#weekinreview - 12 April: #Thatcher privatises NHS, anonymous GP tweets/blogs and NHS 111 tears

A glance back over this week's primary care news, opinion, top tweets and best gaffes.

Dr Chand: 'Thatcher conned the electorate by claiming the NHS would be safe in her hands but she left it on its knees.'
Dr Chand: 'Thatcher conned the electorate by claiming the NHS would be safe in her hands but she left it on its knees.'

#News

Your fortnightly GP is out Monday but this week GPonline.com revealed the friends and family test would be introduced for GPs by 2015 and NHS Clinical Commissioners (@NHSCCPress) president and Devon GP Dr Michael Dixon explained why 50% of work should move out of hospitals into the community.

Elsewhere GMC (@GMCUK) social media guidance about anonymous blogs and tweets caused a flutter of opposition. Baroness Thatcher's death was announced Monday and, writing in a personal capacity, BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) explained why he thinks prime minister David Cameron is finishing the job she started of privatising the NHS.

 

#MostReadStories

1. Friends and family test introduced for GPs by 2015

2. New premises rules saddle practices with £2,500 charge

3. GP leader says 50% of work needs to move out of hospitals into community

4. Hundreds of locums not being paid for appraisal

5. TV producers seek GPs with 'everyman' appeal as new medical experts

 

 

#Twitter

 

Baroness Thatcher's death sparked a Twitter storm of comments about the merits of privatisation with RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@ClareRCGP) tweeting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired Buckinghamshire GP Dr Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) tweeted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Doctor Association chairman and Swindon GP Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) turned the clock back 30 years:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@DrPhilHammond) had his own take on the death of the week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The troubled roll-out of NHS 111 continues:

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

#BlogOfTheWeek

 

Our most read blog was Inside Commissioning's CCGs aren't privatising the NHS and why GPs should be involved by Dr Steve Kell (@SteveKellGP), chairman of Bassetlaw CCG in Nottinghamshire.

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