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Episode 089: Newspapers on the ‘warpath’: portrayal of GPs in the UK media

In this episode, we talk to Professor Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford.

Paper: UK newspapers “on the warpath”: media analysis of remote consulting in 2021

Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2022.0258

In 2020, the shift from in-person to remote consulting in general practice was depicted positively by the media as part of the “war” on COVID-19. In 2021, remote consulting was depicted negatively by the media, and linked in press articles to difficulties accessing primary care and compromises in patient safety. Newspapers led campaigns which successfully put pressure on government to require a return to in-person consultations.

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