Junior doctor leaves a trail of destruction

A junior doctor who accidentally killed a patient with an overdose before setting out on a petty crime spree has been struck off the UK medical register.

Prashen Pillay, a first-year medical graduate, was doing a rotation in geriatric medicine in Sussex when he wrote 250 milligrams instead of 250 micrograms on a digoxin prescription; effectively multiplying the dose by 1000.

A nurse, realising that such a dose was impossible, administered 2.5 milligrams, still 10 times the intended dose. According to a report in the BMJ, the 76-year-old