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#GPnews: Hunt says parents could check children's rashes online

15:40 So what have you missed today? The big news of the day is that next week’s planned junior doctor strike action will go ahead after talks with the Government have failed to produce an agreement over the contract. 

Pulse has also learnt from more than one source over the weekend that the Government walked out of talks ‘mid-conversation’, but this was denied by both the BMA and the DH.

Elsewhere, we have our analysis of the Special LMC Conference, around how the fightback has begun.

15:25 Jeremy Hunt has been once again making friends and influencing doctors. This time, he has called on patients to check their children’s rashes on Google.

The Independent reports him as saying: ‘We may well need more [NHS] 111 doctors and nurses. But if you’re worried about a rash your child has, an online alternative – where you look at photographs and say ”my child’s rash looks like this one” – may be a quicker way of getting to the bottom of whether this is serious or not.’

It’s created quite a few online games for Mr Hunt to play:

11:00 Amid all the fun and games around the Special LMCs Conference, there was something else capturing the attention of GPs at the weekend - this provocative piece from the deputy editor of the Sunday Times, Sarah Baxter on whether we need GPs at all because, apparently, GPs cannot be bothered. Instead, she argues, pharmacists can do it all (with ‘minute clinics’). You can read BMA deputy chair Dr Kailash Chand’s repost to her here: Yes, Sarah Baxter, we need GPs.

It even led to a new hashtag: #GPheroes

10:25 The Guardian has gone with GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul’s defence of the care home vote. Again, just to stress, GPs don’t actually have the power to unilaterally create separate contracts for care home visits…

10:10 An interesting article on junior doctor burnout for your Monday morning reading:

9:30 It’s a little like after the Lord Mayor’s show today. But regardless, the Mail has splashed on the Special LMCs Conference. But it is perhaps not the story you would have expected, or hoped for. They lead on the vote to call for separate contracts for care homes. Casual readers of the Mail might be forgiven for thinking that GPs have the power to change that themselves…

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Readers' comments (10)

  • How removed from reality is Sarah Baxter? She obviously has no idea of GP workload. She has not bothered to spend a day at GP surgery to see what work we do. She says she has not seen GP for years. That may be true ,but there millions of people who come need GP on weekly /monthly basis. She can afford to go private or will be able to afford private insurance when we all leave, but millions of people will not be able to afford that. She probably spends more on one meal at fancy restaurant or on her cat/dogs insurance than government pays us for looking after 1 patient.

    "ABSOLUTE IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM " I wonder how Sunday times even allowed to print that article. (may be she was deputy editor).

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  • Oh here we go again. How long before all the pharmacists pile in here and we have a row about who does what, blah, blah, blah. Just ignore this silly piece of tory antagonism designed to undermine the conference.

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  • If you have a subscription to SKY tv you should cancel it. And you should never ever buy the times or sunday times. Both once great newspapers now totally debased.

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  • We certainly don't need Sunday papers

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  • As a pharmacist I feel that this article does nobody any favours. I obviously feel that we have a role to play, but this account of interactions with various players within the NHS is rather weak.

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  • Sarah my dear. I respect your point of view . Do you respect that I acted in anticipation of this attitude and have been in OZ for years. Is that ok with you?

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  • So that's Mr Hunt's secret, he asks Siri how to run a health service..........

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  • If the child is not unwell, I don't see why parents shouldn't have a go at diagnosing. We are always saying people need to make more effort to look after themselves. Maybe, for once he has got it right.

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  • Didn't hunt take his children to A&E with a cold?

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  • Yep, he did indeed.

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