#weekinreview - 13 January

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


The DH backed recommendations by the NHS Future Forum which included overhauling the GMS contract to incentivise greater integration between GP practices.

Watch an exclusive video with Forum chairman Professor Steve Field, read an explanation of the proposals, GP reaction to them and the DH’s view. But is ‘incentivising integration’ essentially just a rebadging of the controversial quality premium?



GP trainee Dr Jamie Green (@drjamiegreen) was less enthusiastic about the NHS Future Forum report than chairman Professor Steve Field:


Much debate about the interpretation of the many stats from the RCGP’s Health Bill poll which shows a majority of GPs are opposed. NHS locum and Conservative Health secretary Dr Una Coales (@drunacoales) tweets:

Manchester GP Dr Andy Hershon (@andyhersh) was inspired by the success of returning football legends:

Pensions are never far away from GP thoughts and Surrey GP Dr Pete Deveson has been doing his sums:

Commissioning is always a divisive topic but GP commissioning lead for NHS East of England Dr Shane Gordon (@DrShaneGordon) remains positive:



More than 26,000 people have backed GP Dr Kailash Chand’s (@KailashChandOBE) bid for a parliamentary Health Bill debate. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott (@JohnPrescott) has pledged to post a video of him singing should it reach half the number of signatures (50,000) it needs for debate success (100,000). Latest backer is Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

rioferdy5 Rio Ferdinand Please RT + sign up to this petition to help against the NHS being privatised: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670 come on guys


Oncologist and co-chairman of the NHS Consultants’ Association Clive Peedell (@cpeedell) is running 160 miles in six days from Aneurin Bevan’s statue in Cardiff to the DoH’s Richmond House headquarters in Westminster, London, to oppose the Health Bill and privatisation.

He blogs: 'Anuerin Bevan, who spearheaded the establishment of the NHS in 1948, famously stated that the NHS "will last a long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"

BMA Council member Dr David Wrigley (@DavidGWrigley) blogged about his Health Bill opposition:

No matter what your background, your income or your status in society is the NHS is there for you at the moment. This may not be the case in the future. Private firms will increasingly move into healthcare, there will be fragmentation of care, increasing bureaucracy, introduction of insurance based systems and personal health budgets which will mean if you can afford to 'top up' your budget and buy better care then you will be able to do so. It is already happening all around us in social care and in care of the elderly.



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