It seems that my post yesterday about Nanny Banning Fat People, where I suggested that obesity was but the thin end of the wedge, may have been somewhat prescient of the shape of things to come.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (perversely named NICE) have issued guidelines that suggest that medical help could be refused to heavy drinkers, smokers and those who are overweight.
Principle 10 of the guidelines on Social Value Judgements state:
"NICE and its advisory bodies should avoid denying care to patients with conditions that are,or may be, self-inflicted (in part or in whole).
If, however, self-inflicted cause(s) of the condition influence the clinical or cost effectiveness of the use of an intervention, it may be appropriate to take this into account."
-Who decides what is self inflicted?
-Who decides what constitutes obese?
-Who decides what constitutes heavy drinking?
A poll by the website www.doctors.net.uk found one in five doctors said they had withheld treatment from a patient because of their "unhealthy" lifestyle.
Decisions are already being taken without our consent/knowledge, based on subjective judgements about our lifestyles.
The future is now!