4 more staff are quizzed in hos­pi­tal poi­son probe

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis - By James Tozer

FOUR hos­pi­tal work­ers were ar­rested yes­ter­day over the al­leged poi­son­ing of pa­tients on an NHS stroke unit.

Po­lice ques­tioned three nurses and a health­care as­sis­tant about claims of ne­glect and mis­treat­ment at Black­pool Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal.

Seven med­i­cal staff have now been caught up in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. De­tec­tives are treat­ing the death of 75-year-old Va­lerie Kneale on the unit as mur­der, al­though this is a sep­a­rate in­quiry with no ar­rests so far.

The crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched last November fol­low­ing claims by a whistle­blower that medicines had been tam­pered with.

Po­lice are un­der­stood to be fo­cus­ing on the use of drips and can­nu­las, in par­tic­u­lar the ad­min­is­ter­ing of sleep­ing tablets. They are thought to be look­ing into the sug­ges­tion that pa­tients on the stroke unit were given the sleep­ing pill Zopi­clone to keep them se­dated.

A num­ber of post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions have taken place to try to see whether any pa­tients died as a re­sult.

A Lan­cashire Po­lice spokesman said: ‘It re­mains a com­plex and sen­si­tive in­quiry.’

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