Leg-iron has written: The NHS – now officially a protection racket after reading about NHS Devon’s plans to deny routine operations to smokers unless they stop smoking and the ‘obese’ unless they lose weight, despite the tax plus extra taxes smokers pay into the bloated wasteful system.
Harleyrider 1978 has just linked to the BBC article in a comment at Frank’s along with the link to the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which buys NHS services which over the next five years faces a £430m deficit,
To make the savings, the group is looking at… cutting routine operations for people who smoke or who are very overweight.
So, treatment not actually related to smoking or being overweight, just money to be saved by the further persecution of these two already dehumanised groups, which the rest of the population will be glad of if it means their chances of treatment are improved in a ‘survival of the fittest’ and self-preservation evolutionist/eugenicist frame of mind.
It should actually be unlawful for smokers to be denied healthcare on ANY grounds, as the price of cigarettes includes an additional levy specifically for the NHS.
And in the future?
An incoming Labour Government would give the NHS a £2.5bn injection, funded by a mansion tax, a levy on tobacco firms and closing tax loopholes exploited by hedge funds, Ed Miliband announced today.
That BBC article from four weeks ago links to this one from the previous week which states that the GP-led Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG proposes to,
Introduce criteria-based approval for routine procedures such as hernias, botox injections and cataracts.
That these ‘medical professionals’ and their financial henchmen would see certain groups suffering severe pain or going blind sums up, for me, their general attitude these days.
I could tell you about my recent personal experiences – nothing to do with smoking or obesity – just pure negligence and ignorance.
Discriminating against smokers is also very politically incorrect! There is a bill currently working its way through Parliament (which apparently won’t get passed) intended to make it unlawful for practitioners to offer counselling for unwanted same-sex desire. (even though people want to pay to get rid of this!). But targetting the same people for unwanted or wanted desire to smoke is fine and dandy, but hey, smoking is more politically incorrect.
Via an ASH download,
Smoking rates vary considerably between ethnic groups. In men, compared to the general population, rates are particularly high in the Black Caribbean (37%) and Bangladeshi (36%) populations but these differences are explained by socioeconomic differences between the groups.
Homosexuals are far more likely to smoke than heterosexuals. And are also apparently…
…seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, with one in five of those surveyed showing signs of dependency on drugs or alcohol.
As Leg-iron advocates, the NHS has passed its sell-by date and must go. When the welfare state was begun in the 40s it was conceded that it could only be afforded when we had full employment and industrial output. Compare with today! Not only has our industry shrunk but the scope of the welfare protection racket has increased beyond all reason and has (clearly) become economically untenable.