#weekinreview - 8 June

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


This week GP magazine splashed on the story that GPs will cancel appointments and postpone clinics on 21 June after the BMA voted to take industrial action for the first time in nearly 40 years over cuts to NHS pensions.


Top 5 articles this week

1. GPs cancelling appointments and postponing clinics for pensions industrial action

2. GPs cut workload by training patients to manage demand

3. BP checks for hypertension in QOF 'may be costly for GPs'

4. GPs face unfunded extra work during Olympics

5. BMA hits back over media outrage at GP pensions industrial action




DH plans to use NHS Choices to rate GP practices out of 10 came under fire on Twitter. GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (@rvautrey) tweeted:

BMA Council member and retired Manchester GP Dr kailash Chand (@KailashChandOBE) tweeted:

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) tweeted:

BMA strategy after GPs voted for industrial action on 21 June was called into question by Dr Eric Rose (@DrAngry). He tweeted:



NHS commentator Roy Lilley (@RoyLilley) predicts humiliation for the BMA (‘British Moaners’ Association’) on pensions industrial action.

The National Association of Primary Care and NHS Alliance have been divisive forces during the passage of the Bill. They are likely to merge and attempt to recover an inclusiveness that is desperately needed. A new organisation will emerge.'





Labour's shadow health minister Lord Phil Hunt blogged on why ministers should halt the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act. He wrote:

Part of the problem is that ministers have still to put a mass of secondary legislation through parliament. Much of the detail on the operation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), including their establishment and the all important governance issue, need to be agreed.

The biggest issue will be dealing with potential conflicts of interest. CCGs will have huge budgets and many will want to use them to continue Labour’s policy of boosting local community health services.'

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