LMCs 'deplore government's medicalisation of social problems'

The LMC conference voted this morning to deplore the government's medicalisation of social problems.

A motion calling for obesity to be treated as a social problem rather than a medical problem was passed as a reference after some of the more rotund members of the conference demonstrated that their size was down to personal choice.

Dr Phil White, from North Wales, said: ‘We should resist all these attempts to medicalise social conditions - I could lose weight if I wanted too.' 

 ‘I am fat and happy,' announced Dr Bill Harris, of Bro Taf, to the conference. He appealed for money to fund education and sport rather than making GPs treat obese patients.

‘When the crap hits the fan, it's GPs that have to shovel it up,' he said.

But Dr Gary Hamilton, from Glasgow and Clyde LMC, said talking therapies should be available to food addicts just like other addictions.

‘Are we saying hypertensives should not be treated medically?' he said. ‘A GP can offer effective treatments.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

 

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