Your fortnightly GP is out Monday but our website GPonline.com has been covering all the primary care news that matters in what has been a busy NHS week. NHS England, formerly the NHS Commissioning Board, published four new 2013/14 DESs, the CQC revealed 2013/14 practice fees, the DH response to Francis raised the prospect of practice ratings and the soft-launch of NHS 111 floundered.
It's all change in the NHS next week as CCGs take over from PCTs although a question mark hangs over the ability of NHS 111 to fulfil its role as highlighted by RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) and GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey).
@rvautrey who in thier wisdom decided to roll out a new emergency service over a 4 day bank holiday weekend ?— Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) March 28, 2013
The switch to CCGs means the NHS departure of many managers as former NHS London chief executive Dame Ruth Carnall (@RuthCarnall) and GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) discussed. But where will they go?
@drphilhammond hardly a mad rush we have been working our notice for 3 years .felt like gone with the wind on a loop— Ruth carnall (@ruthcarnall) March 28, 2013
@drphilhammond rearrange these wordsover hell until freezes not— Ruth carnall (@ruthcarnall) March 28, 2013
@drphilhammond I would pay good money to see that .i 'll lend him some louboutins— Ruth carnall (@ruthcarnall) March 28, 2013
Looking for an Easter weekend soundtrack recommendation? Let shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) and NHS England deputy medical director Professor Steve Field (@ProfSteveField) be your musical guides.
Bit late to this but Jake Bugg album is 1st class. Only problem for him is it's the kiss of death when politicians start tweeting about you.— Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) March 25, 2013
One joy of travelling to NHS England in Leeds is listening to wonderful music - The Next Day #bowie is just amazing - strong recommendation— Prof Steve Field (@ProfSteveField) March 27, 2013
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