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Dec132016

So this is what the NHS means by patient care in 2016

The Leicester Mercury has published a truly shocking story.

It's not online so I can't link to it but here are some excerpts:

A mental health patient says a hospital smoking ban is hampering her recovery. She also claims some patients are being taken on "smoking walks" along the potentially dangerous and busy A50 road near the unit on the Glenfield Hospital site.

Helen Charlesworth, a 30-a-day smoker, was admitted to the Bradgate mental health unit six weeks ago. She is so poorly she is not allowed away from the unit – but her cigarettes have also been banned.

Helen, who is bipolar and suffers from personality disorder, said: "I was given patches but they didn't work and I have tried an e-cigarette but I am becoming more and more depressed because I can't have a cigarette.

"People used to be able to have e-cigarettes in the garden but even that has now been stopped."

Helen also told the paper:

"People used to be able to smoke in the garden at the Bradgate unit but because there is a ban on smoking in the grounds now some patients are being escorted on smoking walks.

"They have to go right up by the A50, which could be quite dangerous and put some people at risk, especially is someone had suicidal thoughts. It is also taking staff longer because of the distance.

"It is not just the patients. I know that many of the staff don't agree with the ban either."

I've just checked and it appears that Helen Charlesworth's MP might be Nicky Morgan.

If that's correct perhaps the former Education Secretary could take time off from sniping at Theresa May and take up Helen's case.

After all, representing the interests of constituents is supposed to be an MP's principal role, not commenting on Brexit, grammar schools or the PM's choice of trousers.

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Reader Comments (9)

This article just proves what forest has been saying all along. That these nazis are abusing their term of reference to bully people who are the most vulernable and cannot strike back or speak for themselves. It is cowardly and despicable, but this is normal for bullies. Shame on the powers that be for allowing this.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 12:05 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Kerr

When you consider that most hospitals are unable to enforce a general smoking ban in their grounds, it is particularly cruel that they should pick on and bully patients with mental illness in this way. We know this is going on, we know that they are ready to start on pregnant women, who next?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 13:44 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Smith

Why would Nicky Morgan do anything for a smoker? Her Govt has thrown us to the dogs without any protection from hate campaigns or inhuman treatment, but one can hope.

I won't hold my breath in anticipation that she gives a damn. May's country for all is only for those who do not smoke.

The more vulnerable the smokers, the better they are for bullying, especially if confined and with no other choice.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 14:37 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

All complaints need to go directly to the Cheif executive - Mr John Adler here..... https://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/contact/contacting-the-chief-executive/
I have written to him and also sent a copy to the lady herselfr ;)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 19:09 | Unregistered CommenterPhil J

It's time to amend smoking bans to allow designated smoking areas indoors in select locations (including hospitals, hotels, and pubs)...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:33 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

Very courageous of Helen Charlesworth to publicly tell her story.

Smoking kills, but only in the sense that if you are lucky enough to die of old age, you will statistically die a couple of years sooner then non-smokers do.

So now PH is deliberately pushing critical patients towards suicide in order to prevent that they would die of old age (surely somewhat prematurely; but still dying of old age must be considered the preferred option to the sudden death by suicide).

Isn't there really no level to low to steep to for PH? Are they ashamed of nothing? Not even of psychological torture of the weakest in society, because that is what it is.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 19:43 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Van Daele

No wonder you can't find the story online. Government don't want to hear about those being persecuted as a result of their policies. They only want to hear about the manipulated figures, lies and propaganda success stories.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 23:58 | Unregistered CommenterHelen D

@LVD

Smoking kills, but only in the sense that if you are lucky enough to die of old age, you will statistically die a couple of years sooner then non-smokers do.

Yes, if you believe what Tobacco Control and their acolytes tell you. However, it's not quite as clear-cut as that.

THE SMOKING "VICTIMS" LIVED LONGER THAN THE REST OF US, BY ABOUT 2 YEARS - 71.9 vs. 70.
OVER 70,000, or about 17%, DIED "PREMATURELY" AT AGES GREATER THAN 85.
ONLY 1900, OR FEWER THAN O.5 % OF THE SMOKING "VICTIMS" DIED AT AGES LESS THAN 35, WHILE 143.000, OR 8% OF THE REST OF US DIED AT AGES LESS THAN 35


If so many of the smoking victims are old, and so few young, and if, on the average, they live longer than the rest of us, how are their deaths "premature"? According to the technical definition used by SAMMEC, any "smoking related" death is considered premature. There is no upper age limit to the computation.

http://www.forces.org/evidence/sammec/newproof.htm

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 21:07 | Unregistered Commenternisakiman

update: the response we got was totally unacceptable so we have now sent the following letter to Dr Miller.... https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Smokers/posts/1896474373914137:0

Monday, December 26, 2016 at 23:50 | Unregistered CommenterPhil J

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