GP Letters, calls & emails: You stop searching once you findtarget

Dear Editor

My wife was trying to find something she had lost. 'Why is it that things are always in the last place you look for them?' she complained. Our 12-year old son looked up briefly from his homework. 'Because once you've found it, you stop looking,' he replied. Those who think they can detect fraudulent quality data recording by counting the number of blood pressure readings that are at or just below target should reflect on this. When the patient has reached target levels, the clinician stops too.

Dr John Lockley, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

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