#weekinreview - 22 February: Nicholson pressure grows, medical #HarlemShake and Field's journey

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

GPonline.com poll results make Daily Mail splash
GPonline.com poll results make Daily Mail splash


Your fortnightly GP was published Monday and revealed exclusively how local enhanced service cuts have hit smoking and contraceptive services, full investigation results available online only, and also examined what the Francis report means for GPs.

Calls for NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson's resignation or sacking after the Francis report into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust grew with the Daily Mail splashing with the results of our GPonline.com survey on Thursday.

Elsewhere, we had an exclusive video interview with Professor Steve Field, NHS Commissioning Board deputy national medical director, who suggested incentivising the resurrection of GP co-ops and revealed his rise from council estate to 10 Downing Street. Watch the full 40-minute interview online only.


1. QOF targets may be 'out of GP control'

2. Exclusive: GP leader calls for GPs to be incentivised to resurrect co-ops

3. Length of GP consultations 'should be controlled by patients'

4. Exclusive: Public health threat as GPs face LES cuts

5. Exclusive: GP leader backs under-fire NHS chief executive after Francis report


The GPC released its response on Thursday to DH proposals to change the GMS contract in England. GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) tweeted:


GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) had a constructive suggestion for the under-fire NHS chief executive:


 Dr Heather Wood (@heatherawood) was a little less constructive:


Grumpy Geriatrician (@GeriatricDr) liked a suggestion by Dr John Lockley (@DrWJL) for a GMC for managers:




GPonline.com's most popular blog of the week was by GP specialist medical accountant Laurence Slavin (@LaurieSlavin) and headlined GP profits rising but so is partner workload. 


Welcome to this week's social media sensation, the Harlem Shake, courtesy of medical students at Edinburgh University.

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