Wednesday, 26 January 2005

Smoking in the NHS

by Ted Hoffman

The Health Development Agency (whoever they are) are pushing the NHS to ban smoking on all hospital grounds.

The guidance said smoking at an entrance to a hospital can create a "very poor impression" and resources spent clearing smoking litter or building and maintaining smoking shelters could be better spent on treatment.

Perhaps the HDA thinks a better impression will by given by processions of the elderly and terminally ill walking a few hundred meters, out of hospital grounds, at all hours of the day, in the cold, to smoke anyway.

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