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GP's manslaughter arrest

A GP has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after allegedly failing to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation to an elderly patient.

Dr Shanta Dhar, 70, of the Willow House surgery in Enfield, north London, had reportedly visited the 78-year-old shortly before her collapse. Dr Dhar was arrested after an investigation into the patient's death and bailed until February.

The London Ambulance Service would not confirm a report in The Times that ambulance personnel believed earlier CPR would have improved the patient's survival chances.

But the case has raised questions over GPs' responsibilities in keeping up to date with CPR.

The Medical Protection Society said it was not aware of specific requirements for update training, above a general responsibility to keep up to date.

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