Wait for justice

Patients taking out private health insurance expect to get the best treatment, but what happens if things go wrong? While the NHS has paid out millions to the patients of disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, his private patients are still seeking compensation. Why?Paterson was jailed for 15 years
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Seven hospitalised amid Oldham drug warning

Seven people have been hospitalised after taking a "particularly potent" form of the drug MDMA, police said.Four men became seriously ill on Saturday, with two still in intensive care.A woman and two men were hospitalised on Sunday, with one man seriously ill and the other two critical.Greater Manch
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NHS hernia mesh repairs ‘leaving patients in chronic pain’

NHS England is using mesh to repair hernias which leaves many patients in chronic pain, surgeons have told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.The concerns come after it emerged that more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS over the use of vaginal mesh implants.One woman said
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BMA chief: NHS is ‘running on fumes’

The NHS in England is "running on fumes", the leader of the British Medical Association is warning.Dr Mark Porter hit out at the government at the start of the union's annual conference.He accused ministers of putting patients at risk and "picking the pockets" of NHS staff because of the squeeze on
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10 miscarriages, still trying

Jen Bickel and her husband Andrew are no strangers to heartache, having suffered 10 miscarriages in as many years.The 39-year-old, from Cardiff, has endured several rounds of punishing IVF, two ectopic pregnancies resulting in surgery, and she is still no closer to finding out the cause of the probl
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Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000. So far more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter o
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Out of control

Children dying in hospital hallways. Four sick people crammed into one bed. Patients connected to intravenous drips while sitting in their cars because the hospital is over capacity. Welcome to the Yemeni healthcare system in 2017. The bizarre and haunting scenes I have witnessed recently in the cap
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UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial

The UK's first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients, scientists have said.It has been developed at Swansea University's Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full rollout two years later. Th
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‘Asthma is a killer – it took away my miracle daughter’

Lisa Dennis is looking at photos of her daughter Olivia - a blonde girl with a radiant smile.These are special moments, frozen in time. Olivia died four years ago, aged 10, after having an asthma attack.Her parents did not even know their gymnastics-loving daughter had the condition. But Olivia is n
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Danger map reveals health threat zone

South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world's health, according to "danger maps". The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats carry more potential threa
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