Making hospitals less like airplanes
The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is telling hospitals there’s no need for a blanket ban on cellphones. Many of the NHS’s regions have bans on all cellphone use, but the MHRA says that if the reason is to avoid interference with equipment, it’s only necessary in specific locations such as ICUs.
I’m not a big fan of cellphone use in public spaces. It’s often annoying to hear others on the phone at close quarters. And hospitals are noisy enough as it is. But I also dislike bans that are ostensibly based on “safety” or “security” reasons when they are really just done for the convenience or revenue enhancement of the rule maker. If cellphones are banned, let’s be honest about the reasons. In general I think it’s reasonable to have access to a cell phone in a patient’s room. It should just be used with consideration for others.July 14, 2006