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Independents' Day

Pulse in the news

Pulse prides itself on its news coverage, and every week publishes exclusive stories on the NHS, primary care and the latest clinical developments. Our stories are regularly picked up by national and regional newspapers and the broadcast media. Here is a selection of recent stories that were first broken by Pulse.

Pulse prides itself on its news coverage, and every week publishes exclusive stories on the NHS, primary care and the latest clinical developments.

Our stories are regularly picked up by national and regional newspapers and the broadcast media. Below is a selection of recent stories that were first broken by Pulse.

June 2012

Our story: Copperfield: Yes, it might be lung cancer

Subsequent coverage: Campaigns like this don't save lives - they just clog my surgery with people scared witless (Daily Mail)


Our story: Copperfield: Burn your paperwork and grab a Waitrose hamper

Subsequent coverage: What makes doctors tick? (Guardian)


Our story: Practices waver over BMA's day of action

Subsequent coverage: Doctors' pensions: most GPs could work as normal on June 21 (Telegraph)


Our story: Thousands of GPs threatened with ‘breach of contract' notices over pensions industrial action

Subsequent coverage: 'Breach of contract' warning over doctors' pensions action (Telegraph)


Our story: Just one in four GP practices commits to taking industrial action

Subsequent coverage: We DON'T want to strike: On the eve of their walk-out, doctors signal that they're ready to put their patients first (Daily Mail front page)

Doctors' strike: three quarters of surgeries to stay open as usual (Telegraph front page)

Doctors' strike: Doctors 'losing appetite' for day of action over pensions (Telegraph)

Three-quarters of GP practices fail to give strike notification (Independent)

Four in five surgeries to defy strikes and open as normal (Sun)

'Few GPs' give strike notification (Express)

Fewer than 25% of GP surgeries will join industrial action, survey says (Guardian)

A patient's guide on how to survive the doctors' strike (ITV News)

GPs' strike ‘will have little effect' (Northern Echo)

Derbyshire surgeries to open during doctors' strike (Derby Telegraph)

Do you support doctors across East Anglia going on strike? (Eastern Daily Press)


April 2012

Our story: Private out-of-hours services rated worse than GP cop-ops

Subsequent coverage: Private companies providing GP out of hours services are 'worse than NHS' (Telegraph)

Private out-of-hours firms rated worse than GP co-ops (Health Investor)


Our Story: Three in four EU doctors get no GP quality tests

Subsequent coverage: NHS managers still failing to test competence of EU doctors (Guardian)

Hundreds of EU doctors have 'not undergone language tests' (Telegraph)

NHS managers failing to check GPs are fully competent (Practice Business)

Calls To Increase Testing of EU Doctors, NHS Managers Ignore them, UK (Medical News Today)

UK Health Policy: NHS failing to test competency of EU doctors, says survey (The Information Daily)


Our Story: Surgeries to be inspected every two years

Subsequent coverage: CQC to inspect every two years (Practice Business)


March 2012

Our story: CCGs ration care for obese and smokers with new wave of restrictions

Subsequent coverage: Too fat for surgery: Patients refused treatment unless they change their lifestyles (Daily Mail)

Obese and smokers denied treatment 'to save money' (Daily Telegraph)

Patients denied care 'if they fail NHS fat and fags test' (Metro)

IVF is ruled out for West Country smokers (This is South Devon)

No to weight threshold for operations (This is Plymouth)

NHS refuses surgery for obese patients (EADT)


February 2012

Our story: BMA to ballot doctors on industrial action over pensions

Subsequent coverage: Doctors could offer emergency-only service in pensions dispute (Daily Telegraph)

Our story: Clinical commissioning group calls on PM to drop the health bil

Subsequent coverage: Scrap NHS Bill, say doctors who will run reforms (Daily Telegraph)

NHS reforms live blog - Tuesday 28 February (Guardian)

Tower Hamlets GPs become first in country to openly revolt and urge Cameron to drop NHS Bill (eastlondonlines)

Our story: One GP in seven warns their local hospital is ‘dangerously substandard'

Subsequent coverage: Our production line hospitals, by worried GPs: Family doctors say patients are being put at risk because of 'dangerously poor' care (Daily Mail)

GPs Reveal Shocking Picture Of Poor Care In Local Hospitals (Huffington Post)

