#weekinreview - 21 April

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


There was extensive national coverage of our exclusive that poor health emergency plans are putting lives at risk, after a report found DH failures in the last flu season may have caused hundreds of preventable deaths.

Top 5 articles this week

1. Exclusive: dh flu failures may have caused hundreds of preventable deaths

2. Exclusive: lmcs to demand gp power to sack ccg boards

3. Exclusive: call for gp-led nhs 111 to be linked to out-of-hours

4. Rapid steroid dose cuts admissions for asthma

5. CCQs required to use accounting system as authorisation condition


Best news of the week? RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) tweeted the college’s success with its bid to extend GP training to four years:

But it’s not signed and sealed. Bothwell GP Dr Mary Church (@zetadoc) asked:

Family Doctor Association and Swindon GP Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) was less enthusiastic. He tweeted:

GPC chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) thinks the government should go further with minimum alcohol pricing. He tweeted:


Seemingly oblivious to the #welovetheNHS campaign, Cardiff GP Dr Anne Marie Cunningham (@amcunningham) revealed how the DH asked her to to remove her twibbon. She tweeted:

And after a burst of Twitter outrage from GP types, she tweeted:

As you were.


And it's back to Dr Cunningham again, on doctors’ use of social media. She blogged: 'Will social media have a major impact on the practice of medicine? We do not know yet, but the pace of change is rapid. It took 100 years from invention of the telephone for it to reach 50% of UK households in the mid-1970s. Has the telephone radically changed medical practice? Facebook reached 50% of the UK population in 5 years. Will it be a more powerful disruptor?



Clinical commissioning group representatives meet health secretary Andrew Lansley to discuss the future of the NHS in London on Tuesday 24 April.

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