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GPs' 'hotness' to be rated on new website

GPs appearance is to be graded on the latest online ratings site for doctors, it has been reported today.

GPs appearance is to be graded on the latest online ratings site for doctors, it has been reported today.

It's a rare April Fools story that hits the spot. The Guardian's effort, for example, reporting that it was becoming the world's first Twitter-only publication, was lamentable.

The Daily Mail did marginally better - online at least - with its mock up of Jacqui Smith leaving an Ann Summer's shop (though someone didn't think so as it appears to have been removed from the Mail's site).

But there has been one story today that made me chuckle, written by the health IT website e-health insider.

'Patients to rate GPs' appearance online', it is headlined, continuing: "A new online ranking site is set to be launched offering a fresh twist on ‘rate-my-doc' services by allowing patients to rate their GP in terms of attractiveness, dress sense and personal hygiene."

Given the hoo-hah about online ratings at the moment, it's perfectly pitched. They've even got Neil Bacon on there giving a quote (one hopes he either played along or at least gave the go ahead to be quoted - it can be a legal minefield if not, however obvious the gag).

There are a number of stories on pulsetoday today (I hate it when I have to write that) that you may think, or hope, are an April fools joke. I would say we thought better of it, but actually we didn't really think of it at all.

Too preoccupied with getting into (and home from) our City offices unscathed.

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair: How many out of 10? Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair: How many out of 10?

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