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Police drop case against anaesthetist who was investigated over deaths of several patients

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2643 (Published 14 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2643
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Police are to take no action against a consultant anaesthetist who was investigated on suspicion of inappropriately hastening the deaths of patients.

Andrew Gregg, 48, who worked at Peterborough City Hospital, had been arrested on suspicion of homicide. But after an investigation and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, police said that no further action would be taken. The matter would be referred to the General Medical Council, a police spokesman said.

The GMC has already opened an investigation into Gregg, who strenuously denies the allegations. His registration is subject to conditions on an interim basis, including a ban on prescribing or administering drugs and a provision that he must limit his practice to roles in which he has no clinical contact with patients.

The police investigation came to light when Gregg won a High Court injunction last February stopping North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust going ahead with disciplinary proceedings against him before the police charging decision.1 The order also banned the trust from stopping his pay or considering sacking him before the Crown Prosecution Service had decided whether he should be prosecuted.2

A trust spokesman said, “There is an internal procedure to follow within the trust. Dr Gregg will not return to work at this time.”

Gregg said in a statement, “I am disappointed that it has taken so long to reach a conclusion, but am pleased that the police investigation is now at an end, and that no further action is being taken. I have always maintained that I acted in a clinically appropriate manner and in the best interests of my patients, in what is widely accepted as being a challenging area of practice within intensive care medicine.

“I am extremely grateful for the wide expressions of support which I have received from many different sources, and I now look forward to a time when I may once more resume practice as a consultant anaesthetist.”

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