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Doctors face GMC over failure to spot overdose in Shipman patient

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:865
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The former heads of an intensive care unit that treated one of Harold Shipman's victims failed to raise the alarm over the morphine overdose that killed her, the General Medical Council heard last week.

    Geraint Brown and Murtaza Husaini were joint directors of Tameside General Hospital's intensive care unit in February 1994, when a 47 year old patient, named only as Ms A, was admitted. She was in a persistent vegetative state after respiratory arrest brought on by a single massive dose of morphine, given by GP Harold Shipman, who is thought to have murdered more than 100 of his patients. Ms A …

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