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Doctor who injected adrenaline against advice found guilty of manslaughter

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b545
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A doctor who killed a patient more than 10 years ago with an injection of adrenaline (epinephrine) against the advice of colleagues has been convicted of manslaughter and given a suspended jail sentence of six months.

    Priya Ramnath, aged 40, walked free after the judge, Mrs Justice Rafferty, told her that the interests of justice did not require her to be sent to prison. The judge said that Dr Ramnath’s defining error was not to listen to a nurse working with her who had urged her not to give the injection to Patricia Leighton. “Arrogance has cost you your reputation,” she said.

    Mrs Leighton, aged 51, who had arthritis, had been transferred to the intensive therapy unit of Stafford District General Hospital in septic shock after having a reaction to …

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