Lansley returns, NHS 111 should put patients first and why doctors think revalidation is a waste of time
Our round-up of the health news headlines on Friday 10 January.
He is back! Former health secretary Andrew Lansley is in many of the newspapers criticising campaigners for suggesting that sugar is as dangerous as tobacco.
According to the Guardian, he criticised ‘inaccurate analogies’ from doctors leading the campaign, after several compared the harmful effects of sugar to drinking alcohol and smoking. But he also comes from the party that promised no reorganisation of the NHS, so maybe we should take what he says with a pinch of demerara.
Moving on, a Press Association survey of nearly 6,000 doctors has found that (wait for it) they think that revalidation will not weed out any dodgy doctors. If you had read Pulse earlier this week, then you would have known that already, but sometimes it takes others a little more time to catch up.
Elsewhere, it seems almost sad that it has to be said at all, but the director of one of the leading providers of the NHS 111 service says the advice line will only work if patients are put before profits.
Sky News reports that Lorraine Gray, director of IC24, a not-for-profit NHS 111 provider in Essex and Norfolk, said: ‘We don’t pay big dividends, we don’t drive around in big cars, so it goes back to our patients. And we don’t take on contracts that we don’t believe we can deliver to a high standard.’ Good for her.