I saw a wonderful advert on TV offering an MOT for the body.
Me being me, I started to feel like Tony Hancock in The Blood Donor and immediately checked out the website.
Perhaps, it is time for me to get a full wash and brush up after all these years of Epicurean excess.
'Our aim is to ensure that anyone who wishes to reduce the risk of undetected disease can do so through a range of assessment services'
Great. I am all for preventative medicine.
Saves lives, saves the country money.
The website gave some stats :
'In 1987 the five year survival for lung cancer was under 10% - today this situation has not improved. Currently only 15% of cases are detected early enough to be considered for treatment. Every year 33,000 people die from lung cancer – equating to 90 people every day.
If detected earlier, survival rates for lung cancer can improve to 90%.'
Good, lets get tested.
'As the leading provider of private health assessments using CT scanners, Lifescan is able to check for the very early signs of heart disease, lung cancer, colon cancer, aneurysms, osteoporosis as well as other illnesses.'
But wait, this is not a new government initiative. Instead it is part of the privatisation of the NHS.
Assessments which would previously done by the NHS are now very largely the responsibility of the individual.
And the individual has to pay through the nose.
For example a body scan with colonoscopy is going to set you back £750-00
Mr Brown as part of his New Deal for the Health Service (basically, I am not Tony Blair, I had nothing to do with the debacle in Iraq and therefore you can trust me as I don't tell lies) has announced that FROM NOW ON routine testing will be carried out by GPs.
Fine except routine testing is carried out by GPs (my Doctor has had more blood off me than Dracula could ever) under the existing formula and is therefore not a new initiative.
No, we went the type of testing for the population - of the sort that can be carried out by Bodyscan - to be made available for all.
Cloud Cuckoo Land you say, who is gonna pay for it?
We are !!
Except, we do it this way : Cancel Trident Immediately.
The £30-50 billion estimate for something whose only purpose is to kill people should be re-assigned to things which could improve the life of the ordinary person.
Tell me where I am wrong. Please do, Mister Brown.