by Stewart Cowan
Banning Smoking in Mental Hospitals
Fascism in the guise of healthcare.
It is not so much a matter of “helping”, rather fascist bully-boy tactics for both patients and staff and I’ll tell you why it disgusts me so much.
I was detoxed from booze as an outpatient in a large alcohol unit near Glasgow in 1998 (and never returned to the demon drink, with God’s grace). I probably saw around a hundred other patients coming and going and I used to watch who smoked and who didn’t. I only recall ever seeing about four who never smoked.
Even if there were only seventy or eighty people I shared the premises with, the smoking rate was still over 90%.
The unit is actually a wing of a mental hospital, Dykebar. You could stroll through the corridors of the main building and see the seriously and permanently mentally ill walking around, seemingly oblivious to everything, looking like they were never going to get out, while I was on my way to get the bus home.
Back then you could smoke in all the public rooms of the alcohol wing (two very large sitting rooms and a pool room). To ban smoking completely in these places would be an act of barbarity. We were expected to stay for at least four hours a day. Being detoxed is quite a nightmare anyway, as I’m sure are other mental conditions. The pain would be compounded massively for the majority with the implementation of a complete smoking ban – something which could only be thought up by people who have lost their humanity. If they ever had any.
The Lancet says that, “more than two thirds of those in psychiatric units smoke” so it could well put off many people going for treatment. Maybe that’s part of the plan: to save money. I wouldn’t be surprised if that pool room has since been refurbished and is now the office of some executive on £100,000+ salary. Perhaps some ‘compliance’ officer. Or maybe it’s a board room for the bigwigs to discuss new ideas on how to turn the hospital into more of a POW camp.
Although, to be fair, and as Dr Dunbar reminded me on Frank’s blog a few weeks ago, the profession is now at the mercy of the crazy stuff coming from the Dept of Health.
And they intend to treat their staff like scum too. To suggest that they are “offered pharmacotherapy or behavioural support” is typical of these sociopathic cultists who all too often manage to rise in the ranks of public ‘service’ yet neither understand nor are concerned with the public.
According to The Telegraph,
Individual trusts will be left to follow the guidance as they see fit, but Nice said staff who ignore hospital rules, for example by smoking in their uniform or “facilitating” patients smoking, could face disciplinary procedures.
These ‘experts’ either do not understand the human condition or are out and out sadistic headcases.
The acronym, “NICE”, of course, makes us think that their ‘clinical excellence’ is to benefit the patient. Judging by this, it is the opposite, like the ministries in Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Ministry of Peace is concerned with war, the Ministry of Truth with propaganda and perhaps most appropriate, the Ministry of Love which uses fear to ensure loyalty to Big Brother and contains Room 101, which for many mentally ill people is probably being locked up without cigarettes. No joking.
We’re almost there. Thirty years after Orwell predicted, although in a letter from Aldous Huxley to Orwell after receiving a free copy of ’1984′, he wrote,
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.
As his brother, Julian, was a eugenicist and first director of UNESCO, Aldous would have had inside knowledge of things to come and we know schools now exist for infant conditioning and I suspect narco-hypnosis is achieved largely through television.
How else would they get away with all they have been?