Patient 'unlawfully killed' by out-of-hours doctor

A PATIENT who was given a fatal overdose by an overseas locum was unlawfully killed, a coroner ruled today.

A PATIENT who was given a fatal overdose by an overseas locum was unlawfully killed, a coroner ruled today.

The death of David Gray amounted to gross negligence and manslaughter, said Cambridgeshire North and East Coroner William Morris.

In a damning conclusion to the 10-day inquest, the coroner described Dr Daniel Ubani, who treated Mr Gray, as "incompetent and not of an acceptable standard".

He also criticised out-of-hours care saying: "Weaknesses remain in the system.'


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Mr Gray, 70, died after he was injected with 100mg of diamorphine - 10 times the recommended daily dose.

He was suffering from renal colic when he was treated by Dr Daniel Ubani at his home in Manea, Cambridgeshire on February 16, 2008.

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The inquest heard that Dr Ubani was working on his first out-of-hours shift in Britain for Take Care Now - which until recently provided out of hours care for Suffolk - and had only arrived in the country the day before.

The case highlighted concerns about the standard of out-of-hours GP care offered to patients.

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