Something I came across a few days ago:
Obese people and smokers in the East Riding are to be denied non-life threatening surgery for six months.
Routine operations, including for hip and knee replacements, will be delayed for patients with a BMI of over 35 and smokers, who will be offered weight loss and stop smoking programmes.
The measures have been introduced by East Riding CCG, which has denied that it is about saving money, saying it is to “encourage and empower patients to take greater responsibility for their lifestyle choices.”
I don’t know what it is about words like “empower”, but they’re like flashing red warning lights, telling you that there’s trouble ahead. Like masonic handshakes, they’re code words to signal to other people that the speaker is One of Us. And if anyone ever tells you that they wish to “empower” anyone, what they really mean is that they want to comprehensively dis-empower them. For all these words usually mean the exact opposite of what they mean to ordinary people.
But at least some people are appalled by it.
The measures however have been condemned by the Royal College of Surgeons, which warned that other groups of patients could face rationing.
Its president Clare Marx said the ban was the “wrong approach and frankly shocking”.
She said decisions about whether to treat a patient should be based on their need and “not arbitrary criteria about weight and smoking status”.
She added: “If smokers and patients are hit this time, where will the rationing decisions fall next?”
It would seem that the Royal College of Surgeons isn’t a hotbed of antismokers and lifestyle police like the Royal College of Physicians or the British Medical Association. Because if she’d been one, Clare Marx would have thoroughly approved of the proposed measures, and probably called for even tougher ones.
I wondered what East Riding CCG, who introduced the measure, might be. Here the bastards are (click on pic to enlarge):
They all look fairly normal, don’t they? Nine men and seven women. Only the women seated. In school photos 50 years ago, the only people seated were the schoolteachers and prefects – the rest of us had to stand. And the headmaster sat in the middle. So I’m guessing that the headmistress is the lady sitting in the middle.
But standing off to the left are two guys with what I think of as Michael E. Mann beards (right). He’s the guy who created the “hockey stick” graph of global warming, and I think beards like this may also be masonic-handshake signals that the owner is One of Us. They’re neatly trimmed to surround the mouth, and have the appearance of being a second mouth, open wide and shouting.
And they are standing out to the Left, aren’t they? Need I say more? They’re probably both members of the East Riding Antismokers, Global Warming Alarmists, and Leftwing Radicals Association.
Here’s what’s in About Us:
Welcome to the East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group website. We are here to put local healthcare needs at the heart of local decision making. This website provides information about our area, our members and our priorities.
Our aim is for patients to be central partners in their care and our vision and values reflect this:
‘better care, more locally, within budget, through transformation’
‘Patient-centred, working in partnership, transparent in our decision making, legitimate and inclusive’
We recognise that transformation means working in a planned and carefully managed way to do things differently across the health care system. We are working with patients, carers, clinicians and our other health and social care partners to decide how best to deliver care in the future.
Oh dear. “Vision”, “transformation”, and “inclusive”. More warning buzzwords, with attendant flashing red lights and sirens.
Anyway, of those 16 people, it seems that at least 9 must have voted to deny smokers and “well-fed” people surgery. My guess is that it was the five slimmest women (which excludes the two sitting on the outside – hint: as outsiders –), the three slim men standing behind them – hint: backing them up –, and of course the two Michael Mann beards on the left.
It looks like I’m right about the headmistress. She’s Dr Gina Palumbo.
Amazing what you can glean from a photo, if you look at it closely enough.