A 44 year-old woman filed a complaint about her doctor after a tense consultation with him in 2009 in New Zealand. The doctor said “effing” three times to the woman after she told him she didn’t like the word “diet,” and preferred he use the term “lifestyle.” He insisted that she needed to go on an “effing” diet. According to the woman, the doctor told her that if she couldn’t handle the word “diet,” then he challenged her motivation and stated that she would never survive gastric bypass surgery because she was still “bullxxxxing” herself and therefore her thinking was still “effed.”
The physician, fed up with her, scratched her name from the gastric bypass waiting list.
New Zealand’s Health and Disability Commissioner said the doctor, who completely admitted using bad language, was reprimanded for being unprofessional and insulting.
The doctor WAS unprofessional and insulting AND completely correct! When people move less and eat more and want magical means to become physically normal and healthy, it does frustrate and exhaust the patience of people who are there to help. This doctor could just have been having a bad day, but I think it is more likely that he was just tired of the wordplay and mind games of those who simply don’t display self-discipline or take serious responsibility for their condition (but who expect respect as though their condition was out of their control – when it is definitely NOT).
The doctor should have been reprimanded, but so should this patient!