This is interesting:
The Health Secretary has admitted that patients may be at risk in the wake of an undercover investigation by this newspaper and the British Medical Journal.
Today it can be disclosed that unscrupulous medical regulators are also secretly advising some Chinese and Indian firms to market artificial hips and other devices as “made in Europe” to unsuspecting British patients.
A regulatory body in Hungary, authorised to license products for sale in Britain, advised reporters posing as representatives of a Chinese medical firm to use a “front address” in the EU to claim products were manufactured on the continent.
A Turkish regulator, also allowed to license products for the British market, admitted the licensing process was a “money-making business”.
It\’s also, if you want to think about it, rather terrifying.
For the basic assumption of the system is that Mr. Numpty over in Slovenia is competent (and sufficiently honest) to test and regulate medical implants. Which, it would appear, he\’s not really.
But here\’s where it really gets going. This is true of pretty much any form of licensing. Or training. Or qualification. Get an MD from Slovenia and you\’re are fully qualified doctor throughout the EU. Get an electrician\’s certificate ditto. Architect?
A CE rating for an electrical product? Pass food safety rules? Even, would you believe, going to be offered a fair trial? For yes, that\’s what the EU arrest warrant is based upon. The idea that the courts in Poland, Greece, are just as good as our own dear court system in the UK (which, given that the operate off an entirely different system of law is hard to swallow).
Absolutely everything works this way. That the regulators, licensors, testers, educators, examiners, right across Europe are all equal to each other, entirely uncorruptible, honest and hard working.
No, seriously: imagine, go on just imagine, that there was a country within the EU that had a large Mafia component. Hard I know. And that said Mafiosi, the greasing of palms and the payment of bribes, carried through to people gaining, say their certificates as dentists. Our Sicilian who knew who to pay and how much is now licensed to drill your teeth.
As all will know I\’m extreme even by the standards of the eurosceptics. I think the whole thing is a bad idea over and above insisting that Britain should be a part of it.
But there are good reasons why I think so. One of which is that we have this basic assumption: every Johnny Foreigner bureaucrat is just as honest and pure as every one of ours. And no one who has ever worked or lived elsewhere would dream of believing something so damn stupid.