Maybe You Should Have Listened To The Public, Then?

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the Royal Bolton Hospital — made a dramatic U-turn when it decided not to build smoking shelters last month.

Bosses had held a public vote on whether to build three shelters in a bid to stop people smoking at entrances.

It saw 1,629 people vote in favour of the shelters …

Which (even by NHS maths) is greater than the 1,580 people who voted against. As a frequent contributor to this very blog points out in comments…

But furious reaction from council and health bosses and the public prompted a U-turn and now hospital chiefs say they will work with Public Health to come up with a new strategy.

‘You stupid public! You came up with the wrong result!’

Dr Jackie Bene, medical director at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have issues with smoking on hospital premises. The real issue is not being able to stop everybody smoking all the time and hanging around the entrances.

Yes. Thanks for articulating the key factor with you NuPuritans so clearly…

“Public health will hopefully be able to provide us with examples of other places where they have enforced the no-smoking rule.

“Then we will have a number of options. It will probably be down to some sort of enforcement. At the moment we rely on staff to enforce it. We need to come up with something and Public Health are the right people to help us.

Except…they aren’t. Because they, too, are bound by law:

Although smoking in the hospital grounds is prohibited, it is virtually impossible to enforce, as it is not underpinned by the law.

Heh! Curses, foiled AGAIN!

Trish Armstrong Child, director of nursing, said any enforcement of the smoking ban will eat up resources.

She added: “Stopping people smoking by the entrance can only be done by physically manning the area.

“If David Cameron or Will and Kate were taking their baby through that entrance we would put something in place to make sure there were no smokers there. Whatever we do, it will be resource-intensive.

“There’s no other way around it.”

There’s a new one on me – ‘Do it for the celeeeeebriiiiitieeeeees…!!!

The trust faced a double backlash when it emerged the smoking shelters had been bought weeks before the public vote.

Hospital chiefs say the shelters will not be built as smoking facilities but would be put to another use within the hospital site.

Such as..? Answers on a postcard…

13 comments for “Maybe You Should Have Listened To The Public, Then?

  1. August 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Anti-smoker execution chambers?

  2. Errol
    August 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    It’s a given that smoking is disgusting. No one disputes that. Equally no one disputes the individual’s right to poison themselves if they want to.

    Simply build a shed, make it airtight and have smokers puff in that. With no ventilation the revolting smell of smoke won’t escape and puffers can go somewhere away from others and pursue this revolting habit. Put it a good 2 km away from the hospital as well.

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    August 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    XX to stop people smoking at entrances.XX


    What is actualy meant here?

    Buildings within the grounds, or the entrences to the site?

    Because, when it is the entrence to the site, then they are on the public highway, and they can go and fuck themselves sideways with a dried walruss prick wrapped in NATO wire. (Or even UNDRIED! and ATTACHED!)

    • August 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Seems a bit harsh on the walrus.. 😉

  4. August 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Kevin Rudd’s last act of bastardry as Oz PM was to raise the tax on smoking. His ‘view’ was that smokers ‘cost’ the health service (actually paid by taxpayers) 4 billion per year. The high tax would deter smoking and therefore reduce the burden on the health budget. ‘The ‘old tax’ raised 14 billion and the new improved tax takes it to 16 billion. The budget figures expect the full 16 billion to continue ad infinitum.

    What a hypocritical wanker. I think MPs and especially PMs should be taxed on every bit of bullshit they speak. 1c the first, doubling thereafter each time. We could recoup their pay in three weeks and their expenses in another 12.

  5. August 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    When you face a firing squad you are allowed one last cigarette. But if you’re on the Liverpool Care Pathway, tough 😈

  6. John
    August 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Public Health Official humiliation centres?

  7. John Bolton
    August 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This is the usual anti-smoking rubbish. This hospital has much bigger problems, not least in finding the millions that went ‘missing’ from its budget.

    • Woman on a Raft
      August 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Has anybody actually seen the smoking sheds in their flat-pack form? The hospital says it bought them – i.e. paid out public money – and now is desperate not to erect them.

  8. Brian, follower of Deornoth
    August 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    It’s a given that Errol is disgusting. No-one disputes that. Equally no one disputes the individual’s right to hold evil opinions themselves if they want to.

    Simply build a shed, make it airtight and have Errol breathe in that. With no ventilation the revolting smell of Errol’s decomposing corpse won’t escape and his friends can go somewhere away from others and pursue their revolting ideology. Put it a good 2 km away from the hospital as well.

  9. August 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Don’t the eejits see that smoking, for all the health problems it has been shown to cause, lowers stress levels for people in stressful situations, which in a hospital environment benefits everybody?

  10. Viscount Rectum
    August 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I know put them up and call them bycycle protection sheds.

    • John
      August 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      But you know what happens when you put up bicyle sheds? People nip behind for smoking and “thingy” – neither of which are acceptable to the Reich.

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