GMC clears doctors who signed cremation forms for Shipman

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:126
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Four GPs who signed the cremation forms of patients murdered by serial killer Harold Shipman have been cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.

    Doctors Jeremy Dirckze, Stephen Farrar, Alastair MacGillivray, and Susan Booth, who all worked close to Dr Shipman's surgery in Hyde, Greater Manchester, between them signed 214 cremation form Cs for Dr Shipman's deceased patients between 1979 and 1997. Of these, 124 were later found to have been unlawfully killed.

    The four GPs were accused …

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