Two More People Arrested On Suspicion Of Poisoning
11 December 2018, 15:35 | Updated: 11 December 2018, 15:37
It's after allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Detectives investigating allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have arrested two more people.
Police were contacted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on November 8 after concerns were raised about the care provided to some patients.
The allegations related to the alleged mistreatment and neglect of patients on the stroke unit in November 2018.
Two healthcare professionals were arrested by police today (Tuesday, December 11) in connection with the investigation. A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of administering any poison or noxious thing with the intent to injure and ill treatment or wilful neglect. They are currently in custody.
A third healthcare professional was arrested in relation to the allegations in November. She was arrested on suspicion of administering any poison or noxious thing with the intent to injure and ill treatment or wilful neglect. She was later bailed to February 10.
The healthcare professionals have been suspended.
Officers remain in the early stages of their investigation and are working closely with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and HM Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde.
A number of post-mortem examinations have been conducted as part of police enquiries.
Det Chief Insp Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police said: “We have made two more arrests as part of an on-going investigation into allegations of mistreatment of patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“This is a complicated and sensitive inquiry which remains at its early stages.
“I understand further arrests might be concerning but I would like to reassure people we have a dedicated team of detectives working on this investigation.
“We are offering support to those families who have had loved ones identified as potentially being involved. They are being kept fully updated and supported throughout the process by specially trained officers.
“Some post-mortem examinations have been conducted to assist our enquiries.
“Our priority and the priority of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to ensure the safety of patients. We are working closely with the Trust as well as HM Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde as part of the investigation.”