What do Skype, Batman and GPs have in common?
So the latest wheeze following on the NHS reforms comes from Sir Bruce ‘Whine’ Keogh. This medical leader believes that using modern technology we will be able to keep Gotham citizens happy and healthy.
Sir Bruce reckons that by making ourselves available 24 hours a day, reachable by the Bat Signal (aka Skype), we will be able to leap in to action to reassure the citizens that no joker will stop them from sleeping safely. Bruce also reckons that this will make our lives easier and we will be able to be more productive.
Now, I don’t know about you, but the Dark Knight is not top of my list of Superheroes. I’m more of a Spidey fan myself, but I suspect Sir Bruce has a thing about the caped crusader.
My objection is that Batman has day/night inversion, unable to form stable relationships or hold down a normal job and, let’s face it, is frankly batty!
So what will happen when your average GP does become an all-night avenger? What will it be like when the Bat Signal (sorry, Skype) goes off at regular intervals?
After a couple of weeks of sleep deprivation and social isolation, we’ll all find it difficult to carry on normal relationships and we’ll all be seeing less sunlight than the cast of Twilight.
In short, this idea is strictly for the superheroes, not your average GP.
One more thought strikes me. I’ve never actually seen Sir Bruce and Batman in the same place together – does that seem odd to you?