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A round up of recent postings from medical bloggers takes in the ferret fancier, Dr Grumble and Dr Jest.

A round up of recent postings from medical bloggers takes in the ferret fancier, Dr Grumble and Dr Jest.

The ferret fancier describes himself as 'a frontline worker in the NHS and not a fan of the prescribed government reform'.

A junior doctor, he was particularly active last year on the MTAS/MMC catastrophe and continues to condemn the dumbing down of medical training and the retrograde move to competency based training assessment methods.

The ferret fancier was in the audience at this week's Royal College of Physicians debate 'Education, training leadership and the NHS review", led by Lord Darzi with Professor John Tooke, Professor David Sowden of MMC and Clare Chapman, Director General of the NHS Workforce.

Lord Darzi in particular is on the receiving end of the ferret fancier's bite. He writes: 'Overall Darzi appeared all talk, there was a lot of hot air expressed as regards how genuine his role was and how things were so different at the top, with clinicians being engaged.'

Dr Grumble also has it in for Lord Darzi, only his subject of choice is the the traditional one for Darzi-bashers - polyclinics, a subject close to our own hearts.

What exactly is a polyclinic?, Dr Grumble asks. He posts Lord Darzi's virtual tour of a polyclinic as a demonstration, though not of what is good about them but what is bad. This slick marketing targeted at a young audience, he says, is a perfect illustration of why polyclinics won't work.

'You won't see many elderly folk in the virtual polyclinic. They won't be able to get there. How clever of Lord Darzi to sell his concept to those least in need.'

Finally, Dr Jest - who appears to be The Archer's resident GP, practising as he does in Borchester - has been inundated with fainty old ladies of late.

Alas it's not his country GP charm and Mr D'Arcy good looks, more that they're on ACE inhibitors and the recent sunny spell has dipped their blood pressure down to 'fainty' levels.

A virtual polyclinic tour with Lord Darzi

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