#weekinreview - 16 September 2011

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


GP news reporter Stephen Robinson (@SH_Robinson) asks whether the DoH should run a national advertising campaign to encourage flu jabs in England after GPs were blamed for shortages of vaccine last year.



Deputy chairman of the BMA junior doctors’ committee Dr Ben Molyneux (@DrBenMolyneux) is worth a follow. Thursday tweets included:

‘Messages for SOS today: Deaneries are good. LETBs are bad. Employers can’t quality assure their own training and HEE should have the cash.’


‘Lansley meeting just finished. He was surprisingly receptive and had read our paper in detail which bodes well.’


‘Although nothing seems to be sorted yet. So while this gives us an opportunity to shape things the slow progress is worrying.’



Bemused looks all around at the end of the joint NHS Alliance/National Association of Primary Care conference about commissioning in Westminster, central London, on Wednesday as NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon introduced NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson.

'I had a dream about David three or four nights ago in which he was wearing a pinstriped suit and was sat in a conference not unlike this.

He looked very pale, I asked him whether he was tired and he said not at all.

'As he stood up he was wearing tracksuit bottoms and trainers and had a wheelbarrow. He put someone in the front row in his wheelbarrow and raced off up a Devon hill. Someone next to me said: ‘That’s the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen.’

Answers on a postcard to the usual address if you know what it might mean.


 Research scientist, ‘terrible surfer and unaccomplished poet’ Rufus Westwood (@BiggusDiggus) suggested a very thought-provoking blog from Cardiff GP, clinical lecturer Dr Anne Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham)about the terms clinicians use to describe their patients and colleagues.




Team GP has been out and about at all sorts of events this week. Follow our news streams @CooperColin @EmmaBower @NeilDurham @TomMoberly @NickBostock @SH_Robinson @Susie_Sell @Abi_Rimmer @emiliereymond



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