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Study: GPs 'should support' patients on meal-replacement weight-loss programmes


@pradeep Diabetic nurses can't take clinical responsibility for novel approaches, that's why doctors exist and everything isn't nurse led. My point is that we should be fighting for resources that can help the patient. We are under resourced at the moment but we should be fighting for more. The cost you point out for diet replacement meals is negligible compared to the long term costs of diabetes/obesity and complications such as IHD and stroke. In other words you're being short sighted and not thinking. @christopher ho The health budget will get even worse if obesity and all of its associated health conditions aren't tackled. So your argument is already a non starter. Also, you as a GP are already helping patients who have made poor lifestyle choices by giving them antihypertensives, providing antidiabetic agents, referring to dieticians, referring for gastric operations etc. So WHY have you drawn the line at providing dietary supplements etc. Why have you decided that this is precisely where we should draw the line in providing care? We're in the game of providing healthcare. If you think there's a socialist agenda or something by providing proven care to our patients then perhaps you should reconsider your profession.

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27 Sep 2018

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