HSJ website poll reveals managers' support for suing tobacco companies

The NHS may be facing a rising tide of litigation over medical negligence claims, but its managers are nothing daunted: they would quite readily indulge in a little court action of their own - namely, suing tobacco companies for the cost of treating smokers.

An H S J website poll, conducted soon after health secretary Alan Milburn told the Commons health select committee he didn't believe such moves would work, found managers in favour by almost two to one. Perhaps it is easy to understand why by linking from the H S J website to the list of 600 additives in cigarettes published on the Department of Health's site.

This is the first of a regular poll on topical questions which will appear weekly on our website. Make sure you have your say: visit www.hsj.co.uk.