Ben Adams’ national story

8 11 2010


Brighton Journalist Works graduate Ben Adams has landed an exclusive story that’s been picked up on the front pages of the nationals.

He works for a pharmaceutical magazine, InPharm, and went to a conference where two health ministers were speaking.

Ben says: “During the press briefing I pushed them to answer my questions over the future of NICE – the government’s NHS drugs watchdog – as I knew from conversations with the health secretary that he wanted it binned.

“Finally at this conference (and this is a testimony to drip-drip policies by the gov’t) they admitted to me and the assembled press that NICE would be sidelined. This led to the government having to release official word on their position this week.

“We put this up on Tuesday last week http://www.inpharm.com/news/101026/minister-confirms-nice-will-be-sidelined-drug-evaluation

By Saturday the Guardian had it as their front page: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/oct/29/nice-to-lose-new-drug-power;

The Mail’s front page on Monday: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1325449/Drug-victory-patients-NICE-stripped-power-ban-life-saving-drugs.html;

The Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704865104575588531025262518.html?mod=googlenews_wsj;

And the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11664684.

“It’s interesting to see your story become a media meme and to see the differences in reporting and the interviews they can get.”

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