Obesity ruling 'had to be challenged'

Avant had "no choice" but to fight the $364,000 negligence judgement against a Sydney GP who was sued for not re-referring a morbidly obese patient to an obesity clinic.

The medical defence organisation, whose efforts led to the NSW Court of Appeal overturning the judgement last Thursday, says it feared the original Supreme Court judgement against Dr Emmanuel Varipatis would extend a doctor's duty of care.

The Supreme Court of NSW originally found Dr Varipatis negligent for not taking "active steps" to re-refer his morbidly