Nuttall himself makes the point: "I want to warn other smokers. We have paid our National Insurance stamps all our lives and now we are being shut out of the NHS."
Nuttall is right and his remarks illustrate further the hypocrisy of these clinicians for we have commented a number of times on the money that smokers provide to the Exchequer. Not only do smokers pay their National Insurance contributions but also the government is richly benefited in terms of both the direct taxes levied on the sales of tobacco products plus the corporation tax levied on the profits of the tobacco companies. In fact, without such input to the public purse, the rest of the population would have to make up the shortfall in additional taxes. So whilst the doctors at The Royal Cornwall are happy to benefit from the input of smokers' money they are not prepared to play fair in return. This amounts to saying: "give us your money and sod off!"
Moreover, if these doctors think they are saving money in some warped and twisted way then nothing could be further from the truth for consider the cost of providing Nuttall with years of morphine supply. This drug is not the cheapest on the market.
So we name and shame you Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro. Your thinking and conduct are disgraceful and it is a good thing that there are still many decent doctors around who have not succumbed to the profoundly "sick" ideas that you have espoused.
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