Filipino nurse granted bail extension over insulin poisoning probe at Stockport Stepping Hill Hospital

By Dean Wilkins

A Filipino nurse arrested in connection with the investigation into the deliberate contamination of products and tampering of medical records at Stepping Hill Hospital has been granted a bail extension.

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

The 46-year-old was arrested in connection with the deaths of three patients, the deliberate poisoning of 19 other patients and the tampering of medical records, and has had his bail extended until July 9.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating the contamination of various products with insulin between June 1 2011 and July 15 2011.

Officers are also investigating the tampering of medical records at the hospital in January 2012.

Greater Manchester Police has and continues to work closely with the CPS to ensure this complex investigation is dealt with thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

A total of 22 patients were affected by excessive insulin amounts – seven of whom tragically died.

Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, Derek Weaver, 83, William Dickson, 82, Linda McDonagh, 60, John Beeley, 73, and Beryl Hope, 70, all lost their lives because of the poisoning.

A further 20 other patients suffered hypoglycaemic episodes but following investigations they are not believed to be victims of poisoning.

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