Breastfeeding: what's blocking the message?

What’s being done (and what can be done) to improve low breastfeeding rates around the UK? Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates.

Wales: spike in staff sickness days due to stress

Almost 77,000 working days were lost due to stress and anxiety at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) last year – at an estimated cost of more than £5.4m.

UK: NMC makes 'huge leap forward' in standards

New training standards have been launched by the NMC, setting out the skills and knowledge needed by future nurses.

Scotland: breastfeeding up by 5% in forth valley

Health visitors who helped raise breastfeeding rates by 5% have been awarded a Baby Friendly Award from Unicef.

England: HV and school nurse jobs at risk

An overhaul of children’s services in Staffordshire could put 37 health visitor and school nurse jobs at risk, Unite has warned.

Northern Ireland: £8.8M cash injection to help GP services

£1.8m will be used to address demographic pressures such as the growing numbers of elderly patients.

Scotland: calls to action on mums' mental health

The Scottish Lib Dems are calling for action after the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) revealed that half of health boards in Scotland have no specialist services for pregnant women and new mothers.

Scotland: government plans to halve childhood obesity

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to halve the number of children with obesity by 2030.

Northern Ireland: libraries stock breastfeeding scheme

All 96 public libraries in Northern Ireland have joined the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme.

Wales: smoking stubbed out near hospital and schools

Smoking in Wales causes around smoking in Wales causes around 5450 deaths each year, costing £302m annually.

Wales: GPs prescribe 'super nanny' to struggling parents

Parents who find it hard to manage their child’s behaviour are being prescribed a specialist early years worker as part of a pioneering scheme in Swansea.