Saturday 27 May 2017

Health fascists strike – triumph of the ill will

E-cigarettes
E-cigarettes
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Planning on visiting a friend or a loved one in a hospital today? Or are you an in-patient? Are you just reading your morning Indo with a coffee and a cigarette as you take a break from the drudgery of sitting in a bed, surrounded by strangers all day?

Of course, you can no longer smoke on the grounds of a hospital, and that in itself is a malicious and belligerent imposition on those patients, staff and visitors who are now forced to walk – if they can – to the gates of whatever facility they find themselves in.

In fact, the next time you're passing by the Mater on a wet day, have a look at the patients and visitors who are forced to stand out in the rain and marvel at the genius of health-care professionals who would allow people be drenched rather than extend a little consideration.

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