Tag Archives: NHS

Eugenics Never Went Away

Via Audrey Silk, Daily Mail: Smokers face breath tests before surgery: Patients will have to prove they have quit before being referred for an operation Obese patients to be told they cannot have an operation unless they lose weight  The … Continue reading

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Empower, Include, and Transform

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 … Continue reading

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Tiptoeing Away

H/T Simon Clark, the BMJ has been complaining: Is the UK government still serious about reducing smoking? The lack of a tobacco control plan since 2015 could damage recent gains in reducing prevalence, Sophie Arie reports On 20 May, the … Continue reading

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Someone Intervened

H/T Dick Puddlecote for this from the BBC (my emphasis): A move that could have seen obese patients refused surgery in an attempt to save money is to be reviewed after national NHS bosses intervened. A proposed restriction by the NHS … Continue reading

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Hospital News

I came across 3 stories about NHS hospitals today. Number one: Obese people and smokers ‘banned from routine surgery’ as NHS attempts to cut spending costs ‘It’s the only way providers are going to be able to balance their books… … Continue reading

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Patients Are Deterred

I’ve been musing today over the response to the poll I posted up a couple of days back, asking whether readers accessed medical services more often or less often since the Global War on Smokers began. With some 99 responses … Continue reading

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Antismoking Terrorist Bastards

I’ve been working on some ideas for cartoons of prod-nosed, pursed-lipped antismokers. Someone else has been too: The anti-smoking puritan. Nose: Permanently crinkled as a pre-emptive defence against the foul odour of tobacco smoke Voice: Tighter than piano wire Overall … Continue reading

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