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Children drafted in to fill gaps on CQC inspection teams

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The CQC is struggling to find enough GPs for every inspection so they’ve started recruiting primary school children instead.

We spoke to Lily, a four-and-a-half-year-old who recently inspected her local health centre.

She told us: ‘It was silly. The people looked sad and it was smelly, it smelt like a smelly bottom.’

After giggling for what seemed like an insanely long period of time, she added: ‘A smelly pooey bottom.’

A spokesperson from the CQC responded: ‘We understand GPs may be concerned about this, but we really don’t think you need an awful lot of training for this kind of job.

I mean, anyone can carry a clipboard around. I’ve just come out of a very productive meeting with Thomas, one of our bright new five-year-olds. He assured me that his practice met the required standard but was disappointed that Iggle Piggle’s eyes were missing and that the giant Connect Four in the waiting room was covered in snot.’

Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Aberdeen.

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  • We all need a good sense of humour in these challenging times, but it would be a shame not to recognise that children and young people are users of GP practices, and that even quite young children are able to give informed feedback on the services they receive.

    We use young people to help assess Practices against the Young People Friendly criteria and their insights can be very valuable

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  • George Murgatroyd

    Yes, to add to Inge's comments, the initiative in Cumbria CCG to provide a Pathfinder Project that encourages children and young people to give feedback about the various healthcare services they have experienced in Cumbria is a case in point. See
    http://www.cumbriaccg.nhs.uk/news/2014/february/nhs-cumbria-ccg-awarded-100k-to-further-develop-a-feedback-system-for-children-and-young-people.aspx

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  • Bob Hodges

    Are you guys for real?

    This like Charlie Brooker's TV Go Home - it was brilliantly surreal and dark satire on the rubbish that gets put on TV. 10 years later, ALL TV scheduales now look like TV Go Home.

    In ten years, I now expect to be insepcted by kids rather than just laughing at how sill an idea it is now.

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  • You shouldn't post things like this, you give those nice intelligent people at CQC ideas!

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  • I think this is the future for the CQC!

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  • Can I do one? .....what will I get paid?

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  • If children can do the job, why do adults get paid so much?

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  • Haribo isn't cheap, you know.

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  • Inga, George
    I really hope your comments were tongue in cheek. I didn't click the link just in case it's true we are funding bizarre schemes like this just at a time the country is financially on its knees.

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  • "Young children" giving "informed feedback" please tell me that's a parody just like the blog!

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