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What happens when a partner is tactless with patients?

One of our GPs has developed a rather blunt approach with patients who are overweight or who smoke. A nurse confided in me that he told a patient with knee problems to "lose a bit of excess flab". When she challenged him about this, he said such patients brought their health problems on themselves. I fear his communication style is going to land him and the practice in trouble.

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John Holden, MPU

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