Put the Health of Staff First, Mr Blair
Doctors all over the country will be feeling extremely disappointed by the Government's decision not to introduce legislation that would ban smoking in ALL enclosed public places.
By not introducing a total a ban the Government has thrown away the best opportunity in a century to improve public health in England. Their decision means that a huge opportunity to save lives and protect health has been lost.
People in England will be wondering why politicians in Scotland and Northern Ireland have put the health of their citizens first when in England half-hearted measures and confusion have won the day.
In three years time, when the Government revisits this issue, over 150 bar-workers will have died from second-hand smoke. We urge the Prime Minister to show leadership and introduce a total ban. He must put the health of these and other workers first.
DR GEORGE RAE, regional spokesman, BMA Board of Science.
Police gun concerns
IF, when walking on the street, I heard someone shout `armed police, do not move' or similar, my natural reaction would be to look and see who was being shouted at.
Even if the uniformed, armed officer was standing directly in front and pointing a gun at me from 10ft away, I would probably look behind me to see who the officer was aiming at, or try to get out of the way. It would never occur to me that I was the object of the officer's request.
Could someone assure us that officers trained to use firearms are also specifically trained to recognise when an innocent person has been wrongly identified as carrying a weapon? If not, there would surely be a case for manslaughter charges against whoever designed the firearms training.
It would also be useful to know how many times officers have been called upon to deal with such people and not shot them. …