December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Bosses of a Norfolk hospital have issued a reassurance message after the death of a pensioner which has become a murder inquiry.
James May, 76, of Great Yarmouth, died at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston on September 20.
Police launched a murder probe after a medical malpractice allegation was reported to them 10 days later, with a hospital worker arrested and bailed until November.
Detectives are now investigating whether a drugs overdose was administered in the lead-up to Mr May’s death.
The suspect, described as a “member of the hospital’s medical staff”, will not work at the hospital until the investigation is completed, bosses confirmed.
Chief executive Christine Allen said: “Our thoughts are with the family of this patient at what is a very difficult time.
“Our priority is patient safety and we understand that this news will cause concern.
“At this time, we believe it is an isolated incident and relates to the alleged action of a single member of staff.”
She added that the member of staff against whom the allegation has been made will not return until the investigation is completed.
“Throughout this difficult period, the JPH will continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and we are fully co-operating with the police,” she said.