Politicians need to speak out for or against deserts based rationing. If they don’t it will occur by post-code and by default.

BBC News : Hertfordshire NHS breath tests for smokers before surgery

The Daily Mail reports in East Herfordshire’s attempt to bring in deserts based rationing for the obese and smokers.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest, said: ‘Forcing smokers to take a breath test is not only heavy-handed, it’s a gross intrusion of …

Politicians need to speak out for or against deserts based rationing. If they don’t it will occur by post-code and by default. Rationing does not happen at present according to the politicians…. Not all obese people are couch potatoes, and some have genuine medical conditions. The Hertfordshire proposal is the thin edge of a very large wedge. If perused ad absurdum, we could end up dealing with alcohol, violent sports and assaults, car accidents and even worse, self harm in a deserts based way. The only way forward is an open discussion, a pragmatic compromise, acceptance of rationing, and a period of “warning” so that those who would suffer can clean up their act. And that’s not to mentioned unplanned pregnancies or STDs…..

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Obese and Smokers could be “punished” by deserts based rationing?

A deserts based approach to bed blocking and obesity? How could we encourage families to take their relatives home?

Which party will embrace any form of deserts based rationing?

Its not news to GPs or the Surgeons: Covert, Post-Coded, deserts based rationing is official policy

Devon Health Board deserts based rationing – and political dishonesty & denial at Cabinet level at PMQs.

Overt (deserts based) rationing? – “NHS to ‘ration’ routine operations for obese people and smokers”.

Care for UK military veterans is ‘flawed’, medical experts say – deserts based rationing endorsed but not implemented?

Couch Potatoes deserve deserts based rationing..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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