A Shropshire GP has been issued a formal warning after nurses reported his treatment of a lung cancer patient to the General Medical Council (GMC).
Dr William Bassett was cleared of intentionally hastening the death of the 65-year-old man with a 100mg dose of diamorphine.
Dr Bassett, who works at the Brown Clee Medical Practice in Ditton Priors, admitted that he administered the dose but the GMC alleged that he did it so the patient could “die in peace”.
However, a medical disciplinary panel sitting in Manchester ruled that this was not the case and Dr Bassett had made a genuine mistake.
They also pointed out that he could have covered up the incident had he wanted to do so.
Dr Bassett told his manager and health trust bosses about the incident shortly after the patient died in May 2009.
The panel ruled that, on the balance of probabilities, Dr Bassett had not hastened the patient’s death, while panel chairman Dr Surendra Kumar said it was “likely” no-one would have known what had happened had Dr Bassett not been so honest in reporting the incident.