#WeekInReview - 21 February: #caredata crash, nurse Hunt, Labour #BBCQT Pointless and #DressLikeConsultants

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

#DressLikeConsultantsSaturday via @FakeThom
#DressLikeConsultantsSaturday via @FakeThom


Your all-new fortnightly 68-page edition of GP was published Monday and featured analysis of the £450m contract shake-up which threatens practices. On Tuesday NHS England announced it was delaying the launch of the controversial care.data scheme until autumn. The postponement was called for by 96% of our readers. #WeekInReview is no communications expert but an improved communications strategy could perhaps be as simple as @NHSEngland putting the argument for change to patients in the next six months.



1. Majority of GPs criticise NHS England care.data lack of information

2. Exclusive: 41% of GPs report falling income from private and professional fees

3. NHS England postpones controversial care.data launch until autumn

4. GP response to patient mental health to inform practice CQC rating

5. Antibiotics of little benefit for cough even in high-risk patients, study finds



Doing the right thing on GP access for the right reason is the wrong thing to do by Dr Custodes.



Health secretary deploys cunning disguise on hospital visit:










Unexpected celebrity reaction to shadow health minister Liz Kendall's (@LeicesterLiz) Question Time #BBCQT appearance Thursday:

Reported sighting of the mythical care.data information leaflets:


And, finally, who could resist #DressLikeConsultantsSaturday via @FakeThom?



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