Health gong for McGinty

Lawrence McGinty, health editor at ITN, has been named health journalist of the year at the Medical Journalists’ Association Awards.

Broadcaster Barbara Myers presented the awards at a ceremony at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London on 6 July.

Keith
Hopcroft and Martyn Lobley collected the medical journalist of the year
award for their humorous “Tony Copperfield” column in Doctor newspaper.

Susan Mayor was named freelance journalist of the year and GP newspaper the medical publication of the year.

McGinty
said: “For many years now, I have been trying to chart a course for ITV
News viewers through the minefield of medical stories using the most
reliable mine detector – science.”

He said he was particularly proud of ITN’s campaigning reports last summer highlighting the dangers of MRSA.

“Our
viewers emailed us in their thousands and we told their stories. We
even arranged for two of them to meet John Reid – on camera – and
extract from him a promise of substantial progress in six months,”
McGinty said.

“I think we can reasonably claim to have accelerated government action on this killer bug.”

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