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Shipman GPs to face GMC scrutiny

The GMC is investigating whether to take action against GPs who countersigned cremation forms for Harold Shipman's victims.

Six GPs who practised in Hyde, Greater Manchester ­ Dr Peter Bennett, Dr Susan Booth, Dr Jeremy Dirckze, Dr Stephen Farrar, Dr Alastair McGillivray and Dr Rajesh Patel ­ were criticised by the Shipman inquiry in July for signing Form Cs without making sufficient checks.

The GMC is considering information in the stage 2 report to determine if action needs to be taken against any of the doctors named.

A spokeswoman refused to comment on reports in the Daily Mirror that 15 GPs were being investigated.

Dr Rajesh Patel told Pulse he had been 'inundated' with support from GPs since the inquiry report.

He said: 'It seems strange that I and my partners at the Brook Surgery were the whistleblowers but are now theoretically facing criticism.'

The Shipman inquiry said the GPs were 'no worse than countless of their colleagues elsewhere in the country'.

The BMA said it was unfair to label the GPs as 'scapegoats' for the system.

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