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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nanny Bans Fags For Terminally Ill

FagsWe all know that Nanny is a mean spirited individual, preferring to stick to the letter of her rule book rather then exercise compassion and commonsense. However, this act of meanspiritedness goes way beyond the norm even for her.

Nanny's NHS board members of South Birmingham Primary Care Trust are fighting to ban a smoking room in the Shedlon Unit for terminally ill patients, should the dying wish to smoke they will have to do it outside.

The Sheldon Unit is a palliative care home for patients dying from lung cancer and other diseases. The board have decreed that plans to upgrade the smoking room with a new ventilation system will come to now't.

Dr Chris Spencer-Jones, South Birmingham public health director, said that he did not care if lifelong smokers were dying, they would not be allowed to smoke indoors.

"It doesn't matter if patients might be terminally ill.

That is not relevant because there are other units where such patients cannot smoke.

The practise at the Sheldon Unit is unacceptable

Not much of a bedside "Dr Finlay" manner is it?

Even those condemned to execution are allowed a last fag, why not those undergoing the prolonged agony of terminal cancer?

The NHS describes the Sheldon Unit as a service that provides "choice, privacy, dignity and autonomy" enabling patients to die in comfort and dignity.


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  1. Anonymous10:40 AM

    As regular readers know, I was a forensic psychiatric nurse looking after the mad and bad.
    At our secure hospital, we had to have our patient's smoking room upgraded, so that the extraction system took the smokey air out, filtered it, and then returned it to the room WITHOUT any drop or rise in temperature.....This specification came from our friends working for Euro-Nanny.....The cynical side of me wonders if this specification was merely a plan by Euro-Nanny, to effectively stop patients from smoking, by making the cost of such a room prohibitive, as happened, it appears, in this case.

  2. Anonymous1:58 PM

    This so-called Doctor reminds one of those Doctors who helped the Nazis

  3. Anonymous2:05 PM

    I don't like smoking but this man has no compassion whatsoever. He shouldn't even be a doctor.

  4. Anonymous2:09 PM

    I wonder whether this doctor is related to Dr Crippen or Dr Phibes?

  5. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Anon 2.09 Dr whites more like.

  6. "It doesn't matter if patients might be terminally ill.

    That is not relevant because there are other units where such patients cannot smoke.,.

    Gosh. And since there are "other units" where they cannot treatment for whatever problem they are in for (try getting an insulin shot in the Emergency Room at best you will be transferred elsewhere) I suppose they should not be treated at all? Or allowed tea/coffee (caffeine!)? Or water (too much can kill, aside from risk of drowning)?

  7. What would /could they do to a dying bloke who lights up a fag regardless - arrest him ?

  8. Anonymous6:52 PM

    I have no doubt either that a request to be taken outside for a smoke will be met with exasperation.

    ...and anti smokers pour scorn on those of us who say that the Government's campaign has resulted in smokers being persecuted...


  9. Anonymous3:59 PM

    It beggars belief! Or perhaps, no it doesn't. Yes, I am intrigued by cramerj's comment - would COULD they do to a terminally ill patient? I seem to remember a quote from ancient Greek or Roman "Those who have ceased to fear death, have ceased to be slaves..." Seems appropriate here.