A new Harold Shipman???

A doctor cleared of murdering three patients has admitted helping dozens of people in his care to die. The GMC Fitness to Practise panel said lying to the patient’s relatives had been ‘despicable and dangerous.’  (But interestingly the GMC in Manchester also said  that Dr RB John lying to a patient was of no interest to them. )

He claimed he had acted out of ‘Christian compassion’ and was merely trying to limit the suffering of those he ‘helped.’ I twice helped people die, not because they wanted to die but because they had such dreadful suffering. Isn’t that MURDER?

One of his patients – 74-year-old Harry Gittins, whom Dr Martin was cleared of murdering in 2005 – may have gone on to recover from oesophageal cancer if Dr Martin had not intervened. But the GP lied to Mr Gittins’ family that the cancer had spread and administered him with a fatal dose of Diamorphine.

GMC panel chairman Professor Brian Gomes da Costa said: “Dr Martin’s decisions to administer large doses of strong painkilling drugs were made on the scantiest of evidence. “There were many occasions when there was no clinical indication that the patient was suffering any pain. His record keeping, including reasons for giving treatments, was appalling.

“Dr Martin’s actions were indicative of an autocratic attitude, in that he seemed always to consider that he was right and rejected, or did not seek, the views of others. He repeatedly broke the trust to which patients are entitled; this is unjustifiable.”

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I commented on the Daily Mail site just saying” You don’t see God pretending to be a doctor, but you often see Doctors pretending to be God” and got flamed. Just click on “worst” LLOL and there I am!

One from CRAIG CRAWLEY of MANCHESTER: PEOPLE ARE DELUDED IF THEY DON’T THINK THIS GOES ON ALL THE TIME AND IT DOES BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I READ IDIOTIC COMMENTS HERE LIKE FROM ‘ALYN’ WHO ARE SO WRAPPED UP IN THEIR OWN FAIRY-TALES THEY CAN’T SEE THE REALITY. – CRAIG CAWLEY, MANCHESTER, 19/6/2010

Trouble is arsehole I DO SEE the reality FROM BOTH SIDES. It is you that is blind

Surely the right to die should be decided by the individual or in the case of the terminally ill the Doctor AND THE PATIENT’s FAMILY.

Maybe Craig Crawley should read Good Medical Practice by the GMC

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I’m horrified that the doctor seemed to indicate in the interview that he actually hastened the death of two patients without their consent – I’m speechless

Professor Steve Field Royal College of General Practitioners chairman

GMC guidance says doctors ‘should not strive to prolong the dying process’, but there is a fine line between following this guidance and actively hastening a patient’s death. However, the most important factor is obtaining consent from patients.

The GMC panel examined 18 deaths. The hearing was told that while some patients may have had only days or hours to live, in many cases Dr Martin’s treatment was ‘completely unacceptable   .  .  .   with a real possibility of hastening the death of several’

OBTAINING CONSENT FROM THE PATIENT

I repeat: OBTAINING CONSENT FROM THE PATIENT or the patient’s family

I TOTALLY fucking agree that to end a patient’s life IF THEY ARE SUFFERING could be a good plan of action BUT ONLY WITH THE PATIENT’S FAMILIES CONSENT. Not on a whim from a compassionate “Doctor” with Christian Values.

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Until a physician has killed one or two he is not a physician. ~Kashmiri Proverb

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