#weekinreview waves a fond farewell to outgoing GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman and bids a warm welcome to his successor Dr Chaand Nagpaul (@cnagpaul). The new GPC negotiating team will be far less colourful without Dr Buckman, not least because of the absence of comedy ties. A warm welcome back to Dr Beth McCarron-Nash (@BMN73).
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) on Dr Buckman's successor:
Congratulations to Chaand Nagpaul elected as GPC chair. He will be a great leader of the profession— Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) July 18, 2013
Best wishes also from Dr Fay Wilson (@fay481) and Dr Michelle Drage (@michelledrage):
Thanks to all for your support. We didn't make it, but we showed you can make a stand and be counted. Congratulations to Chaand Nagpaul M&F— michelle drage (@michelledrage) July 18, 2013
Phew, what a scorcher! And, no, #weekinreview doesn't just mean the weather. Twitter was the place to be this week for heated primary care-related ill-feeling, argument and debate.
I give up - our masters back off plain packaging for cigarettes and min pricing for alcohol, then issue "Level 2 heatwave" alert #pahleease!— Mark Porter (@drmarkporter) July 12, 2013
A robust DH riposte to an accusation of 'shambles' at the heart of government:
DH launch of Keogh report described to me as a shambles by a journo who should know— Chris Ham (@profchrisham) July 16, 2013
@profchrisham Evidence please. Press release, media briefing all went to plan.— Tim Jones (@TimJ1970) July 16, 2013
Political handbags/manbags ahoy over a report into 14 hospitals in England with the highest death rates:
Anyone for an interesting discussion? Vote in our poll about whether GPs should publish revalidation scores:
Our most read blog of the week was by BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) on #Keogh headlined Individual failing hospitals do not mean the NHS is failing.