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Investigators should be trained to “think dirty” about cause of death, Shipman report says

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.123-c (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:123
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The creation of a team of coroners' investigators trained to “think dirty” about the causes of death, and new powers for coroners to order raids on premises such as GPs' surgeries to seize documents or drugs, were among radical reforms to the coroners' system in England and Wales recommended this week by the official inquiry into the crimes of the serial killer Dr Harold Shipman.

    Harold Shipman: responsible for 215 deaths

    Credit: MANCHESTER POLICE/AP

    Dame Janet Smith, the appeal court judge heading the inquiry, said that the 100 year old system for death registration and the procedures for …

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