Seven doctors to face GMC over Shipman inquiry findings

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:591
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Seven doctors—six general practitioners and a pathologist—who were criticised by the inquiry into the serial killer GP Harold Shipman are to face charges of serious professional misconduct, the General Medical Council confirmed last week.

    Retired consultant pathologist David Bee, who carried out the postmortem examination on Renate Overton, 47, a patient with asthma murdered by Dr Shipman, faces a hearing on 27 September.

    No date has yet been set for the GPs' hearing. The six—Peter Bennett, Susan Booth, Jeremy Dirckze, Stephen Farrar, Alistair MacGillivray, and Rajesh Patel—all worked at the Brooke and Clarendon practices, near Dr Shipman's sole practice in Hyde, Greater Manchester. They all regularly countersigned …

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