Your next fortnightly edition of GP is out Monday and this week GPonline.com revealed exclusively that most UK negotiators would bid to replace outgoing GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, the possibility of a GP contract industrial action ballot loomed, the RCGP council election results were published and The King's Fund put out its latest figures on rising A&E waits.
In a week where GPs continued to be blamed for the A&E crisis and women GPs took the rap for workforce problems via health minister Anna Soubry (@Anna_SoubryMP), #weekinreview regular and Surrey GP Dr Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) urged us to play NHS Blame Bingo:
Devon MP and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) was having none of it:
as former job sharing GP who also managed teaching/training/examining/police surgeon/looking after 3 kids, I disagree with the 'Tosh— Sarah Wollaston MP (@drwollastonmp) June 5, 2013
No shortage of women in leadership roles at the NHS Confederation annual conference in Liverpool #nhsconfed2013:
Lack of women CEs? Aintree, Walton, Warrington, Whiston, LWH, AHCH may beg to differ. Apols to those I've missed. #nhsconfed13— Chris Mimnagh (@ChrisMimnagh) June 6, 2013
Shadow health minister Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) raised the level of parliamentary debate on the A&E crisis:
On a more touchy-feely note, patients: to hug or not to hug?
@drbenmolyneux I think I hug patients/ relatives too much! ;-)— Daniel S (@Danielf90) June 4, 2013
Or is looking good enough?
'Doctor you're so handsome, I'm already feeling better'Well shucks. I showered today and everyfink— Faisal (@FaisalMajid3) May 31, 2013
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Our most popular blog was on our new Inside Commissioning site and headlined How CCGs can integrate care - with glue sticks and trikes by South Reading CCG chairwoman Dr Elizabeth Johnston (@emjohnston1).