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Give Baroness Young's departure from CQC a festive cheer

Doesn't the recent news about Baroness Young and her superquango, the CQC, just make you smile and give a warm feeling inside (‘Baroness Young to step down as CQC chair')?

There she was inspecting a hospital trust and relishing the fact that the chief executive was thinking the worst day of his life had arrived with the unannounced CQC inspection. What does that say about the mindset of the Baroness? No mention of working together to help improve patient care - just ‘let's see how bad we can make this CEO feel'! And now it seems they couldn't scrutinise a wet paper bag for its retentive properties.

Not long ago I called for a campaign to have these layers of scrutineers of medical practice scrutunised themselves with the same rigour as we all have to endure, with all the jeopardy it entails.

Before her resignation, Baroness Young was quoted as keen to turn her band of bunglers on general practice and to enforce inspections with the full level of her powers including fines and even legal action. Well, if the CQC inspectors turn up at my surgery they'll not get a foot past the front door until they produce a governance plan, appraisals, development plan, SEAs, data protection clearance, police clearance certificates and so on - even then we will deliberate long hard before we invite them in.

Perhaps we will survey our whole practice population about whether they want the CQC first.

From Dr TD Magowan, Ballymena, Co Antrim

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