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Some changes to PulseToday

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Pulse was first published in 1960 and across the top of it was a strapline that still applies today, albeit in a completely different age.

‘A paper published entirely for the medical profession,’ it says. ‘Aimed mainly to be of service to you, to provide 20 minutes of relaxation after hours, it will give you information that will help you as a GP.’

In the same spirit we are bringing in a couple of measures today so that we can serve you better and to enhance the feeling of community on the site.

You may remember that a few months ago I asked for your feedback on anonymous comments on PulseToday. Many GPs said that you valued this facility, but would welcome a ‘display name’ function in order to better follow discussions. From today, you will be able to do this when you make a comment.

Over the next few weeks, everyone using the site will also have to update their details and enter a valid GMC number in order to continue accessing and commenting on PulseToday. To update your details click here

By restricting comments to just doctors we expect that the flow of debate will improve. Other health professionals will be able to access content using a capped number of article clicks per day and can also request to have an account, but this will be by application only. Non-GMC validated users will not be allowed to comment.

New GPs coming to the site will find it much easier to register with us and sign up for newsletters. Existing users will also find the occasional prompt to update their details and we may also advertise Pulse events or ask you the odd survey question along the way too. I know on other sites these constant interruptions can be annoying, but I promise we will try to make them as unobtrusive as possible.

Rest assured that the content on PulseToday will not change, remaining as up-to-the-minute, entertaining and informative for GPs as it has been for the past 56 years.

As ever, please do email us at if you are having problems or read our FAQs on the log-in changes.

Nigel Praities is editor of Pulse

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Readers' comments (13)

  • Overall I'd sayy hooray that this will be back to GP only. However I wilmiss the comedy value of "other healthcare professionals" chipping in nonsense.

    I won't miss the smug expats in Australia telling us how much better their life is though! Rats/sinking ship etc

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  • Geez, sorry can I edit those typos?

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  • I am delighted to see this action by the Pulse team. For too long GPs have had to be badgered by non-GP professionals and a small minority patients with an axe to grind against GPs, who solely used the comments as a way to dig at the profession in the hope of kicking us further while we are down.

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  • Although I rarely read the comments (the vitriol and abuse is unpleasant) I am a GP partner in a practice with nurse-practitioners, a clinical pharmacist, psychologists and psychotherapists, receptionists and an admin team - all of who contribute hugely to the work of the practice. Furthermore, patients are very active as educators for medical students and GP trainees, and have helped us redraft the practice leaflet and letters and re-organise our appointments. I think the future of general practice depends on us being less isolated and more connected, and civility in the comments section, rather than selection on the basis of GMC registration would be a better way ahead

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  • Agree with above sentiment but unfortunately this has proved to be impossible. Hopefully the standard of comments will improve though I dare say the volume will reduce. Dr Copperfield should at least get less abuse!

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  • Yesterday the Pulse registration process kept insisting I wasn't on the medical register (I double-checked at myGMC to confirm I'd entered the correct number, and my details in the same way - I had).

    Today, however, it appears to be working.

    As it happens, I am not a salaried GP - but there was no choice that fitted any better than that, so that's what I'm described as...

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  • Vinci Ho

    Pros and cons. I do share the reservation about only those with GMC registration can comment as I am always for freedom of speech and expression .
    Truth is in a current climate when most politically correct ,liberal ideologies failed to deliver, some kind of 'focused' forum representing us(GMC registered practitioners) is necessary counteracting the official spin doctors. Many times in the past , one cannot stop the temptation of suspecting 'agents' ,from different authorities as well as other media, had actually infiltrated into this platform as PULSE had become increasingly popular.
    56 years history is an achievement and I suppose critical times in history needs critical measures ........

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  • AlanAlmond

    There are no end of forums where anybody and everybody can comment on medical issues so i'm perfectly comfortable with the existence of a Drs only comment system. There are precious few other arenas like this where you can genuinely speak your mind without fear of the half informed coming to crow and grind their personal axe. Almost every aspect of what we do is monitored and open to comment and feed back, I am very happy with the changes...whilst I will miss the input of nurse and pharmacist colleagues I certainly won't miss the army of 'other health care professionals' (what ever that meant) who frequently posted here with what seemed like the sole intention of making a stressful Drs day more miserable still.

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  • Dr Tomlinson, laudable though your rose coloured vision of the world may be, there are many clinical and practice-based issues where frankly unless you have been trained and experienced, your opinion will necessarily be ill-informed. Therefore it is not appropriate to come onto a GP website and shout abuse at GPs who have had the relevant experience and training, adn unfortunately this is exactly what happened more and more with nurses, pharmacists and OHP on here. Not all the time, but often enough to make the discussion sections an often unpleasant experience.

    As one of the other comments says, there are plenty of other places on the internet where people can get together and hurl abuse at each other. I think it is very healthy to have a GPs-only forum like Pulse. We may get more productive outcomes from reasoned debate.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Many of the most vitriolic and ill-informed comments on Pulse often come from GPs (almost invariably ‘anonymous’).

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