Pulse have been shortlisted for Feature of the Year at the Medical Journalists’ Association (MJA) Awards.

MJA Awards

Shortlisted for the ‘Lost Practices’ investigation in 2022, the MJA Award judges noted it to be ‘a thorough, detailed, and well-crafted examination of an important social issue. It tackles a vital issue in medicine today. Well researched and constructed into a powerful narrative’.

The September 2022 issue of Pulse magazine featured a major investigation on GP practice closures – Lost Practices. This revealed that 474 surgeries across the UK have closed in the past nine years without being replaced, with small practices on lower funding in more deprived areas most likely to be affected.

The investigation was picked up across the national press – including the Times, the Telegraph, ITV news, the Daily Mail, Channel 5 News, the Daily Express, and the Sun. Pulse Editor Jaimie Kaffash was also on LBC Radio to discuss the findings.

Previous investigations by Pulse and other groups have looked at the number of practices where GP partners have handed their contracts back, or closed branch surgeries, but this investigation was the first to focus only on those where a surgery has not been replaced in the same postcode.

With a membership of over 450 health and medical writers, broadcasters and editors, the MJA seeks promotes excellence in journalism.

Winners will be announced at the MJA Awards ceremony on September 13th 2023 in London.