#weekinreview - 30 September 2011

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


The Daily Mail covered our exclusive investigation by senior news reporter Susie Sell (@susie_sell) which found that 4% of England’s practices were run by private firms.

GP leaders warn this proportion was likely to more than double by 2014.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) tweeted about the investigation: 'Is this what patients want to happen to their GP practice?'



It was Labour conference week #Lab11 in Liverpool and in the absence of any toilet-related shenanigans #weekinreview saw Guardian journalist Michael White (@michaelwhite) warning Labour’s shadow health secretary John Healey may be reshuffled for not hitting ‘the Lansley barn door hard enough’

Professor Roger Boyle, England’s former national director of heart disease and stroke, spoke and impressed Labour health minister Liz Kendall (@LeicesterLiz) who tweeted about his message: ‘NHS staff don’t approve of this Bill – we need your help to make sure the public know the risks to our beloved NHS.’

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp)  tweeted her recommendation for a GPonline.com Commissioning exclusive: ‘RE bit.ly/nwOXdU excellent article - saying what many have been saying re #nhsreform.



Dr Gandalf (@drgandalf52) is worth a read on GP education, training and, horror, exams:

If we look at the CSA, the last examination to become a GP, I have known people reduced to tears at its mere mention. I have seen depression, elation and abject woe as a result of this test. Every GP trainee fears it.



Follow @gponlinenews for the latest from Team GP.

Individual news streams @CooperColin @EmmaBower @NeilDurham @TomMoberly @NickBostock @emiliereymond @SH_Robinson @Susie_Sell @Abi_Rimmer @AoifeMLynch @pphensler @emiliereymond



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