Harold Shipman and the Pain He Caused Essay

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HAROLD SHIPMAN: * 1963 – Harold Shipman’s mother dies of cancer * 1975 – Harold Shipman caught forging prescriptions of Pethidine for himself. * 1976 – Shipman was convicted of drug related fraud and fined £600 * 1977 – Shipman re-emerged as a GP in Hyde * 1992 – Shipman set up his own practice * 1997 – Suspicions start to emerge on Shipman * 1998 – Angela woodruff does her own detective work * 2000 – Shipman was convicted of 15 murders, * 2004 – Shipman Hanged himself Harold Shipman’s mother dies of cancer When Harold Shipman was only 17 years old his mother died of cancer. In the later stages of her illness she was treated at home. She had Morphine administered to her by her doctor. This would have undoubtedly affected him psychologically to watch his mother die. Harold Shipman was caught forging prescriptions of Pethidine for himself After studying medicine in 1970 he graduated from university and began working at the Pontefract General infirmary. In 1974 shortly after he became a GP he began to have blackouts. It was first believed that he had epilepsy but was later discovered it was because he was addicted to Pethidine which he was prescribing for himself. Shipman was convicted of drug related fraud and fined £600 In 1976 Shipman was convicted of Forgery and fraud with which he pleaded guilty. His only explanation was that he had become intrigued with drugs while he was at college. He was fined £600 and had to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic in York. His attendance was very brief. Shipman re-emerged as a GP in Hyde After his conviction he was barred from taking on a job where he had access to drugs but he managed to find work as a clinical medical officer. He re-emerged as a GP in 1977. Shipman set up his own practice In 1992 he set up his own practice. He took with him a very large list of patients.

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