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GPs appear before GMC accused of missing warning signs in deaths of Shipman's patients

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7508.68-d (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:68
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Four general practitioners appeared before the General Medical Council this week accused of failing to notice warning signs associated with the deaths of patients of the serial killer Harold Shipman.

    Alastair MacGillivray, Jeremy Dirckze, Stephen Farrar, and Susan Booth, all of Hyde, Greater Manchester, are accused of neglecting to use proper clinical judgment in confirming the cause of death when signing a total of 214 cremation forms over a period of 18 years. Of these 214 patients 124 were later found to have been unlawfully killed.

    The Shipman inquiry led by Janet Smith criticised six Hyde GPs and a pathologist for failing …

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