5 Responses to “editorial in the JRSM”

  1. dearieme June 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m delighted to see that should my HbA1c rise above 7% I need not be advised to take drastic action. I’ve already declined to take the drastic action of starting on statins: I hope that patience will be rewarded with a somersault there too.

  2. michael June 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm #


    As expected, your observations are spot on – with only one typo that the JRSM’s copy editors missed 🙂

    Forgive my ignorance, but does QOF apply in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland?

    Forgive my impertinence, but why is there no bicycle on http://www.margaretmccartney.com/?

  3. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney June 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    good point. no bike – unforgivable. here it is in full glory http://www.commonwheel.org.uk/rudge-roadster

    as for the typo, er, still can’t see it….
    but yes, we have the QOF, but rumour mill is out about a new devolved one at some point.

  4. Derek Tunnicliffe July 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Margaret, a long time ago I told you of my experience of targets and their uselessness. But once a government has taken (expensive) consultancy advice that targets work – that’s what you get.

    Tim Harford (ex FT colleague) now reports that this government may look at (accept?) the idea of proper trials (eg blind) of social proposals. Which could (just) include ideas like ‘target-setting’?

  5. michael July 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Apologies for the slow response to “er, still can’t see it”

    In the last para, is “professionalizm” a typo or Scottizm?