A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Get The Ball Rolling

The federal government is making an attempt to end the isotope shortage that is hampering the ability of the medical community to make critical diagnoses:

"Following eleventh-hour talks with the Liberals, the federal government introduced emergency legislation Tuesday evening that will compel Ontario's Chalk River nuclear reactor to restart immediately.

The Liberals had threatened to refuse to give the bill the unanimous support necessary to bypass the legislative process.

But in an unsual sitting of the House of Commons Tuesday evening, all of the political parties agreed to pass the legislation through the House and Senate in one night." *

Reading through many of the comments at CTV, there seems to be an idea out there that this shortage is causing deaths. This is not the case. While the use of isotopes in diagnostic imaging is a powerful tool in the hands of radiologists and other physicians, their use is only one of the many diagnostic tools available to physicians in making diagnoses. Doctors will simply have to rely on other techniques in the interim period until this shortage is over. That being said, I'm pleased the government is taking action to expedite the re-opening of the Chalk River facility.



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