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More than 200 new ambulances to be bought with government funding

Image copyright Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust Image caption The vehicles will be bought with £36.3m from the government More than 200 new ambulances will be added to fleets around England with a £36.3m government investment. The 256 vehicles will be funded by the Department for Health and Social Care, with more than half available […]

Belfast woman wins £2,000 diabetes discrimination case

Media caption‘I don’t want this to happen to anyone else’ – diabetic woman whose drink was confiscated A Belfast woman with Type 1 diabetes has been awarded £2,000 after security staff at a rock concert confiscated her fizzy drink. Kayla Hanna, 20, was at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Belfast in 2016. The […]

Billy Caldwell: Emergency medicine licence enables boy to return to NI

Image caption Cannabis oil is used to control Billy Caldwell’s seizures A County Tyrone boy has returned home after the Department of Health issued an emergency licence allowing doctors in Belfast to treat him with medicinal cannabis. Billy Caldwell, who is severely epileptic, has been receiving treatment in London. The department replicated the licence issued […]

Swansea beach BBQ burns skin off feet of boy aged two

Image copyright Laura Ashford Image caption Harri is recovering at home after being treated at Morriston Hospital’s burns unit Warning: There is a graphic image included in this story A mother has spoken of her horror after her two-year-old son was left badly burned at a beach when he stood on a hot barbecue. Laura […]

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The UK is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS, with events including a service at Westminster Abbey and a royal visit in Wales. Image copyright Getty Images The Prince of Wales met NHS staff at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent. Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images Aneira Thomas, the […]

Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Eating nuts regularly could improve sperm health, a study suggests. Men who ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable “swimmers”, scientists found. The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked […]

Nurse Lucy Letby arrested over Chester Hospital baby deaths

Image copyright SWNS Image caption Lucy Letby pictured in 2013 A woman held on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six at a hospital is 28-year-old nurse Lucy Letby. Ms Letby was arrested on Tuesday in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of […]

Decision on medical cannabis within weeks

Image caption Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley both have severe epilepsy The government says it will reach a decision within the next few weeks on whether laws around medical cannabis will be changed. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is now assessing the “balance of harms and public health needs” in terms of […]

Blood scandal inquiry ‘will find any cover-up’

Image copyright PA A UK-wide inquiry into a contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead will look at whether there was a cover-up by the authorities and if documents were destroyed. Treatments including blood transfusions infected thousands of patients with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. It has been […]

NHS planning ‘extensively’ for no-deal Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images “Extensive” planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no-deal Brexit scenario, the NHS England chief executive says. Simon Stevens said immediate planning was taking place around the supply of medicines and equipment. “Nobody’s pretending this is a desirable situation, but if that’s where we get to it […]