Your fortnightly GP was published Monday and features results from our exclusive survey about what GPs think about CCGs as they launch this month. We also reveal exclusively the flagship NHS vascular screening drive is struggling to persuade patients to attend checks with GP leaders warning practices may abandon them due to mounting workload. Earn 2.5 CPD points from our Clinical Review of valvular heart disease.
MP for Totnes, Devon, and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) was at the #FuneralOfTheWeek:
Proud to have represented South Devon at today's dignified funeral; a proper farewell to a remarkable woman of conviction & courage— Sarah Wollaston MP (@drwollastonmp) April 17, 2013
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) was also there (sat behind Tony Blair) and paid tribute with a nod to the UK's Euro-sceptics and reference to a 1988 Thatcher speech:
Just paying homage to Mrs T in my own way...a visit to Bruges— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) April 13, 2013
Jezza was also due to meet a GP favourite/NHS saviour who thinks hospital incentives are harming the NHS:
Looking forward to meeting Don Berwick tomorrow to discuss his crucial work on achieving harm-free care throughout the NHS— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) April 15, 2013
In other news, GPC deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) was continuing the fight against the section 75 regulations criticised for promoting NHS competition:
Our best read blog was Paul Corrigan's (@Paul_Corrigan) Is this the sort of medical leadership the NHS needs? for Inside Commissioning.
The London marathon (#VLM2013) is Sunday and Surrey GP Dr Richard Van Mellaert's (@vanmellaerts) preparation could've gone better:
Terrible cup of tea made by receptionists. On balance probably better to be grateful than risk killing the golden tea goose by complaining.— Richard Van Mellaert (@vanmellaerts) April 19, 2013