#weekinreview - 2 October: GP dance master, seven-day GPs, #CPC13, #RCGPAC, #RCGPHaHa & #RCGPSAM

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

Dr Ollerton: 'I will keep both (Morris dancing and bell-ringing) going for as long as I can still perform to a high level.'
Dr Ollerton: 'I will keep both (Morris dancing and bell-ringing) going for as long as I can still perform to a high level.'


Your all-new fortnightly issue of GP was out Monday and featured accountants warning GP income is likely to have fallen up to 25% in real terms since the 2004 contract by the end of the current financial year.

At the Conservative conference in Manchester (#CPC13) Conservative GP activist Dr Paul Charlson warned practices are unlikely to be handed any extra money for co-ordinating 24-hour care of the frail elderly from April. The BMA said DH plans for GPs across England to compete for a share of £50m to pilot extended opening from 8am to 8pm seven days a week could force a reduction in weekday services.


1. Seven-day GP pilots may cut weekday services

2. Conservative conference: Hunt warns primary care faces 'very big change'

3. Conservative conference: Nine to five general practice won't wash

4. NHS England urges GP pay freeze despite 5% efficiency this year

5. Conservative conference: GPs unlikely to be paid for 24-hour elderly duty


Meet Greater Huddersfield CCG (@NHSGHCCG) clinical lead Dr Steve Ollerton who is also dance master of Wakefield Morris and a national-standard bell-ringer. Read all about his hobbies in the next issue of GP dated 14 October.



Our best-read blog was Labour should allow CCGs and health and wellbeing boards to forge their own future by Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance (@nhsalliance) and interim president of NHS Clinical Commissioners (@NHSCC).


Team GP heads for Harrogate this afternoon to produce daily editions for the RCGP conference (#RCGPAC). Read our coverage at GPonline.com, exclusive opinion from outgoing RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) and an exclusive interview. We'll be trying to trend #RCGPSAM at 5pm tomorrow when social media's ability to bridge the gap between primary and secondary care will be debated.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) is speaking at #RCGPAC tomorrow afternoon. Wonder what he might say or how he will be received? 




  Meanwhile, there's much else to whet the appetite at #RCGPAC: 


  Not least #RCGPSAM: 


  And, finally, stuck for something to do in Harrogate tomorrow night?





  Your all-new fortnightly edition of GP is out now and is available in award-winning iPad form.

DISCLAIMER: #weekinreview is only as sharp and funny as the material you supply. If you've any suggested material, use the hashtag #weekinreview or DM @neildurham via that Twitter thingy. Have a great weekend!

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