MRI scanners saved - but new regulations still interfere needlessly

11-Jun-2013 @ 14:0

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre today praised MEPs for bowing to common sense and stepping back from measures which would effectively have banned MRI scanners from hospitals on staff-safety grounds.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, was speaking as MEPs approved a revised package of measures to offer protection to workers potentially exposed to electro-magnetic fields.
At one point the proposed new rules were so over-zealous that they would have largely outlawed MRI scans, which are a widespread and essential tool in hospital diagnostics. But following negotiation involving Miss McIntyre as Conservative "shadow rapporteur", the more extreme proposals have been modified to achieve a more realistic balance between safety considerations and practicality.

She told MEPs: "The issue of electromagnetic fields, protecting the health and safety of workers and also providing sufficient flexibility for innovation are important issues that have provoked widespread debate.
"We must base our proposals on robust scientific evidence so that we can ensure effective health protection, rather than creating a bureaucratic minefield that even with the best of intentions leads to unintended consequences.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to amend the Commission's proposals to ensure that MRI scanners can continue to be used across the EU.
"I strongly believe that we should only legislate in areas where the EU can add real value. It is important that the right balance is reached between ensuring sufficient flexibility for member states whilst in this case ensuring workers are protected.
"Even taking into account the progress that has been made, I still believe that we have gone down the wrong path with this directive, and that through a non-legislative approach we could have achieved the same outcome at a fraction of the cost to industry."
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