Highest birth rate in 40 years and a shortage of midwives pushes maternity services to "crucial tipping point"

Migrant baby boom triggers midwife crisis: Half of wards being forced to turn expectant mothers away Royal College of Midwives warns of massive shortage in parts of UK5,000 midwives needed in England alone to cope with demandHalf of maternity wards shut doors an average of seven times a year UK witnessing highest birth rate in 40 years, as hospitals struggle to cope pointing to it being another record-breaker and ONS projections suggesting the birth rate in England could hit 743,000 by 2014.

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortages for the potentially deadly typhoid fever

Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortage for deadly typhoid fever Shortage follows a recall by one pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its typhoid vaccine stock in OctoberTyphoid fever occurs mostly in developing countries in areas with poor sanitationProves fatal in up to 30 per cent of cases if left untreated | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 26 December 2012 Holidaymakers escaping the British winter to exotic climes may struggle to get immunised against typhoid, doctors have warned.

Five-fold jump in IVF donors as payment for eggs rises to 750

Five-fold jump in IVF donors as payment for eggs rises to 750The recession will further help fuel the rise in the number of women coming forward, claim campaigners | UPDATED: 21:56 GMT, 30 March 2012 The payment to women donating their eggs for use in IVF will triple from 250 to 750 tomorrow.

GP shortage leaves NHS in crisis as some are responsible for 9,000 patients each

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each The NHS is facing a crisis as a chronic shortage of family doctors has left some overworked GPs responsible for a staggering 9,000 patients, according to official figures.

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each

Chronic shortage of family doctors leaves NHS in crisis as some GPs are found to be responsible for 9,000 patients each The NHS is facing a crisis as a chronic shortage of family doctors has left some overworked GPs responsible for a staggering 9,000 patients, according to official figures. More than one million people were registered with a GP who served more than 3,000 patients, the figures show, which is nearly twice the 1,600 patients on an average list