LETTERS: Health doesn’t like you if you are a smoker
I AM afraid to say there's been a down-turn in hospital services.
After admission into hospital, people are then discharged too early, especially if it is known that you smoke.
Why is it that people who are under the influence of alcohol and or drugs appear to be able to be admitted into hospital and treated with relative ease?
Yet, for those of us who smoke. and who have health issues possibly relating to the consumption of cigarettes, we find them being turned away, or as in my case, being kicked out of hospital at 10.30pm.
Is this the practice in all hospitals? No one should be discharged from hospital at 10.30 at night, let alone someone who is elderly with no one available to help, nor meet them at home.
There appears to be a case for discriminatory practices against those of us who smoke.
No one wants to smoke, and no matter how many times some of us try to give up, we usually end up re-starting.
This discriminatory attitude by some health professionals will only lead to increases in stress and anxiety for those who smoke, exacerbating their health issues further.
Whether you are a smoker, or an addict, or an alcoholic, we all hold the equal rights to be treated medically.
BILL NEIUWOLT, Raceview
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