One sur­vivor ... and the tragic vic­tims

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THE death of Grigg-Booth meant she never had to face trial. But be­low are pa­tients whose fate had been in her hands:


She was 28 when ad­mit­ted to Airedale with her nine-week-old baby son whom she was breast feed­ing. She was in se­vere pain from an ab­scess.

One night Grigg-Booth gave her an un­law­ful and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous dose of mor­phine de­scribed by Prof For­rest as ‘reck­less’. The in­quiry con­cluded the nurse ‘could have put the pa­tient’s life at risk.’ Miss Han­son re­cov­ered and Grig­gBooth was charged with ad­min­is­ter­ing a nox­ious sub­stance.

Last night she said: ‘I am lucky to be alive. Few can be­gin to un­der­stand the trauma and dis­tress that is felt when they are the vic­tim of a vi­o­lent act from some­one in a po­si­tion of trust like this and which it is now clear could have been avoided. The fail­ures on the part of the man­age­ment are dis­turb­ing.’


The re­tired nurs­ing sis­ter was ad­mit­ted to Airedale in June 2000 with an in­fected hip re­place­ment. A month later she suf­fer­ing a bleed in the brain. Dur­ing the early hours she was arch­ing her back as if in se­vere pain. Her daugh­ter re­alised she was dy­ing. Grigg-Booth of­fered to give her some­thing to ‘make her more com­fort­able’.

The in­quiry team said it was ‘prob­a­ble’ she gave her di­amor­phine in­tra­venously – against hos­pi­tal rules – and has­tened death by one hour ‘at most’. Grigg-Booth was charged with Mrs Driver’s murder.


The heavy smoker was ad­mit­ted with short­ness of breath and an X-ray in­di­cated lung can­cer. Hours later it be­came clear she was dy­ing. Dur­ing the night she was given two doses of di­amor­phine by Grigg-Booth. Foren­sic tox­i­col­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Robert For­rest con­cluded the sec­ond in­jec­tion made a ‘sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion’ to the fi­nal mech­a­nism of her death. Grigg-Booth was charged with her murder.


She was ad­mit­ted with a dis­placed frac­ture of her thigh bone. Her con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated. At mid­night Mrs Mid­g­ley be­gan pulling at her oxy­gen mask and Grigg-Booth ad­min­is­tered di­amor­phine by in­jec­tion. She stopped breath­ing two hours later. Prof For­rest said the in­jec­tion by Grigg-Booth short­ened the pen­sioner’s life, al­though she would have died that night any­way. Grigg-Booth was charged with her murder.


He was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in June 2002 with leukaemia. On June 17 he was ‘thrash­ing about’ in pain. Grigg-Booth in­creased the di­amor­phine dose with­out con­tact­ing the con­sul­tant. She broke in­struc­tions by giv­ing it in­tra­venously.

Two hours later Mr Parker died. Prof For­rest said the in­jec­tion con­trib­uted to his death, al­though he would have died any­way. Grigg-Booth was charged with at­tempted murder.

Eva Black­burn

June Driver

Karen Han­son: She was given a ‘reck­less’ dose of mor­phine

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