#weekinreview - 14 September

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

Read Dr Neil Rushton's Everest blog
Read Dr Neil Rushton's Everest blog


This week GP magazine splashed on our survey findings that more than a third of GPs say PCTs are ignoring a government order not to ration treatment on the basis of cost alone.

Read reaction to the survey online only.

It was also covered by the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.



1. Six-figure PMS cuts to force GP redundancies

2. Five CCGs defer authorisation applications

3. CQC chairwoman quits after reform plan unveiled

4. GPC rejects call for larger surgeries as report calls primary care 'outdated'

5. GP commissioning remit to mirror PCT role



Welsh-Iraqi 'writer, actor, comic and colossal waste of time' Nadia Kamil (@NadiaKamil) with a 'there but for the grace of God' moment:


New BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) agrees with an @gponlinenews leader that it's time for new health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) to listen to GPs:


In the week when the Royal College of Physicians warned hospitals were on the brink of collapse, RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) made her thoughts clear:


South-east London GP and BMA Council member Dr Marie-Louise Irvine (@drmarielouise) wants to focus on how NHS funding is spent:



Wondering what it would be like to turn 60, take a three-month break from your practice and work in the Himalayas two days from Everest base camp treating trekkers and the Nepalese? Read Devon GP Dr Neil Rushton's weekly blog to find out.

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