#weekinreview - 9 March

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


An exclusive GP investigation covered by the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph found memory services crucial to cutting the billion-pound burden of dementia on the NHS are being critically underfunded.


Top 5 articles this week

1. Video: GP confronts lansley on hospital visit about 'rubbish' health bill

2. Lib Dem GP believes growing gp pressure 'can force u-turn on health bill'

3. Exclusive: CCGs risk 'culture of dependency' on private firms

4. GPs should screen all over 65s for stroke risk, experts urge

5. CCGs' leaders call on cameron to drop the health bill


Our most popular story of the week included a 48-second clip of anti-Health Bill campaigner and retired GP Dr Ron Singer confronting health secretary Andrew Lansley over his plans at a north London hospital.

#weekinreview recommends this speeded-up version to the Benny Hill theme tune.



Lib Dem GP Dr Charles West (@West4MP) has attracted much media attention this week for his Health Bill opposition. He tweeted:


Unexpected football banter from NHS Future Forum chairman Professor Steve Field (@ProfSteveField) with RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@clarercgp). He tweeted:


Health writer and commentator Roy Lilley (@RoyLilley) on what will happen should the Health Bill become law:

Like it or not we are heading for a denationalised NHS with who knows how many providers from the NHS the voluntary sector and private companies. The majority will all have staff who, for the moment, will be transferred on pay and conditions that mirror the NHS.  Over time as the workforce churns, new staff will be engaged on new conditions. 

'Skill mix will be reviewed and I'll bet a large part of care will be in the hands of HCAs still out of the reach of regulators.  Indeed, new grades and titles will be invented.  An HCA a 'comfort assistant', a nurse will become a 'care steward' and a doctor a 'hospitalist'.  GPs will be 'care brokers'.'



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