#weekinreview - 9 September 2011

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


GP news reporter Stephen Robinson (@SH_Robinson) had a Daily Mail splash with his exclusive Freedom of Information Act investigation for GP about PCTs restricting access to diagnostic scans. @GPonlinenews is the only place you'll find full PCT-by-PCT results.

The Health Bill survived a Commons vote although #weekinreview was a little disappointed by the MP turn-out. Perhaps there was a lot of important work to be done elsewhere. Our Health Bill resource contains all the latest news in one place.


Dr Shane Gordon (@DrShaneGordon), NHS Alliance GP Commissioning Federation national co-lead, tweeted from an NHS East of England event for clinical commissioning group leads.

Tweets included: ‘Next year’s big #NHS comms challenge is explaining QIPP to the public.’

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada (@ClareRCGP) wasn’t a fan of the prime minister’s interpretation of RCGP Health Bill positioning or the BBC’s Bill-related output this week. She tweeted: ‘I have complained to the BBC about their woeful lack of coverage of the Health Bill.’

Commentator Roy Lilley (@RoyLilley) thought the RCGP’s Health Bill stance could have been clearer. He tweeted: ‘Selectively quoted what you said. Response to the Bill was flawed. Kick your press office.’


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Editor of Health Policy Insight Andy Cowper (@HPIAndyCowper) on the prime minister’s misinterpretation of the RCGP’s position on the Health Bill:

Yesterday, we had the marvel of health Minister Simon Burns' Alan Partridge impersonation to keep us awake.

Today, the joy was shared by prime minister David 'That Nice Mr' Cameron, giving us his Britney Spears rendition of Oops I Did It Again.

Today Mr Cameron told the Commons (in reply to Ed Miliband's final question of prime minister's questions) about 'the RCGP, the Royal College of Physicians and the RCN all supporting our health reforms'.

There is a slight problem with this statement.

It's largely wrong.


GP is organising two conferences next month in London. Find out how changes to NHS pensions will affect you on 15 September and about maximising your potential as a locum GP on 27 September.

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