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Health Fears Prevent Nurses Lighting Paralysed Man’s Cigarette

nuttingBRENDAN Nutting, is paralysed from the neck down. He likes to smoke. For more than two years, staff when the Tasmanian Health and Community Service helped him light a cigarette, which is held in a robotic arm attached to his wheelchair. But then their job was taken over by Tasman Council’s Hobart District Nurses.

Their policy is that staff must not light Mr Nutting’s cigarettes, in line with occupational health and safety regulations.

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Posted: 12th, October 2009 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)