#weekinreview - 10 February

A glance back over this week's primary care news, opinion, top tweets and best gaffes.


Accountants warned practices could face six-figure swings in funding under NHS-backed plans to base practice budgets on QOF data.



Lansley brown bread? Last week’s #weekinreview carried speculation that the health secretary could be ‘toast’ post any Huhne-inspired reshuffle: actual result = nothing.

This week’s Times ups the ante and carries a more colourful quote from an unnamed Number 10 source suggesting our beloved health secretary should be ‘taken out and shot’.

Next week’s Lansley torture suggestions on a postcard to the usual address.


GP columnist Paul Corrigan (@paul_corrigan) was so bemused by the Thick Of It-style shenanigans his blog contains little more than the Press Association version of events in full.


#weekinreview doesn’t know a great deal about Artists For The NHS but we’re guessing they might have some sympathy with the #LansleyOut brigade.



GP and comedian Dr Phil Hammond joined the #LansleyOut chorus:

NHS Future Forum chairman Professor Steve Field took to Twitter to defend the Health Bill pause from criticism it was merely a ruse to get the legislation through.

In other news, junior doctor Andrew Dawes (@andrew_dawes) was tweeting the eternal dilemma of those working night shifts:




We have passed the 50,000 tipping point for Dr Kailash Chand’s (@KailashChandOBE) Health Bill petition at which former deputy prime minister John Prescott (@JohnPrescott) pledged to post a video of himself singing.

#weekinreview has been in touch with Prezza’s office and suggested both ‘Drop The Health Bill’ to The Clash’s Rock The Casbah and a cover of this rather more earnest folkish ditty


In the interests of balance, #weekinreview has scoured t’interweb for GPs backing the Health Bill.

It took a while but come on down Dr Una Coales (@drunacoales):

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