GMC must protect patients says government minister

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:271
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ


    Harold Shipman probably began to kill patients within a year of leaving medical school, taking his full toll of murders to 250 patients, the inquiry into Shipman's 30 year career concluded last week.

    Dame Janet Smith, the appeal court judge who carried out the three year inquiry, reached the conclusion in her sixth and final report, which looked at his earliest years in practice as a junior hospital doctor.

    On the day she released her findings, the health secretary, John Reid, announced a major review of the way doctors are assessed for their fitness to practise, and the role of their regulatory body, the General Medical Council.

    The review, to be conducted by the chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, aims to strengthen the procedures …

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