Monday, December 01, 2008

Maybe There Won't Always Be An England, Part 2

Journalist Michael Kinsley merely chided Barack Obama about cigarette smoking. Over in England, they want to rip the smokes from the fingers of the dying:
Politically correct NHS bosses in Birmingham are battling to ban a smoking room for terminally ill patients – forcing them to be turfed out into the cold to enjoy their final cigarettes.

The Sheldon Unit, a palliative care home for patients dying from lung cancer and other diseases, in Northfield, is one of only two health centres in the region that has escaped rigid Smoke Free legislation on ‘sympathetic grounds’.

But when board members of South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, in charge of the unit, heard of plans to upgrade the smoking room with a new ventilation system, the whole scheme went up in smoke.

Bureaucrat Dr Chris Spencer-Jones, South Birmingham public health director, ranted against the renovation plans, saying he did not care if lifelong smokers were dying, he still didn’t want them smoking indoors.

"It doesn’t matter if patients might be terminally ill," said Dr Spencer-Jones, who also heads the British Medical Association’s (BMA) national committee for public health.

"That is not relevant because there are other units where such patients cannot smoke," added Dr Spencer-Jones. "The practise at the Sheldon Unit is unacceptable."
I'll bet incoming HHS Secretary Daschle--the minister from "Hillary-care"--approves of such "nanny-state-ism."

(via The Corner)


Assistant Village Idiot said...

When they banned smoking in Irish pubs, and there were no riots, I knew that battle was over.

Carl said...

What got me was effectively outlawing cigar bars. First they came for smokers in Irish pubs, but I said nothing because I don't smoke and am not Irish. . .