Health

Fact checks about medical conditions, the NHS, social care and government funding of national health services

28 July 2022

Tumours are not ‘there to save your life’

A Facebook post which claims cancer is ‘created’ by doctors performing needle biopsies on tumours and that it can be starved by natural remedies is inaccurate and potentially harmful.

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Tumours are not ‘there to save your life’
22 July 2022

No evidence Covid-19 vaccines causing heart attacks in children

A Facebook post misleadingly suggests that the vaccines are causing all sorts of previously rare health problems, including heart attacks in children.

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No evidence Covid-19 vaccines causing heart attacks in children
22 July 2022

‘Sky News’ screenshot linking vaccines with climate change is a fake

The broadcaster never published an article claiming that people should get vaccinated to beat climate change.

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‘Sky News’ screenshot linking vaccines with climate change is a fake
18 July 2022

Vaccinated people are not more likely to die of Covid-19

A blog post looks at how many vaccinated vs unvaccinated people have died, while ignoring mortality rates.

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Vaccinated people are not more likely to die of Covid-19
18 July 2022

Comparisons between Japan and US infant vaccination programs are inaccurate

It is not true that Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world while the US has the highest, or that Japan does not vaccinate children under two.

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Comparisons between Japan and US infant vaccination programs are inaccurate
15 July 2022

Health minister claims contract yet to be awarded has been ‘procured’—then denies she said it

Maria Caulfield told Parliament that an ambulance service support contract was “procured”—not that “we are procuring” it, as she later claimed. NHS England says this contract has not yet been …

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Health minister claims contract yet to be awarded has been ‘procured’—then denies she said it
13 July 2022

Covid-19 vaccines have not killed twice as many people as the virus

This claim is based on a survey which is unlikely to be representative of the US population.

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Covid-19 vaccines have not killed twice as many people as the virus
13 July 2022

Covid-19 vaccines do not harm fertility

An article from the misinformation site, the Exposé, is full of false information about fertility, based on misrepresented science.

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Covid-19 vaccines do not harm fertility
7 July 2022

Articles about heart attack risks do not show causality

A collection of articles reporting on possible links between certain factors and heart attacks do not show “you can’t do anything without risking a heart attack”.

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Articles about heart attack risks do not show causality
4 July 2022

Is the government going to build 48 new hospitals by 2030?

We looked into the government’s claim that it would build 48 new hospitals by 2030 after the National Audit Office said it would review the policy.

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Is the government going to build 48 new hospitals by 2030?

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