Health secretary Alan Milburn has confirmed that there will be a public inquiry into the issues surrounding the crimes committed by Hyde GP Harold Shipman, convicted in January of killing 15 of his patients and forging the will of one of them. Mr Milburn was ordered to rethink his decision to hold an inquiry in private by the High Court earlier this year. He said last week that, subject to parliamentary approval, an inquiry would be held under the 1921 Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act, which will allow it to force witnesses to attend and order documents to be submitted. The name of the inquiry chair will be announced later.