Nurse assistant died after morphine dose error by 'deeply caring' GP

The tragic circumstances were a coalescence of poor judgement and human error, a coroner has said

A GP's blurred doctor–patient relationship with her own nurse assistant may have contributed to the assistant's death following a opioid overdose, a coroner has found.

The 61-year-old staff member, who was a qualified nurse and had worked at the practice as a receptionist, had presented to the GP looking distressed and experiencing “severe, acute and catastrophic pain” due to a flare-up in her chronic neck pain caused by a nerve root compression.  

She was offered an emergency consultation as the GP’s first

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