Friday, 17 August 2007

Scotland the brave - my ass

This from Scotland's Daily Record: Two Scottish NHS trusts have decided all their staff should be banned from eating at their desks during next month's Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. They will also be removing the vending machines and lunch trollies from their hospitals during the 30-day period.

As far as I know, all female members of staff have not been ordered to wear the veil. Well, not yet anyway.

But, if NHS Lothian and Greater Glasgow must go ahead, how about a little consistency? No one is allowed to eat chocolate during Lent for Catholics and Anglicans who're temporarily giving it up, no ham at any time, lest it offends any Jews and, indeed, vegetarianism imposed on everyone because of the Bhuddists. Nor will there be medical cover or food at all on the Sabbath, just in case there's a Wee Free around. And, naturally, there'll be no more blood transfusions ever because that would upset the Plymouth Brethren. Ridiculous. Yup. But this isn't the first time Scotland has prostrated itself (check this).

But then the Wee Frees, bad and all as they are, aren't going to blow you up if they get pissed off. And maybe this is what's behind it.Maybe they're afraid that if they piss off the medical staff some more of them might take direct action like they took at Glasgow Airport recently.

2 comments:

Jun said...

Well, I hope they make sure that the patients don't offend anyone by eating either!

(Good grief -- what IS this world coming to?!)

SAVANT said...

Actually, that's a good point. are the pateients supposed to stop eating as well?