#weekinreview - 22 June

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


This week’s GP magazine exclusive rationing investigation led the BBC News on Tuesday, was debated in prime minister’s questions on Wednesday and received widespread national coverage.

Top 5 articles this week

1. Exclusive: 90% of PCTs are now rationing care

2. GPC dismisses Daily Mail backlash over industrial action

3. Health minister says PCT and CCG leaders could be sacked over rationing

4. Industrial action latest: GPs stage rally during pensions industrial action

5. Industrial action latest: BMA reveals effect of doctors' industrial action


#Tweet Of The Week

The NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Manchester coincided with #BMAaction and provided a remarkable mental image.


On Thursday GPs took their first industrial action for almost 40 years against pension changes. The nationals got personal with BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum with the Daily Mail describing him as ‘the country GP turned architect of chaos’ and the Daily Telegraph as both ‘hapless’ and increasingly resembling ‘a 70s union boss’. What was the experience in the Twitterverse?

Maggie Aitch (@FreeBesieged) tweeted:


Lanarkshire GP Dr Mary Church tweeted:

Cheshire junior doctor Dr Andrew Collier (@DrAndrewCollier) tweeted:

Manchester GP Dr Andy Hershon (@andyhersh) tweeted:


Thursday was far less comfortably spent by Hertfordshire GP Dr Mike Ingram (@drmikeingram). He tweeted:

In other news, it wasn’t much fun either for Family Doctor Association chairman Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc)


Abi Rimmer@Abi_Rimmer

Aww industrial action baby born safely http://bbc.in/KAUka3 #BMAaction


The National Association of Primary Care’s Dr Johnny Marshall (@marshall_johnny) blogged about his latest NHS Commissioning Board experience with a distinctive European theme.

He blogged:

'My initial instinct was that whilst there seems to be a genuine intellectual acceptance within NHS Commissioning Board of the required change, it makes turning round an oil super tanker look like ice dancing.  However, as the discussion progressed it was clear that with the central authority gone some parts of the NHS might feel like they were being asked to ice dance on water! Curiously, I found myself empathising with the central authority I had so long felt held captive by. Was this the NHS version of Stockholm Syndrome?'

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