#weekinreview: 14 March: NHS Alliance v KPMG, #RCGPSoMe and #NHSExpo

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

Dr Michael Dixon having trouble finding the results
Dr Michael Dixon having trouble finding the results


Your next fortnightly GP is out on Monday and this week GPonline.com reported that CCGs could still be forced to open up all NHS services to competition despite the government redrafting controversial regulations.

The NHS should rebuild around a 24-hour primary care system led by GPs who control local out-of- hours services and are backed by community-based consultants, argued the NHS Alliance.



1. Future NHS must be built on 24-hour primary care, says NHS Alliance

2. GPs pay tribute to 'inspirational' Professor Helen Lester

3. CCGs failing to convince GPs about reforms, DH adviser admits

 4. Scottish LMCs to demand 'major funding rise' as workload soars

5. GPs 'unsupported' to tackle hepatitis C, says charity



The press around the NHS Alliance report mentioned above drew a dismissive response from King's Fund fellow and director of global health reform at KPMG Nigel Edwards (@nedwards_1):



GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) made a GMS contract plea:

RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) was defending the profession:


Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) was critical of health secretary Jeremy Hunt's (@Jeremy_Hunt) latest NHS approach:


To the Healthcare Innovation Expo #NHSExpo in east London and its #dementia dogs via @DementiaDog:



US healthcare expert Don Berwick who is to make 'zero harm' a reality in the NHS was giving media interviews this week.

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The RCGP launches the first social media guidelines for UK GPs next week and will debate them with RCGP curriculum director Dr Ben Riley (@drbenriley) at #RCGPSoMe between 12 and 1pm on 22 March on Twitter.

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