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8 June 2010 / personal-injury-news
The family of a man who died after being given a fatal dose of painkiller by a German doctor on his first NHS shift have been awarded £40,000 in compensation. Locum GP Daniel Ubani accidentally injected David Gray, 70, from Manea, Cambridgeshire, with 100mg of Diamorphine – ten times the recommended daily dose - during his first shift for a GP out-of-hours service in February 2008.
Ubani, who was described by coroner William Morris as ‘incompetent’, admitted to the Gray family that he had been tired and unfamiliar with the drug which killed his patient. Ubani has now been suspended from the UK medical register. Mr Gray's son Stuart Gray, also a GP, said: "We've never been interested in the money. The major issue for us is pressing for a change to regulations in this country to prevent a repeat of the situation that led to my father's death."
A review by the Department of Health has revealed some areas of concern over the experience of German-trained and Italian-trained doctors who come to work as GPs in the UK. The medical negligence claim has also led the European commission to re-evaluate the rules which govern movement of labour between EU countries. If you would like to find out more about making a claim for medical negligence compensation, call the National Accident Helpline or claim online today.
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