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Stepping Hill: Male Nurse Arrested Over Tamper Probe

Police make arrest at saline poisoning hospital

Published on January 5th 2012.

Stepping Hill: Male Nurse Arrested Over Tamper Probe

A 46-year-old male nurse has been arrested at his home in Stockport on suspicion of tampering with medical records at Stepping Hill Hospital.

The arrest comes after staff at the hospital reported medical forms had been altered overnight during this week.

The arrest comes after staff at the hospital reported medical forms had been altered overnight during this week. As a result it is believed one patient was administered additional amounts of medication. The patient has since been carefully monitored and discharged from the hospital.

While police say the man is only being questioned in regards to this matter, the arrest comes as they continue to investigate the deliberate contamination of products on two wards at the hospital between 1 June 2011 and 15 July 2011 in which 20 people are now believed to have been deliberately poisoned.

Of those poisoned, four people have died: Tracey Arden, Arnold Lancaster and Derek Weaver died shortly after their hypoglycaemic episodes. A fourth patient, an 82-year-old man, died on Saturday 31 December 2011. Investigations to establish their cause of death and any link to the poisoning are continuing.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, said: "This is and always has been a search for the truth.

"It is due to the diligence of staff at the hospital that we were made aware about the potential tampering of medical records and everyone should be reassured that, like the hospital, we initiated a swift response and have consequently arrested a member of staff in relation to this matter.

"I must stress that at this time he is only being spoken to in relation to these matters and as we have previously said we will not and cannot rule out making further arrests in the coming days or weeks.”

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 0161 856 2480.

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