An inventor who dreamed of giving the public affordable DIY home liposuction kits has had his dream crushed by red tape. And once again, blame lies with Britain's officious health and safety nazis.
'You really couldn't make it up,' said Brian Paddon, a businessman who has been plagued by petty objections from public sector jobsworths. 'You name 'em, they've all been down here. The BMA, the H&E, the national association of anaesthetists. You'd think they'd have something better to do than bother a small businessman who is trying to get his home liposuction business off the ground.'
Paddon's dream was to create a level playing field in the traumatic cosmetic surgery sector, which tends to favour those with deep pockets. By putting surgery in the hands of the home user, Paddon hoped to liberalise the market. He wanted to bring prices down by giving ordinary people the chance to apply their own doses of local anaesthetic, create their own incisions and pump their own saline solutions in and out of their body. 'I wanted to put power in the hands of the consumer. I think that's what they were afraid of,' said Paddon.
Paddon received a number of visits from busybodies who said they were concerned about public safety. The entrepreneur was amazed at the range of objections raised. 'One of them asked me how experienced I was at treating trauma wounds. Another one - I can't forget this! - asked me if I know how to calculate the right dosage for local anaesthetic,' he said. 'They love all these What if scenarios. Well what id my granny was a bus?'
The final straw came when the same bureaucrat asked if Paddon had a plan for dealing with patients who went into cardiac arrest, due to traumatic injury or reaction to drugs. 'I mean, really, how likely is that to happen?'.
Now Paddon's home liposuction business has gone into administration. Ironically, another business, in North Korea, is thriving by doing exactly the same thing.
'It's political correctness gone mad,' he said.'They got nervous and all because of one lousy death.'