#weekinreview - 14 February: QOF despair, pancake joy, #Francis and should Nicholson stay or go?

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

#News

Your fortnightly GP is out on Monday (18 February) and this week's online-only exclusives included an interview with Scotland's health minister Alex Neil who is 'relaxed' about creating a breakaway Scottish GP contract if BMA leaders back it. 

England health minister Lord Howe's prediction that 2013 would be one of the NHS's 'best years' attracted much GP comment. 

#MostReadStories

1. CCG constitution breach could trigger GP contract termination
2. DH warns GPs over diabetes test strips
3. Viewpoint: How CCGs save money by choosing private sector over NHS
4. Lord Howe: 2013 will be 'best year' for NHS
5. Virgin Care beats 17 bids to take over Dorset APMS practice

 

#VideoOfTheWeek

Flipping 'eck! Dr Julian Huppert (@julianhuppert), a former research scientist and Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, was victorious (for the second year running) in the annual parliamentary pancake race.

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#PowerfulWomen

To BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour list of the top 100 most powerful women featuring England CMO Professor Dame Sally Davies at six and including RCGP chairman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp).

 

#BlogOfTheWeek

Why does Professor Louis Appleby (@ProfLAppleby), mental health clinician and government adviser, tweet?

 

#Twitter

The Francis report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust came under the spotlight again this week with GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) and GP MP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) looking for accountability at the very top.

 


 

It was Valentine's Day on Thursday and BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) was spreading the love:

 

A recommended read via Dr Stuart Sutton (@StuSutton), former chairman of the RCGP's associates in training committee and now co-chairman of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists), of work by east London GP Dr Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny):

 

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