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Stepping Hill Hospital saline inquiry: Nurse quizzed longer

Police have been given more time to question a nurse arrested on suspicion of tampering with medical records at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Victorino Chua, 46, who was arrested on Thursday by police investigating the poisoning of patients, can now be held until Sunday morning.

He was held as it emerged a fourth death was being investigated.

Police said Mr Chua is only being held over reports medical forms were altered and a patient given extra medication.

Detectives obtained a warrant of further detention that is due to expire at 10:10am GMT on 8 January.

Contamination of saline

Three people died and 16 others were affected by the contamination of saline at the hospital last summer.

The fourth death, of 82-year-old Bill Dickson, happened on New Year's Eve.

Mr Dickson, a former news editor at the Manchester Evening News, was one of several patients who suffered a hypoglycaemic episode after being administered contaminated products at Stepping Hill between 1 June and 15 July, police said.

Mr Chua, from Stockport, was one of the 650 people already spoken to by police since their investigation started.

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