#weekinreview - 17 August

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

Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars or a comedy potato? (picture: Ash Warner)
Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars or a comedy potato? (picture: Ash Warner)


This week's GP magazine splash was an exclusive investigation by senior clinical reporter Stephen Robinson (@SH_Robinson) finding millions of patients are missing out on vital checks for cardiovascular disease and diabetes as PCTs are failing to hit government targets. Online-only features include full, PCT-by-PCT results, a video interview and blog. The story was covered by the BBC, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard.


1. GPs warned over private eye care linked to sight loss
2. Exclusive: PCTs missing health check targets
3. BMA to fight NHS pension age rise
4. Private company offering free services sparks privatisation fears
5. New NHS bodies can 'lead work' from October


In a near dead heat the silver goes to NHS Milton Keynes (@NHSMiltonKeynes) which is at hand with practical help to enable A-Level result celebrations to go with a swing. It tweeted:



Gold to former Olympic polyclinic GP Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (@TrishGreenhalgh):




Berkshire GP and South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairwoman Dr Elizabeth Johnston (@emjohnston1) was in positive mood. She tweeted:



#weekinreview regular and Surrey GP Dr Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) wasn't feeling quite so upbeat about NHS reforms. He tweeted:




Laurence Slavin's (@LaurieSlavin) Money Talks blog carries a PCT premises funding warning.



Who could resist Mo Farah running away from things to cheer up our post-Olympic gloom? But it's narrowly pipped by that man again (@PeteDeveson) and we'll leave his retweet to explain his favourite comedy vegetable.


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