Inquiry to be held after deaths of cancer patients from apparent overdose

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 09 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:274
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    An inquiry has been launched after the deaths of two patients who may have been given an overdose of a drug intended to ease the side effects of cancer treatment.

    The two men—Baljit Singh Sunner (aged 36) and Paul Richards (35)both died within a day of being treated in an oncology ward at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital.

    The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is not issuing details of the cases and would not say what drug or drugs had been involved. However, the Birmingham Mail has claimed that the men were given five times the …

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