WORKFORCE: Norfolk police will take “no further action” against a James Paget Hospital worker arrested in connection with the death of patient.

James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, died at the hospital on 20 September.  

Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team launched an inquiry 10 days later, after the hospital referred an internal allegation to them that Mr May died from a deliberate drugs overdose.

Police arrested a “middle-aged man” and “member of medical staff” on 5 October.

Two post-mortem examinations confirmed Mr May died as result of heart failure, but toxicology tests proved inconclusive.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, who led the investigation, said: “This was an extremely serious allegation, the complexities of which necessitated a full and thorough investigation by the major investigation team, with the assistance of independent medical experts.

“All relevant parties, including hospital management, have now been informed of this decision.  

“We will now look to further review and assess all of the information collated during the course of our investigation, in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive and Care Quality Commission, to determine what, if any, further actions may be required.”

Christine Allen, chief executive of James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust, said: “This matter has been thoroughly investigated and the trust has co-operated fully with the police. We welcome the news that no further action will be taken against a member of staff.

“Our priority throughout this period of time has been to continue to provide safe patient care and we are grateful for the support of our local community. We also have been supporting the members of staff involved and will continue to do so.

“We referred this matter to the HSE and CQC at the beginning of the police investigation and we will continue to work openly with them to conclude this matter.”