One in seven GPs warn of "dangerous" local hospital (Practice Business)

Poll Unveils Existing Flaws In Local Hospitals (French Tribune)

Surbiton doctor slams local hospital service (Surbiton People)

Our story: Practice run by private firm to deregister 166 elderly patients less than six months after taking them on

Subsequent coverage: Sign of the future? Private health company asks elderly to leave (Independent)

NHS reforms live blog - Thursday 9 February (Guardian)

Miscellaneous health bill coverage

Sunday Times (paywall)

Why Health Bill's biggest critic has a lot to lose from reforms (Independent)

NHS reforms live blog – Tuesday 7 February (Guardian)


January 2012

Our story:BMA considers GP ‘work to rule' over pensions as lawyers help draw up list of options for industrial action

Subsequent coverage: Doctors threaten 'go slow' over pensions (Daily Telegraph)

Our story: Up to a quarter of out-of-hours slots left unfilled

Subsequent stories: Risk to patients left with no GPs out of hours (Daily Telegraph)

Out-of-hours crisis sees 14% rise in number of nurses doing the job of doctors (Daily Mail)

GPs Not Taking Up Out-Of-Hours Working Shift Because of Meager Pay (Top News)

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December 2011

Our story: Erectile dysfunction drugs limited to twice a month

Subsequent coverage: Viagra rationing to limit patients' sex lives (Daily Telegraph)

Viagra fellas stiffed by NHS (The Sun)

The middle-aged should do it just once a fortnight! Doctors urged to limit patients' Viagra pills (Daily Mail)

Viagra limit of two pills a months proposed (Mirror)

NHS Committee Propose Two Pill a Month Viagra Limit (

Viagra on NHS 'should be limited to two pills a month' (BBC)

Buckinghamshire doctors urged to limit Viagra pills (Bucks free press)

Why some men might have to ration sex (

Why Limit Psychosexual Interventions? (Visit Bulgaria)

Our story: LMCs prepare ‘tick box' sickness forms for NHS employees on pensions strike day

Subsequent story: NHS blitz on striking staff who pull a sickie to avoid losing pay (Daily Mail)

Our story: Patients turn to private healthcare in wake of blocks to GP referrals

Subsequent stroies:As NHS cuts back, thousands are forced to pay for their operations (Daily Mail)

Bureau Recommends: NHS cuts force patients to go private (Bureau of Investigative Journalism)

NHS Cuts - Patients Turning To Private Sector, UK (Medical News Today)

Patients pay to go private because of NHS cuts (

Rise in self-pay patients hoping to skip long NHS referral queues (

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15 September 2011

Our story: Cuts hit patient care as PCTs wield axe

Subsequent coverage: Ban on NHS rationing of cancer scans to save cash: Health Secretary cracks down on 'blanket restrictions' (Daily Mail)

From Surgery To Nutritional Supplements, Access To Necessary Treatment Being Denied To NHS Patients In UK (Medical News Today)

Doctors admit NHS managers restricting treatments (Daily Telegraph)

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22 August 2011

Our story: Morrisons supermarkets developing plans for in-store GP surgeries

Subsequent coverage:Morrisons considers supermarket practice scheme (Practice Business)

GP surgeries to open in Morrisons supermarkets (Healthcare Global)

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9 August 2011

Our story: Out-of-hours GPs switch to unmarked cars to avoid attack in riots

Subsequent coverage: London and UK riots: August 9 morning as it happened (Daily Telegraph)

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Our story: Deadlock over pensions as BMA claims Government shows ‘no desire to talk'

Subsequent coverage: Doctors claim government refusing to negotiate over pensions (IFA Online)

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4 August 2011

Our story: GMC endorses tactful offers of prayer with patients

Subsequent coverage: Rule change could allow GPs to pray with patients and not risk disciplinary action(Daily Mail)

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2 August 2011

Our story: Door entry codes for patients' homes mailed out in NHS data security blunder

Subsequent coverage: Door codes in PDS slip onto letters (E-Health Insider)

Security lapse reveals patient data(The Independent)

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20 July 2011

Our story: GPs want GMC rules relaxed on sex with patients

Subsequent coverage: Half of GPs want freedom to have sex with patients(Daily Telegraph)

Half of GPs think they should be allowed to have sex with patients(Daily Mail)

Half GPs say sex with patients is OK(The Sun)

