In what is her second
stupid statement in as many days, the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt tell us
that if you Smoke or are Obese then the NHS will not provide treatment for you.
Feb in an interview with Oonagh Blackman, Patricia Hewitt incredibly declared
that NHS bed closures are a sign of success – because it means fewer people
In these two
statements what she is really saying is that the NHS will only be providing
services for people who are well and healthy.
This statement flies head-on into the NHS charter, which guarantees free health care for ALL.
It also goes against the Hippocratic oath taken by all doctors
and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try
to avoid harming them.
Never to do
deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else's interest.
violating the morals of my community.
To keep the
good of the patient as the highest priority.
And the contract between
the GMC and the NHS.
The duties of a doctor registered with the General
- Patients must be able to
trust doctors with their lives and health. To justify that trust you must
show respect for human life and you must:
- Make the care of your
patient your first concern
- Protect and promote the
health of patients and the public
- Provide a good standard
of practice and care
- Keep your professional
knowledge and skills up to date
- Recognise and work
within the limits of your competence
- Work with colleagues in
the ways that best serve patients' interests
- Treat patients as
individuals and respect their dignity
- Treat patients politely
- Respect patients' right
- Work in partnership with
- Listen to patients and
respond to their concerns and preferences
- Give patients the
information they want or need in a way they can understand
- Respect patients' right
to reach decisions with you about their treatment and care
- Support patients in
caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health
- Be honest and open and
act with integrity
- Act without delay if you
have good reason to believe that you or a colleague may be putting
patients at risk
- Never discriminate
unfairly against patients or colleagues
- Never abuse your
patients' trust in you or the public's trust in the profession.
- You are personally
accountable for your professional practice and must always be prepared to
justify your decisions and actions.
So again, we find that professionals are being instructed to ignore
their professional obligations to suit the whim of politicians who have spent
all our money on crazy schemes.
Secretary's statements come as it was announced 900 jobs are being axed at
hospitals in and around her constituency to save local health chiefs
Health Emergency said more than 24,000 job losses had been announced in the NHS
since last year.
ITS ABOUT MONEY,
NOT HEALTH CARE