Behalve dat de anti-rokenlobby in Schotland de rokers een revolver op het hoofd zet, begint ze nu zelfs haar eigen medewerkers te betuttelen. In een oproep wordt thuiswonende patiënten gevraagd een uur voordat een verpleger of arts op bezoek komt in huis niet te roken. De behulpzame medici zouden wel eens acuut bij binnenkomen van het huis de geest kunnen geven door de rook die in een woonhuis rondhangt…
En dat terwijl in de verpleging en door artsen zélf erg veel gerookt wordt…?!
Guidelines published today by the Scottish Executive spelled out how the smoking ban, due to come into effect in March, could be extended to cover NHS, local authority and care staff who have to visit private homes in the course of their work.
Health boards and other organisations are advised to keep a list of smokers so they know where staff will risk exposure to smoke.
And it is suggested they write to patients known to be smokers ask them not to smoke for an hour before the district nurse or health visitor calls.
The guidelines also recommend staff should not be expected to make consecutive visits to houses where there are smokers, but instead alternate visits between smokers and non-smokers.
But the advice was dismissed as “ridiculous nonsense” by independent conservative MSP Brian Monteith.
He said: “This is preposterous and would be hilarious were it not a serious indictment of the lengths that government now intrudes into people’s lives.
“If it had been suggested eight years ago this is what devolution would mean, we would all have been laughing in disbelief.”
Today’s guidance points out private homes are not covered by the smoking ban.
But it goes on: “Staff who visit / treat people in their homes are at risk if the person being treated is a smoker.
“Measures that can be taken include writing to all those who will be visited to ask them and those who may be with them, not to smoke during the visit, and ideally not to smoke for an hour or so before the visit is scheduled to take place.