#weekinreview - 30 March

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

Lansley as he might look in his kimono
Lansley as he might look in his kimono


GP revealed exclusively this week that practices face increasing pressure on core funding for the rest of the current parliament as the NHS Commissioning Board takes control of GP contracts.

There’s no issue of GP magazine next week but keep an eye on GPonline.com for all the primary care news that matters.


Top 5 articles this week

1. Serco to run nhs services in 140m deal

2. Leaked draft risk register reveals fears about ccgs going 'bust'

3. DH plans to link alcohol screening to gp pay

4. Exclusive: nhs board to step up pms reviews

5. Health Bill receives royal assent and becomes law



Not a great week for the government. #weekinreview regular and Surrey GP Dr Pete Deveson (@petedeveson) was inspired by cabinet minister Frances ‘jerrycan’ Maude. He tweeted:

Retired Buckinghamshire GP Dr Eric Rose (@DoctorAngry) mused on the hot takeaway goods tax:

Lord Bassam of Brighton (@SteveTheQuip) reinforced the perception that politics is all go and not about to have more than three weeks off. He tweeted:

Perhaps it was the weather but Family Doctor Association chairman Dr Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) was pondering subject temperature. He tweeted:



Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) revealed the rather odd list of gifts (Japanese kimono, anyone?) given to the DH.

Looking good Andrew

Here is a list of presents given to Lansley’s health department.

Champagne and kimonos :


Paul Corrigan


GP columnist Paul Corrigan (@Paul_Corrigan) says Labour’s proposed repeal of the Health Act may not be a vote winner. He blogged:

If the Bill were to be repealed there would need to be some form of alternative Bill and alternative structure to replace it. By April 2016 PCTs will have been absent from the NHS for between 4 and 5 years. It would take a further 2 year upheaval to bring about any significant structural changes.

This is not what anyone wants. We do not need another Bill.

The next General Election will be about which Party voters will trust to improve the NHS without structural change and without new money.'



There'll be no 4 April edition of GP but keep an eye on GPonline.com for all the primary care news that matters.

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