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Rodney Yates, General Medical Council
"Dr Shipman is a disgrace to the medical profession and unfit to practice"
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Friday, 11 February, 2000, 15:38 GMT
Shipman struck off

Dr Harold Shipman Dr Harold Shipman was convicted of 15 murders

Serial killer Harold Shipman has been struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Shipman, 54, a GP who practised in Hyde, Greater Manchester, was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the GMC's Professional Conduct Committee on Friday.

He had been suspended from the register on Thursday.

It is abhorrent that Dr Shipman cold-bloodedly murdered 15 of his patients, using his medical skills to do so
Rodney Yates, GMC
He was jailed last week for life for murdering 15 of his patients by injecting them with diamorphine, commonly known as heroin.

Police are now investigating a further 160 suspicious deaths.

Shipman was not present at the hearing and he was not represented by solicitors.
The Shipman Trial
Professional conduct committee chairman Rodney Yates said: "The committee are appalled by the evidence they have heard. It is abhorrent that Dr Shipman cold-bloodedly murdered 15 of his patients, using his medical skills to do so.

"Those patients and their families had placed their trust in him. He grossly abused that trust and in doing so greatly undermined the trust that the public place in the medical profession, in particular their family doctors."


He added: "The committee wish to place on the record their view that Dr Shipman is a disgrace to the medical profession and totally unfit to practice medicine.

"Accordingly the committee have directed the registrar to erase his name from the register."

Shipman had agreed to waive his right to six weeks' notice from the committee. He has 28 days to appeal against the decision.

The hearing was told by Sir James Badenoch QC, for the GMC: "It is not possible to imagine a more terrible misuse of a doctor's skills and knowledge, nor a worse abuse of the trust placed in a doctor by innocent patients than this practitioner's prolonged and callous campaign of murder."

Police revealed after the criminal trial that they had received details of more suspicious deaths.

During the four-month trial the relatives of five possible victims came forward and five more contacted them last Monday - the day of the verdicts.

Since then the numbers have continued to rise as more and more relatives cast doubt on whether their loved ones died of the causes Shipman listed on their death certificates.

The GMC has been widely criticised in the past fortnight after it was revealed that they took no action against Shipman in 1976, when he admitted falsifying prescriptions after becoming addicted to pethadine.

Shipman is being held in Manchester jail pending assessment.

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