#weekinreview - 23 September 2011

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


The Evening Standard covered our exclusive investigation by senior news reporter Susie Sell (@susie_sell) which found that 4% of England’s practices were run by private firms.

GP leaders warn this proportion was likely to more than double by 2014.




It was Liberal Democrat conference (#ldconf) week in Birmingham and special mention must go to mental health campaigner Victoria Bleazard @VictoriBleazard for the scoop #weekinreview doesn’t feel, ahem, equipped to impart:


Just chatted to Shirley Williams in the loo, she said she feels more positive about the direction of nhs reforms’


Thanks to not-for-profit organisation the Health Hotel @healthhotel, which is leading the discussion about health and social care policy at the three main annual political party conferences for the retweet.


BBC GP Dr Rosemary Leonard's @DrRosemaryL unhappiness might strike a chord with fellow GPs:

NHS funded patient survey produces 'statistics' for my practice based on just 170 patients. Huge waste of time and money.'



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Regrettably #weekinreview didn’t make it to Birmingham but did share a platform in London at a health and social media conference with frank and inspirational patient blogger Stephanie Butland @bahtocancer whose book about cancer is published by Hay House in October 2011.

I stopped menstruating during chemotherapy – not unusual – and that May started taking tamoxifen, which induces a medical menopause, with all of the attendant symptoms: hot flushes, dry skin, weight gain (which I opted out of) and of course, no periods.

'And I’m still having the medical menopause symptoms. Apart from the ‘no periods’ one, it now seems.

'So, hot flushes + PMT. No wonder I was in what, locally and colloquially, is known as ‘a tat’.

'Still, I feel better now. And, although I haven’t exactly missed having periods, and I have no desire at all to have more babies, I don’t like doing the menopause a decade or so early. It’s odd for someone who’s submitted themselves to surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and several drug therapies to say what I’m about to say, but there is something uncomfortably unnatural about the whole thing.’


GP newspaper columnist Paul Corrigan (@Paul_Corrigan) suggested clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), when not preoccupied by their size, might find an unexpected ally in local authorities:

What will become clear to local government is that if, from April 2013, they want any influence at all over the local commissioning of NHS services they will need to have an authorised clinical commissioning group on their patch. It is therefore strongly in every local authority’s interest to support their local clinical commissioning groups in developing as organisations and then in gaining authorisation.’



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