Two senior individuals involved in the Care Quality Commission’s new hospital inspection regime have been spotted clunking around in orthopaedic boots – the sign of a nasty foot injury.

An uncanny coincidence. Have they been giving some hapless trust a kicking? Or are hospitals under inspection feeling the pressure and fighting back? Perhaps the CQC’s new method for detecting “high risk” hospitals is just scarily accurate.

End Game made enquiries and can confirm the injuries are unrelated. However we can reveal that at least one broken foot was sustained in the course of CQC duty and even involved treatment at the trust being inspected.

We applaud the lengths the new look CQC is going to, in order to see services from the patient’s point of view.