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GP given warning by GMC for administering lethal dose of diamorphine to terminally ill patient

A GP  who administered  an overdose of diamorphine to a patient dying of lung cancer received a warning following a GMC fitness to practice hearing.  The case highlights ethical questions around best interests, relief of suffering, doctrine of double effect, and sanctity of life as well as legal and clinical frameworks for end of life care.  The case was reported in the Telegraph under the headline ‘Devoted GP killed patient with drugs’ ‘Devoted GP killed patient with drugs’