Martin Geissler

ITV News Correspondent

Martin Geissler is a Correspondent for ITV News, covering the main national and international stories. His job has taken him around the world from South Africa to Iceland.

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Jury hears 'poisoner' contaminated saline drips with insulin

Saline drips and ampules routinely used to treat patients on two wards at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport were deliberately contaminated by a "poisoner" at work during the summer of 2011, a court has been told.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting 49-year-old nurse Victorino Chua, said the poisoner was contaminating the fluids with insulin with the intention of causing "really serious harm".

A total of 21 patients, he said, had suffered as a result of the poisoner's handiwork. Three died, one suffered a brain injury and the remaining seventeen were spared the worst effects of insulin poisoning thanks to prompt medical intervention.

The jury heard that security was tightened on the wards, and the instances stopped. But in January 2012, someone deliberately altered medical notes of patients on ward A3 of the hospital, altering recommended dosages - so a "30" would become an "80", or a "1" would become a "7".

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Nurse pleads not guilty to three murder charges

The trial of Victorino Chua began this morning at Manchester Crown Court.

The 49-year-old nurse faces 36 charges including 3 counts of murder.

Jurors and realtives of the alleged victims watched as a series of other charges relating to the alleged poisoning of patients was read out before the court.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, in 2011 and 2012.

In a soft voice, the Filipino replied "not guilty" to each charge. His trial is scheduled to last for at least four months.

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Sense of intensity around both campaigns in Scotland

  • ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reports

The campaign has really moved up a gear this week. There's a real sense of intensity around both campaigns at the moment, a real sense of what's at stake, not just for them, but for the whole country.

Better Together who seem to be in such disarray at the start of this week seem to have galvanised just a little and there's a change around the Yes camp too and around Alex Salmond.

Yesterday I was at a rally with him and he was absolutely beaming. Today he seemed rattled, he seemed angry even, so a lot can change in just 24 hours at this stage of the campaign and there are still six full days of campaigning to go.

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Salmond's win gives yes campaign a spring in their step

Alex Salmond won 71% approval after the second televised Scotland debate. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Alex Salmond said to me that this will give the yes campaign a spring in their step, but I'm not sure it will do much more than that.

It will probably knock a little bit of the wind out of the sails of the no campaign for a little while, but I'm not sure how much real difference long-term this will make.

Different polls tell different stories. The last poll of polls - and that's really a better gauge of what's going on in Scotland - came out two weeks ago. That put Alex Salmond's pro-independence yes campaign on 43% - just 7% would be enough to get Scotland independence.

Not much you might think, but consider this - those polls haven't really shifted substantially, certainly not by a margin of 7%, in the last two years, so the yes campaign still needs to find a game changer from somewhere.

Those hundreds of thousands of undecided voters pretty much all have to be persuaded to come on side if Mr Salmond is going to win independence, and he's got just three weeks to do it.

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