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Persaud is quite right when he says that the medical profession
will pay the price for its poor public relations skills.
Already there have been a number of investigations into the practice
of GPs in the UK who had higher than average mortality rates. So far all
of the investigations proved to be unfounded - the GPs simply had a lot of
patients in nursing homes.
(1) Persaud R. Commentary on: Implications of Harold Shipman for general practice. Postgrad Med J 2004;80:308.