STOP PRESS: CQC to monitor GP sleep patterns

Evidence emerged yesterday that the Care Quantity Commission plan to monitor the sleep patterns of GPs to ensure that patients were not being put at risk by GPs sleeping less than 8 hours a night.

“We can’t all be Margaret Thatcher,” said chief inspector Steve Meadow, enviously, “and those with children who wake in the night will have to get locums.”

Further plans include the banning of remote access to practice computer systems should GPs try to do paperwork at home and work beyond the allowed 12 hours a day.

Meadow added, “I see no reason why GPs can’t get all their work done the course a working day. If I had my way I would ban evening CPD groups and internet discussion groups as well; we don’t need GPs thinking about work the time.”

GP representatives were busy counting up the number of hours they had worked before calculating whether they were permitted to discuss a work-related issue.

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