The Shipman Inquiry has been
established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921. Its Terms of
- After receiving the
existing evidence and hearing such further evidence as necessary, to consider
the extent of Harold Shipman's unlawful activities.
- To enquire into the actions
of the statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and responsible
individuals concerned in the procedures and investigations which followed the
deaths of those of Harold Shipman's patients who died in unlawful or suspicious
- By reference to the case of
Harold Shipman to enquire into the performance of the functions of those
statutory bodies, authorities, other organisations and individuals with
responsibility for monitoring primary care provision and the use of controlled
- following those enquiries, to recommend what steps, if any, should be taken to protect patients in the future, and to report its findings to the Secretary of State for the Home Department and to the Secretary of State for Health.