#weekinreview - 4 November 2011

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


Wednesday was a day #weekinreview will find difficult to forget. Not only was the 2012/13 GMS contract deal revealed (no pay rise, practice boundary changes and a tougher QOF linking pay to reducing avoidable local hospital admissions) but the Treasury unveiled a slightly less disastrous NHS pension offer.

It was also day two of the annual conference of the National Association of Primary Care in Birmingham (#napc) where firm GP Care UK warned GPs to set up provider organisations or risk losing enhanced services and an accountant sounded the death knell for PMS contracts...


Onwards and upwards to Twitter then for cheerier news after what could be described as Black Wednesday.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada and Professor Steve Field, chairman of the NHS Future Forum and former RCGP chairman, continued to agree to disagree. @clarercgp tweeted from the #midstaffsinquiry:


NHS GP, author and private MRCGP courses educator Dr Una Coales @drunacoales made her views on revalidation clear. She tweeted:

Don’t blame the Scots for their poor diet argues Dr Mary Church (@zetadoc). She tweeted: 


#weekinreview feels contractually obliged to add that other high-end supermarkets do exist. Although, perhaps not so many in Scotland.



#weekinreview regular and east London GP Dr Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny) blogs with the question: ‘A world without health professionals?’

He writes: ‘Our job, far more than diagnosing disease, is diagnosing ‘non-disease’, in other words, helping patients to cope with illness and suffering without imposing a medical diagnosis.’


A shameless plug for one of @gponlinenews most popular bloggers The GP Apprentice Dr Anuradha Arasu (@doctoranuarasu ) who tips her hat to the season with: ‘No trick or treat for me this year’ on eyewatering hospital pranks.

She blogs: ‘The worst prank I suffered was one that I couldn’t have predicted. During a morning in acute assessment unit I admitted a patient with phimosis.

My SHO took one look at him and quietly referred him to the surgeons. But he didn’t tell me that. Oh no. He told me the patient couldn’t be discharged unless I succeeded in manually stretching the foreskin back however long it took; hence I was left playing tug-of-war for 45 minutes until the surgeons arrived.’

One word: ouch.


@gponlinenews for all the GP news that matters.

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


Look out for @Susie_Sell from the Westminster Health Forum's future of the NHS event on Tuesday (8 November) featuring @clarercgp, BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, Stephen Dorrell and shadow health minister Liz Kendall (@leicesterliz)

GP earnings and expenses details out from the NHS Information Centre Wednesday 9 November morning.

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