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Psychiatrists Slam Phil, Cedars

1/6/2008 8:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Eight psychiatrists tell TMZ they are shocked Cedars Sinai Medical Center let Dr. Phil go up to Britney Spears' room without her prior knowledge or consent.
Dr. Phil, Britney Spears
The shrinks had various things to say about Dr. Phil's visit to Brit's room, but the theme was unified -- that the hospital should not allow any doctor who does not have in-patient privileges into a patient's room, unless that patient has given prior consent. TMZ has learned Britney had no idea Dr. Phil was coming to her room and indeed when he walked in she became agitated and walked out. She eventually came back in and he pretty much did all the talking for around 15 minutes.

One psychiatrist called it "intrusive and inappropriate." Another shrink told us the hospital "is supposed to be a safe place. If the patient doesn't want to see someone, that person doesn't get in -- period."

Another shrink, who said he was "outraged and disgusted," added, "It is incredible that the hospital allowed Dr. Phil in her room. It's a total violation of her rights."

One doc surmised bluntly the hospital was "star struck" and let the TV doctor's profile override its judgment.

We're told early yesterday the show wanted to book Brit for a TV intervention that is being taped on Monday. We're told she wants nothing to do with it, and the show will not have her on. We're also told Brit's parents, who wanted Dr. Phil to visit Britney, had agreed at least initially to be on the program.

One shrink said splashing a private medical matter on TV and saying it's an intervention -- especially without the proper medical diagnosis -- is no way to run a railroad.

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661.

jo    

Look the lady needs some help here> Her own Mom or Dad should have stepped up to the plate and did something a long time ago. So Dr. Phil came to see her, so what?!!! At least he showed some compassion... And his show should go on.!!!!

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662.

BRONX    

DR PHIL YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO UR PROFESSION

2425 days ago
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twogolfcats    

The people that this fool should be scrutinizing is "Stars", like Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury Povitch, Judge Judy, Barbara Walters and her sicko friends--- these are the people who pry most on the uneducated and poor- make fools of their guests--Ridicule them, treat them like human waste- All for their Fame and SHECKLES!!!

2425 days ago
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Tuti Gz    

Britney, needs help. Why not Dr. Phil. everyones just gonna wait until something really bad happens to her, then there gonna say someone should of help her. It seem like all you people that are talking about Dr. Phil just don't care about Britney and could care less who helping her. You people just want something to talk about. Didn't Britney's mom and dad sent Dr. Phil to the hospital to see Britney. People are talking like he just went on his own. I'm sure Dr. Phil has other things to do. He doesn't need Britney for the publicity. She needs him.

2425 days ago
665.

Charlene Reagan    

Brittany is news TMZ has no right to put down anyone, they are always ist on the scene.Everyone leave her alone and let her get the help she needs.

2425 days ago
666.

twogolfcats    

Dr. Phil is about 1/1000th smarter than those shylocks Jerry Springer ,Maury Povitch and Judge Judy!!!

2425 days ago
667.

whoever    

For me, the bottom line is this: Besides being mentally ill, Britney is ADDICTED to publicity and attention. The very first thing she needs to do is get OUT of the public eye. The last thing she needs is to be on a TV show with all of this. That just feeds into her need for attention. Dr. Phil should realize this.

2425 days ago
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fxdlws6ta    

Who cares about her or her sister. How about the media give a little attention to our HEROES who are fighting and dying in Iraq and Afganistan

2425 days ago
669.

john    

As a lic. psycho therapist in colorado Iam personally ashamed. All Dr. phil was trying to do was grand stand. In colorado he would be up in front of state boards for what he did.

2425 days ago
670.

barb    

why can't you people leave Britney alone. My gosh are your lives so perfect that you have no compassion for someone who is hurting so badly and needs help. if DR. Phil can be of some help whats the harm in him trying. Nothing else has worked so far. Give it a rest

2425 days ago
671.

Fed up in W.C.    

My prediction. Spears dead in 2008

2425 days ago
672.

jonalisa    

HE SHOULD LOSE HIS LISENCE FOR THIS AND HOSPITAL SHOULD BE PUNISHED.

2425 days ago
673.

leland    

can Dr. Phil fix the writer's strike? he seems to be looking for more work..

2425 days ago
674.

mary m.    

Dr. Phil would you want the press and a public personality interfering with one of your children if they were in crisis? If you genuinely want to help, treat her privately without fafare and a segment in mind....Does that work for YOU?

2425 days ago
675.

Sue    

Any one that is a celeberty is under attack becuase people are stupid..they will critize anyone or anything that isn't what they think it should be..or want it to be...everone is a critic these days..they need to clean up their own back yards before they talk about any one els...IDIOTS!!

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