Smoker is refused operation
Friday 08 October 1993
Geoff Oates said operating on Linda Wright would be a 'a waste of time' unless she gave up cigarettes. He said her smoker's cough would be certain to tear open the hernia repair soon after an operation.
Mrs Wright, of Fordrough Lane, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, who is confined to a wheelchair, admits a previous hernia operation in 1989 failed after three months. 'I am doing my best to give up, but it is very hard,' she said.
Mr Oates yesterday refused to comment on Mrs Wright's case. But Chris Tame, a spokesman for Forest, the 'freedom to smoke' organisation, said: 'Thousands of smokers with hernias have had operations over the years. They cannot all have been failures. We all pay into the NHS . . . It is a smokers' right to have the treatment they require.'
Pakistani women marry in Britain's first Muslim lesbian partnership
Terror in Woolwich: Theresa May moves to ban extremists who don’t advocate violence
Huge gay marriage protest turns violent in Paris
Obama officials are 'criminalising journalism', says Republican senator
Hurricane season fears as warning satellite fails
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.