Should GPs accept Christmas gifts from patients?

Grateful patients like to show their appreciation at Christmas time but what should a GP do if they are offered a television, or even a house?

According to Dr Sara Bird, manager at MDA National, there are no black-and-white rules, but doctors should be cautious about accepting expensive presents from ‘lovelorn’ patients or those with vested interests.

“I think it would be a silly piece of advice to say that doctors should never accept gifts from patients — the vast majority of gifts at this time of year are a natural gesture of goodwill