I have just been reading about the fiasco going on with a waste disposal company who has been collecting hospital waste, and then storing it at four different sites rather than incinerating it as they should be doing - Criminal probe over medical waste Now, this to me seems to be a completely failed attempt at privatising a part of a public service? Part of the article that really gets me is the line that states that the company concerned had "previously highlighted the need to invest in the UK's "ageing" incinerator network for clinical waste" - - forgive me here, but if they are the company that has said they will take on the contract to dispose of the waste at their sites, then surely it is their infrastructure that is ageing and therefore up to them to invest in new infrastructure? If you took out a contract with a local taxi driver to take you to and from work every day, would he expect you to pay for a new vehicle a few years down the line because his 'infrastructure' was getting old??? It seems to me that things like this are being farmed off to the private sector who in turn suck as much money as possible out of it before running it down to the point of being disfunctional, and then when they are found out it is the public purse that pays to tidy up the mess, meanwhile the business has bodged it up can simply go bust and that is the end of that. Invariably, it is the public that end up picking up the tab, whilst the fat cats wander off with the profits!