Navigation Links
Doctors Wary after Shipman Affair

Since the Shipman affair doctors have wary of treating elderly patients with pain-reducing drugs, according to a new survey.//

In 2000, Dr Harold Shipman was declared guilty of 15 murders, although many believe the true number to be much higher. He took his own life in prison in 2004.

A study conducted by the Small Practices Association on behalf of BBC Radio 4 revealed that since Shipman’s conviction, only one in three GPs keep opiates in the surgery in comparison to the three in five who used to stock them before.

The number of GPs carrying these drugs in their bags has also fallen from seven in ten to approximately four in ten GPs. The study also reported an increased anxiety among doctors, with a quarter of GPs saying that they were more worried about prescribing pain relief in case of accidental overdoes to terminally ill patients.

In addition it was found that a third of GPs have increased their referrals to hospitals, hospices and specialized teams, although half report that there has been no change to their practice and only five per cent have stopped home visits to terminally ill patients.

In response to the survey, Dr John Grenville, who gave evidence for the prosecution in the murder of trial of Dr Shipman as well as is a member of the British Medical Association's GP Committee, sought to downplay the findings.

He stated that doctors should have nothing to fear if they keep themselves up to date with the latest technology and recorded accurately the care they provided for elderly patients.

He said, 'I do not believe that my practice has changed with regard to helping people with terminal illness and trying to relieve their pain. I think that certainly GPs have a concern that if things go wrong they may be under greater scrutiny than they previously were.'

He added, 'But as long as GPs keep themselves up-to-date with the use of controlled drugs, with the guidelines and with the legislation and as long as they explain carefully to patients' carers and relatives what they are doing and make careful records of the decisions they have made, then they have nothing to fear.'


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
2. Doctors needed urgently in Gujarat
3. Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene
4. Doctors at risk- the ugly side of the noble profession
5. Doctors advice early anemia tests
6. Emphasis to ban Drugs ads by Doctors
7. Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies
8. Gene testing kit specific for Doctors
9. Doctors warned of fluoride toxicity
10. Doctors decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study
11. Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws ... a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula ... , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to ... a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from ... common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health ... of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards ... at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was ... his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” ... He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and ... that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then ... will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: DHRM ) ... medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products in ... with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred ... to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical technology business. ... Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to reach Dehaier,s dealers ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... "Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, ... (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is ... a CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: