McCartney, Kenwright and Ledezma touched upon the issue about the professional example doctors set to patients through how they lead their personal lives. Worldwide, doctors are generally regarded as one of the most highly respected members of society and are expected to lead exemplary personal and professional lives.
There has been a series of scandals uncovering the hidden personal lives of high profile doctors. An extreme example of this is that of Dr Nair, Sydney, Australia , who was shown in the press to be a cocaine addicted neurosurgeon who regularly paid for sex with prostitutes. On a more realistic scale, there is also the recurring discussions relating to obese doctors.
As a medical student we are educated on how to advise patient on improving their lifestyle. In one pre-clinical lecture, the importance of a balanced diet constituting a good range of meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.
If doctors are the role models many people look to for lifestyle advice, and they are traditionally based in hospitals; why is there now a McDonald’s in Guys Hospital, London Bridge, a Burger King in Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, and a new Pizza Hut just opened in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth?
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