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2008 - the top 10 news stories

The 10 news stories which drew most readers to pulsetoday this year.

The 10 news stories which drew most readers to pulsetoday this year.

1. Row after deanery suspends trainee over Doctors.net comments
A trainee doctor's 'excrementous and scatalogical' comments about Dame Carol Black on a chat site for doctors cause a tremendous rumpus, propelling this story in the supposed August 'silly season' to number one in our list.

2. GPs warned they'll be reported to MI5 over IT security
A PCT goes way way over the top in October warning GPs of the potential ramifications of not complying with the 'Information Governance Statement of Compliance'.

3. GP leaders climb down in contract dispute
The GPC backs away from all out war with the Government over extended hours in February, voting to back 'option A' - the lesser of the imposed deals - as the 'least damaging' to general practice.

4. BMA raises threat of private general practice
Perhaps the year's most sensational story, as the BMA floats in January the prospect of a private general practice service as the only option to fight extended hours and other proposed cuts.

5. Lawyers issue formal warning to rate-your-GP website
Libel law firm Carter Ruck issues a warning in July to controversial website iwantgreatcare.com expressing ‘grave concerns about the potential for inaccurate, irresponsible and defamatory allegations' being published on the ratings website.

6. Practices urged to rip up dreaded salaried GP contract
A law firm issues guidance to GP partners in October on how to avoid the BMA's model contract for salaried GPs, reopening the wound that is the disparity between partners' and salaried GPs' pay.

7. GP contract overhaul ends MPIG and reshapes QOF
Full details of the October agreement between the BMA and NHS Employers on the future of the contract, and the radical changes that will end the MPIG and rebalance GPs income. Remember the 7.5.5.2 calculation? Understand how it works yet?

8. Johnson some singlehanders not up to 1948 standards
The Health Secretary Alan Johnson turns the Government's guns on singlehanders again in November, claiming many of them are no better than when the NHS was set up.

9. Threat of legal action if GPs fail to follow NICE
A late entry at the close of the year as Baroness Young, head of the new super-regulator the Care Quality Commission, threatens all sorts of punishments against GPs who ignore NICE guidelines.

10. Alexander technique offers major back pain benefits
A surprise at number 10. Research showing the Alexander technique can offer genuine benefit for back pain sufferers surfs into our end of year list thanks to a wave of referrals from google news.

Where did our recent story on Baroness Young's threat to force GPs to follow NICE - or else - come in our biggest stories of the year?

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