The Monday Morning Quote #480

“The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression”.

Sir John Harvey Jones

…same sh*t, different profession…

I write mostly about what happens to dentists and the business of dentistry…but let’s not forget that the UK is a pretty lousy place for a lot of professions at the moment, especially the ones that put patient care at their core.

This from the BMJ via reestheskin

“Why do doctors feel the need to do this? A study in The BMJ in 2015 suggested that there is an association between increased defensive practice and a reduced likelihood of being involved in litigation.2 One might conclude that defensive practice is a logical behaviour in the face of a culture that leads to doctors being fearful of the consequences of making an error or even of a known adverse outcome.”

“No doctor sets out to practise defensively, but a system has been created where this is inevitable. The GMC acknowledges that medicine has become more defensive.3 Doctors often lack confidence in the fairness and competence of investigations and continue to see the GMC as threatening.”

The Monday Morning Quote #479

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

Stephen Hawking

GDPR = Got Desperate People Rich(er)

Chicken Licken says the sky has fallen – #94

Lee Gilbert’s thoughts on GDPR,

“It seems every type of company from Accountants, HR Advisory firms, Law Practices, IT companies, Greengrocers and Candle Stick makers… have been jumping on the band wagon of running seminar’s on the subject without truly understanding (or having read in some cases!) the Regulation and its subsequent Recitals.”

It’s Regulation 2016/679. It’s 88 pages long and there are 173 Recitals…. by the way.

Some people say complying with GDPR requires extensive planning and in some cases, a complete change in processes and procedures.

The reality, for most, is the change is minuscule.

It should not be ignored but the changes and updates required are so small you could argue they merely constitute the best practice many organisations have been applying for some time.

Put simply, GDPR is designed to clean up some poor practices conducted by the few. It is the many though who are feeling the brunt.

Cynical? Moi?

Link to the full post

So many pants on fire…

The lies that have been distributed are so many and so persistent that, arguably, fiction is the only way to tell the truth.

John Le Carre in an interview in the New York Times with Mel Gubben –

January 7th 2004, quoted in Spione

I wonder what he would say now?



The General Medical Council has lost its way – Lancet

The Lancet 14th April 2018

“Proper standards should include attention to the dismal environment doctors and other health professionals are working in. In its fact sheet related to this case, the GMC says that it sent a clear message in 2016 that there was “a state of unease” in the medical profession. And in response to understaffing and unsafe workloads, it advises doctors that “it is vital you escalate your concerns and document them; but don’t walk away”. This is wholly unhelpful advice when staffing gaps, unfilled positions, and unmanageable workloads are the daily reality in the NHS. The GMC’s leadership has lost the trust of the profession and public. Empty apologies and further reviews are not enough. To rebuild confidence in the GMC, its Council Chair Terence Stephenson and Chief Executive Charlie Massey must resign.”

Full Article HERE


Sam, I know just how you feel!

The joys of a writing deadline and no inspiration…

Sam Seaborn, I feel your pain.


The Monday Morning Quote #478

“I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one’s business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship.

I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind”

George Bernard Shaw


The Monday Morning Quote #477

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”





“This confirmed my long held suspicion that many people use spreadsheets as an alternative to thinking.”
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