Shipman chair queries reform progress

A dishonest doctor could still get away with murder, according to the chair of the inquiry into serial killer GP Harold Shipman.

Dame Janet Smith
Dame Janet Smith

In a BBC interview to be broadcast tonight, Dame Janet Smith, who chaired the inquiry, said: ‘I really was shocked to find how totally our system of death certification is dependent upon the honesty and integrity of a single doctor.

‘Once you realise that you can have a dishonest doctor and a malevolent doctor, then it is obvious that under our system that a doctor can get away with murder.’

The Shipman inquiry closed nearly five years ago. Dame Janet says the new arrangements for death certification remain unknown.

Could Shipman Happen Again? is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm.

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