Shipman sparks system for patients to check own notes
A GP who experienced first hand the devastation caused by Harold Shipman is encouraging others to follow his lead in creating greater patient vigilance.
Dr Richard Fitton, who works at a neighbouring practice, testified at the Shipman trial. Hadfield Medical Centre in Greater Manchester is one of only two in the country to pilot a system where patients can gain full access to their medical past electronically.
More than 250 patients have used the system to access their notes since the pilot started two years ago.
Last week Dr Fitton told the Risk 2003 Conference on Clinical Risk Management about the scheme, which is funded by Tameside and Glossop PCT. Patients will now be provided with CDs containing information from their records.
Dr Fitton said: 'Shipman went unnoticed for so long by continually falsifying patient's medical histories. If patients had access to their records the way they have now at Hadfield it is much less likely he would have got away with it.'