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Trust responds to Norris conviction

The Yorkshire hospital where Colin Norris murdered four elderly patients has attempted to reassure public fears about their safety.

Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor, medical director of the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, said: ‘Whilst Colin Norris’ crimes are deeply disturbing, I am sure patients will understand that they have no bearing at all upon the overwhelming majority of hospital care either here in Leeds or elsewhere.

‘While no healthcare organisation’s systems and processes can offer a complete guarantee against the actions of a determined criminal, in assisting the police and conducting our own reviews we identified and have implemented changes that both improve patient care and reduce the risk of criminality,’ he said.

‘The changes include the wider use of CCTV, card entry to parts of the hospital and a permanent police presence on site. However, it is important to stress that none of these actions would have prevented Colin Norris’ crimes,’ added Dr Mascie-Taylor.

Mr Norris, 32, was convicted on Monday of murdering four patients with insulin at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in 2002. The judge at Newcastle Crown Court said he should serve at least 30 years.

Comparisons have been drawn with the cases of former GP Harold Shipman and former nurse Beverley Allitt.

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