So, from now on any time patients have any contact with the NHS, we are to get a lecture on our lifestyle choices:
“In future if you come for your flu vaccine at a GP’s surgery or pharmacy, the health professional should give you your injection but also use the opportunity to talk to you about your diet, smoking, alcohol intake and how much exercise you’re taking, discuss any anxieties you may have about these, and offer and advice and support. Similarly, a podiatrist who’s looking after the feet of a diabetic patient has an absolute responsibility to talk to the patient about their smoking, because smoking makes diabetes worse and means the patient is more likely to have a foot amputated.
I’m a little confused. Aren’t the Tories supposed to be against the nanny state? Aren’t they supposed to be against the state “telling us what to do,” interfering in our lives and bossing us around?
Apparantly I’m mistaken. “This is not the ‘nanny state’ at all,” said Field. So what is the nanny state? It turns out that the term nanny state simply refers to the state trying to stop employers from killing their workers.