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Pulse reporter scoops national award for care.data report



Pulse reporter Alex Matthews-King has won one of the most prestigious awards in magazine journalism for his reporting on the care.data fiasco.

Alex, who joined Pulse in November 2013, took the ‘scoop of the year’ gong at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards for his report on Oxford GP Dr Gordon Gancz facing possible termination of his contract over his plan to opt all his patients out of NHS England’s flagship data-sharing scheme.

This followed his prize for story of the year at the Medical Journalists Association awards earlier this year for the same story.

Pulse was nominated for three awards in total: the campaign of the year, for Battling Burnout; and Dr Phil Peverley for columnist of the year.

The BSME said: ‘The winner was praised for a traditional scoop – a big and real news story secured by tireless work and contacts and then built on to fully exploit its implications, which saw it picked up at a national level. It is Alex Matthews-King of Pulse, for ‘GP hit with contract notice over plan to opt all patients out of care.data’.