#weekinreview - 5 September: Are BMA subs and CCG videos worth it? Antarctic GP and GP recitals

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

Edinburgh GP Dr Gavin Francis: author of Empire Antarctica - Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins
Edinburgh GP Dr Gavin Francis: author of Empire Antarctica - Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins


Your new fortnightly GP was out Monday and includes an exclusive interview with Dr David Geddes (@DavidGeddes3), NHS England (@NHSEngland) head of primary care commissioning, who said GPs face competition with other providers to earn back up to £200m in funding likely to be cut from PMS budgets. 


1. Exclusive: GP payments face fresh turmoil

2. Shingles vaccine campaign begins

3. Exclusive: CSA judicial review set for court next month

4. RCGP chair questions future of independent contractor status

5. Exclusive: GPs face fight for PMS cash


Read the next fortnightly issue of GP, dated 16 September, to find out how Edinburgh GP and father-of-three Dr Gavin Francis (@DrGavinFrancis) spent 15 months working in Antarctica (see main image), what it was like, including sitting in a rookery of male emperor penguins incubating eggs in the darkness and watching the sky flood with auroras at any hour of the day. He's also won and been shortlisted for an award. Voting details within.






Our best read blog of the week was the moving Treat a disease, you win, you lose. Treat a person, you'll win by Cheshire GP and NHS Vale Royal CCG (@NHSValeRoyalCCG) chairman Dr Jonathan Griffiths (@DrJonGriffiths). 



Value of BMA subs queried:



Some interesting stats added to the are-CCG-videos-worth-it debate: 




More #SelfPraiseIsNoPraise: 




And, finally, to Cowplain, Portsmouth, and a novel idea to both entertain patients and raise money. Clue: wind instruments involved.

DISCLAIMER: #weekinreview is only as sharp and funny as the material you supply. If you've any suggested material, use the hashtag #weekinreview or DM @neildurham via that Twitter thingy. Have a great weekend!

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