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#Tweet Of The Week
The NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Manchester coincided with #BMAaction and provided a remarkable mental image.
Sir David Nicholson promised #confed2012 he won't show us his bottom after he's introduced as NHS' Anneka Rice— Marina _Soteriou (@Marina_Soteriou) June 21, 2012
On Thursday GPs took their first industrial action for almost 40 years against pension changes. The nationals got personal with BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum with the Daily Mail describing him as ‘the country GP turned architect of chaos’ and the Daily Telegraph as both ‘hapless’ and increasingly resembling ‘a 70s union boss’. What was the experience in the Twitterverse?
Maggie Aitch (@FreeBesieged) tweeted:
Lanarkshire GP Dr Mary Church tweeted:
Andrew Lansley I haven't spoken to any patient who doesn't support us & agree your prescription for drs pensions grossly unfair #BMAaction— Mary Church (@zetadoc) June 21, 2012
Cheshire junior doctor Dr Andrew Collier (@DrAndrewCollier) tweeted:
@drjbailey I hope the public can understand that no Dr wants to take this action but we feel we have no choice as DoH is just not listening!— Andrew Collier (@DrAndrewCollier) June 21, 2012
Manchester GP Dr Andy Hershon (@andyhersh) tweeted:
@drwollastonmp yes I worked as normal yesterday.Pointless exercise when gov have track record of not listening.'Congratulations' ring hollow— dr andy hershon (@andyhersh) June 22, 2012
Thursday was far less comfortably spent by Hertfordshire GP Dr Mike Ingram (@drmikeingram). He tweeted:
In other news, it wasn’t much fun either for Family Doctor Association chairman Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc)
#BMAAction the armband arrived in post. It's a tourniquet! Not easy for the larger doctor built for comfort not speed! Hand going blue!— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) June 21, 2012
The National Association of Primary Care’s Dr Johnny Marshall (@marshall_johnny) blogged about his latest NHS Commissioning Board experience with a distinctive European theme.
'My initial instinct was that whilst there seems to be a genuine intellectual acceptance within NHS Commissioning Board of the required change, it makes turning round an oil super tanker look like ice dancing. However, as the discussion progressed it was clear that with the central authority gone some parts of the NHS might feel like they were being asked to ice dance on water! Curiously, I found myself empathising with the central authority I had so long felt held captive by. Was this the NHS version of Stockholm Syndrome?'