I am an individual, not just a number.
Increasingly the powers that be are trying to reduce me to a set of numbers so they can neatly stick me into a database somewhere. Already they have my PPS [or Personal Public Service] number which has to be quoted when doing any business with one of their departments. They have allocated a number to my home so that's in a database somewhere.
Their latest gimmick is to allocate me a health number [or Individual Health Identifier] as they like to call it.
I gather the intention is to have a single database where everyone's health is recorded so it doesn't matter where I am, they can access my health details. They can go fuck themselves. My health is my business and I don't want my details available to any hacker who wants to access them.
Now the Irish Cancer Society want my IHI details to include whether I am a smoker or not. Now they can really go and fuck themselves sideways and in reverse on that one. It is none of their fucking business.
There are several questions raised here.
Apart from it being none of their business, I presume [like in most databases] there is a simple yes or no answer. There is no distinction between pipe, cigar or cigarette smokers. There is no distinction between the bloke who has one fag at the weekend and the bloke who's on an eighty a day habit. As far as the ICS are concerned we are all filthy smokers and deserve to die horribly.
And what use is this information apart from the ICS being able to gather statistics? There is no medical condition that is unique to smokers so there is no point to the information. If anything it would work to the detriment of non-smokers as the surgeon will probably then discount cancers [and heart disease and all the other glories supposedly associated with smoking] and it will be bottom of the list of probable ailments.
They don't want information on whether the person lives with a smoker, walks past pubs or visits the Phoenix Park of a Sunday where they could be exposed to second hand smoke, which we all know is lethal at fifty paces? Or are they admitting that it couldn't be a significant factor?
They even want to collect information on my diet. How the fuck do they do that? Will the database contain recipes for each individual meal I cook? How do they account for a spontaneous decision to order a takeaway or even a decision to skip dinner altogether? Or we all just going to be classed as carnivorous, omnivorous or herbivore?
I'm surprised they aren't interested in my drinking habits. That's a pity as I would have claimed two pints of Methylated Spirits a day. That would give them something to think about?
They want to know my socio-economic status? Who said snobbery and the class system is dead? They already know my economic status from their PPS database so presumably they want to know my social status? What the fuck is that? "Well respected"? "Local pariah"? "Lovable rogue"? And what the fuck has my socio-economic status got to do with my health anyway? If I am classed as "One of the Lower Orders" am I more likely to eat pizzas, burgers or chips?
I suppose they'll want my DNA next.
They can fuck off on that one too.
Interfering nosey cunts.