Hospital smokers need a place to go
FIVE days a week, I drive up Chelmsford Avenue and roll past the main entrance of Ipswich Hospital.
And every morning and almost every night I see a congregation of patients and some hospital staff huddled under the bridge puffing their lives away.
What they are doing is now classed as illegal after the Health Department introduced a smoking ban around hospital facilities.
Some would say there is one way to stop the smoking and that's to get tough and enforce the new regulations.
Unfortunately for Ipswich Hospital executives it's not quite that easy.
How would you like to be the person walking up to the smoking group to say put that cigarette out or I'll hand you a fine.
You'd better be thick-skinned because I can imagine what you'd be told in no uncertain manner.
While I strongly oppose smoking, I believe this group has a right to light up if they want to and they should have an area where they can do it.
The catch-22 is that the hospital executives are aware of this, but they have no ability to make it happen.
So for now, and it seems for some time, the smoking will go on and people will continue to sit on the side of the road.
If I had an answer I'd provide it, but unfortunately I don't.