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Junior doctor wins blogger of the year award

Rachel Clarke (right)

Rachel Clarke, a junior doctor and leading activist during the contract dispute, has won blogger of the year in the Medical Journalists’ Association awards, for her contributions to the BMA website.

Dr Clarke (pictured above, right) was praised for her ‘clear, coherent and concise’ articles, which included a comparison between the NHS and airline safety and a critique of health secretary’s attitude to imposition.

Dr Clarke was among four entries from BMA staff and contributors in the award ceremony in London, which seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to medical journalism.

The BMA’s multimedia feature the Right Mix, an in-depth examination into widening participation in medicine, was judged as highly commended in the category of feature for a specialist audience.

BMA senior staff writer Peter Blackburn was highly commended in the news story of the year section for a piece on hospital superbugs which he wrote in his previous role as health correspondent at the Nottingham Post.

Other shortlisted entries included Sheffield GP Jo Cannon for best mental health story for her piece on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder among asylum seekers who have also been victims of torture.

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