Tag Archives: NHS

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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A New Line of Enquiry

Pretty much the only reason why I ended up writing to the chief executive of Sandwell hospital yesterday was because he was the only member of the board of trustees who had an email address. The other members were named, … Continue reading

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Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospital Smoking Ban

Express and Star: Smokers will be fined for puffing on cigarettes on hospital grounds and eventually banned from smoking altogether under radical new plans in Sandwell. The hardline proposals, put forward by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospital Trust, would … Continue reading

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