Kaye found herself in a minority as most callers to the programme opposed it.
More stories of interest: one, the recent research on bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals. It is hard to open a Scottish newspaper these days without finding some evidence of funding problems in the health service. Admittedly the near-one million pounds going to ASH Scotland on an annual basis would not go far in funding children's wards, for example. But the general theme is that non-urgent spending on issues that have been created by specific budgets displaces urgent funding needed for practical purposes on the ground.
On the subject of beds, this story popped up today from Tanzania: namely a report of tobacco company donations of hospital beds. In 'enlightened' Western Europe, this would never be allowed. One would hope that tobacco companies would not gain undue influence in Tanzanian society following such donations as the anti-smoking communities have here, even though anti-smoking communities don't donate many hospital beds! (Perhaps they would claim that their efforts are freeing up hospital beds, but such a claim would be hard to prove.)
Finally in the Lebanon a BBC report gives a divided picture of the public reception of smoking bans, which opens by putting the smoking ban issue in some perspective:
So far this summer, the country has dealt with gunbattles in Beirut, warring Sunni and Alawite neighbourhoods in Tripoli, waves of kidnappings, an increase in bank robberies, untold numbers of tyres burned by angry residents blocking roads, and up to 12-hour rolling blackouts linked to an employee strike at the state-owned electricity company.
Yet on Monday, the authorities turned their attention to banning smoking inside restaurants, cafes, pubs and nightclubs.It finishes by describing a demonstration:
Along with the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs and Pastries, they were demanding amendments to the law to allow smoking in some establishments.Considering the day-to-day inconveniences experienced in this community, the syndicate might have good cause to fear uneven and unfair implementation of the ban.
This piece even describes the anti-smoker interviewed in the piece as 'griping'. Well done Matt Nash for some balanced reporting.