For Your Own Good, Of Course!

So the NHS is going to use regulation to put private competition out of business:

The \’worried well\’ are putting their health at risk by going for expensive body scans which use dangerous blasts of radiation, according to Government experts.

Now yes, such scans do indeed expose one to radiation, but:

Private clinics should stop offering whole body computed tomography (CT) scans and regulation of the industry should be tightened, Government advisers will say in a new report.

The scans could even be banned.

The risks of massive doses of radiation used to carry out the scans do not outweigh the risks for people who are not displaying symptoms, the report from Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation will say.

Some private healthcare clinics offer scans, ranging in price from £500 to £2,000, claiming to pick up early signs of cancer and heart disease.

You do not have to be a complete cynic to note that the State funded monopoly is suggestin that its private sector competitors, those offering a service which it does not and thus showing it up, are at risk of being banned.

Why shouldn\’t people spend their money as they wish?

Ooops, sorry, I forgot, that\’s the point, isn\’t it?

3 comments on “For Your Own Good, Of Course!

  1. “The scans could even be banned.”

    I doubt it. They can’t even get round to banning tanning salons, which are vastly more dangerous.

  2. Or could the NHS be worried that people with positive results will pop round to the nearest NHS hospital and expect to be treated? Think of the cost!

  3. “banning tanning salons, which are vastly more dangerous.”

    I think this misses Tim’s point.

    Whether tanning salons are “dangerous” is not the issue. Competition with NHS is the issue.

    Were the NHS in fact in the tanning salon business, the salons too would be in the NHS’ scopes.

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