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Getting strict - no smoking at the hospital at all

Getting strict - no smoking at the hospital at all

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Translated by: Kristina Georgieva
Horsens in english. 

Bent Hansen requests a total prohibition on smoking in the hospital's landmark.

Horsens: Smoking at the hospital must no longer be allowed. If people want to have a cigarette or a pipe tobacco, they must go completely away from the hospital's landmark.

This is the direct message by the chief executive, Danish Regions' chairman Bent Hansen (S), writes the weekly Mandag Morgen.

- If we will have improved health, it must be more difficult to smoke and it must be expensive, he says.

As a rule it is usually not allowed to smoke at the country's hospitals. Neither inside nor out.

But many hospitals like Aarhus University Hospital, Rigshospitalet and Herlev allow the patients and relatives to smoke in, for example, outdoor smoking boots.

Bent Hansen acknowledges that he, as regional council chairman of Central Region Denmark, has co-responsibility for the rules being like that.

But he thinks that now is the time to get more strict. And he emphasizes that the motion stands on his own account and has not been carried by the board of directors at Danish Regions.

As chairman of Danish Regions, Bent Hansen has just presented a plan for massive investments in prevention.

Hospitals, doctors and nurses will not only be better at treating sick people. They will particularly become better at preventing people from getting sick and having the need of expensive treatments in the hospitals.

He appeals to the government, regions and municipalities to sit down in order to make a big and ambitious national action plan for prevention together with the relevant professional organizations like doctors and nurses. The plan should think far broader than the traditional KRAM factors such as diet, smoking , alcohol and exercise.

Original text by Ritzau