“Good Intentions” Do Not Justify the Ill Effects of Meddling State Bureaucrats

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…


A Rule Meant to Reduce Neurosurgeon’s Fatigue Went Terribly Wrong:

Richard Menger, a neurosurgery resident at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center, tells a surprising tale in an article for the Foundation for Economic Education: how a rule meant to reduce doctors’ fatigue made neurosurgery less safe.

The rule was made with good intentions. Tired doctors are more likely to make mistakes, so by limiting the hours medical residents are permitted to work in a given week, there should be fewer tired doctors making fewer mistakes.

The good intentions didn’t lead to good results, however…

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: “Good intentions” don’t justify the ill effects of such activity…