If you’ve ever bemoaned your morning journey into work, spare a thought for Janet Clark, head of strategy at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, who has to commute more than 3,000 miles every day from her home in Canada.

Well she would if she actually went into the office rather than doing the job from her spare room. According to the Daily Mail, Ms Clark is paid £60,000 a year to “help GPs refer their patients quickly and efficiently” despite being five time zones away from her workplace.

In the words of Tory health spokesman Mike Penning: “You couldn’t make this up if you tried.”