Bid to extend smokefree status

A bid to extend smokefree status to include psychiatric patients will be presented at a Southern District Health Board committee today.

The hospital advisory committee will consider the request to extend the DHB's non-smoking policy to Dunedin Hospital's 1A, Wakari Hospital, including all hospital grounds.

An unauthorised pilot scheme preventing some detained psychiatric patients at Wakari Hospital from smoking was stopped last month after a DHB board member complained.

A report in the meeting agenda recommends the hospital advisory committee approve the plan to make mental-health services smokefree.

In the report, the mental-health service disagrees with the assertion that preventing detained mental health patients from smoking breached their rights.


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