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Relatives of Shipman victims win first round in fight for open inquiry

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:260
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Relatives of victims of the English GP and serial killer Harold Shipman scored a decisive vic-tory last week in their bid to force the health secretary, Alan Milburn, to hold an open inquiry into how the GP was able to succeed in murdering so many patients.

    At the High Court in London, Lord Justice Kennedy, sitting with Mr Justice Jackson, declared that Mr Milburn's decision to hold the inquiry in private breached article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to freedom of expression.

    The far reaching judgment will substantially limit …

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