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Chua trial told he was 'bullied at work'

A former colleague of nurse Victorino Chua, who is accused of murdering three patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, told the trial he was 'gentle and caring."

But she said was aware of rumours that he had been bullied by other staff.

Our correspondent Amy Welch reports from today's hearing:

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Victim of alleged poisoning asked whether he was diabetic, court hears

The sister of a man who was allegedly poisoned by a nurse at Stepping Hill has told a court she was asked if he was a diabetic after his blood sugar levels dropped dangerously low.

Derek Weaver is one of three patients nurse Victorino Chua is accused of murdering after injecting insulin into saline solutions to deliberately poison them.

The court heard how on the night Derek Weaver was admitted, four patients on the same ward suffered hypoglycaemic attacks and that another nurse raised concerns.

Jury hears about patient's last moments.

Tracey Arden, 44, died at Stepping Hill Hospital

The jury in the trial of Victorino Chua has heard about the last moments of a woman who died at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.Tracey Arden was 44, and had multiple sclerosis. Elaine Willcox has been at Manchester Crown Court.

Jury told that Tracey Arden's condition deteriorated rapidly

Jury in Stepping Hill case hears about Tracey Arden's final hours

Tracey Arden was admitted to Stepping Hill on July 6th 2011 Credit: Granada reports

The jury in the trial of Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua has been hearing about the final hours before 44 year old Tracey Arden died.

A statement by her mother June was read to the court describing how the mother of two had multiple sclerosis. She had spent 11 years in a residential home unable to speak or feed herself.

She was admitted to Stepping Hill Hospital on the 6th July 2011 by ambulance with suspected pneumonia.

Her mother said the following day they were told she was very poorly. and for the first time they said 'they couldn't make her smile'.

That evening her mother said a ward sister called them at home to say her condition was deteriorating fast.

When her family arrived at Stepping Hill Tracey Arden had died a few minutes earlier. Medics had tried to resuscitate her.

Her family said they were upset and shocked by her sudden death. Relatives in court wiped away tears as her final hours were described.

Victorino Chua denies murdering 3 patients and poisoning 18 other patients.

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Jury in Stepping Hill case hears about death of Tracey Arden

Burnham: NHS has had 'worst week in living memory'

The Shadow Health Secretary says thousands of patients are being put at risk and the NHS has had its "worst week in living memory".

Andy Burnham has criticised the government over waiting figures Credit: PA Images

“These figures show the Tory A&E crisis is intensifying and putting thousands of patients at risk.

“Last week was the worst week the NHS has experienced in living memory.

“Over 16,000 people had to wait on trolleys in corridors – a staggering 29 per cent increase on the previous worst two weeks earlier.

“David Cameron’s failure to produce a plan to deal with this cannot carry on. Their complacency is exposing far too many vulnerable people to too much risk.

“Labour has today issued a five point plan and we call on the Government to adopt it without delay.”

– Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary
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