Tighter control on GPs to follow doctor's murder convictions
- By: Clare Dyer
With tighter controls, would Dr Harold Shipman have been able to kill these women?
Tighter controls on the way that GPs practise are certain to follow the conviction this week of Dr Harold Shipman, the most prolific serial killer in British criminal history. The health secretary, Alan Milburn, announced an inquiry into failures in the system that allowed the 54 year old doctor to murder his patients at will.
The Greater Manchester family doctor will die in prison after receiving 15 life sentences for murdering 15 of his middle aged and elderly women patients by lethal injections of diamorphine.
Police have sent dossiers on a further 23 deaths to the Crown Prosecution Service and believe he may have killed as many as 150 patients during his 30 year career.
His motive for wreaking mass murder on his patients was as mysterious at the end of the lengthy trial as it