Health News from the BBC

  • Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests' April 18, 2014
    Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.
  • NHS data-sharing scheme 'mishandled' April 18, 2014
    The chair of the panel set up to advise ministers on the governance of NHS data tells the BBC the Care.data programme was "mishandled".
  • Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed April 18, 2014
    A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.
  • Bullied children still suffer at 50 April 17, 2014
    Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.
  • Pensioners could get death estimate April 17, 2014
    Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
  • Hospital infections 'still too high' April 17, 2014
    Doctors and nurses should do more to stop hospital patients developing infections, an NHS watchdog says.
  • Warning over bowel cancer screening April 16, 2014
    Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.
  • Under 16s 'shut out of safe havens' April 16, 2014
    Children suffering a mental health crisis in England are being forced into police custody because 35% of NHS "places of safety" ban under 16s, figures suggest.
  • Reprieve for 18 NI care homes April 17, 2014
    All 18 NHS care homes in Northern Ireland that were earmarked for closure are to remain open while residents want to stay in them.
  • Early op 'may have saved man's life' April 16, 2014
    A businessman who died after complications following a cancer operation "would probably have survived" if he was re-operated on sooner, an inquest hears.