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Six GPs who signed cremation forms for Shipman face GMC

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7477.1256 (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1256
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Six GPs who countersigned cremation forms for Harold Shipman failed to detect suspicious circumstances in the deaths of his patients and missed numerous opportunities to stop Shipman's 23 year career of murder, the General Medical Council's professional conduct committee heard this week.

    Peter Bennett, Rajesh Patel, Jeremy Dirckze, Stephen Farrar, Alastair MacGillivray, and Susan Booth, all from Hyde, Greater Manchester, worked in surgeries close to Shipman's practices at Donneybrook and Market Street. All six deny serious professional misconduct.

    Nigel Grundy, for the GMC, told the hearing in …

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