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Sod off CQC – you clipboard-wielding Nazis

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Look, I had genuinely resolved not to say ‘CQC’ and ‘clipboard-wielding Nazis’ ever again in the same sentence. After all, the CQC has taken such a pasting for so long: yes, it does exemplify the sort of heavy handed micromanagement that any self respecting professional should gob on, but, let’s be honest, all those Pavlovian criticisms were starting to feel a bit stale and lazy.

So I’d been thinking, let’s cut them some slack and give them the benefit of the doubt, at least until our first inspection. And that’s what I’d decided to do. Until today. But now I’m feeling all phlegmy again.

What’s happened is, we’ve received a letter from the CQC in response to the one we were obliged to send about a change to our practice – specifically, the retirement of our senior partner. At least, that’s what we thought had happened, But apparently not. I quote: ‘Thank you for your application to remove a partner from the partnership…It will now be passed to our regional teams who will make a decision about your application. You must not apply the changes requested in the application form until we have confirmed we have approved it.’

Oh dear. You see, he’s busy enjoying life on the golf course, and his old patients are in the ‘acceptance’ part of their grieving process. In short, he’s already retired. It would be a shame to have to drag him back to work and make his old faithfuls feel like they’re consulting a ghost. Maybe I’ve been suffering a delusion all these years, but I was under the impression I was a self-employed professional working in a partnership, and that retirement decisions were therefore a matter for the individual and the partners.

So, sod off CQC – you clipboard-wielding Nazis.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can email him at tonycopperfield@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield.

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  • This reminds me of a letter we received from Richmond council when we asked if we could use a couple of spare parking places. This was " as a private company, have you ever considered relocating your business?"
    Shows about the same amount of understanding!

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  • You need to explore the combination descriptive term "Quanker" [Quangocrat and *anker] in the context of the CQC :)

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  • We dentists have had the pleasure of the attentions of these clipboard wielding Nazi quankers for the last three years now, with an annual fee of £800 as opposed to the £550 payable by a comparably small general medical practice.
    To get a taste of pir affections for the CQC, you must see the following;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvPxjLznFn8
    No explanation has been received as to why it is so much more costly to "police" a dental practice, other than that we are a soft target.

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  • the youtube link above is GENIUS- heartily recommended viewing and please copy and forward to anyone you know who still cares for the NHS

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder