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Lack of action post-Shipman

Dame Janet Smith, chair of the Shipman Inquiry, has launched an outspoken attack on the Government for failing to implement her recommendations on regulation of GPs.

Speaking at the first major conference on the aftermath of Shipman, she warned the medical profession would suffer a further loss in public trust if her proposals to strengthen regulation were not implemented in full.

She also criticised Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, for the delay in his report on changes to revalidation.

Sir Liam had been reviewing her inquiry findings for longer than it took her to hear evidence and write her conclusions, she said.

Sir Liam's proposals for revalidation were originally due in December, but are now not expected until mid-summer.

Dame Janet told the conference at the Royal Society of Medicine: 'There is no quick and easy way in which to achieve public confidence in the medical profession. A whole raft of measures are needed.

'I think it will be a long haul but the effort will be worth it and the goal is to have a profession in which the public can have justifiable trust and confidence.'

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