A "dishonest, malevolent doctor" could still get away with murder, five years after the inquiry into serial killer GP Harold Shipman, its chairwoman says.
In a BBC interview, Dame Janet Smith, who chaired the Harold Shipman Inquiry, criticised the system of death certification in England and Wales.
Shipman went undetected as he killed more than 200 patients, certifying their deaths as natural causes.
The government says its new Coroners and Justice Bill will prevent a repeat.
But speaking to BBC Radio 4, Dame Janet said "I really was shocked to find how totally our system of death certification is dependent upon the honesty and integrity of a single doctor."
"Once you realise that you can have a dishonest doctor and a malevolent doctor, then it is obvious that under our system that doctor can get away with murder," she added.
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A doctor convicted of killing a patient through gross negligence has been told that he can return to work in the NHS.
Amit Misra, 37, fled to India after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Sean Phillips, a 31-year-old sales executive, who died from a common infection while recovering from routine knee surgery.
A court was told that the trainee surgeon had failed to diagnose the infection and was “too proud” to ask senior doctors for help until it was too late. He was suspended from working for a year and avoided a jail term after his barrister pleaded that his career was in ruins.
Yet despite failing to prove himself in a series of medical assessment tests, the General Medical Council has ruled that Dr Misra should now be allowed to return to Britain to work, seven years after Mr Phillips’s death.
Under the law all cautions and convictions given to doctors have to be examined by the governing body, but in many cases the GMC allows those convicted of serious crimes or unprofessional conduct to work again.
The case comes two years after the Shipman inquiry called for a radical overhaul of the GMC, which was accused of “looking after its own” and failing to protect patients.
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