Doctors should not blame patients for being fat, according to new NHS guidance. It urges GPs to be more sensitive when dealing with obese patients, using a ‘respectful’ and non-judgmental tone. The approach is designed to minimise harm, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail is set in a doctor's surgery. There's a big hole in the floor where the patient has just fallen through (because, we are meant to assume, he is so heavy). The doctor, who is following the latest NHS guidelines on dealing with obese patients, tells him, "Well now, Mr Hoggit. I think I can see the problem... how can I put this politely...?"
The patient's name Hoggit is probably a play on the word 'hog', which is another word for pig.
1. A surgery is a place where a doctor, dentist or vet sees patients. It's also the time during which a doctor, dentist or vet is available to see patients. • Is there a surgery this evening? • Surgery hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am to 6:30pm.
2. GP is an abbreviation for general practitioner (a doctor who is trained in general medicine and who works in the local community, not in a hospital). • Her GP referred her to a specialist.