The 2009 summary of consultation responses on NHS Grampian's Draft Tobacco Policy was quite clear in its view that most people thought 'a middle way' would be desireable as a complete site ban would not be workable. The minutes of the 3 August meeting claim that 'compliance issues raised' as a result of the current tobacco policy 'will be dealt with in the 2009 Draft Policy'.
There appears absolutely no acknowledgement that many people who have read this policy want it kicked permanently into the long grass. Off the top of my head I can think of at least three things that don't seem resolved by the 2009 Draft Tobacco Policy, which were all aired in the consultation responses:
- the anxiety that people will be deterred from necessary health care if they fear being forced off tobacco while they are being cared for in hospital;
- the anxiety that nicotine substitutes are not available and that not enough staff are trained to know how to work with them;
- general enforceability of the policy.
The Scotland Patients' Association, all trade unions, and all professional medical associations should demand that treatment decisions should be made by clinical staff for clinical reasons.
More common sense here from The Third Estate. Enjoy.