Hospital worker bailed
in patient death probe

A HOSPITAL worker arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of a patient has been bailed.

Monday, 7th October 2013, 1:01 am

James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, died at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, on September 20.

A member of the hospital’s medical staff, a middle-aged man, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder and questioned by detectives at a Norfolk police station.

He was later released on bail
until a date in November while 
officers continue their investigation.

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Det Chief Insp Paul Durham, senior investigating officer, said: “We are investigating an allegation that a drugs overdose was administered to a patient, leading to his death.

“A Home Office post-mortem, carried out earlier this week, determined the cause of Mr May’s death as heart failure and we now await the results of further toxicology tests which will help inform our inquiry.”

Police said the inquiry is being led by a joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.

The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement: “The James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, has called in the police following the suspicious death of a 76-year-old man.

“This follows an allegation of medical malpractice made by a member of staff after the patient’s death on Friday, September 20. This matter was investigated internally and subsequently referred to the police.”