"Go back to day job," says NHS Blog Doctor
A leading liver disease specialist has slammed fellow doctors for issuing "diktats" on how pubs and bars should be run.
John Crippen said Ian Gilmore, who heads the high-profile campaign group Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), should "go back to his day job".
Crippen's attack followed Gilmore's comments that the trade was "irresponsible" for selling wine in larger glass sizes.
Writing on the website NHS Blog Doctor, Crippen said: "I am not happy to issue diktats to public houses about the size of glasses.
"If I write a long article warning of the dangers of alcohol-induced liver disease, I hope you read it. That is as far as I want to go.
That is as far as any doctor should go.
"If I were in Government, I would be targeting teen drinkers, alcopops and the general youth-drinking culture. But I would do so by using education and persuasion — by using Saatchi & Saatchi not the police force.
"I did not go into medicine to tell you how to run your life. I am frustrated by the Government's attempts to turn me into a medical Stalinist.
"Ian Gilmore should go back to his day job. This is not a job for doctors."
CGA Strategy chief executive Jon Collins said there is "a lot of common sense" in the comments.
"Too often the trade has to respond to baseless accusations from medical figures — the lack of evidence being compensated for in the mainstream media's eyes by a title and a white coat."