#weekinreview - 7 June: #NHSBlameBingo, women GPs burden row, patient hugging and #NHSConfed13

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

The A&E crisis response is in safe hands. Contributed by Jamie Reed.
The A&E crisis response is in safe hands. Contributed by Jamie Reed.


Your next fortnightly edition of GP is out Monday and this week GPonline.com revealed exclusively that most UK negotiators would bid to replace outgoing GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman, the possibility of a GP contract industrial action ballot loomed, the RCGP council election results were published and The King's Fund put out its latest figures on rising A&E waits.


1. BMA to debate industrial action on GP contract

2. PMS practices denied locum superannuation funds

3. Monitor to review walk-in centre closures

4. How NICE plans to reshape general practice

5. GPs warn NHS 'front door' under rising pressure



In a week where GPs continued to be blamed for the A&E crisis and women GPs took the rap for workforce problems via health minister Anna Soubry (@Anna_SoubryMP), #weekinreview regular and Surrey GP Dr Pete Deveson (@PeteDeveson) urged us to play NHS Blame Bingo:


Devon MP and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston (@drwollastonmp) was having none of it:


No shortage of women in leadership roles at the NHS Confederation annual conference in Liverpool #nhsconfed2013:


Shadow health minister Jamie Reed (@jreedmp) raised the level of parliamentary debate on the A&E crisis:


On a more touchy-feely note, patients: to hug or not to hug?


Or is looking good enough?



Should you think the commenters on our Practices face £60,000 penalty over 0844 phone lines story have missed any opportunity for debate, do feel free to contribute.


Our most popular blog was on our new Inside Commissioning site and headlined How CCGs can integrate care - with glue sticks and trikes by South Reading CCG chairwoman Dr Elizabeth Johnston (@emjohnston1).

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