#weekinreview - 11 January: Sir John 'Bowie' Oldham, NHS use for Twitter and #TransDocFail

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

Starman Sir John 'Bowie' Oldham expressed his Thin White Duke love
Starman Sir John 'Bowie' Oldham expressed his Thin White Duke love


GP's first fortnightly edition of 2013 was published on Monday and revealed exclusively that more than a third of GP practices across the UK have been unable to take on new services because their practice premises are inadequate.



1. PCTs hire debt collectors to claim GP service charges

2. Exclusive: GPs demand premises funding

3. Fracture risk scheme could save £50,000 per practice

4. GP flu workload climbs as infection rates rise

5. Private companies dominate 'any qualified provider' contract bids



'He's like the Da Vinci of this century,' Sir John Oldham (@SirJohnOldham), GP and England's national clinical lead for quality and productivity at the DH told Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday. But who was he talking about? His appearance followed this tweet:

Sir John Oldham is Bowie fan #1

And Sir John, who told Today he first saw Bowie in Preston in 1973, wasn't alone in his Thin White Duke love. To Professor Steve Field (@ProfSteveField), GP and deputy medical director of the NHS Commissioning Board (@NHSCB):


Elsewhere Dr Gandalf (@DrGandalf52) was musing on the varied enigmas that are patients:


Dr Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux), chairman of the BMA's junior doctors committee, made an unfortunate slip:


And Professor Chris Ham (@profchrisham), chief executive of The King's Fund, suggested an NHS use for Twitter:



To the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, US, where the latest in healthcare technology, including a pod where a patient can access heart and ear, nose and throat tests under the instruction of a remote doctor, is being exhibited.

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Balanced and thought-provoking blog on GPs, trans health and #TransDocFail by chief executive of the London Friend charity Monty Moncrieff (@MontyMoncrieff). 

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