recently, i have been dealing with several different groups of a-gents from government and hospitals regarding different issues, ranging from 'planning permission' to family health. i learned long ago that many people will gladly step up for a salary and claim a position of authority to speak and advise, yet when asked or pressured to be put to the test in that capacity in a way that would bind them in a court case - they all too often do whatever they can to disown their authority and power position, in favor of silence. since i also learned that without a recording of a phone call with a-gents of institutions and corporate entities, the phone call may as well not have existed, i chose to inform the people i spoke with in planning that i was recording the call. here's the outcome:
in the end i got him to agree to communicate through email, so that a record was kept - yet what reason is there to prevent a phonecall being made of a conversation that you are willingly engaging in for purposes of the alleged government that is allgedly in service of the people? i accept that it is commonly a matter of personal preference as to whether or not you want to be recorded, but when in a government role where your actions effect the lives of many others, transparency and integrity are paramount.
it is for these reasons that i would like to create a move to guarantee that all 'medical professionals' and government a-gents be obliged to allow phone calls to be recorded when acting in their professional capacity.
i have no experience of getting such ideas enacted through government, but i'll put this out onto the web to see what comes of it!