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Doctor is cleared of asking nurse to give fatal dose to dying patient

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 15 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3812
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A GP has been cleared by the General Medical Council of instructing a nurse to administer a fatal dose of insulin to a terminally ill patient in a care home who was begging to be allowed to go home to die.

    Rajiv Chhabra was merely “verbalising a thought” and not making a request when he said that a high dose of insulin would be the answer to the 85 year old patient’s problems, a GMC fitness to practise panel has …

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