#weekinreview - 8 March: Nicholson battles on, competition rules twist and Dr 'Prince Charles' Christian

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

Dr Christian Jessen as Prince Charles
Dr Christian Jessen as Prince Charles


Your fortnightly GP was out on Monday and included a doctor defending the role of the Liverpool Care Pathway as a review of it begins. Doctors also fear lives are being put at risk because GPs are refused access to ovarian cancer scans and patients are forced to wait months to obtain test results.


1. GP funding slashed 220m in three years

2. GPs face fresh QOF overhaul in cardiovascular push

3. Health secretary gives practices 2015 deadline for online access

4. GPs 'refused access' to ovarian cancer scans

5. GPs 'more likely to be sued than ever before' as claims rise 40%



NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson survived a grilling on Tuesday at the hands of the health select committee led by GP MP Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservative, Totnes, Devon) (@drwollastonmp):


Leader writers at The Times, The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph called for the departure of 'The Man With No Shame'and GPs were as unforgiving:



In other news, the DH relented to pressure to rewrite NHS competition rules with just weeks before CCGs go live:


Elsewhere Professor Chris Ham (@profchrisham), The Kings Fund's chief executive, was offering a helping hand:


Our most popular blog of the week was by Dr Custodes and headlined: 'GPs to take charge of NHS fire sale of epic proportions'.



Channel Four's Dr Christian Jessen (@DrChristian) reflected on a sketch of him from @quarterpolish:


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