Seven doctors to face GMC over Shipman inquiry findings

Self-regulation is a privilege

11 September 2004

‘Self-regulation’ is a privilege possessed by a few powerful professions and it is a privilege which over time can easily become neglected. It has been found that Harold Shipman unlawfully killed at least 215 patients whilst practising within a community of his professional colleagues. For those of us outside of the medical profession, it would be truly shocking if the GMC was not (at last) taking seriously the need to investigate the extent to which members of the profession satisfy their individual obligations within the self-regulatory framework.

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: None declared

Mark Davies, Senior Lecturer in Law

University of Sussex

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