This is the fifth report of the Shipman Inquiry, set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murders of over 200 patients by their GP, Dr. Harold Shipman, over a period of more than 20 years. It follows on from previous reports on the police investigation (Cm 5853, ISBN 0101585322), the death certification system and the investigation of deaths by coroners (Cm 5854, ISBN 010158542X) and the regulation of controlled drugs in the community (Cm 6249, ISBN 010158542X). This report examines the role of local NHS primary care organisations and the General Medical Council (GMC) in monitoring the performance of doctors, and makes recommendations to ensure the protection of patients in the future. Findings include that, although there has been significant changes in clinical governance in the NHS in the years since Shipman practised as a GP, there has not yet been the change in culture within the GMC that will ensure that patient protection is given sufficient priority over the interests of the medical profession. Recommendations include: an increase in the number of GMC members appointed against 'public interest' criteria; the introduction of a new revalidation scheme for registration of doctors, with the NHS responsible for evaluation of fitness to practice criteria; the investigation of patients' complaints undertaken as a clinical governance measure; the development of a central database of information about doctors performance, and increased public availability of information.
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Book Description Stationery Office Books, 2004. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6261255