Sense and sensibilities – the case of a rebuffed fatty who cried foul at frankly expressed dieting advice

February 11, 2010

Alf has some sympathy with the “foul-mouthed” surgeon who was reprimanded for swearing at a severely obese patient and for punishing her by removing her from a waiting list.

The doctor, known as “Dr B”, told his gastric bypass patient, “Ms A”, that she was “going on a f****** diet” after she complained she disliked the word “diet” and preferred to talk about “lifestyle”.

He had put the Maori 44-year-old on a list to be considered for surgery after a tense consultation last April at which he used forms of the F word at least three times.

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