#weekinreview - 4 July: MPs' 15% pay rise, #BBCQT, #NHS65 and #justice4lewisham

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

MPs set for a 15% pay rise while it's cuts, freezes or caps for everyone else. Image: Aoife Lynch.


Your next GP is out Monday and this week GPonline.com revealed the RCGP (@RCGP) and the Patients Association (@patientsassoc) have demanded urgent talks with health secretary Jeremy Hunt (@jeremy_hunt) to discuss the 'crisis' in general practice, broke the news that Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage (@michelledrage) and Dr Fay Wilson (@fay481), chief executive of out-of-hours provider Badger, were planning a joint GPC chairwoman bid and that GPC Wales had elected Dr Charlotte Jones as its first female chair.


1. GPs to vet patients in 'health tourism' crackdown

2. Monitor to probe GP access and 'new models of primary care'

3. GPs take Jeremy Hunt to court over Lewisham A&E cuts

4. Exclusive: Top female GPs plan joint bid to lead GPC

5. Exclusive: GPs in line for share of 125m premises investment


Happy birthday for tomorrow to an NHS showing no signs of retirement. Thanks to @nhschoices for this interesting timeline of the NHS' 65-year history.


Look out for an opinion piece about the NHS' 65th birthday by RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) here on GPonline.com tomorrow.


The coalition government lurched to the right to appeal to UKIP voters as it launched a DH crackdown on so-called 'health tourists':



Wales took some positive organ donor action:


GPs were leading the High Court fight to stop the downgrading of south London's Lewisham hospital:

Meanwhile, and, no, #weekinreview isn't making this up, MPs appear to be in line for a 15% pay increase despite advocating blanket public sector freezes or caps:


Dr Steve Kell (@SteveKellGP), co-chairman of NHS Clinical Commissioners (@NHSCC) leadership group and chairman of Bassetlaw CCG in Nottinghamshire (@BassetlawCCG), wrote Cutting CCG running costs will make some unsustainable for our sister site Inside Commissioning.


Devon GP turned MP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) on the final Question Time #BBCQT before the summer on BBC1 at 10.35pm tonight from Basildon, Essex.

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