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Struck-off GP admits to killing two patients without their consent

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 21 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3346
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Police may reopen a murder investigation into Howard Martin, the County Durham GP acquitted of murdering three patients five years ago, after he told a newspaper reporter on Friday 18 June that he had ended the lives of two patients without their consent.

    Dr Martin, 75, was struck off by the General Medical Council last week for putting 17 patients “at risk of serious harm or death” by administering large doses of painkillers “on the scantiest of evidence.” In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published after the GMC’s decision, he admitted hastening the deaths of some patients to ease their suffering, including two who had not consented to …

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