#weekinreview - 28 March: Britnell in Louboutins, #NHS111 fears and Burnham backs Bugg

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

Mark Britnell: Call to don Louboutins for NHS England role.
Mark Britnell: Call to don Louboutins for NHS England role.


Your fortnightly GP is out Monday but our website GPonline.com has been covering all the primary care news that matters in what has been a busy NHS week. NHS England, formerly the NHS Commissioning Board, published four new 2013/14 DESs, the CQC revealed 2013/14 practice fees, the DH response to Francis raised the prospect of practice ratings and the soft-launch of NHS 111 floundered.



1. GPs to check millions for dementia, DES plans show

2. GP co-ops step in as NHS 111 roll-out flounders

3. GPs face 142% pension contributions hike

4. GPC warns DESs may not be financially viable

5. DH reveals full detail of 2013/14 GP contract deal



It's all change in the NHS next week as CCGs take over from PCTs although a question mark hangs over the ability of NHS 111 to fulfil its role as highlighted by RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) and GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey).




The switch to CCGs means the NHS departure of many managers as former NHS London chief executive Dame Ruth Carnall (@RuthCarnall) and GP comedian Dr Phil Hammond (@drphilhammond) discussed. But where will they go?







Looking for an Easter weekend soundtrack recommendation? Let shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) and NHS England deputy medical director Professor Steve Field (@ProfSteveField) be your musical guides.




Our most read blog was Inside Commissioning's Adapting remote monitoring via telehealth in your CCG's practices - part 3: smoking cessation by Professor Ruth Chambers.

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