#weekinreview - 26 April

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


GP magazine revealed exclusively that investing millions in telehealth could add to GP workload without benefiting patients, after the DH refused to explain its claim that the technology would save the NHS £1.2bn.


Top 5 articles this week

1. GPs face huge expansion of flu jab campaign

2. Exclusive: GPs demand telecare savings evidence

3. GMC halts prescribing overhaul as Lucentis legal challenge begins

4. CCGs adopting 'worst of pct habits', warns GPC

5. GMC consults on guidance for GPs using Facebook and Twitter


GP Dr Una Coales (@drunacoales) tweeted: 

#weekinreview hit t'interweb and the author of Ice Ice Baby (How To Pass CSA) (Sample lyric: 'If there's a problem, GPs solve them.') appears to be Oxford-based Chima Anya (@chimaanya), who describes himself as a doctor ‘moonlighting as a hip hop artist’.

Aren't we all.


Definition of a heartsink patient? Manchester GP Dr Andy Hershon (@andyhersh) tweeted:

#weekinreview wasn’t sat anywhere near NHS Future Forum chairman Professor Steve Field (@ProfSteveField) during a meeting of 150 clinical commissioning group (CCG) leaders in London this week but did manage to elicit his reaction to a presentation by Monitor chairman David Bennett through the medium of Twitter:



Perhaps there was something in the air at the meeting of 150 CCG leaders in London on Tuesday but NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon told the audience about a dream he’d had.

He said: ‘I was sitting in a kitchen sink changing a baby. Someone talked to me, my attention was diverted and I dropped the baby, which was tiny, into the sink. It was so small it went through the plughole and I tried to pull it up and then I woke up.’

To laughter, he added: ‘The baby I was changing was commissioning and I had a terrible feeling we’d let the moment pass and hadn’t tried hard enough. I think that’s not going to happen.’

Perhaps not as strange as a previous dream.


Paul Corrigan

GP columnist Paul Corrigan (@paul_corrigan) on doctors who dislike being told what to do by the state but back a centrally-driven NHS. He blogged:

'If they are GPs they fight for a form of organisation of primary care which precisely does not have a central state telling them what to do, or how to practice. They believe in as much professional autonomy for themselves as possible and they will fight hard and long to maintain that.

But they also want a strong, centrally run NHS.

They certainly don’t want to be told how to practice. So I am left with the sneaking suspicion that they want a strong centrally run NHS to tell everyone but them what to do.'

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