Sunday, November 19, 2006

For fuck's sake, get your grasping hands off my booze

As I have remarked before, this government seem to be particularly fond of the "punish everyone in order to stop the minority" approach; it's very reminiscent of the Molesworth master threatening that "unless the culprit owns up, the whole school will dig the vegetable patch." It is bad enough when the government does it, but when those who are, frankly, merely interfering pricks try to encourage it, it simply pisses me off even more. And, naturally, it's the fucking doctors at it again.
Royal College of Physicians president Prof Ian Gilmore said alcohol should be made more expensive to deter the young.

Piss off! Your job is, as a doctor, to patch people up: why don't you just shut the fuck up and get on with it, eh? If you are worried about young people drinking, then how about advising the government to enforce the law that is already there, i.e. that alcohol cannot be sold to under-18s? Why would you possibly advise that all of us should suffer because some people put themselves in hospital by illegally obtaining booze?
"The government does not want to be accused of being in the nanny state. But I think we're in a situation at the moment of where nanny knows best and if we don't do something, we're going to regret it in a few years time."

So, although the government does not want to be accused of being a nanny state you are, in fact, asking it to behave as, well, a nanny state. And nanny knows best does she? Because politicians are all models of probity, aren't they? Because there are absolutely no drug and alcohol addicted doctors out there, are there? So, remind me again: who, exactly, is the nanny and what, precisely, does she know best about?
Using NHS statistics, Panorama found 20 cases a day of under-18s diagnosed with conditions like alcohol poisoning.

You want to reduce that? Fine.

Here's a way that you can do it and not punish those of us who use booze sensibly(ish): charge for treatment. You want to discourage people from getting so drunk that they get hospitalised? Good, it's simple because, as we all know, incentives matter. Charge people, say, £50 to get their stomach pumped. If they don't have £50 on them, give them two weeks to pay, after which it doubles (much like a parking fine in Edinburgh) but make sure that you enforce that fine administrative charge.

Do you see? That way, those who actually cause the NHS problems are punished and (hopefully) discouraged from doing it again (or, indeed, ever) and the rest of us do not get shafted. Do you see, Gilmore, you illiberal fuckwit?

Good; now, can you please go back to doing your job, i.e. treating sick people, and let the rest of us live our lives as we see fit? Thank you.

8 comments:

Tom Tyler said...

"Because there are absolutely no drug and alcohol addicted doctors out there, are there?"
Exactly. That's the bit that nailed it for me.
Both the best doctor I ever had, and the best dentist I ever had (and it's not just my opinion, they were widely sought-after in my town during my teenage years, indeed, you would kill to be on their patient lists) were total alco's, everyone knew it and it didn't bother us one jot, because we all knew that you were privileged to have Mr T. in charge of maintaining your molars, and Dr P in charge of liberating your liver.

Tom Paine said...

Spot on, DK. These statist swine are just farming us for the taxes we yield.

Anonymous said...

Well, I put away a magnum of pol roger last night and my liver feels on great form today. cheers!

Anonymous said...

I have been saying charge people for their own mistakes for years. If they get diabetes because they are fat charge them the full cost of the treatment. If they can't pay they don't get the treatment. Same with Alcohol.

furriskey said...

Without the tax revenues raised by the sale of alcohol and tobacco there wouldn't be any fucking NHS to pay the fucking doctors to treat the fucking patients who have paid for the whole fucking crumbling edifice in the first fucking place.

Sceps said...

Where have the Louis Pasteurs gone? Our vision? Down the pan, that’s where.

I can’t be arsed to find a cure for that, treat it, care for it, pay for it – fucking kill it. That’s the new age Hippocratic Oath. If you actually request the final jab, after a lifetime of paying taxes, all the better. I mean, who wants hospices anyway?

I remember a senior lecturer commenting some years back, that universities would be great places to work – if there were no students. I suppose the same idea now applies to hospitals.

AntiCitizenOne said...

Tell You what....

Let me sign a document saying I absolve the NHS (spit) of any responsibility for treating me or providing any "service" (oh and let me keep my money that would have gone to the State Treatment rationers) and I won't have to start bashing Health-Nazis.

It's for your own good to leave me alone.

guy fawkes needs help said...

these kids drink cos they are bored fucking shitless with the nanny state