Your all-new fortnightly GP isn't out this week but deputy editor Neil Durham (@NeilDurham) interviewed health minister Lord Howe who urged Thursday's GPC meeting to think of the patients - not an industrial action ballot. Full interview in our 5 December edition.
GPonline.com also attended the briefing after the GPC meeting. Latest detail on our news page after the noon embargo today.
1. Exclusive: GPs could take industrial action over contract, warns BMA chief
2. How to reduce unscheduled admissions in the over-75s by 20%
3. NICE withdraws backing for 'life-transforming' asthma drug
4. Online GP consultations 'to become widespread'
5. One in 25 practices yet to register with CQC
Charlie Bit My Finger is the title of one of the most-watched amateur videos on YouTube. A GP and nurse at Hillview Surgery, Greenford, west london, have recreated it on their own YouTube channel. More popular is an explanation of ear syringing.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) launched the NHS Mandate on Tuesday, modestly describing it as 'a historic moment'. Emergency medicine doctor Matt (@themattmak) had his own thoughts.
So, it turns out a #mandate isn't just what people having a #bromance go on. Read the latest #NHS challenge here bit.ly/RV3e33— Matt (@themattmak) November 13, 2012
Labour's deputy leader in the Lords Philip Hunt (@lordphilofbrum) was a little more cutting.
Lords shortly to debate NHS Mandate. Looks like an uncosted Ministerial wish list with Ministers buck passing to NHS Commissioning Board— Philip Hunt (@LordPhilofBrum) November 13, 2012
A heartlift patient for Mail On Sunday GP and Sky News regular Dr Ellie Cannon (@Dr_Ellie):
Reason I love my job #326. Seeing someone turn their life around with the help of social services, therapy and a college course. Amazing— Dr Ellie Cannon (@Dr_Ellie) November 8, 2012
Joy for Dr Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux), chairman of the BMA's junior doctors' committee, and his new career destination.
It's my last ever day of hospital medicine today. Next stop, primary care!— Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux) November 16, 2012
The first meeting of the NHS Commissioning Assembly took place in sunny Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Wednesday. GPonline.com's most popular blog of the week is entitled how to deliver improved GP performance in CCGs by Inside Commissioning’s Dr Chris Mimnagh.