All GPs are being warned by the GPC that they must refuse new work to survive GMS changes. GPC leaders warned Northern Ireland faced the harshest GMS contract changes in the UK this April as hopes of a UK deal splintered further. RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) backed a proposed Bill by Lord Owen to ensure NHS care is free and all providers are accountable to parliament.
To the National Voices (national council for voluntary organisations) @NVTweeting patient leadership conference in central London on Wednesday #layleaders where NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson revealed his naked ambition:
Health Policy Insight editor Andy Cowper (@HPIAndyCowper) thought Sir David's stance more Justin Timberlake than Salt'n'Pepa.
Can former hospital doctor and now crossbench peer Sir David Owen fly to the rescue of the NHS? Cartoonist Martin Shovel @martinshovel illustrates:
An interesting comment from casualty officer Malcolm McKenzie (@fourhourtarget) on the decision announced Thursday to downgrade Lewisham A&E in south-east London and dubbed #Lewishambles by Labour:
Want to kill a hospital? Downgrade A+E => less emergency care => less requirement for ITU => downgrade ITU => not recognised for training— Malcolm McKenzie (@fourhourtarget) January 31, 2013
Our most popular blog was the talk of Twitter as well as the Guardian live healthcare blog:
@neildurhamVery moving and very upsetting— Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) January 29, 2013