Managers could breathe a sigh of relief this week as the glare of the media spotlight was focusing on money-grabbing GPs as opposed to bureaucrats.

On Monday, The Times splashed with a follow-up to HSJ's revelation three weeks ago that a scheme allowing primary care trusts greater sway over GP services could be the 'tip of the iceberg' in exposing family doctors to competition. Or, as The Times put it: 'Family doctors have been warned that unless they agree to open during evenings and on Saturdays, private companies will be contracted to take over their practices'.

The Daily Express told of how, despite earning average salaries of£103,000 a year, GPs are refusing to treat patients who will not take their medicines as it puts them in danger of missing out on more money.

Meanwhile, The Sunday Times contained the shocking admission from the British Medical Association that GPs may be breaking the law if they use their NHS lists to advertise private screening tests.

On the political front, David Cameron was talking tough - once again promising prime minister Gordon Brown a 'bare-knuckle fight' over the NHS in the run-up to a possible snap election.

Meanwhile, the news on hospital food gets worse. The News of the World revealed that Burger King is doing a roaring trade on-site at Southampton, Rotherham and Addenbrooke's hospitals. It said: 'If you're dying in Britain you may not get the medicines you need, but you won't go short of a flame-grilled whopper.'