The NHS Is Calling Out Journalists On Twitter For Getting Their Facts Wrong

    The NHS is getting sassy with its #BehindTheHeadlines campaign.

    The British press loves few things more than an outlandish front-page health story.

    But it's fair to say that the headlines aren't always entirely watertight, and the NHS has had enough.

    Its Behind the Headlines campaign is dedicated to calling out newspapers and journalists when they get a health story wrong.

    Headline on green tea and cancer debunked. More here: http://t.co/O6CFeUnpoE #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    Headline on green tea and cancer debunked. More here: http://t.co/O6CFeUnpoE #BehindTheHeadlines

    8:00 AM - 07 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It has scorned "poor" reporting by The Times.

    Thoughts on this? MT"@NHSChoices:Claims 'men worsen labour pain' unproven:http://t.co/dMLG4I76Mo #BehindTheHeadlines "

    You+Baby@youplusbabyFollow

    Thoughts on this? MT"@NHSChoices:Claims 'men worsen labour pain' unproven:http://t.co/dMLG4I76Mo #BehindTheHeadlines "

    5:43 PM - 22 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    There's "no evidence" that a deep-fried Mars bar could give you an instant stroke, apparently.

    There is no evidence for this over-alarmist headline. Read about the study http://t.co/ndBlSIvjYe #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    There is no evidence for this over-alarmist headline. Read about the study http://t.co/ndBlSIvjYe #BehindTheHeadlines

    6:00 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    There's not all that much evidence for life after death either.

    Questions about life after death remain unanswered. Don't believe the hype http://t.co/uiMwoDcn93 #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    Questions about life after death remain unanswered. Don't believe the hype http://t.co/uiMwoDcn93 #BehindTheHeadlines

    2:30 PM - 10 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The NHS doesn't like it when newspapers write about studies on rodents.

    Could Viagra cause visual disturbance in some men? Check out the research: http://t.co/XZCDVAC8vO #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    Could Viagra cause visual disturbance in some men? Check out the research:

    http://t.co/XZCDVAC8vO #BehindTheHeadlines

    5:08 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "It's a pity no one thought to mention that this was a laboratory study on rats."

    Nitrate-rich leafy greens 'good for the heart': http://t.co/BQzrPKpag3 #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    Nitrate-rich leafy greens 'good for the heart': http://t.co/BQzrPKpag3 #BehindTheHeadlines

    11:15 AM - 05 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Cherry juice only seems to help fight gout if you don't already have gout.

    This study recruited healthy young volunteers who didn't even have gout. http://t.co/3uK9NMS3ha #BehindTheHeadlines:

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    This study recruited healthy young volunteers who didn't even have gout. http://t.co/3uK9NMS3ha #BehindTheHeadlines:

    5:00 PM - 30 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The claim that "crash diets DO work" is "misguided".

    Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided. More here: http://t.co/G7bUBBjTm6 #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided. More here: http://t.co/G7bUBBjTm6 #BehindTheHeadlines

    5:40 PM - 17 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    There's "no need for shift workers to avoid steak".

    No need for nightshift workers to avoid steak - more here: http://t.co/jt8AFzzljA #BehindTheHeadlines

    NHS Choices@NHSChoicesFollow

    No need for nightshift workers to avoid steak - more here: http://t.co/jt8AFzzljA #BehindTheHeadlines

    6:00 PM - 25 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Nobody really knows if cocoa gives pensioners a memory boost.

    MT"@NHSChoices: A mug of cocoa not a cure:http://t.co/3SRslmnYld #BehindTheHeadlines " so many baseless health claims

    Shapesmith Fitness@ShapesmithBevFollow

    MT"@NHSChoices: A mug of cocoa not a cure:http://t.co/3SRslmnYld #BehindTheHeadlines " so many baseless health claims

    9:34 AM - 28 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Vegetables don't "cure" type 2 diabetes.

    RT @theGBDOC: “@NHSChoices: Vegetarian diet 'could have slight benefits in diabetes' #BehindTheHeadlines ”

    Nuturna Europe@NuturnaEUFollow

    RT @theGBDOC: “@NHSChoices: Vegetarian diet 'could have slight benefits in diabetes' #BehindTheHeadlines ”

    2:05 PM - 26 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And flu jabs aren't "useless".

    “@NHSChoices: Flu jab is not a 'waste of time' -http://t.co/5DOc1KGiLV #BehindTheHeadlines ”PR? What odds effective?

    James Raftery@jpraftFollow

    “@NHSChoices: Flu jab is not a 'waste of time' -http://t.co/5DOc1KGiLV #BehindTheHeadlines ”PR? What odds effective?

    9:02 PM - 06 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    However, the papers aren't wrong all of the time.

    “@NHSChoices: 'game-changing' antibiotic discovered: http://t.co/9TwTeBsJFy #BehindTheHeadlines ” let's not abuse it!

    richard neal@kids_ccuFollow

    “@NHSChoices: 'game-changing' antibiotic discovered: http://t.co/9TwTeBsJFy #BehindTheHeadlines ” let's not abuse it!

    10:59 PM - 09 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Journalists, you've been rekt by the NHS.

    Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

    Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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