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.I'll bet incoming HHS Secretary Daschle--the minister from "Hillary-care"--approves of such "nanny-state-ism."
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."
(via The Corner)