‘Thanks Doc – enjoy these knickers’

Doctors never cease to be surprised at the range of presents patients give them at this time of year.

Past gifts have included knickers, poetry, and even a picture made with the hair of a patient’s pet.

Chocolates, other edible gifts and alcohol are the most popular gifts of choice, according to a survey by the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

More unusual ‘thank you’s’ include underwear, a piñata, a walking stick, a knife, eggs, a goose, an onion, samosas, rhubarb, cucumbers, and a coconut.

The MDU said doctors had an ethical duty set out by the GMC, to be honest and open in their financial dealings with patients and must not encourage patients to give them money, gifts or bequests.

13 DECEMBER 2016

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