#weekinreview -18 October

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

Handwashing Disco-style


This week GP magazine revealed exclusively that only one in seven PCTs are now providing NHS funding for homeopathy as managers scrap support for it to focus on more cost-effective treatment. What does your PCT spend? Further analysis, results, GP views and a poll vote opportunity online.

Self-confessed 'World's Greatest Newspaper' the Daily Express covered it and added a pop at Prince Charles.

We splashed on BMA evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) calling for a 1% minimum take home pay rise to cover increasing expenses.



1. PCTs abandon funding for homeopathy

2. Damning BMA report warns GPs have been 'singled out' over pay

3. More GPs should work Saturdays, says health minister

4. Practice manager pay falls after seven-year rise

5. GP-led self care pilot halves waits for physiotherapy


#Video Of The Week

Monday was Global Handwashing Day. Who knew? Clearly there's nothing like a good rinse. A shout out to the good people of Northampton General Hospital and Northampton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for injecting a little fun into proceedings with their handwashing tips to Gangnam Style courtesy of Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (@nenecomm).


New health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) ended his six-week Twitter holiday with his first thoughts in his new role this week.


Lancashire GP and GPC member Dr David Wrigley (@DavidGWrigley) responded:


RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) and Channel 4 presenter Dr Christian Jessen (@DoctorChristian) have been at it again.






Ever wondered what it would be like to be a GP on Everest? Devon GP Dr Neil Rushton is doing just that, has been blogging for us from there since September and you can view his extensive picture gallery all online.

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