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Letters Heeding lessons from Shipman

Attention has been distracted

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6506
  1. Alastair M Santhouse, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1London, UK
  1. santhouse{at}

Dyer seemingly accepts without comment Dame Janet Smith’s linkage of Shipman and revalidation.1 Had revalidation been in place during Shipman’s time, it would have made no difference at all to his ability to commit the crimes that he did. Worse, by the introduction of another bureaucratic hurdle, which will no doubt …

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