Gorleston: Man Arrested After Death Of A Patient Has Bailed Cancelled

13 December 2013, 16:41 | Updated: 13 December 2013, 16:58

A man arrested in connection with the death of a patient at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston has had his bail cancelled and will be facing no further action.

The middle-aged man, who was a member of medical staff, was arrested on Saturday 5th October 2013, as part of a police investigation into the death of James May who was 76 and from Great Yarmouth. He died at the hospital on Friday 20th September 2013.

An extensive inquiry was launched following a referral by the hospital to police in September, after a member of staff claimed Mr May died as a result of a deliberate drugs overdose.

Following a review of all of the evidence and in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, a decision was made that the man arrested in connection with the enquiry will not face criminal prosecution.
Mr May’s next of kin has been informed of the decision and the investigation into the full circumstances surrounding Mr May’s death will be passed by police to Her Majesty’s Coroner for consideration in due course.
Leading the investigation Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham said: "This was an extremely serious allegation, the complexities of which necessitated a full and thorough investigation by the Major Investigation Team, with the assistance of independent medical experts. All relevant parties, including hospital management, have now been informed of this decision.
"We will now look to further review and assess all of the information collated during the course of our investigation, in consultation with the Health and Safety Executive and Care Quality Commission, to determine what, if any, further actions may be required.”