Jeremy Laurance

Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.

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Top consultant warns against routine surgery at weekends

Hospital care will suffer if hospitals are forced to stay open at weekends for routine treatment, the leader of Britain's consultants warns today.

Women under 37 having IVF will not be permitted to try for twins

Women under 37 will be unable to try for twins at first IVF treatment

NICE states that only one embryo should be replaced to reduce the risk of complications

GMC investigates senior Department of Health manager over claims she put targets ahead of patient safety

A senior Department of Health manager is under investigation by the General Medical Council over allegations that she ordered a hospital trust to hit its waiting list targets “whatever the demand.”

UK laboratories have been put on alert to test all new cases of unexplained severe pneumonia for the virus

Sars-like virus spreads person-to-person in the UK

Relative of Manchester patient now in hospital with infection

Sars background: a fragile virus with deadly results

The novel coronavirus responsible for causing severe pneumonia in 11 patients worldwide is distantly related to the SARS virus, and has so far claimed the lives of half of those infected. But experts emphasised yesterday it was not the same. 

Thermo Fisher headquarters in Massachusetts

'Faulty' antibiotic test kits putting patients at risk, doctors told

Test kits are swabbed with sputum or urine to show patients' suitability for certain drugs

All grown up: Charlie Hyatt-William, now aged 4, with his parents Sarah and Tristan and younger sister, Rosie

Extremely premature babies: 'We wondered if it was right to let him live'

The survival of more extremely premature babies is a triumph of modern medicine. But for parents it can mean a long struggle for life and health – and some agonising decisions

Measles cases at 18-year high as children are left unvaccinated

Almost 70 per cent of cases were in children under 18

The NHS employs more than 1.3 million staff and runs up to 500 hospitals

This sickness is about more than individual failings

It’s tempting to look for scapegoats. But it’s the wider culture that needs addressing

Asthma inhalers made at GSK’s plant in Ware

GSK to publish clinical trial data for drugs

Pharmaceutical giant shocks medical world by opting to reveal findings of all tests on patients

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