Teenager describes summer on ‘terrifying’ adult ward

Media caption“A couple of times when I was on the ward there were older people that died” A teenage girl with mental health problems has described her “terrifying” experience of being cared for on an adult ward. Sascha, 16, from west Cornwall, says she was treated alongside terminally ill people and patients with dementia. She […]

Pharmacy plan ‘could lead to High Street closures’

Pharmacy plan ‘could lead to High Street closures’

Image copyright Thinkstock Thousands of High Street pharmacies in England could face closure after ministers confirmed plans to alter the funding system and make cuts. The Department of Health said it wanted to reduce the £2.8bn a year pharmacy bill by more than £200m over the next two years. It has been suggested cuts on […]

‘Major failings’ in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases

‘Major failings’ in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases

Image copyright iStock Image caption It is the DVLA’s job to ensure people in Great Britain are safe and fit to drive The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is not making fair decisions about medical fitness-to-drive cases, a report has suggested. It said people’s lives had been put on hold for years because of […]

An autistic boy who can’t be touched has connected with a service dog

An autistic boy who can’t be touched has connected with a service dog

An autistic boy who can’t be touched or hugged by anyone has connected for the first time – with his new service dog. Five-year-old Kainoa Niehaus travelled to the 4 Paws For Ability centre in Ohio from Japan after two years of waiting for an animal to become available. His mum Shanna shared a photo […]

First ‘Zika mosquito’ eggs found in UK

First ‘Zika mosquito’ eggs found in UK

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Eggs of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) have been found near Folkestone in Kent The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, have been found for the first time in the UK. People in Stanford near Folkestone have been sent letters […]

Joshua Titcombe death: Midwife Lindsey Biggs struck off

Joshua Titcombe death: Midwife Lindsey Biggs struck off

Image copyright PA Image caption Joshua Titcombe died nine days after being born at the Furness General Hospital maternity unit A midwife whose failings contributed to the death of a baby boy has been stuck off. Lindsey Biggs was one of those caring for newborn Joshua Titcombe at Barrow’s Furness General Hospital, in Cumbria, in […]

Hair straighteners pose child burn risk

Hair straighteners pose child burn risk

Image caption Joshua’s arm was accidentally injured by hair straighteners that had just been turned off Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners. He was injured by straighteners that fell off a table and on to his arm. They had just been turned […]

Healthy mice from lab-grown eggs

Healthy mice from lab-grown eggs

Image copyright Thinkstock Japanese scientists say they have created healthy baby mice from eggs they made entirely in the lab using a sample of mouse skin cells. The pups born from the eggs appeared to be healthy and were able to go on to have babies themselves. Experts say the findings, in Nature journal, offer […]

Threat to name NHS trusts over high agency spending

Threat to name NHS trusts over high agency spending

Image copyright Spotmatik NHS bosses are threatening to “name and shame” trusts in England as they try to crack down on agency spending. The regulator, NHS Improvement, said it wanted more progress after the NHS had slipped behind schedule in its efforts to reduce the agency bill. Last year £3.6bn was spent on agency staff, […]

New birth injuries compensation scheme announced

New birth injuries compensation scheme announced

Image copyright Science Photo Library Parents in England whose children are injured at birth may benefit from a new government compensation scheme. The voluntary scheme is intended to settle complaints more quickly and allow medical staff to speak openly about maternity care failings and learn from mistakes. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, currently, families could […]