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Dame Janet's disappointments: Shipman case is a stick to beat the medical profession with

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1274
  1. Gerald Freshwater, occupational physician (
  1. Hill House, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0EL

    EDITOR—The Shipman case is hardly relevant to the regulation of the medical profession since it is the job of the police to detect murder.1 It has been chosen, however, as a convenient stick with which to beat us. After all, the DVLA was not restructured when the “Yorkshire Ripper” was found to be a lorry driver, although his occupation allowed him to travel around the country murdering women.

    The tone of Dame …

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