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GPs criticised by ombudsman

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:282
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The first GPs in Britain to experience the rigours of the health service ombudsman's jurisdiction were called to account last week by MPs on the Commons select committee on public administration.

    Dr William Cuthbert, a GP in Wolverhampton, was criticised by the ombudsman, Michael Buckley, for failing to respond to an out of hours call to arrange a syringe driver to administer morphine to a terminally ill patient when he was shopping …

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