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Points West's Health Correspondent Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

Matthew covers all angles of health in the West. From research helping to save lives, to the politics affecting the cleanliness of your GP surgery, to appointment delays. He relishes investigating and uncovering stories.

Matthew started with the BBC at Radio Norfolk in 1988. His career took him via Radio Leicester to Slough, where he set up a district office for Radio Berkshire.

He was broadcast journalist for two years at BBC Spotlight in Plymouth and in 1995, became the Health Correspondent for the West of England.

Within a month of his appointment, he broke one of the biggest medical stories of the 20th Century - the Bristol heart scandal.

Since then he has regularly reported as health correspondent for Newsnight and  reported on Panorama and the One O'clock News.

His investigations on Radio 4 include a series of programmes on Stem Cells that revealed how patients were being misled into paying thousands of dollars for unproven therapies.

One programme, 'Stem Cell Swindle' uncovered new allegations  that healthy newly born babies had been taken at birth from a hospital in the Ukraine and their bodies dismembered and harvested for neuronal stem cells.

Matthew checking a film in the edit suite

In 2008 Matthew went undercover for Inside Out West and the national news, posing as a patient asking for, and being offered, stomach banding by a Belgian surgeon, even though he was not heavy enough to qualify for surgery on the NHS.

Matthew has a string of awards for his work.

He has won the award for Television Broadcaster South West seven times. He has also won three national awards from the Medical Journalist's Association.

Making your problems solve problems

Some of the stories Matthew has uncovered in his time have had led to wide-ranging changes.

He reported on the very first case of the Bristol organ retention scandal and the racists organ scandal, which led to the resignation of the chief executive of the United Kingdom Transplant Authority.

Later, his story about the sale of a second hand computer by Bristol University Law Department, which contained the names of paedophiles and their victims, led to a police and university inquiry.

Matthew lives with his wife and three children in Cheddar, and when he’s not bringing you the latest medical breakthrough or holding those responsible for our health to account, he’s a keen musician… revelling in performing live.

Matthew is known for building up a wide range of health contacts, but he is always happy to hear from new contributors on

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