Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Doctors kill more people than smoking

From the Daily Mail:
NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.
The figure given is 130,000 every year, which comes in way above the usual stat given for smoking-related deaths, 100,000, and the number 130,000 is only the intentional deaths. Once you add in the errors and the negligence, you're going to need to recalibrate the graph.

Via a comment at Pat Nurse's, I see the miserable anti-smoker zealots are using the occasion of great-grandmother Violet Phillips 101st birthday to denounce her for smoking, after she attributed her long life to the antiseptic qualities of tobacco smoke.
Last night British Lung Foundation Scots chief Dr James Cant said: “Violet’s story is extraordinary as very few smokers live to such an old age.”

But he added: “The best birthday present she could give us is to finally quit the habit.”

I suggest not only the fags but also keeping away from the murderous quacks has played a part. Remember, these are the people who protected the most prolific mass-murderer in British history, Dr Harold Shipman.

Harold Shipman: hero to the twisted misanthropes of the NHS

I shall be pointing this out the next time some tax-payer-funded lobbyist from the Department of Puritanism and Control starts lecturing me on matters in which he has no legitimate interest.


Mr A said...

Typical anti bollocks. I wish I could remember the documentary now, but a few years ago the BBC did a show on a New York researcher into ageing. He worked purely with centenarians. He also said that smokers were disproportionately represented amongst his participants. Then again he was researching the effect of telomere shortening in ageing I think, and didn't have an axe to grind about smoking (hence the honesty, presumably). Also, look at the countries with the longest life expectancies (Japan, Germany etc). Much higher levels of smoking than here.

Snooty said...

Pretty chilling stuff. But not at all hard to believe. The NHS is a monstrosity.

Re a 100-year-old making the cunt antismokers* look like cunts: nice one Violet!

"The best birthday present she could give us is to finally quit the habit."

Er, people don't give presents on their birthdays; they get given them. You prick.


Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Part of the reason Shipman wasn't found earlier is the way British doctors are treated (and behave as a result).

I notice that John Bodkin Adams doesn't get much airtime - like it seems all things medical - lift up the edge of the carpet....