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More stick for GPs over cancer diagnosis - how should we respond?

Presumably, bashing GPs must sell papers... no other profession seems to get so regularly hammered round the head on the front pages of the nationals.

Presumably, bashing GPs must sell papers... no other profession seems to get so regularly hammered round the head on the front pages of the nationals.



The Observer is the latest culprint, with a lead story discussing at length how hopeless GPs apparently are at diagnosing cancer.

It's an interesting example of the difference in news values between medical publications like ourselves and the nationals, and particularly the Sundays.

For starters, it's not actually new. Mike Richards has been agitating about cancer diagnosis for years, as you'd expect him to - it's his job.

And the story also assiduously avoids any real discussion about the difficulties of diagnosing cancers, or the consequences of suddenly expecting GPs to ramp up their referral rates. Imagine the same level of critical reporting in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Now this was a story on the front page of a major national newspaper, which was followed up on the radio today, and which will have been seen by patients, polticians and GPs.

So the question is, should Pulse be following it up, or should we rise above it and ignore it? When there's bad news out there about GPs, do you want to be warned about it?

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