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…..
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..