THE RETURN OF HAIRY CHESTNUTS!
The man from Norfolk never gives in!
Here's his latest video offering - on the increase in youth smoking.
NEW BOUNTY ON SMOKERS HELPS GPS BALANCE THEIR BOOKS
(From Liberal Vision)
'It is coming up to year end for GP practices and that of course means that they will all be diligently filling in reams of paperwork for the DH in order to secure maximum funding via the QOF. In the doctor’s business journal medeconomics Dr Gavin Jamie gives some top tips on how practices can maximise their points score.
According to Jamie:
It is that time of year when practices are polishing their data and preparing for the annual inspection on 31 March of their QOF achievement.
For many it is a matter of pride, and not simply financial necessity, to get the most points that they can. Here are my top tips.
The DH is now effectively offering GPs a bounty on every smoker they can identify and attempt to “reform”, so it is perhaps not surprising that third on his list of top tips for achieving the warm glow of satisfaction that only comes from a good dose of centralist bureaucracy is upping the practice’s smoking score.'
To read the full article with links, go here.
SMOKERS HAVE MENTAL DISORDERS, EH?
From Frank Davis' Blog, 30 March.
Via Facebook, more defamation of smokers:
Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, says report, after a third of smokers are found to have a mental disorder
Smoking may be a sign of psychiatric illness, experts say. Doctors should routinely consider referring people who smoke to mental health services, in case they need treatment, they add.
I wonder how they decide what constitutes a ‘mental disorder’? Given that they say that 70% of smokers want to give up smoking, perhaps anyone who doesn’t want to give up smoking is deemed to be insane, and in need of ‘treatment’.
Anyway, it’s pretty clear that the suggestion being made here is that if one third of smokers have a ‘mental disorder’, then they probably all do.
The controversial recommendation from the British Lung Foundation, a charity, comes in response to a major report, Smoking and Mental Health, published this week by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists with the Faculty of Public Health. It says that almost one in three cigarettes smoked in Britain today is smoked by someone with a mental disorder. When people with drug and alcohol problems are included the proportion is even higher.
To read the rest of his article with reference links, go here.