Tributes to hospital death victim

A member of staff at the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a patient died from an alleged drugs overdose.

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Tributes to patient in hospital murder investigation

by Malcolm Robertson

Friends have spoken in glowing terms of the pensioner who died at a Norfolk Hospital, and who's now at the centre of a murder investigation.

76-year-old James May from Great Yarmouth died at the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston last month. His nephew described him as a wonderful man.

A member of the medical staff is tonight on bail after being arrested on Saturday on suspicion of killing Mr May.

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Family 'saddened' by suspicious death at hospital

James Man and his nephew, Kevin. Credit: Norfolk Police

The family of a man who died at the James Paget Hospital in Norfolk have said they are "saddened" by the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr May's nephew, Kevin May, 28, from Portsmouth, said: "Following the sad loss of my Uncle James "Jimmy" May, we - the family - were further saddened to discover that there are suspicions surrounding his death.

"Jimmy was a wonderful uncle to me and, although we lived many miles apart, we regularly kept in touch by Skype because he loved to see how my baby girl was growing up.

"Jimmy was a sociable man and loved his bowling and going out on his boat - his death came as a big surprise.

"He was always happy and very highly thought of and will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.

"We are being kept fully informed on the investigation by our Police Family Liaison Officers and ask that all the family can be left alone at this sorry time so we can grieve the loss of a wonderful man and deal with the situation."

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Man released on bail in hospital murder inquiry

A man arrested yesterday in connection with the suspicious death of a 76-year-old old man at a Norfolk Hospital has been released on bail.

The man who is a member of medical staff at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston was questioned on suspicion of murder.

The MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis says there are questions that need to be answered about how long it took to report the allegation to police. Emily Knight reports.

MP asks questions over hospital murder investigation

The MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis has said there are questions to be answered about the time it took for an allegation of medical malpractice at the James Paget Hospital to be reported to the police.

76 year old James May died on 20th September

James May from Great Yarmouth was a patient at the hospital in Gorleston, where he died on 20th September. Ten days later staff at the hospital reported an allegation of medical malpractice to Norfolk Police in connection with his death.

The hospital says the incident was investigated internally and was then reported to the police.

Yesterday a member of the medical staff who is said to be middle-aged was arrested on suspicion of murder by Officer's from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major investigation team.

Police are looking into an allegation that a drugs overdose was administered to Mr May, leading to his death. A Home Office post mortem examination found that Mr May died from heart failure, further toxicology tests are now being carried out.

Man released on bail in hospital death inquiry

A man arrested in connection with a suspicious death at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston has been released on bail.

The man who is a member of medical staff, was arrested on suspicion of murder and questioned by detectives at a Norfolk Police station.

He has been released on bail until November while officers continue with their enquiries.

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Hospital: 'believe it is an isolated incident'

Christine Allen, Chief Executive of the James Paget University Hospitals said: “Our thoughts are with the family of this patient at what is a very difficult time. 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.

"Throughout this difficult period, the James Paget University Hospital will continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and we are fully co-operating with the police.”

Police investigation at James Paget

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham 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."

Murder investigation launched at hospital

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the death of a patient at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, died at the hospital on 20 September. The hospital subsequently reported an allegation of medical malpractice to police.

Murder investigation after death of patient at James Paget Credit: ITV News Anglia

The death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation, led by the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, is underway. This morning a member of the hospital’s medical staff, a middle-aged man, was arrested by officers on suspicion of murder.