This evenings BBC's South East Today programme assuming I heard correct has announced that West Kent NHS are planning to refuse medical treatment to smokers and the obese.
I know my more puritanical and sanctimonious readers will applaud such discrimination, on the basis, that smokers and the obese are self harmer's who don't deserve medical assistance despite having been taxed to er ..
Whilst that might be true, both conditions are considered to be illness, however I believe that both are less likely to occur in the professional & middle classes (the sort who run West Kent NHS) and more likely to be more common in working classes.
West Kent Health, bods ought to consider just how far their prejudices will take them, why draw the line at smokers and fatties how about not treating the millions of weekend drunks who turn up in our hospitals each year, this I guess would save billions across the country, although we might get a little upset at the ensuing cull of our younger generations as they're left to bleed to death, still we will be able to comfort ourselves with the thought that despite being taxpayers they did bring upon themselves and lets face it the doctor always knows best doesn't he.
The NHS should not discriminate, of course they should advise on issues on lifestyles, but medicine rationed on prejudice is wrong, its the sort of thing you'd expect in some crazy fascist totalitarian state. Its difficult not to feel West Kent NHS are following some extreme right wing agenda.
And what about alcoholics?