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A hospital worker arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of a patient has been bailed, police said.
James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, died at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, on September 20.
Police said a member of the hospital's medical staff, a middle-aged man, was arrested today on suspicion of murder and questioned by detectives at a Norfolk police station.
He was later released on bail until a date in November while officers continue their investigation.
Tributes have been paid to an elderly patient who allegedly died of a drug overdose at the James Paget hospital in Gorleston last week.
The Eastern Daily Press reported that James May, 76, a retired driving instructor, was divorced and lived alone.
In a written tribute in the newspaper, three people describing Mr May as a "neighbour and very good friend" expressed their sadness. They wrote: "You were one in a million and will be sadly missed. Sleep peacefully."
Patient safety is a priority, the chief executive of the James Paget University Hospitals trust said today, after a hospital worker was arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of a patient. Christine Allen added:
Police in Norfolk are investigating an allegation that an elderly patient died of a drug overdose at the James Paget hospital in Gorleston last week.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham, senior investigating officer, said:
Police said the investigation is being led by a joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.
The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said they called police to investigate the suspicious death of James May, the 76-year-old man who died whilst in hospital on September 20. In a statement, the hospital said:
"The James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, has called in the police following the suspicious death of a 76-year-old man.
"This follows an allegation of medical malpractice made by a member of staff after the patient's death on Friday September 20. This matter was investigated internally and subsequently referred to the police.
"The police joint major investigation team has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death."
A hospital worker has been arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of an elderly patient, police said.
James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth, died at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk on September 20.
Police said a member of the hospital's medical team, a middle-aged man, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.