MJA Executive Committee member, the GP and broadcaster, Dr Faye Kirkland will be presented with this year’s HealthWatch award at the charity’s annual meeting on October 29.
Here’s what the health charity says in it citation:
“In four years, the GP and investigative journalist Faye Kirkland progressed from graduating with a diploma in journalism to being awarded best newcomer from the Association of British Science Writers (2016) to Freelance of the Year from the Medical Journalists’ Association (2018), while still working as a GP.
“Her journalism is widely recognised to combine a respect for scientific evidence and statistics with the interviewing skills of a GP.
“She has done exclusive investigations for Panorama, BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 Live, and for the Guardian. Her reporting has led to changes in clinical practice, sparked national and local inquiries and prompted parliamentary questions in The House.
“Her peers in the media praise her for ‘her dedicated attention to detail; her ability to put interviewees from all walks of life at their ease, and her boundless energy in the pursuit of important medical stories in the public interest.’ ”
MJA members are invited to attend the HealthWatch meeting, which starts with a drinks reception at 6.30, at the Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9EB.
There is no charge to attend the drinks reception and AGM, when Faye will speak (though please note, only HealthWatch members may vote). If you would like to stay for the buffet supper which follows the AGM, it will cost £45 and you will need to reserve a place via the HealthWatch website
Previous winners of this award include Dr Mark Porter, and the journalists Brian Deer and Deborah Cohen.