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Ebola healthworker first to be treated with experimental drug

A 25-year-old British military medic who has been declared free of the Ebola virus was the first person in the world to be treated with an experimental drug.

Corporal Anna Cross, from Cambridge, was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She was the first person in the world to be given the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77.

She caught the virus while volunteering as a staff nurse in Sierra Leone. She was flown back to the UK a fortnight ago.

The Royal Free said Cross has been declared free of the virus and has been discharged.

Corporal Cross told a press conference she had been cared for at the hospital by an "absolutely incredible bunch of clinicians.Thanks to them I'm alive".



'Real risk' NHS patient care will deteriorate

The next government will inherit a health service that has run out of money, a think tank has warned Credit: PA

The NHS has almost run out of money and waiting times for patients are likely to get worse, a leading health think tank has warned.

The report by the King's Fund said the next government will inherit an under-strain health service from the coalition, as hospitals and other healthcare providers have overspent their budgets by more than £800 million.

It highlighted concerns over:

  • Missing of key waiting-time targets for A&E, hospital and cancer treatment
  • Increased hospital bed occupancy
  • Delayed discharges of patients
  • Low morale among staff

King's Fund's chief economist John Appleby said: "The next government will inherit a health service that has run out of money and is operating at the very edge of its limits."

The report said that additional funding of £8 billion a year by 2020 is the "absolute minimum" the NHS requires to continue to meet patient needs and maintain standards of care.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "As the King's Fund says, the NHS has 'performed well in the face of huge challenges', but if we are to continue to invest in the NHS going forward it needs to be backed by a strong economy."

Penrose Inquiry urges action on hepatitis C testing

Every person who had a blood transfusion in Scotland before 1991 should be offered a hepatitis C test if they have not had one before, a formal inquiry has found.

The Penrose Inquiry into how hundreds of patients in the country were given contaminated blood sparked anger from victims and families who attended a launch event for the final report today, who labelled it a "whitewash".

It's sole recommendation was an appeal to the Scottish government to take "all reasonable steps" to offer the tests to anyone who might have been infected, but is not aware of it.

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