Any scientist or telecoms experts will tell you that mobile phones present no risk to medical equipment. Similarly, pilots are well known to phone their wives, partners or friends on the approach to landing in order to say they will be home soon, using their mobile phones, again proving that using them on planes causes no risk at all.
Now whilst I can understand why airlines charge so much for in flight calls given that at altitude it is unlikely that you will pick up a decent mobile signal and you as a passenger have chosen to go on the aircraft, I fail to see the justification for such exorbitant telephone charges for patients in hospital.
Just last month some hospitals announced that following professional advice they would allow people to use mobile phones in non acute wards. However, today it has been announced that Patientline, a company that provides phone in hospitals where mobile phone remain banned are to put their call costs up by 160%. This is a blatant rip off as patients in these hospital remain banned from using mobile phones.
Let's see some MPs take this issue up with the NHS. I'll certainly be e-mailing my friend and Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb about it to see what questions he can ask about this as it is a disgrace that patients are taken advantage of in this way.