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GP who benefited from patient's will failed to disclose details when signing cremation form

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39384.649745.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:903
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A GP who signed a patient's cremation documents without disclosing that he was a beneficiary in her will was last week suspended for 10 months by the UK General Medical Council.

    Alan Howlett of the Fremington Medical Centre in Barnstaple, Devon, stated on form B of an Application for Cremation that he had no pecuniary interest in the death of his 91 year old patient, named only as Mrs A. In fact he already knew that she had bequeathed him a share of her estate.

    He had become friendly with Mrs A when attending to her husband …

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