New talks on drugs death case

BRITISH and German prosecutors are to discuss the case of a German doctor who gave a lethal overdose to a patient, police have confirmed.

BRITISH and German prosecutors are to discuss the case of a German doctor who gave a lethal overdose to a patient, police have confirmed.

Dr Daniel Ubani was convicted after administering ten times too much painkiller to David Gray, 70, while working for a health trust in Cambridgeshire last year.

Dr Ubani was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence in Germany for negligence that caused Mr Gray's death.

The doctor, who worked for Ipswich-based Take Care Now on behalf of the NHS, had been called to Mr Gray's home in Manea, Cambridgeshire, on February 16. Mr Gray had been suffering pain caused by renal colic and kidney stones.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Tandy, of Cambridgeshire Police, led the UK police investigation into Dr Ubani's conduct.

But he said yesterday that "something clearly went wrong" because police were not aware of a separate prosecution in Germany.

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"We weren't aware that there was a case taking place in Germany, the family weren't aware and something clearly went wrong,'' he said.

"We want to make sure it doesn't happen again so we're going to have a meeting with German prosecutors to make sure it doesn't.''

Health officials in Cambridgeshire last month spoke of their disappointment that Dr Ubani would not face a trial in Britain.

An inquest into Mr Gray's death is due to be held in November in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

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