Up in Scotland there has been some disquiet over the plans the Grampian NHS trust to enforce particularly over-the-top smoking ban. The board has been considering plans to ban nurses from smoking while on breaks or indeed at any time while in uniform. Even carrying tobacco about their person could, under the plans, have them disciplined or sacked.
Morons, and illiberal shits too.
This ban is likely to have 5 effects:
1) It will reduce the pool of people willing to work for this Trust, probably leading to poorer service and and more deaths.
2) It will damage staff morale, probably leading to poorer service and more deaths.
3) It will slightly reduce the number of people who see hospital staff smoke, this may slightly increase the numbers of those listening to the advice of doctors saying “stop smoking” and will slightly improve the air quality around the hosptial, probably leading to slightly fewer deaths.
4) It will make staff in general slightly more healthy leading to slightly fewer days being lost to sickness and death, probably leading to slightly fewer deaths.
5) It will inflate Trust Directors egos and make them feel like they are doing something useful, no net effects on service or deaths.
If we sum out the effects, the only conclusion is that those proposing this policy think the benefits of point 3), 4) and 5) outweigh the negative effects of point 1) and 2).