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Fatal overdose locum death inquest set to open

14 January 2010

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The inquest into the death of a man who died after he was administered a fatal dose of diamorphine by an overseas locum doctor is being opened.

The 70-year-old patient, David Gray, from Cambridgeshire, suffered kidney stones and severe pain for several years.

On 16 February 2008 his partner contacted an out-of-hours medical service. The service sent Dr Daniel Ubani to the home of Mr Gray in Manea, his family lawyers said.

But Dr Ubani injected his patient with 100mg of the drug, which is 10 times the maximum recommended dose, a spokesman for Anthony Collins Solicitors said.

The 66-year-old doctor from Germany had been working on his first shift in the UK at the time of the incident, the solicitors’ spokesman said.

Dr Ubani was charged with death by negligence at a court in Witten in Germany’s Ruhr valley. He was given a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay 5,000 euros in costs, said the spokesman.

The inquest being held at Wisbech Coroner’s Court in Cambridgeshire is expected to continue to 4 February.

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