Police investigating insulin poisoning at a Stockport hospital say that six people connected to the probe have now died.
Greater Manchester Police said that all are believed to have been “deliberately poisoned with insulin” at Stepping Hill Hospital but that three of the deaths are thought to be due to natural disease.
John Beeley, 73, and Linda McDonagh, 60, are the latest people to be named by detectives probing the suspicious deaths of patients. Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, Derek Weaver, 82, and William Dickson, 82, have also died and were among 21 people thought to have been unlawfully administered insulin.
All patients suffered hypoglycaemic episodes after saline drips were sabotaged but police believe only the deaths of Ms Arden, Mr Lancaster and Mr Weaver have direct links to insulin poisoning.
A police spokesman said it is “really important” to differentiate between the deaths, adding that: “While we are continuing to undertake stringent tests into the deaths of all six patients, we believe that it is highly likely the later deaths should more properly be attributed to natural disease.”