Your next fortnightly GP is out on Monday and this week GPonline.com reported that CCGs could still be forced to open up all NHS services to competition despite the government redrafting controversial regulations.
The NHS should rebuild around a 24-hour primary care system led by GPs who control local out-of- hours services and are backed by community-based consultants, argued the NHS Alliance.
The press around the NHS Alliance report mentioned above drew a dismissive response from King's Fund fellow and director of global health reform at KPMG Nigel Edwards (@nedwards_1):
Michael Dixon says UK is one of the most prolific users of hospital @nhsalliance- this is rubbish, hope the report does better than this— Nigel Edwards (@nedwards_1) March 13, 2013
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) made a GMS contract plea:
RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) was defending the profession:
Just been to lecture-speaker said "GPs were akin to bank-tellers & would be extinct in 20 yr ". Needless to say, I disagreed @nedwards_1— Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) March 11, 2013
Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) was critical of health secretary Jeremy Hunt's (@Jeremy_Hunt) latest NHS approach:
Staggering that Jeremy Hunt’s strategy is to passively commentate on the NHS chaos his government has inflicted, like a distant bystander— Diane Abbott MP @HackneyAbbott) March 12, 2013
To the Healthcare Innovation Expo #NHSExpo in east London and its #dementia dogs via @DementiaDog:
US healthcare expert Don Berwick who is to make 'zero harm' a reality in the NHS was giving media interviews this week.
The RCGP launches the first social media guidelines for UK GPs next week and will debate them with RCGP curriculum director Dr Ben Riley (@drbenriley) at #RCGPSoMe between 12 and 1pm on 22 March on Twitter.