#weekinreview - 15 June

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

GP Dr Christian Jessen is so excited he can hardly contain himself
GP Dr Christian Jessen is so excited he can hardly contain himself


GP magazine this week reveals exclusively that GPs are losing out on NHS 111 contracts.

All findings can be viewed online only on our interactive map.

Top 5 articles this week

1. Exclusive: GPs lose out on contracts for NHS 111

2. Telecare's '£1.2bn savings' remain in doubt

3. Lansley urges GPs not to take pensions industrial action 'harming' patients

4. GP stands against consultants to become next BMA chairman

5. Exclusive: consultant Dr Mark Porter is favourite to replace GP Dr Hamish Meldrum as BMA chairman



This week the BMA unveiled the three candidates, two consultants and one GP, vying to replace BMA Council chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum on 28 June. No doubting who BMA Council member Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) favours:

NHS reforms were blamed for the biggest patient satisfaction fall with the NHS. Does RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) agree? She tweeted:

National Association of Primary Care executive member Dr Johnny Marshall (@marshall_johnny) told a conference this week hospitals will close as part of NHS reforms. Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of The King’s Fund, tweets:


#weekinreview's favourite TV GP Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) tweeted:


Crossed-leg nominations for most uncomfortable GP of the week?

RCGP commissioning lead Dr Steve Mowle hit back at a jibe by NHS Commissioning Board chairman Professor Malcolm Grant that GPs spent too much time playing golf, by revealing he barely has 'time to go to the bathroom'. Ouch!



Rising clinical commissioning group (CCG) star Dr Steve Kell blogged about his eyes opening to the services that charities might offer. He wrote:

I found myself asking how often I consider whether I should signpost to the voluntary sector. I'm a GP commissioner, have been in the area for 10 years, and yet the answer is that I rarely look beyond NHS services unless there is a clear pathway such as the local hospice or teenage drop in services.'

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