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Possible drug-blunder death probed


A police investigation has been launched after claims that a 71-year-old man was given the wrong medication before he died in hospital.

George Pickard was recuperating at Leeds General Infirmary after suffering an infection he picked up following a hip-replacement operation.

Mr Pickard, from Leeds, died on Sunday when it is thought he may have been given the wrong drugs. A post-mortem examination has been carried out and further tests are under way.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “The coroner has referred the death of a patient at Leeds General Infirmary to police and we are currently looking into the matter.”

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust added: “We would like to offer Mr Pickard’s family our deepest condolences at this time.

“The coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Pickard’s death and we are cooperating fully with this. Until this investigation is complete we are unable to comment. We will keep Mr Pickard’s family fully informed.”

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Leeds General Infirmary

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