#weekinreview - 14 October 2011

A glance back over this week's primary care news, opinion, top tweets and best gaffes.


Q: What do Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) and Dame Vivienne Westwood have in common with the majority of @gponlinenews readers?

A: They want the Health Bill scrapped.

But it’s as you were on the Health Bill with the Lords rejecting two bids to kill it on Wednesday. Stay tuned for the Lords committee stage in the next few weeks.


Health Bill debate prompted a flurry of interesting tweeting. Who could have predicted this from Embarrassing Bodies TV host Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian)?

#weekinreview regular @welsh_gas_doc replied:

Channel Four's TV host Dr Christian then tweeted:

Sarcasm and Twitter? Unfortunate bedfellows.

End of the NHS might be overstating it a little but frustration did appear to boil up as the Lords took a while longer to vote than you might expect.


Healthcare commentator @RoyLilley observed:

Equality and diversity specialist @ChristineBurns responded:


Tweet of the week to @ChristineBurns for:

What was it GP-turned-MP Dr Sarah Wollaston said about MPs in parliament last week? Surely it can’t be the same in the Lords, can it?


Runner-up @Lord_Sugar for his ambitious retweet: 

What was trending ahead of the imminent demise of the NHS? #The_Only Way_Is_Dalston #Hi_Rihanna #sarahharding and #horrorsitcoms. Oh dear.



In other non-Health Bill-related news, NHS CEO Anthony Sumara’s @zemba blog about the #midstaffsinquiry was recommended by research scientist @BiggusDiggus:

The NHS is more like a dysfunctional family. Not only don’t the children (Trusts) listen to Mum and Dad (DoH) sometimes Mum and Dad aren’t even talking to each other! The latter point is the most serious. Time and time again we have heard how senior people have not told each other what was going on at Midstaffs. A simple conversation or action early on may have prevented some harm.’


#weekinreview favourite and GP columnist @paul_corrigan gave us his thoughts on what the Health Bill result meant. Clue: not great news for the government, oddly.

Every victory is a victory over an increasingly angry opposition. These victories compound opposition to the Bill.

‘Every time a patient has treatment refused opponents of the Bill will say that this is an example of what they have been saying all along – it’s the fault of the reform. Then there will be an article in the local paper saying that refusal of treatment is the responsibility of the government and a support group will be formed to make the case to the public.'



Team GP heads for the RCGP conference in Liverpool from Wednesday next week #rcgpac. Follow us @gponlinenews.

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