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Pathologist cleared of misconduct by GMC in Shipman hearing

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.820 (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:820
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A consultant pathologist who concluded in a postmortem report that a victim of the serial killer general practitioner Harold Shipman had died of natural causes was cleared of serious professional misconduct last week by the General Medical Council (BMJ 2004;329: 757, 2 Oct).

    The GMC's professional conduct committee found that David Bee's postmortem examination of Renate Overton fell below the standard reasonably expected, but did not constitute serious professional misconduct.

    Dr Bee's postmortem was criticised as “deeply flawed” by the independent inquiry into Shipman's career. As a result of his report, no coroner's inquest had been held and the last opportunity to …

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