Your fortnightly GP was out on Monday and included a doctor defending the role of the Liverpool Care Pathway as a review of it begins. Doctors also fear lives are being put at risk because GPs are refused access to ovarian cancer scans and patients are forced to wait months to obtain test results.
NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson survived a grilling on Tuesday at the hands of the health select committee led by GP MP Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservative, Totnes, Devon) (@drwollastonmp):
Leader writers at The Times, The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph called for the departure of 'The Man With No Shame'and GPs were as unforgiving:
@michaelwhite DN is through and through a MANAGER-a bottom line man,with no interest in quality.— Dr Kailash Chand OBE (@KailashChandOBE) March 5, 2013
#Nicholson claimed not to have known mortality data & not to have known about gagging clauses paying staff for silence.— Sarah Wollaston MP (@drwollastonmp) March 5, 2013
In other news, the DH relented to pressure to rewrite NHS competition rules with just weeks before CCGs go live:
Elsewhere Professor Chris Ham (@profchrisham), The Kings Fund's chief executive, was offering a helping hand:
Workedwith CCG on how to commission IC for older ppl. Focus shifting to contracts and incentives to deliver. Big impact on acutes likely— Chris Ham (@profchrisham) March 5, 2013
Our most popular blog of the week was by Dr Custodes and headlined: 'GPs to take charge of NHS fire sale of epic proportions'.
Channel Four's Dr Christian Jessen (@DrChristian) reflected on a sketch of him from @quarterpolish: