#weekinreview - 23 November

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

Dumb Ways To Die video


This fortnight's exclusive GP investigation by departing deputy news editor Tom Moberly (@TomMoberly) found GPs increasingly have to fight to obtain NHS treatment for their patients as managers raise the limits on access to care.

Full results, analysis, reaction and Tom's blog available only online.

It won coverage in the  Guardian, Telegraph, Express and paywalled Times.


1 Medical services should no longer be at centre of NHS, says Dorrell

2 Exclusive: GPs fighting for patient care as rationing hits access  

3 No room at the top for female GPs?

4 Stress forces many practice managers out

5 Online access to patient records has 'clear confidentiality issues', health minister says


Fourth-year Manchester University medical student Clarissa Gurbani (@medixcited) flagged up Dumb Ways To Die which boasts lyrics including: 'Eat medicine that's out of date, use your private parts as piranha bait'. #weekinreview does not suggest trying this at home.



Public health Dr Helen Barratt (@helen_barratt) reacted with an eye-roll to former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins' idea to introduce charging into the NHS.


In #susanalbumparty vein, Rachel Carrell (@RachCarrell), CEO of remote healthcare provider DrThom, had to double-take at a headline.


To Bournemouth and the NHS Alliance conference #nhsalliance2012 where health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) spoke to a GP audience for the first time. Dr Sam Barrell (@SamBarrell1), chief clinical officer of South Devon and Torbay CCG, tweeted:



Brrr! Ultra-marathon GP Dr Andrew Murray won the Antarctic Ice Marathon in three hours and 41 minutes. It's a warm-up for seven ultra-marathons in seven days on seven continents.



GPonline.com's most popular blog of the week was by editor-in-chief Colin Cooper (@coopercolin) and headlined Why MPs think CCGs are not the future of commissioning. 

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