Other hospitals have acknowledged that they can't prevent on-site smoking.
Workers who continue to smoke at work now risk committing the aggravated offence of being insolent to somebody who appears to have been appointed simply in order to ensure that they comply with a restriction on smoking in the open air, and to start disciplinary proceedings against any who refuse to do so.
Mr Marr added: ''Please note that the use of abusive language will not be tolerated, will be deemed as unacceptable behaviour, could be viewed as gross misconduct and will be addressed in accordance with the Dignity at Work Policy."
Where is any concern for the dignity of health care workers who like to smoke during the working day? Where were the unions when all this was being discussed? How does management get away with making such an inroad on terms and conditions of employment, imposed unilaterally?
All this could be avoided with the use of comfortable and well ventilated indoor smoking areas. But oh, no. We can't be seen to condone smoking. We prefer focus our resources on disciplining smokers.