#weekinreview - 14 April

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


GPs accused the DH of ‘trying to get GPs on the cheap’ by offering just £12.93 per consultation for practices taking part in its delayed boundary abolition pilots.

Top 5 articles this week

1. GPs slam 'pathetic' practice boundary abolition £12.93 per consultation fee

2. News analysis: Do private deals involving firms like Serco and Virgin signal end of NHS?

3. GPs to show feedback from 15 colleagues in 'unfeasible' GMC revalidation plan

4. DH plans to link alcohol screening to GP pay

5. Funding detail of practice boundary abolition pilots revealed

#FeatOfTheWeek(or should that be feet?)

GP Dr Andrew Murray became the first Scot to win the North Pole marathon.



Bothwell GP Dr Mary Church (@zetadoc) shed a little light on heartlifts during housecalls. She tweeted:

GP and the DH’s national clinical lead for quality and productivity Sir John Oldham (@SirJohnOldham) on the importance of primary care. He tweeted:

On night patient discharges from hospital, he added:

On the same subject, Dr Steve Kell (@SteveKellGP), chairman Bassetlaw Commissioning Organisation in Nottinghamshire, tweeted:

GP @GPforhire tweeted:


NHS commentator Roy Lilley (@RoyLilley) has read the 473-page Health Bill and here’s what he thinks:

To be a clinical commissioning group (CCG) you have to be authorised. To be authorised you have to have a constitution. A constitution is a complex legal document that can bind practices to a form of behaviour and dismiss them if they err. Effectively put them out of business. The Carbuncle authorises CCGs, provided they have a constitution. So, to save messing about with 250 different constitutions they have produced a template. Just fill in the banks for your CCG. This document describes what you would recognise as a PCT. It's barmy, but it was in the Bill.'


Paul Corrigan

GP columnist Paul Corrigan (@Paul_Corrigan) on why royal college opposition to the Health Bill failed to stop it becoming an Act:

But the long march through medical institutions continues. Some royal colleges have longer time spans for calling emergency special meetings than others.

On April 21 the Royal College of Pathologists have a special meeting to call on the government to drop the Bill. This was called because a number of opponents to the Bill really believed that if the Royal College of Pathologists called on the government to drop the Bill, they would.

Some people have strange views of where political power lies.'

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