The next edition of GP is out Monday and - #spoileralert - includes an exclusive interview with someone very senior who, perhaps surprisingly, describes himself as 'GPs' biggest fan'. Clue: @jeremy_hunt.
This Monday however GPonline.com reported NHS Direct had withdrawn from providing NHS 111 services across England:
NHS Direct is the symptom not the problem. Enforced competitive tendering within an ideological timeframe was destined to fail patients— Chaand Nagpaul (@CNagpaul) July 29, 2013
The advice offered in our area is so awful I'm not surprised call volumes are down. http://t.co/nCPjPMGcZI #111— Dr Rosemary Leonard (@DrRosemaryL) July 29, 2013
Finally a brilliant pragmatic idea for the NHS: The Daily Mash: 111 rescued by nosy interfering old women http://t.co/4IUdlnJ2C6— Oliver Harris (@JuniorDocOli) July 30, 2013
On Wednesday a High Court judge ruled the health secretary had acted unlawfully in deciding a south-east London hospital should be downgraded.
Wonderful news about @SaveLewishamAE !!— Jonathan Harvey (@JOJEHARVEY) July 31, 2013
And it wasn't the only news of the week welcomed by anti-NHS privatisation campaigners:
West Cheshire CCG refuses to put community services out to tender: be brave fellow GPs! http://t.co/XpJk2CVEQC— Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny) July 31, 2013
The first Wednesday in August is approaching and #tipsfornewdoctors amassing as junior doctors prepare to take to hospital wards for the first time on what is referred to unkindly elsewhere as #blackwednesday:
Remember - every doctor was a nervous doctor on their first day once, we all survived & so will you, deep breath and smile #tipcsfornewdocs— Natalie Silvey (@silv24) July 31, 2013
Always consider continuity of care as vital #TipsForNewDocs— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) July 31, 2013
#TipsForNewDocs sick people are anxious + insecure; cheer them up by playing a tune on the banjo— Liam Farrell (@drlfarrell) July 31, 2013
Our most popular blog of the week was Inside Commissioning's Please give CCGs a chance to do our job by Dr Vicky Pleydell, GP and healthcare commissioning lead for Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (@HRW_CCG).
Oooh an introductory talk to north of Scotland deanery via video, linking 9 different sites. How very Eurovision!— Thom O'Neill (@fakethom) July 30, 2013
This dispels the myth that men cannot multi-task! .....and then we even wash our hands. pic.twitter.com/AECxjud0Kn— Amit Bhargava (@amitbhargava22) July 30, 2013