Seven doctors to face GMC over Shipman inquiry findings

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:591

Self-regulation is a privilege

‘Self-regulation’ is a privilege possessed by a few powerful
professions and it is a privilege which over time can easily become
neglected. It has been found that Harold Shipman unlawfully killed at
least 215 patients whilst practising within a community of his
professional colleagues. For those of us outside of the medical
profession, it would be truly shocking if the GMC was not (at last) taking
seriously the need to investigate the extent to which members of the
profession satisfy their individual obligations within the self-regulatory

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

11 September 2004
Mark Davies
Senior Lecturer in Law
University of Sussex