#weekinreview - 19 April: #Thatcher funeral, no section 75, hospitals harm NHS and #VLM2013

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

Dr Wollaston: 'A proper farewell to a remarkable woman of conviction & courage.'
Dr Wollaston: 'A proper farewell to a remarkable woman of conviction & courage.'


Your fortnightly GP was published Monday and features results from our exclusive survey about what GPs think about CCGs as they launch this month. We also reveal exclusively the flagship NHS vascular screening drive is struggling to persuade patients to attend checks with GP leaders warning practices may abandon them due to mounting workload. Earn 2.5 CPD points from our Clinical Review of valvular heart disease.



1. What GPs really think about CCGs

2. Benefit changes lead to surge in GP workload

3. RCGP urges MMR vaccination as measles outbreak worsens

4. Exclusive: Future of health checks in doubt

5. GPs point to NHS 111 in Kent A&E crisis



MP for Totnes, Devon, and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) was at the #FuneralOfTheWeek:







Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) was also there (sat behind Tony Blair) and paid tribute with a nod to the UK's Euro-sceptics and reference to a 1988 Thatcher speech:







Jezza was also due to meet a GP favourite/NHS saviour who thinks hospital incentives are harming the NHS:







In other news, GPC deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) was continuing the fight against the section 75 regulations criticised for promoting NHS competition:







Our best read blog was Paul Corrigan's (@Paul_Corrigan) Is this the sort of medical leadership the NHS needs? for Inside Commissioning.




The London marathon (#VLM2013) is Sunday and Surrey GP Dr Richard Van Mellaert's (@vanmellaerts) preparation could've gone better:











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