Tag Archives: The Royal College of Pathologists

Normally useless

Overall, general health checks were not found to reduce total or cause-specific morbidity or mortality risks. Most doctors will not be surprised to learn that general health checks are of no benefit for a typical patient.  Yet they participate in burdensome accreditation schemes … Continue reading

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AAPS assessment of CLIA lab regulation

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. produced a critical assessment on the CLIA regulation of laboratories which sort-of fills the CPA niche in the USA.  It includes cost estimates which seem much lower than CPA and UKAS probably … Continue reading

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Except by Accident, the Majority Is Always Wrong

However, notice that whoever speaks for the collective is a human individual. He has a brain. Otherwise, the collective could not even fake a semblance of volition. It is the chutzpah of the spokesman that gives the collective the superficial appearance of having a functional brain. Continue reading

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Since we keep failing to meet them – shall we get rid of targets?

This forum discussion on failing to meet targets is worth reading.  The first post ends with the proposition, “Are targets a waste of time – they must be if no one tries to meet them – so rather than reducing people … Continue reading

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Pareto approximately

Dr Gordon Brown thought investment meant expenditure of borrowed, fraudulent money. He “invested” copiously in the NHS amongst other places.  One aspect of it was the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The concept was initiated by Conservatives to enable the current government … Continue reading

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder video. What if such a person had conceived accreditation? What if ISOs were written by rooms full of them, or those unable to think differently?

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The Perils Of Obsessive Measurement

You didn’t click the link about obsessive measurement in the last post?  Read it now.  I’ll spoon-feed you.  Learn about Goodhart’s Law –  a target cannot be a measure.  Can an outcome be a target? The Perils Of Obsessive Measurement … Continue reading

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Continuing Professional Development is going out of fashion with barristers

Alex Aldridge tells us: “Why barristers balk at the ‘box-ticking’ of continuing professional development Barristers failing to complete their annual quota of CPD now dominate Bar Standards Board disciplinary proceedings “Tucked away deep within the Bar Standards Board website is … Continue reading

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