#weekinreview - 2 March

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


Full results of our exclusive investigation finding managers are systematically manipulating referrals to hit financial targets, causing LMC leaders to fear GPs risk GMC investigation, are available online only.



Health secretary Andrew Lansley displays a slightly more athletic physique than #weekinreview recalls on NxtGen’s latest effort Greedy Tosser ft MC Cameron.

#weekinreview preferred debut single The Lansley Rap but still feels the GPonline April Fool about the health secretary’s rapping retort outshines both.

Top 5 articles this week

1. Exclusive: referral cuts by managers put gps at risk of gmc investigation
2. Exclusive: commissioning at risk as pcts miss savings targets
3. BMA to ballot gps on pensions industrial action but not strikes
CQC sets out gp practice registration timetable but no cost detail
BMA disputes dh guidance on premium rate practice phone numbers


And people wonder why locums and sessionals sometimes feel like second class citizens. The National Association of Sessional GPs (@NASGP) retweeted BBC journalist Mark Savage (@MrDiscoPop) who tweeted:

Dr Steve Kell, chief executive officer of Bassetlaw CCG, Nottinghamshire, (@SteveKellGP) was feeling his age. He tweeted:

#weekinreview’s favourite BBC GP Dr Rosemary Leonard (@DrRosemaryL) has unearthed a linguistic quirk shared by her younger patients. She tweeted:

Tweet of the week? Self-described cancer battler Keith Johnson (@Keith45655) tweeted:

Perhaps it was Leap Year but Twitter was awash with harmony, albeit briefly. RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) tweeted:

He responded:


Paul Corrigan

Will the Health Bill make the development of the third sector illegal? GP columnist Paul Corrigan @paul_corrigan thinks so:

We know that NHS bodies are always anxious to avoid breaking the law. This makes it likely that the NHS Commissioning Board – and the NHS in general – will interpret the Health Bill as meaning that capacity building – and other policies which support the development of social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations -would become illegal. As a result, it could make it harder for charities and community groups to provide the services and support that many (particularly those who are vulnerable and hard to reach) rely upon.

'Which means that the NHS will not only be the only part of government that cannot have a policy to develop a higher proportion of services through the third sector, but they may also be unable to spend taxpayer’s money on improving the capacity of the third sector to provide health services for NHS patients.'



  • Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 March: Health Bill debate, Westminster.
  • Wednesday 7 March: Diabetes UK conference, Glasgow.

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