Tuesday, 7 June 2011

I Think I Preferred You When You Were Denying People Cancer Drugs, Frankly…

Fast-food chains could be told to cut the size of portions of chips, the chairman of the NHS watchdog says.
Shouldn’t the NHS watchdog have far more important things to concern itself with, given the poor performance of so many of its hospitals?
Sir Michael Rawlins said the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) may produce guidelines to recommend smaller servings to help combat obesity.
Well, that’s fine, then. Guidelines can be ignored, can’t they?
Sir Michael, who leaves Nice next year to become president of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: ‘Someone had actually reduced the number of chips in a standard portion.

‘Nobody noticed, which is quite interesting. Nice could suggest it.

‘It could be a recommendation. When it comes to obesity we have to do more to help people reduce their intake of food.

'It is not a single bullet but a whole variety of things that we need to do to help people and help communities.’
I really don’t think we need that kind of ‘help’. I’m pretty sure we don’t need to pay you to come up with it, either…
The watchdog is drawing up guidelines to help councils and health trusts tackle obesity.

This is expected to be published in November 2012 following public consultation.
What sort of public consultation?

The sort where the public point out what useless, counter-productive nannying claptrap you’ve come up with, and you then go ahead regardless?
The details are unlikely to include specific advice telling fast-food chains and restaurants to cut chip portions.

However, Sir Michael indicated that in future the watchdog could suggest such measures.
Suggest away. I’m sure everyone will feel free to treat your suggestions with all the attention they really deserve.


1 comment:

AntiCitizenOne said...

You know. Cameron talked about a bonfire of the Quangos and getting the state off peoples backs...

We'll see whether it was all talk.

Perhaps NICE needs some new people to manage treatment rationing?