#weekinreview - 7 February: #Francis, #NoExcuses cervical screening flashmob and gay marriage

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

Skirts tucked in knickers for cervical screening campaign flashmob video.
Skirts tucked in knickers for cervical screening campaign flashmob video.


Your fortnightly GP out on Monday looked at experts' fears a UK-wide GMS contract is now a 'distant memory' and a growing gulf will emerge between England and the Celtic countries. The Francis report into Mid Staffordshire hospital care was published on Wednesday and we reported government action, what it means for GPs, reaction and have video footage of Francis's statement.



1. GP walkout fears over Labour plans for CCGs

2. Virgin Care beats 17 bids to take over Dorset APMS practice

3. GP wins Come Dine With Me cookery show

4. GP out-of-hours bid blocked as private provider extends deal

5. Francis report demands statutory 'duty of candour' for GPs



Edinburgh's Dr Patricia Elliott (@Trisha_the_doc) reflected after Francis: 

The value of paperwork over caring concerned south London media GP Dr Rosemary Leonard (@DrRosemaryL) and Devon GP MP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp):

But it's not all gloom and introspection. Cheshire GP registrar and RCGP associates in training committee chairman Dr Ben Brown @BenjaminCBrown found some joy in one of GPonline.com's most read stories of the week:


Mixed emotions for east Hampshire GP Dr Julian Bashforth (@jules_1979) over Tuesday's gay marriage vote:



Something a little bit different from NHS Nene CCG @NHSNene to flag up a cervical screening campaign: 




Written pre-Francis but even more interesting afterwards is NHS Doncaster chairman Dr Nick Tupper (@drnicktupper) contribution to our Inside Commissioning blog titled Why business as usual no longer enough when commissioning health.

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