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Tighter control on GPs to follow doctor's murder convictions

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:331
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Tighter controls on the way that GPs practise are certain to follow the conviction this week of Dr Harold Shipman, the most prolific serial killer in British criminal history. The health secretary, Alan Milburn, announced an inquiry into failures in the system that allowed the 54 year old doctor to murder his patients at will.

    The Greater Manchester family doctor will die in prison after receiving 15 life sentences for murdering 15 of his middle aged and elderly women patients by lethal injections of diamorphine. …

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