data breach
Hospital Fires Worker for Looking at Ed Sheeran’s Health Records

Workers at a NHS hospital were reprimanded for their role in an extremely narrow data breach that exposed the personal information of exactly one person: Ed Sheeran. Read More >>

drugs
Legalising Cannabis is a Financial Win-Win Scenario Says Tax Pressure Group

The Taxpayers' Alliance, which is nothing to do with the government despite sounding boring enough to be so, has run the numbers on legalising cannabis. They say it'd work out very well. Read More >>

medicine
London’s Main Homeopathic Hospital Will Stop Treating People on the NHS

In news that is likely to make you think "why the hell was that still happening", it's been announced that The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, formerly known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, will stop offering magic bullshit homeopathic treatments that are paid for by the NHS. Read More >>

health
We’re All Going to Live Longer! (But as Disease-Ridden Depressives)

There is some good news and some bad news coming in from the science world today, which confirms that the trend towards longer life is set to continue. Hooray. More time at the end of it all for watching TV on a pension. But although we might live longer, more of us are going to be doing so while beset and broken by the many plagues brought onto our own heads by modern lifestyles. Read More >>

ai
AI Could Offer “Immense” Rewards for the NHS, Says Commons Tech Committee Boss

AI may not be at Skynet-style kill-all-humans level, but it's still around and is still advancing quite nicely. While it pops up all over the place from phones to webapps, it could also have a place in the NHS. At least, that's according to Norman Lamb, head of the Commons Science and Technology Committee. Read More >>

security
The NHS is Hiring a Team of Hackers to Boost its Cyber Defences

Lots of people have had a bad time when it comes to cyber security, especially this year. The NHS was hit particularly hard, however, when the WannaCry ransomware managed to infect countless systems across the country - forcing staff to go back to using paper. Clearly it doesn't want that happening again, because part of a £20 million cyber security investment will be spent on a team of on-staff hackers. Read More >>

health
Why UK’s Blood Donation Service Needs Black Donors

Give Blood, the UK's blood donation service, has been copping flak after asking for black blood donors. Everybody bleeds so why does race matter when it comes to blood donors? Read More >>

health
The NHS Will Let People See Their GP via Video Call

Getting an appointment with the doctor can be a huge pain. You have to ring up and stay on hold for half an hour, only to find there are no appointments available for the next week and a half. And that's not including the effort it takes to get to the surgery, and all the waiting involved reading the same public health posters over and over. Plus the appointments are always in the middle of the day, which means you need to take time off work. Read More >>

health
More Kids Have Tried Drugs Than Cigarettes Nowadays

There's some good news and some bad news for parents around the country today, with data from the NHS suggesting that the number of children who have tried cigarettes has fallen — hooray! — but that they're experimenting with legal highs and gases and drugs instead. Which is... we don't know. At least playing on train tracks is on the decline now they all have iPads. Read More >>

health
NHS Trials Airbnb-Style Hosting for Recuperating Patients

There's a hot new modern money-making gig economy scheme in town, one that promises a grand a month in return for letting someone sleep in your spare room, or in your bedroom while you sleep on the kitchen floor. And it's backed by the NHS. Read More >>

health
The NHS Might Offer Shopping Discounts if You Hit Weekly Exercise Targets

New NHS proposals could see families offered discounts on their weekly shop, provided they can hit weekly "step targets" and show they're doing some exercise. The proposals are designed to get people more active, and thus healthier, and also include things like free bikes, sprinting tracks on pavements, and outdoor public gyms - like those machines you see in parks. Read More >>

health
Japanese Super Fungus Takes Hold in Our Hospitals

Scientists have found a new type of fungus. Ahh, how cute. They'll probably name it after David Attenborough and... no wait. This is a bad one and it already has a name. Read More >>

health
Doctors Are Using Snapchat to Bypass Clunky NHS Systems

A report into how the NHS uses technology has formed some pretty scathing opinions, suggesting that the health service has done a poor job of updating to use the most modern tools -- and adding that some doctors appear to be taking matters into their own hands by using social media to share things with colleagues. Read More >>

watch this
Yet Another News Reporter Calls Hunt A C*nt

The Conservative Party recently didn't fully-win a general election, in large part because the British public feel very strongly about the NHS. In particular, they are displeased with the trend of dismantling our health service and replacing it those run for-profit by the private sector. So when a broadcast journalist recently said "cunt" instead of "Hunt" it was somehow perfect. Read More >>

security
Google’s DeepMind Was Given ‘Inappropriate’ Access to NHS Medical Data

DeepMind, Google's British-based artificial intelligence wing, has come under fire after Sky News revealed the company had been given access to medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients. Records that came bundled with personally identifiable information. Read More >>