There was extensive national coverage of our exclusive that poor health emergency plans are putting lives at risk, after a report found DH failures in the last flu season may have caused hundreds of preventable deaths.
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Best news of the week? RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) tweeted the college’s success with its bid to extend GP training to four years:
Over the moon with agreement by Medical Board to allow extension of training for GPs. Thanks to Ben & Chantalle— Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) April 18, 2012
But it’s not signed and sealed. Bothwell GP Dr Mary Church (@zetadoc) asked:
Family Doctor Association and Swindon GP Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) was less enthusiastic. He tweeted:
GPC chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) thinks the government should go further with minimum alcohol pricing. He tweeted:
1149 lives could be saved with 40p min price alcohol says Appleby #BMJ, but if Government were braver could save over 2000 lives if 50p— Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) April 18, 2012
Seemingly oblivious to the #welovetheNHS campaign, Cardiff GP Dr Anne Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham) revealed how the DH asked her to to remove her twibbon. She tweeted:
Oh! I've just received an email to my university address asking me to remove the NHS logo from my Twitter profile pic. There you go! #nhssm— AnneMarie Cunningham (@amcunningham) April 17, 2012
And after a burst of Twitter outrage from GP types, she tweeted:
As you were.
And it's back to Dr Cunningham again, on doctors’ use of social media. She blogged: 'Will social media have a major impact on the practice of medicine? We do not know yet, but the pace of change is rapid. It took 100 years from invention of the telephone for it to reach 50% of UK households in the mid-1970s. Has the telephone radically changed medical practice? Facebook reached 50% of the UK population in 5 years. Will it be a more powerful disruptor?
Clinical commissioning group representatives meet health secretary Andrew Lansley to discuss the future of the NHS in London on Tuesday 24 April.