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EVEN before devolution, the NHS in Scotland was a separate entity from the health service south of the Border and, since 1999, the Scottish Executive has increasingly diverged from England on matters of health policy. But one key issue remains reserved to Westminster - medical regulation.
THE legacy of serial killer GP Harold Shipman has led up to a third of family doctors to become reluctant to prescribe opium-based drugs, stock them in surgeries or carry them in their medical bags, according to a survey.
SOME family doctors are not prescribing opium-based painkillers to elderly patients, for fear of drawing comparisons with serial killer GP Harold Shipman.
DOCTORS will face "MoTs" every five years to make sure they are still fit to do their job, as part of proposals set out in the wake of the Shipman murders.
THE Department of Health has been forced to defend its implementations of recommendations made following the Harold Shipman murder inquiry.
THE watchdog in charge of ensuring doctors are fit to practise is planning tighter controls to identify practitioners who may fail or harm their patients.
ONLY one piece of jewellery stolen by serial killer Harold Shipman has been returned to relatives of his victims, it emerged today.
GEMS stolen by the killer doctor Harold Shipman from his victims were found in a jewellery box in his bedroom, it emerged yesterday.
THE death of serial killer GP Harold Shipman in jail "could not have been predicted or prevented", Prisons Ombudsman Stephen Shaw said today.
A GARDEN of Tranquillity to commemorate the victims of mass murderer Harold Shipman was opened yesterday.
A GARDEN of Tranquility to commemorate those who died at the hands of mass murderer Dr Harold Shipman was due to open today.
A NEW Harold Shipman could strike because of failures in the NHS, the president of the General Medical Council said.
A DOCTOR accused of failing to notice a "cluster of deaths" among patients of Harold Shipman told a GMC hearing yesterday he had trusted the GP "implicitly".
ONE of Britain's most eminent doctors has claimed the profession is still poorly equipped to identify rogue medics, five years after Harold Shipman was convicted for murdering hundreds of patients.
JEWELLERY that may have been stolen by killer GP Harold Shipman from his victims will not be returned to his widow, police have said.
JEWELLERY which may have been stolen by killer GP Harold Shipman will not be returned to his widow, police said yesterday.
THE serial killer Harold Shipman committed suicide in jail because he could not face the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars, an inquest jury said yesterday.
KILLER GP Harold Shipman copyrighted his letters and prison diary in a bid to stop inmates selling them to the press, an inquest heard yesterday.