Misleading headlines – a doctor's perspective on medical journalism

Following a particularly badly written news article in the Daily Mail the other day, I found myself moaning to anyone who would listen about the quality of medical journalism. Have you ever felt the same?

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Following a particularly badly written piece in the Daily Mail the other day I found myself moaning to anyone who would listen about the quality of medical journalism. It's not the first time. Indeed, I seem to be almost physically incapable of reading one report or another without sighing and rolling my eyes. Sometimes my irritation is well founded, whilst at others I fear it's as much me bristling at a perceived "attack" as it is righteous commentary.

In reality, I appreciate that medical journalism is a particularly difficult job. The pressure to produce compelling copy in short timescales can't be easy, and translating complicated concepts into material that can be understood by practically anyone is always challenging. So instead of complaining, I thought I would instead produce a handy guide for any journalist attempting to cover medical stories.

(Consider it revenge for all the times I've felt like I have been told how to do my job…)

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Chris Preece

GP Partner

I've worked as a GP Partner in North Yorkshire since 2004, and still relish the peculiar challenge of never quite knowing what the next person through the door is going to present with. I sat on the Governing Body of my local CCG until April 2015, and despite thinking I had escaped that world for good, I'm now the Clinical Director of a Primary Care Network. When not being consumed by all things medical, I occupy myself by writing, gaming, and indulging the whims of my children. I have previously written and performed in a number of pantomimes, occupied the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and won the 2016 “Caterpillar Story for Children Prize”. Tragically, my patients no longer tell me I look too young to be a doctor.
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