Computer speakers in Ireland to be banned
More than a quarter of computer speakers in the Republic of Ireland will be banned from entering the country, in a new crackdown on the practice of “bias training”.
The government announced a clampdown on the devices on Wednesday following a complaint by a prominent Irish doctor, Dr. John Walsh, who said he had witnessed bias training and the subsequent deaths of patients from it.
Dr. Walsh said he and other doctors in the country had experienced “the highest levels of bias training” in recent years, and said he believed that it contributed to the death of several people.
“I believe that it is the most dangerous, most deadly form of bias, and I want to get to the bottom of it,” he told reporters.
The new ban follows a review by the Irish Medicines Authority in February, which recommended that the devices be banned, with a specific focus on the types of bias that are used to produce them.
The devices are used in the medical profession to give patients the impression that they are receiving care, in order to increase their confidence and reduce anxiety.
The device manufacturers, as well as the manufacturers of other products, will have to submit a response to the authority’s recommendation by the end of March.
The Health Minister said he would be introducing legislation to prohibit the use of the devices.
“The Government has made it very clear that the products that are being used to generate bias training are dangerous,” he said.
“That’s why I am introducing legislation that bans all bias training devices.”
Dr. John Gorman, the chairman of the Medical Association of Ireland, which represents the profession, said the use and misuse of the device had been on the rise for some time.
“These devices are now being used in some of the most high-risk areas in Ireland,” he added.
“The issue of bias is not new to the profession.
It’s been going on for years.”
The Health Ministry said that it would be taking the lead in the regulation of the use, marketing and distribution of the products.
The department of health said it was also reviewing the use in the teaching of health care and social care in the UK, as a way to protect against bias.