Malcolm Moss to challenge Health Secretary over Fenland out-of-hours care failing
MALCOLM Moss MP is set to challenge the Health Secretary over the failure of the out-of-hours care system that led to the death of a Fenland man. The inquest into the death of David Gray, of Manea, is ongoing at Fenland Magistrates Court in Wisbech. He d
MALCOLM Moss MP is set to challenge the Health Secretary over the failure of the out-of-hours care system that led to the death of a Fenland man.
The inquest into the death of David Gray, of Manea, is ongoing at Fenland Magistrates' Court in Wisbech.
He died in February 2008 after German locum Daniel Ubani injected him with a massive overdose of the painkiller diamorphine.
In his speech to Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday), North East Cambs MP Mr Moss will challenge the Government over the failure of the out-of-hours care system and for letting Germany get away with scuppering the possibility of a public trial in Britain.
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Mr Moss said: "We cannot continue with the current system without proper checks in place to guarantee the safety of patients.
"It beggars belief that he (Ubani) was allowed to work as a GP in Britain in the first place. Lives could have been saved."
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Another patient in Ubani's care died the same day as Mr Gray, with the condition of two other patients deteriorating rapidly. The families of the victims complained that Ubani seemed tired and confused, and had a very poor grasp of English.
The Crown Prosecution Service gathered enough evidence to charge Ubani - who admitted to causing the death of Gray - with manslaughter, but were forced to drop the case after German authorities convicted Ubani themselves in order to avoid his extradition and a public trial in Britain.
This move by Germany enabled Ubani to get away with the lesser charge of negligence. He was only handed a suspended nine-month sentence and ordered to pay €5,000 (�4,500) costs for killing his patient.
Mr Moss will tell Parliament: "The failure of the system, from the registering of Ubani as a GP in England, to his conviction in Germany, must be urgently addressed in order to avoid similar cases in the future.
"I call on the Government to completely overhaul the out-of-hours care system and ensure that other countries will not be able to undermine crime proceedings in Britain as the German authorities have done in this case.
"We know that German authorities received the European Arrest Warrant before Ubani was convicted, so their choice to ignore the Arrest Warrant was a gross and deliberate perversion of justice on their part.