I read Alan Bedford's letter (10 December) regarding the constraints imposed by the EU working-time directive with a wry smile. I do not know Alan from Adam, and I am sure his colleagues will tell me he is conscientious and committed, but I cannot help noting that all he is missing out in his curtailed working week is attending meetings.

Can attending meetings really, really be defined as work?

Organisations (yes - the disease is not only rampant in the NHS) are obsessed with meetings nowadays. Perhaps convenors and attendees should ask what value will be added by the meetings, before the whole array of meeting paraphernalia is set in train. If the EU directive has this effect, perhaps it will bring some real benefits to society.

Barrie Woodcock

RBW Associates