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Five minutes with . . . Glyn Phillips, GP and Hillsborough survivor

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2499
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The GP who helped football fans caught up in the Hillsborough disaster reflects on the past 27 years

Glyn Phillips was a spectator with his brother and two friends at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989, when overcrowding on the terraces led to a crush among the Liverpool fans. Ninety six people died and hundreds were injured. Phillips performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a man he found in an unresponsive state.

On 26 April this year an inquiry found that the Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed and that police and emergency services were negligent.

“Any sense of vindication I have is a completely joyless one,” Phillips says, “although …

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