Smokers

CONGRATULATIONS. You have achieved what my wife thought impossible – you have roused me from my natural state of TV-induced sloth. The cause – your little piece informing us that Hinchingbrooke Hospital is now intending to deny smokers the dubious privile

CONGRATULATIONS. You have achieved what my wife thought impossible - you have roused me from my natural state of TV-induced sloth. The cause - your little piece informing us that Hinchingbrooke Hospital is now intending to deny smokers the dubious privilege of standing outside the hospital exposed to the elements and indulging in their habit.

Whilst not unaware of the current dogma on the health implications of this habit, I fear that the issue of such an all-encompassing edict by a publicly-funded body against a hapless minority of the very same public is a worrying development and may set a very dubious precedent.

Whatever next? Will they ban those labelled obese from eating a Mars bar in the car park, or institute a ban on exercise junkies running on hospital land?

GORDON NEIL, St Peters Way, Ellington