Your next fortnightly GP is out Monday and this week GPonline.com revealed results of a poll by LMCs in the north east of England which found 65% of GPs said their experience of NHS 111 was either poor or very poor. GP leaders warned the government against making doctors a new 'border agency' after a clampdown on immigration was announced in Wednesday's Queen's Speech.
To the CQC (@CareQualityComm) for the latest on who's to blame for the A&E crisis:
Head of CQC reported to be blaming GPs for A&E problems #getyourfactsright ! I blame CQC for rising cost of butter. Similar evidence base.— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) May 9, 2013
To The King's Fund (@TheKingsFund) in central London and its integrated care conference on Wednesday:
GP Sir John Oldham (@SirJohnOldham) has a new role and can usually be relied upon for some straight-talking:
Which major London Teaching hospital that thinks it is the bees knees doesn't yet have an electronic medical record? In the 21st century!— Sir John Oldham (@SirJohnOldham) May 8, 2013
The first Old Trafford managerial vacancy for 26 years prompted some interesting NHS reactions:
Dusting off my CV this morning - surely only a matter of time before a Premiership club appoints a psychiatrist as manager.— louis appleby (@ProfLAppleby) May 8, 2013
Only those who've read the H&SC Act in detail will know that the responsibility for appointing the next Man Utd mgr lies with public health.— Steve Kell (@SteveKellGP) May 8, 2013
To NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) for some rather more sobering images:
Look out for something special from our Inside Commissioning blog next week. Its most retweeted blog was Ditch entrenched thinking and integrate care around the patient by Dr Chris Mimnagh (@ChrisMimnagh).