About me

Rita Pal

I am a medical journalist, freelance writer and blogger based in the United Kingdom. I trained in medicine at the University College of London, obtaining a BSc[hons] in Orthopaedic Science and an MBBS. During my time in the National Health Service, I continued to write for various health-related publications. During that period, I also ran my own healthcare/debate website. In November 2006, The Times newspaper did a roundup of the top 50 health-related sites on the Internet. Our website was included in that list. I have done media interviews on subjects such as euthanasia, whistleblowing, do-not-resuscitate orders and other subjects. A comprehensive list of media appearances is listed here.

Subsequently, in 2007, I became a full-time medical journalist. I have written for various publications over the years, including the British Medical Journal, Hospital Doctor, Claims Management and the Huffington Post. In 2011, Professor Bolsin, Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Dr Milton Pena and I wrote the landmark paper "Whistleblowing and Patient Safety", published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. This was also featured in the Independent newspapers.

Samples of my writing can be found in my portfolio. My aim is to write on a diverse range of subjects of human interest. It is for this reason that I have written extensively on healthcare, medico-legal matters, Indian politics, animal rights and other subjects.

In addition to this, I am enthusiastic about combining technology, social networking, blogging and learning about the use of the internet to facilitate news delivery. I also believe professional development is essential to progression and I regularly take part in courses at coursera.org. Moreover, I have a BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills [ECDL Extra] (ITQ) (QCF) and I plan on developing my skills in journalism and technology.

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