South Wales Evening Post (2 Sep 2016):
Public opinion needed over hospitals’ smoking ban review
HYWEL Dda University Health Board wants your opinions about smokers lighting up on hospital grounds.
The health board is asking the public to complete a survey, which asks 12 questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, which will provide them with information by the time the current Smoke Free policy is reviewed in the coming months.
Teresa Owen, director of public health for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We have asked our staff about how they think we can encourage smokers not to smoke on our hospital sites, and now we’re asking for the public’s opinion.
I filled in the questionnaire. As I expected, the questions were all heavily weighted against smokers. Sort of along the lines of: Do you think smokers in the hospital grounds should be a) attacked by grizzly bears, b) shot on sight, c) blown up with land mines, d) decapitated by DeASH executioners, or e) something else.
Fortunately almost every question had a ‘something else’ option with a text input box. And the very last question was a general question with a text input box. I used this for a bit of a rant. Although I might have made a better job of it if I had thought for a few minutes about what’s so vindictive and petty and bossy, as well as completely unnecessary, about hospital smoking bans.
Although I did remember to call for the expulsion from the medical profession of all those responsible for these thoroughly obnoxious bans.
And I wasn’t even asked for a name or an email address.
The opinions of smokers like me will be ignored, of course. But that won’t stop me giving it to them. Thoughtful of them, though, to actually consult the public before they put the landmines in place, introduce grizzly bears, issue sniper rifles to hospital staff, and train up a few DeASH executioners.
It’s no wonder that the NHS is struggling, if it wastes money on totally unnecessary and completely useless smoking bans in hospital grounds.