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Our story: GPs agree ban on operations for smokers and obese patients

Subsequent coverage: Hip and knee surgery is ‘low priority' (Daily Telegrapj)

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Our story: GPs agree ban on operations for smokers and obese patients

Subsequent coverage: Good healthcare for all? Not on the NHS(Spiked)

GP outrage over crackdown (DailyStar)

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12 July 2011

Our story: Cameron accuses GPs of giving preferential access to ‘dinner party' cliques

Subsequent coverage: David Cameron accused of 'extraordinary' slur on GPs (Daily Telegraph)

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6 July 2011

Our story: GPs face pension ballot as BMA joins NHS pact

Subsequent coverage: Doctors to ballot for strike over NHS pensions changes  (IFA Online)

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27 June 2011

Our story: GP patient survey set for revamp

Subsequent coverage: Redesign for GP patient survey expected this year (Practice Business)

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15 June 2011

Our story: Who would want to be a GP commissioner now?

Subsequent coverage: NHS reforms live blog(The Guardian)

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8 June 2011

Our story: Half on some GP consortium boards have links to Virgin Group

Subsequent coverage: NHS reforms live blog (The Guardian)

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24 May 2011

Our story: Pathfinder GPs reject moves to put hospital consultants on consortium boards

Subsequent coverage: NHS reforms live blog(The Guardian)

GPs reject call to include consultants on boards (Hospital Doctor)

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Broadcast coverage

Recent broadcast coverage includes a number of different interviews on Radio Five Live, and interviews on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and LBC radio.

GP reform leaders on private firms' boards (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: NHS reforms could prompt closures (Independent)

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23 March 2011

Our story: Record numbers of GPs quitting (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Gaps and variations in GP care revealed by study (Telegraph)

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22 March 2011

Our story: Third of GPs to quit if pension age rises (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: One in three GPs threaten to quit if pensions change (Daily Mail)

A third of GPs would quit if pensions change (Employees Benefits)

GPs plan to retire early to avoid changes to pensions scheme (Top News US)

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9 March 2011

Our story: Dozens of consortia turn to McKinsey (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: GPs hire management consultants(Independent)

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23 February 2011

Our story: Radical new gateways reject one in eight GP referrals (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: NHS managers block operations to save money (Guardian)

NHS managers blocking referrals to save money say GPs (Daily Mail)

One in eight patients has referral blocked (Evening Standard)

Managers blocking GP referrals (Telegraph)

Hospitals snub one in eight referrals to save money (Daily Express)

NHS hospital appointments blocked (Derry Journal)

Managers block operations to save money (WLS Info)

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18 February 2011

Our story: Regional members pile pressure on BMA with vote to oppose health bill (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Victoria Mitchell: The BMA should oppose the health reforms(New Statesman)

Doctors call for tougher line on privatisation (Independent)

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9 February 2011

Our story: NHS Direct call centre to handle GP bookings (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Why you may have to phone a call centre to see your GP (Independent)

Patients WILL have to ring national call centre to visit GPs despite Government's initial denial (Daily Mail)

Now patients will have to ring call centre to see GP (Daily Express)

Need to book an appointment with your GP? Just dial 111 (Guardian)

Call NHS Direct to book GP appointments patients to be told (Daily Telegraph)

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2 February 2011

Our story: BMA reserves right to strike over NHS reforms (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Doctors threaten to strike as anger grows over NHS reforms (Independent)

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24 November 2010

Our story: GPs face scrutiny on death rates (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: GPs could be judged on 'deaths of patients' (The Daily Telegraph)

Regulator Considers Rating GPs On Death Rates For New Post-Shipman Risk Score UK (Medical News Today)

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18 November 2010

Our story: National call centres to handle all GP appointments under DH-backed plans (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Editor-At-Large: Mess with my GP's practice Mr Lansley? Over my dead body! (Independent)

Remote call centres could handle GP bookings (Daily Telegraph)

Now you'll have to ring a call centre to see your GP: Receptionists face axe in plan to automate doctors' appointments (Daily Mail)

Patients' appointments will not be handled by call centres government confirms (Practice Bussiness+)

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23 October 2010

Our story: GPs told cut unplanned admissions by a fifth (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Targets seem to be back with a bang (Top news)

