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Jab blunder: Doctors held.

TWO hospital doctors who mistakenly injected a powerful anti-cancer drug into the spine of an 18-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Wayne Jowett, of Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, should have had the drug vincristine injected into a vein rather than his spine.

Despite the mistake being realised immediately, the teenager died a month later, in February last year.

An inquiry at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre found a catalogue of errors had led to the fatal injection.

Police were called in to investigate, and disclosed they had last week arrested Dr Feda Mulhem and Dr David Morton.

The pair were questioned and later released on police bail.

An inquest last April heard that neither doctor had any formal training in administering the drug, which must be injected into a vein. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Detective Chief Inspector Allan Breeton, of Nottinghamshire police, said: 'We can confirm the two doctors involved in the circumstances leading to the death of Wayne Jowett have been interviewed under caution and a file is to be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision to be made about the case.'

Earlier this month Wayne's family accepted a 'substantial' out-of-court settlement from the hospital.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2002
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