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Former Shipman Inquiry chair Dame Janet Smith has condemned standards of death certification by GPs as 'depressingly low'.

Speaking at a GMC conference this week, Dame Janet said: 'People feel they can bend the rules to save the family distress. There seems to be poor understanding of the responsibility of accurate recording.'

She called for GPs to have more training in death certification.

Finland had higher standards, Dame Janet said, because GPs there had seven hours' training compared with half an hour in the UK.

The third report of the Shipman Inquiry recommended changes to death cert-

ification after the GP had

been able to conceal his murders by circumventing the coroner.

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