#weekinreview - 24 August

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

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada debated methadone scripts with Russell Brand
RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada debated methadone scripts with Russell Brand


There's no GP magazine this week but you can keep up with all the primary care news and features that matter, here at GPonline.com.

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1. GPs warned after consultation is recorded without consent

2. Consultants struggle to find work, as GP recruitment remains low

3. RCGP chairwoman discusses methadone prescribing with Russell Brand

4. Immigrant GP registration drive needed, HPA says

5. Diabetes markers can determine risk independently of glucose levels



At the end of a week where the unlikely combinations of RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) arguing with Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) and a naked Prince Harry were talking points, one could be forgiven for feeling all August bank holiday, end of summer-ish. NHS Information, which supports the Keep Our NHS Public campaign, suggested this rather sombre, 1m 19s collection of headlines and comment entitled British Taxpayers, Austerity and Growth to Una Mattina by Ludovico Einaudi.



Bothwell GP Dr Mary Church (@zetadoc) is concerned about hospitals passing work to GPs. She tweeted: 

A post-holiday lesson for us all from Inside Commissioning blogger, Nottinghamshire GP and chairman of the Bassetlaw Commissioning Organisation Dr Steve Kell (@SteveKellGP):


#weekinreview is unclear what @GPwillseeyou is but it appears to have something to do with NHS Wakefield, west Yorkshire. The old ones are clearly the best:


UK junior doctors committee chairman Dr Tom Dolphin (@thomasdolphin), a candidate for BMA deputy chairman, faced an unexpectedly challenging encounter:



Devon MP and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) blogged about assisted dying:

'People with capacity should have a right to make decisions for themselves – even if we don't agree with them, except where those decisions harm others. Assisted suicide does harm others: it harms the doctors who take on the responsibility for killing their patients.'

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