James Paget staff member bailed after 'suspicious' death

James May
Image caption A post-mortem examination revealed James May died from heart failure

A hospital worker has been bailed by officers investigating the death of a patient at a Norfolk hospital.

The middle-aged man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, who died at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, on 20 September.

The hospital reported an allegation of medical malpractice in connection with his death 10 days after the incident.

The suspect was bailed until November while investigations continue.

Det Ch Insp Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: "We are investigating an allegation that a drugs overdose was administered to a patient, leading to his death.

"A Home Office post-mortem, carried out earlier this week, determined the cause of Mr May's death as heart failure and we now await the results of further toxicology tests which will help inform our inquiry."

'Medical malpractice'

In a statement, the hospital said: "The James Paget University Hospital has called in the police following the suspicious death of a 76-year-old man.

Image caption Police are investigating an allegation that a drugs overdose was given to Mr May

"This follows an allegation of medical malpractice made by a member of staff after the patient's death. This matter was investigated internally and subsequently referred to the police."

Christine Allen, the hospital's chief executive, said: "Our priority is patient safety and we understand that this news will cause concern.

"At this time, we believe it is an isolated incident and relates to the alleged action of a single member of staff.

"The member of staff against whom the allegation has been made is absent from the trust and will not return until the investigation is completed."

She added: "Our thoughts are with the family of this patient at what is a very difficult time."

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