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Male nurse arrested over Stepping Hill poisoning deaths named

By Jessica Elliott

The nurse arrested during the Stepping Hill enquiry has been named today.

 Married father of two, Victorino Chua, known as Vic, is being held by police after being arrested at his home in Stockport.

Mr Chua, 46, was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully administering or causing to be taken a poison or destructive or noxious thing, so as to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

Investigators took photographs in Mr Chua’s terraced house on Churchill Street, Heaton Norris, and items have been removed.

This is part of the investigation into deliberate contamination of products at Stepping Hill Hospital.

On January 3, staff at the hospital reported that medical forms had been altered overnight.

As a result it is believed one patient was administered additional amounts of medication. This person was carefully monitored by hospital staff and since been discharged.

At this time Mr Chua is being questioned in relation to these matters only.

Sources close to the investigation stressed as yet there was no link between this incident and the other deaths that have occurred at the hospital.

It is believed Mr Chua has worked for Stepping Hill for around two years and had been working at a nursing home before working at Stepping Hill and is originally from the Philippines.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: “It is due to the diligence of staff at the hospital that we were made aware about the potential tampering of medical records and everyone
should be reassured that, like the hospital, we initiated a swift response and have consequently arrested a member of staff in relation to this matter.

“I must stress that at this time he is only being spoken to in relation to these matters and as we have previously said we will not and cannot rule out making further arrests in the coming days or weeks.”

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