Health professionals calling for smokers to die is perfectly acceptable.
In June, Jane DeVille-Almond, a nurse consultant to the NHS, said this on BBC radio.
After hearing such staggering lack of care for humanity from a nurse, a non-smoking but suitably shocked phone-in participant from Southend immediately reacted by asserting, quite correctly, "You should be struck off!"
Not surprising, then, that her sick proposal attracted complaints to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
According to the NMC's code of conduct, all registered nurses are advised:
•You must treat people as individuals and respect their dignity
•You must not discriminate in any way against those in your care
•You must treat people kindly and considerately
One would assume that calling for smokers to be allowed to die contravenes all three of the above guidelines.
There is no dignity in being allowed to die by a prejudiced health professional. There is nothing kind and considerate in broadcasting to the nation, on a major radio channel, that smokers should be left to die because one disagrees with their personal choices.
And Jane DeVille-Almond, without shadow of a doubt, was actively encouraging discrimination towards her smoking employers (unless she declines smoker money, which of course she wouldn't).
However, the case was heard on Friday and promptly dismissed.
The investigating committee panel has considered this referral and has decided there is no case to answer.
The panel’s reasons for this decision are:
The panel considered all the information before it and concluded that there was no information which would lead it to believe that there was a real prospect of a
finding of current impairment of fitness to practise by a Conduct and Competence Committee.
So there you have it. Hatred of smokers is perfectly acceptable in the nursing community. You can even broadcast that hate to the nation and promote the death of those whom you deem less worthy than you.
Best not tell them then. You can never know what these disgusting people will be sharpening behind your back.