Catalogue description Independent Inquiry into the issues arising from the case of Dr Harold Shipman (The Shipman Inquiry): Official Archived Website
|Title:||Independent Inquiry into the issues arising from the case of Dr Harold Shipman (The Shipman Inquiry): Official Archived Website|
This series contains the records of The Shipman Inquiry as published on the Inquiry's website.
For versions or 'snapshots' of the website archived regularly as part of The National Archives' website collection policy, please see: JA 229
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
The Shipman Inquiry, 2001-2005
|Physical description:||1 UK Government Web Archive object|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
in 2006 Department of Health
|Accruals:||Series is not accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
Harold Fredrick Shipman was convicted at Preston Crown Court on 31 January 2000 of the murder of fifteen of his patients while he was a General Practitioner at Market Street, Hyde, near Manchester, and of one count of forging a will. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. Police have also investigated allegations that he may have murdered many more patients while he was a GP in Hyde and Todmorden.
On 1 February 2000, the Secretary of State for Health announced that an independent private inquiry would take place to establish what changes to current systems should be made in order to safeguard patients in the future. Although it would be held in private its report would be made public. The private inquiry, under the chairmanship of Lord Laming of Tewin, began work on 10 March and was charged with reporting its findings and recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health and the Home Secretary by September 2000. Many of the families and sections of the British media sought a Judicial Review in the High Court, which found in their favour and recommended that the Secretary of State for Health reconsider his decision that the Inquiry should be held in private.
In September 2000, the Secretary of State for Health announced that the Inquiry would be held in public under the terms of the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921. Both Houses of Parliament ratified this decision in January 2001. Dame Janet Smith DBE, a High Court judge, was appointed Chairman of The Shipman Inquiry and the work of the independent public inquiry began in February 2001.
Its Terms of Reference were:
The public hearings into Phase 1 began on 20 June 2001. The public hearings into Phase 2 began on 7 May 2002. The Inquiry's First Report was published on 19 July 2002.
The Sixth and Final Report was published on 27 January 2005. Dame Janet Smith's overall conclusion in this report was that Shipman killed about 250 patients between 1971 and 1998, of whom the Inquiry was able positively to identify 218.
Harold Shipman was found hanged in his prison cell at Wakefield Prison in January 2004.
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