Monday, 30 July 2012

smoking outside hospital gates by staff is allowed

I have received an Email from NHS Fife management about their smoking policy:
  • Smoking inside our buildings is illegal. 
  • Smoking in our grounds is not allowed, any staff breaching this will be dealt with under our Staff Conduct policies.
  • If staff wish to smoke they must do so in their break time and outside our grounds
Therefore smoking just outside the hospital gate is allowed.  In their staff uniform and in full view of patients, visitors, passers-by, in cars and buses.  I suppose it depends on the conscience of each nurse or member of staff as to whether they are OK with doing so.  And whether by their actions they are promoting smoking and encouraging patients to do so.

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