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Probe into lethal’ drugs missing from hospital ward

PUBLISHED: 23:57 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:25 05 October 2010

LETHAL prescription drugs may have been stolen from a specialist London hospital, it has been revealed. NHS bosses are holding an internal inquiry, they admitted this week, while police have also been told after the medicines went missing from a ward at the London Chest Hospital

EXCLUSIVE by Gemma Collins

LETHAL prescription drugs may have been stolen from a specialist London hospital, it has been revealed.

NHS bosses are holding an internal inquiry, they admitted this week, while police have also been told after the medicines went missing from a ward at the London Chest Hospital more than a year ago.

The medicines are branded controlled drugs’ which, according to the Department of Health, can include morphine and methadone.

INVESTIGATION

A serious untoward incident’ investigation now underway was reported to the hospital’s governing NHS trust last week “following a serious incident of potential theft,” the East London Advertiser has learned.

It is being investigated internally, although the Met Police say they have been informed. The hospital trust’s own counter fraud services are also involved.

Health chiefs are refusing to say whether they believe a member of staff or a patient at the hospital in Bethnal Green could be involved.

Fears have been raised because of serious misuse of methadone and morphine as substitutes for heroine addicts.


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