Harold Shipman uncovered as drug addict but wasn’t struck off before killings

Former detective George McKeating discovered Harold Shipman was addicted to drugs but the serial killer was still allowed to remain as a GP.

‘Dr Death’ got away with secretly poisoning and murdering more than 250 of his patients across three decades before his arrest in 1998.

But McKeating expected Shipman to be struck off by the General Medical Council in 1975, before he committed many of his killings.

Shipman ‘would inject heroin into his penis’ to get high and McKeating found track marks down his arm which indicated to him the doctor was using.

However, when he went along to the hearing, waiting to give evidence, McKeating was told that it had already finished.

McKeating has spoken for the first time in a new ITV documentary on the 20th anniversary of his arrest – Harold Shipman: Doctor Death.

The former West Yorkshire detective arrested Shipman in 1975 for illegal possession of drugs and forging prescriptions.

McKeating says: "I went to see Shipman – and there were track marks down his arm. I asked why he was using. He said ‘stress initially and then I started using more and more.’"

The former detective went to give evidence to the General Medical Council, but was stunned when he was told the hearing had finished.

Explaining what he was told, McKeating says: "The chairman says he doesn’t think he’s a danger to the public so he’s not going to strike him off, so I was a bit flabbergasted to say the least.

"In my experience addicts very rarely rehabilitate – and I thought I’m gong to hear about this guy again."

*Harold Shipman: Doctor Death ITV airs tonight at 9pm on ITV

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