GP loses $360k obesity case

A GP has been told to pay $364,000 in compensation to a morbidly obese man after failing to refer him to a weight loss clinic or for bariatric surgery.

Luis Almario was 154cm tall and weighed around 130kg when he came under the care of Sydney GP Dr Emmanuel Varipatis in 1997.

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The 68-year-old claimed Dr Varipatis was responsible for his pre-existing liver disease progressing to cirrhosis, liver failure and eventually liver cancer which