Out-of-Hours Doctor Unlawfully Killed Patient with Overdose

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Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Editor

AN ELDERLY patient who was given a fatal drug overdose by an overseas locum doctor was unlawfully killed.

A coroner today said that the death of David Gray, 70, amounted to gross negligence and manslaughter by German doctor Daniel Ubani.

Mr Gray died after he was injected with 100mg of diamorphine --10 times the recommended daily allowance --in a case which prompted a public outcry over the state of out-of-hours GP care.

Coroner William Morris branded the actions of Dr Ubani, who was working his first out-of-hours shift in Britain, as "incompetent" and "not of an acceptable standard".

The damning verdict came as a Government-ordered review of out-ofhours care was expected to call for radical changes to the system.

Urgent reforms endorsed by Gordon Brown will include better quality control and a competence test in English for overseas doctors.

Dr Ubani, 67, had only arrived in the country the day before he treated Mr Gray, who had renal colic.

Mr Gray's partner Lynda Bubb told the inquest he was in severe pain so she called SuffDo, part of the out-of-hours health service Take Care Now.

But she said the German locum seemed "tired" and "dithery" when he arrived at the couple's home in Manea, Cambridgeshire, in February 2008. …