An excited press release arrives from a tech firm who are desperate for us to use their name, boasting that their equipment was used to identify the bones of deceased monarch Richard III.
End Game thanks them for getting in touch, but is more interested in the fact that the work was done at University Hospitals Leicester Trust.
We are, to be honest, a bit concerned that patient confidentiality might have been breached in this case – but more worried about how the trust was remunerated for carrying out the work.
As a resident of a Leicester car park for more than 500 years, Mr III would have been the local clinical commissioning group’s responsibility, although we are fairly sure this sort of thing isn’t included in the standard local commissioner contract.
Still, we’re sure that drawing up a tariff for the use of radiology services for the purposes of identifying historical figures, basically for fun, is high on Monitor’s to do list.