What do NHS bosses talk about on Twitter?

Following last week’s post on which health service heads are on Twitter, the obvious next question is, what do NHS bosses talk about on the service?

Some use it for online debate – in this case, chewing over the apparently larger proportion of mental health trust chief executives tweeting:

This amounted to a friendly discussion between commentators and a trust chief executive, but NHS bosses can also correct claims and respond to criticism:


Others use Twitter to comment on the news, such as Paul Roberts on the idea of international commercialisation of NHS trusts (which doesn’t apply to his Welsh board of course):


Finally, what about the health service’s ultimate set of bosses, the politicians? Andrew Lansley is on Twitter – if you mean the LibDem councillor in Cheltenham rather than Westminster’s health secretary. Welsh health minister and co-owner of Wrexham AFC Lesley Griffiths has 1,300 followers, while Northern Irish health minister Edwin Poots appears to have tried Twitter then given it up. However, their Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon is something of a Twitter star, with more than 17,000 followers. The SNP deputy first minister has recently used the account largely for retweeting and supporting what she’s presumably hoping will be Team GB’s final hurrah at the Olympics, at least with Scottish atheletes… and sometimes getting some stick for it:

Dr Mark Newbold: a rare NHS boss on Twitter