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The Shipman Inquiry second report: the police investigation of March 1998

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The Shipman Inquiry second report: the police investigation of March 1998

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This document contains the following information: The Shipman Inquiry second report: the police investigation of March 1998.

This is the second report of the Shipman Inquiry, set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murders of over 200 patients by their GP, Dr. Harold Shipman. It focuses on the investigation conducted by the Greater Manchester Police in March-April 1998, five months before Shipman was arrested, which failed to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing. Concerns are noted both in the way the police investigation was carried out and in the lack of leadership given, as well as in the examination of the medical records by the health authority medical adviser. The report concludes that the lives of three patients would probably have been saved if the investigation had been properly conducted and supervised.

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