The Department of Health has promised that the independent inquiry into the Harold Shipman case will be 'open and accessible' to relatives of his victims. Led by Lord Laming, former chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, the inquiry has been set up under the NHS Act and is closed to the public. Relatives had called for the inquiry to be public. The inquiry will examine the role played by statutory bodies while Dr Shipman was murdering his patients, and recommend new safeguards.