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.
Baroness Thatcher's death sparked a Twitter storm of comments about the merits of privatisation with RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@ClareRCGP) tweeting:
Debate re Mrs T focussing on how good privatisation has been - citing BT as success. Not sure we are all the better (rail,water,electricity)— Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) April 9, 2013
Retired Buckinghamshire GP Dr Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) tweeted:
@clarercgp Privatisation has been really good for those who have taken over our utilities. Dealing with companies as customer is a nightmare— Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) April 9, 2013
Family Doctor Association chairman and Swindon GP Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) turned the clock back 30 years:
@phoenixdoc I started in 1972 but regard the 80s as the golden age of general practice Constantly being developed by us without Govt diktats— Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) April 10, 2013
GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@DrPhilHammond) had his own take on the death of the week:
Would the Liverpool Care Pathway be more popular if it ended with death at the Ritz?— Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) April 9, 2013
The troubled roll-out of NHS 111 continues:
. @drgrumble Me: how is your 111 implementation going. LA Team person: - quite well, although the call handlers keep rushing out in tears— Nigel Edwards (@nedwards_1) April 11, 2013
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.