Your fortnightly GP is out Monday and this week GPonline.com revealed exclusively that LMCs were warning a measles outbreak in London was 'inevitable' as practices were urged to prepare. On Thursday England launched a national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination as measles cases hit record levels. In other news, health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) promised to review Payment by Results after CCGs called for its abolition at an NHS Clinical Commissioners' (@NHSCCPress) meeting in central London on Tuesday #NHSCC2013.
The campaign to kill the Section 75 regulations protesters fear will promote unnecessary competition in the NHS failed in the Lords on Wednesday night to the disappointment of BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE):
And chairman of the BMA junior doctors committee Dr Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux) added:
Lord Owen on S75 competition rules being passed in HoL "there will be no National Health Service that any of us can recognise" totally right— Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux) April 25, 2013
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter sparked a storm of GP protest by bemoaning the lack of GPs covering out of hours. It was later amplified by Mr Hunt:
Twaddle from Dr Dan Poulter MP on #radio4today about GPs not working out of hours. We staff every OOH shift! Why not invest in more staff?— Dr David Wrigley (@DavidGWrigley) April 24, 2013
GPs in-hours & OOH are working harder than ever before. Our reward is an imposed #gpcontract with cut resources to cope with rising workload— Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) April 25, 2013
Rain expected at weekend. Jeremy Hunt blames GPs— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) April 25, 2013
Dear GMC, Why this GP blogger is remaining anonymous by Dr Chris Lancelot (@DrChrisLancelot).