Manslaughter GP faces allegations over 14 other cases
A GP who killed a migraine sufferer with a lethal morphine overdose is facing allegations that his 'gross negligence' may have 'accelerated' more than 10 other patient deaths.
Dr Michael Stevenson, a GP from Bootle in Cumbria, was handed a 15-month suspended jail term at Preston Crown Court in April after admitting the manslaughter of 57-year-old Marjorie Wright, who he gave a massive overdose of diamorphine due to a mix-up over similar-looking ampules.
But a High Court judge was told today that further police investigations have thrown up a total of 14 other cases where the 55-year-old is suspected of over-dosing patients.
In 11 of those cases, an expert report states that it is either "highly likely" or at least possible that the GP's actions "accelerated death", barrister, Andrew Colman, told the court.
Dr Stephenson is now being treated in a psychiatric unit in York, and has not been charged with any criminal offence over any of the 14 cases.
But judge, Mr Justice Silber, today suspended him from practising for a further nine months to enable the GMC to decide whether further disciplinary charges should be pursued against him.GMC: investigating deaths GMC: investigating deaths