Do GPs have a right to self-defence?

Sydney GP and addiction medicine specialist, Dr William Huang (pictured), claims he was punched in the chest this month by a patient he had refused oxycodone.

He also told Australian Doctor he was suspended by his employer for six months in 2008 after defending himself in a methadone unit, but was later cleared.

Below he writes how the latest episode has forced him to question whether GPs should be allowed to physically defend themselves against violent patients. 

I work at Darlinghurst Medical Centre, diagonally opposite the iconic Kings Cross Coca-Cola sign. It

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