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Prison officers had no sign of Shipman's suicidal tendencies

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:474
  1. Kaye McIntosh
  1. London

    The death of the serial killer Harold Shipman in his cell “could not have been predicted or prevented,” an official investigation has found. But the ombudsman for prisons and probation, Stephen Shaw, said officers at Wakefield Prison “do not appear to have been alerted to the man's long term risk of suicide or what might finally trigger it.”

    Mr Shaw examined how the former GP was able to hang himself in his cell in January 2004. Shipman was convicted of murdering 15 patients but is thought to have killed another 235.

    Mr Shaw said the death raised “procedural issues relating …

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