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Care home proposal would cause total chaos

Are we qualified to spot abuse (News, March 15)? Of course we're not.

Apart from our responsibilities ending at death, I and my colleagues will spot all sorts of post-mortem colour changes and have half the care-home staff in the country locked up for some sort of abuse. If this doesn't close the homes, the smell certainly will as they wait for the GP to pop round and misinterpret the post-mortem changes.

Somebody should tell this Steven Ladyman that contrary to what he might think from watching TV, GPs are actually quite busy, (and for that matter that intravenous injections are not given perpendicular to the skin, that knock-out medications are neither instant in onset nor predictable in duration, etc). If all he knows about general practice comes off the TV he should resign. If he does have experience of general practice he should know better and should resign even quicker.

In this real post-Shipman world I am still being rung by coroner's officers to ask if I will sign up deaths that I was unaware of AND do not know the reason for. Imagine if every care-home death was referred for investigation of post-mortem colour changes. Let's do it.

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