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Comment: Appraisal, revalidation and the medical murderer

Let me confess that I don’t think appraisal, revalidation or lay dominance of General Medical Council (GMC) membership will stop doctors committing murder if that is their intent, because I think the powers that be have got it the wrong way round. That some action must follow the Shipman saga is inevitable, but it may be that he is an example of a murderer who happened to be a doctor, not the other way around, even if his profession generated opportunities. This editorial discusses an older version of the same story.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(1): 4–4
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