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21 October 2010

Our story: Lansley: No reprieve for PCTs (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Lansley: no reprieve for PCTs (E-Health Insider Primary Care)

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20 October 2010

Our story: One GP in five has blown whistle on a colleague (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: A fifth of GPs think a colleague is 'not good enough' (Daily Telegraph)

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13 October 2010

Our story: Three in four EU doctors get no GP quality tests (Pulse)

Susequent coverage: 'No checks' on more than 80% of EU doctors working in NHS(Guardian)

Hundreds of foreign doctors 'not checked' (Daily Telegraph)

Hundreds of foreign GPs work in Britain unchecked: NHS chiefs criticised for not testing EU doctors (Daily Mail)

1500 Stand-in GPs haven't passed english test (Daily Express)

Hundreds of foreign GPs working in NHS unchecked (Evening Standard)

Hundreds of foreign doctors go untested (Yorkshire Post)

Fewer Than A Quarter Of EU Doctors Get Language And Clinical-Competence Tests (Medical News Today)

Fears over foreign doctor competency tests could spark increased demand for private medical cover (Active Quote)

Concern over competency testing of EU doctors (Workplace Law Network)

Foreign Docs Not Evaluated for Language Skills on NHS (Med India)

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6 October 2010

Our story: PCOs put cap on GP referrals (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Patients face longer wait for operations (Evening Standard)

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13 September 2010

Our story: GPs facing raised referral thresholds for hip and knee ops (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Patients face longer wait for operations (Evening Standard)

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6 September 2010

Our story: Choose and Book use flagging as GP incentives pulled (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: C&B incentives drop but use is steady (E-Health Insider)

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3 September 2010

Our story: Patients denied IVF treatment by cash-strapped PCTs (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Couples face new IVF postcode lottery as NHS cuts costs (Daily Telegraph)

PCT data reveals extent of IVF restrictions(BioNews)

Cash-strapped NHS refusing to fund IVF treatment (Active Quote)

Cuts in IVF treatments mean disappointment for many couples (Parent Dish)

Pulses Findings: IVF procedures reduced by trusts after some completely freeze finding (Top News)

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5 August 2010

Our story: New targets for crackdown on GP prescribing revealed (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: GPs must cut back on medicines: NHS officials (Daily Telegraph)

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4 August 2010

Our story: GPs express fears over out-of-hours funding (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: GPs do not plan to work out-of-hours when take over responsibility: poll(Daily Telegraph)

GPs boycott return to out of hours care as only one in eight will take on the extra work (Daily Mail)

Greedy GPs want more cash(Daily Express)

Most GPs ''won't offer out of hours care'' (Public Service)

GPs express fears over out-of-hours funding(Medical News Today)

Only one-in-eight doctors would be willing to provide out-of-hours care to patients (This is Lincolnshire)

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28 July 2010

Our story: Opt out all your patients from Summary Care Records former GPC IT chief urges (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Boycott the electronic patient record senior GP urges others(Daily Telegraph)

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9 June 2010

Our story: NHS Direct nurse cuts to 'put safety at risk' (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: NHS Direct to be replaced by cut-price health advice service (Guardian)

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21 April 2010

Our story: Efficiency drive forces cuts to frontline care (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Frontline NHS care is being cut to save cash say GPs (Daily Mail)

Cuts being made to frontline NHS services survey reveals (Daily Telegraph)

GPs warn NHS 'savings' are nothing more than cuts (Metro)

Efficiency drive hitting frontline health services doctors warn (Yorkshire Post)

NHS services up for chop under savings drive (Pharma Times)

Savings 'hitting frontline care' (Herts and Essex Observer)

GPs: NHS efficiency savings 'hitting frontline care' (

Savings 'hitting frontline care' (Grantham Journal)

Cuts are beginnning say GPs (Practice Business)

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16 July 2010

Our story: Up to 200000 patients put at risk by inaccurate data in care records(Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: One in ten electronic medical records contain errors: doctors (Daily Telegraph)

NHS data chaos puts lives at risk (Daily Express)

Erroneous data records poses threat to patients (Top News)

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13 April 2010

Our story: Tories pledge to ramp up private companies' role in NHS (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Tories would rip up comissioning guidance (Health Investor)

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11 April 2010

Our story: Cash-strapped PCTs pin hopes on shift of services to private firms (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Election fever: what it means for your health (Morning Star)

