matter that is then carried onto your food, the scientists speculate.

24 November 2017

  • Avatar therapy ‘reduces power of schizophrenia voices’

Confronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found. Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead. Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations.

24 November 2017



  • Frenchman survives 95pc burns after record full body skin graft from ‘hero’ twin brother

Franck Dufourmantelle suffered severe burns after chemicals he was handling as an operator of dangerous materials in a factory caught fire and, in his words, turned him into a “human torch from head to toe”. Given the extent of his horrific injuries, when he reached hospital, doctors said his chances of survival were as low as one per cent.

24 November 2017



  • Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.

23 November 2017

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