#weekinreview - 26 September: Burnham rejects CCGs, GP pay slump, #Lab13 and #Con13

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

Mr Burnham: Not terribly keen on CCGs. Blackout via Ed Miliband. Image: Emma Platt
Mr Burnham: Not terribly keen on CCGs. Blackout via Ed Miliband. Image: Emma Platt


GP news reporter Neil Roberts (@Neil_GPMag) spent three days at the Labour conference (#Lab13) in Brighton.  His coverage features shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp), Lord Philip Hunt (@LordPhilOfBrum), Labour health spokesman in the Lords, and RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp). 

GP senior news reporter Marina Soteriou (@marina_soteriou) will be covering the Conservative conference (#Con13) in Manchester next week for GPonline.com.

GPs suffered a 15% real-terms drop in average income between 2004/5 and 2011/12, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre released on Wednesday showed. 

Meanwhile, back in Brighton, Eddie Izzard @eddieizzard announced he'd stand to be London mayor in 2020:







1. Labour conference: GP contract not fit for 24-hour NHS

2. Labour conference: GP-led commissioning 'not in public interest', says Burnham

3. GP income down 15% in real terms since 2004

4. Labour conference: GPs would work very differently under Labour

5. Pay freeze must continue, says NHS Employers


Our best read blog was Inside Commissioning's What CCGs should learn from Hunt's £500m A&E bail-out by regular columnist Paul Corrigan (@paul_corrigan).



Health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) was in jovial mood after Ed Miliband's (@Ed_Miliband) disastrous/amazing #Lab13 speech:



No love lost between shadow health minister Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) and the health secretary: 


 A different perspective on the GP pay slump of the last decade: 


  A little CCG advice:


 And, finally, why is life often better in Sweden?



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