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10 March 2010

Our story: Virgin plans to lead GP care across country (Pulse)

Susequent coverage: Virgin plans to coordinate GP care across country (Medical News Today)

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23 February 2010

Our story: Care record advice on 0845 hotline (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: 0845 hotline for care record advice (hc2d)

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10 February 2010

Our story: Premises left to crumble as PCTs scrap upgrades (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: 59% of London GP surgeries below standard (Evening Standard)

PCTs scrap upgrades in wake of financial crisis (hc2d)

One in seven NHS surgeries 'substandard' (Private Healthcare)

One in seven GP surgery buildings substandard or 'dangerous' (Medical News Today)


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25 November 2009

Our story: PCTs grant huge rise in manager salaries (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: NHS penpusher boom: Wages bill is up 78m as 'costly' drugs are vetoed (Daily Mail)

NHS bureaucracy bill soars by 78 million in two years (Daily Telegraph)

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6 November 2009

Our story: GPs to abandon Labour in droves in favour of Tories (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Emma Thompson: BNP would love your university (Evening Standard)

Actress flays varsity on race record (Gulf Times)

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4 November 2009

Our story: Darzi centres set to miss patient registration targets (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Polyclinics on Tyneside overcome fears to hit targets (Newcastle Journal)

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28 October 2009

Our story: GPs struggle to make eye contact with patients (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Half of doctors 'too busy using computers to look patients in the eye' (Daily Mail)

GPs swamped by red tape means lack of eye contact with patients (Daily Telegraph)

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18 September 2009

Our story: Patients at third of practices suffer complications after swine flu misdiagnosis (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Swine flu hotline staff are 'making deadly errors' (Daily Mail)

Patients suffer complications after swine flu misdiagnosed (Daily Telegraph)

Deaths linked to doctors wrongly diagnosing swine flu (Nursing in Practice)

Swine flu hotline staff's poor training puts lives at risk doctors warn (Personnel Today)

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16 September 2009

Our story: 'Several hundred' abortions carried out at GP practices (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Doctors have carried out close to 400 abortions since it was introduced a year ago (Daily Mirror)

Abortions 'raise risks in future births' (The Times)

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24 August 2009

Our story: One in two GPs 'will refuse swine flu vaccine' (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Half of GPs refuse swine flu vaccine over testing fears (Daily Mail)

One third of doctors do not want swine flu vaccination (Daily Telegraph)

Swine flu: Doctors who refuse vaccine 'putting patients at risk' (Daily Telegraph)

A case against the swine flu vaccine: Part I (

Polls: Half of doctors will refuse to take swine flu shot (

Story also covered internationally by DinSide in Finland, and Yahoo News in Hong Kong.

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19 August 2009

Our story: Salaried GPs in talks over split from BMA (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: GP revolt: Junior doctors seek a breakaway union over bosses' NHS pay boom (Daily Mail)

You and Yours (BBC Radio Four)

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5 August 2009

Our story: Aspiring GPs from state schools face shrinking odds (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Private school applicants have better chance of getting into medical school (The Guardian)

Private school education 'increases chances of GP career' (SFS Group)

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31 July 2009

Our story: Revealed: risk priority groups for swine flu vaccination (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Pensioners will have to wait for swine flu jabs claims medical journal (Daily Mail)

Pensioners at back of queue for swine flu vaccine (Daily Telegraph)

Swine flu dead will be kept in freezer trucks (Daily Express)

Heard the one about the Fringe venue's own 'swine flu' doctor? You have now (Scotsman)

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27 July 2009

Our story: Tamiflu being given out unnecessarily claims BMA leader (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: Could Tamiflu 'overkill' make swine flu resistant? (Daily Mail)

Swine flu could become resistant to Tamiflu because of over-prescribing (Daily Telegraph)

Tamiflu may become useless, warns leading GP (Daily Express)

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3 June 2009

Our story: Pharmaceutical companies set to communicate directly with patients(Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: UK Government supports moves for pharma companies to communicate directly with patients(Medical News Today)

GPs concerned over easing rules on drug firms' communication with patients (Public Net)

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20 May 2009

Our story: PCT spending on external consultants triples in just two years (Pulse)

Subsequent coverage: NHS consultancy transparency call (BBC)

Enormous increase in NHS spending on management consultants (Medical News Today)

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