NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

The restrictions – thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services – immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.

  • tom_billesley

    But abortion is available and free.

    • “Single payer” medicine will always run out of (other people’s) money.

      You got to cut the benefits somewhere. Today it’s the fatties and smokers. Tomorrow it will be those who don’t exercise.

    • The Buddhist Butterfly

      So is anal reconstruction surgery for homosexuals.

    • Frances

      So is trans surgery.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Only treating healthy people will be a big cost savings.

    • tom_billesley

      There’s more to be saved by treating nobody.

    • NoPasaran

      They used precisely the same logic in East Germany. They would make one limited attempt to treat something serious, but that’s it.

      In fact, if you were retired, they may not even do that. To the cult of the state this makes sense, because there is nothing left that you can contribute to THEM.

      Interestingly, after spending a lifetime imprisoned by the nation’s
      borders if one was looking to leave, the ill and the retired were permitted to go west. To do so required that one surrenders any benefit claims from the DDR.

  • Yaacov ben Moshe

    If sitting is the new smoking, I expect the ban will include all government bureaucrats. No? Oh, I see even fat, smoking apparatchiks avoid the death panel decrees, don’t they?

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops

    What about people who injure themselves doing extreme sports? And people who drink too much, or sun bath. Or marry their cousins.

    • glasnost

      Or anyone older than 50.

      • The Deplorable Rosenmops

        They will euthanize us to save on health care.

        • The Buddhist Butterfly

          Not me, I’m too beautiful.

          • Exile1981

            I hear there is a market in butterfly parts.

          • The Buddhist Butterfly


    • bverwey

      What about the mooselimb families arriving from sheite holes that immediately require extensive medical care once here? What about those with dual nationalities of convenience?

  • Del Evans

    So much for their justification of heavy taxes on tobacco. They should be able to sue.

    • Alain

      The excessive taxes smokers pay on tobacco are enough to cover their own health care along with the health care of several others, but reason never enters into it.

  • Waffle

    Although this is a British story, never fear. It is a telling precursor of what well could happen in Canada. In fact, in terms of attitude, it already is. If you are a smoker, you will be treated like some toxic alien life form.

    I used to be a pack-a-day smoker. It has taken 9 years (!!!), and a hell of a lot of will power (poverty helps) but I am now down to 2-3 packs a month. I am pretty proud of that but it is not good enough. I have to pat myself on the back because nobody else will give me credit for my achievement. The puritanical doctors I must see at least once a year still consider me a smoker

    • ismiselemeas

      I was a pack a day. I went cold turkey 5 years ago and haven’t smoked since. It remains my greatest achievement. The health benefits have been immeasurable.

      • Waffle

        That’s terrific. I haven’t been able to yet conquer the 4 month hump (several times), so less stressful in my half-assed way.

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  • ismiselemeas

    Does the smoking issue apply to pot smokers as well?

    • TruthSerum

      Some of the most vehement smoking ‘nazis’ are daily tokers.

  • Allan

    Soylent Green coming next.

    • Exile1981

      what else is there to use the bodies for?

  • Alain

    Invariably socialised health care always leads to this and even worse still to come.

  • WalterBannon

    death panels

    “we have put you on the list of people who are supposed to just die”

  • NoPasaran

    How about the sexually promiscuous ?