Brian Deer is a respected science journalist in the UK - and got for himself a rare distinction among those on the beat: designation as "special journalist of the year" at last month's British Press Awards. He was most prominent among those who took after autism and innoculation man Andrew Wakefield, the defrocked doctor.
To the point. He writes in The Guardian this week about what happened after Nature dangled an assignment before him to write for its distinguished audience. His reaction is...
The superb Covering Health blog operated by the Association of Health Care Journalists pointed me to an unusual experiment being conducted by ProPublica, the foundation-supported, non-profit investigative news site.
For two years, ProPublica reporters Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein have investigated the handling of disciplinary actions against nurses. It turns out that much of what we've read about doctors is also true of nurses--inept nurses continue to do their jobs, those who are disciplined easily find jobs in other states. Some nurses are practicing despite having criminal records.