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GMC clears doctors on accidental morphine overdose

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 01 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1167
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Two doctors who were accused of covering up an accidental overdose of morphine administered to a baby born seven weeks prematurely were found not guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC) last week. The junior doctor who prepared the drug, at 100 times the intended amount, for one day old Louise Wood was also cleared.

    The drug was administered at Rotherham District Hospital on 1 October 1995, to sedate the 1.5 kilogram twin, who was having breathing problems, so that a chest drain tube could be …

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