Been doing something other than looking at Twitter over the past week? You might well have missed something interesting. Here is our summary of the health tweets which cut through with us over the past 7 days.
- One year since @MarieStopes opened in Northern Ireland. @GenEdwards wrote a great blog about what the clinic has meant to the people running and using it.
- @HPIAndyCowper was interesting on the curious dynamic between Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham, as well as the common challenges they face.
- The excellent @JonNHSNorwich was interesting on the emerging battle over finances between CCGs and NHSE.
- It turns out @HSJNews busts crime as well as reporting on the intricacies of the NHS. Well done super sleuths!
- Never events are never meant to happen, but they do. Two fascinating and brave perspectives on what happened and how organisations responded.
- On the subject of patient safety, #stopthepressurelincoln showed how Twitter can be used to mobilise changes in NHS practice.
- Interested in NHS quality? The @Quality_Watch partnership between @NuffieldTrust & @HealthFdn could be a great resource.
- "The more appalling the mutilation, the more the mutilator is paid" @SocialistHealth reminded us of George Bernard Shaw's early warning about the dangers of payment for activity.
- Want to know what’s exercising the cancer drug community? Start by asking oncology pharmacists. They had their conference this weekend and there was some active tweeting. You can read about it at #BOPA.
- The @BeClearonCancer blood in pee campaign launched. Even West Bromwich Albion got involved.
- A sweet prescription? @ProfSteveField discovered some unusual advice given to a patient…
A couple of tweets on the politics of health in the USA:
- In the week the US shutdown came to an end, the impact of the standoff on the Republicans’ and Democrats’ poll ratings is clear.
- There was an interesting profile of Michael Needham, the Republican strategist credited (if that is the right word) with the US shutdown over the Affordable Care Act.
- @HSJNews End Game was concerned that the advent of @IncisiveHealth might herald more top down reorganisations. We’re happy to reassure them our reorganising days are over.
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