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German death locum 'failed English test'

David Gray
David Gray was given a huge overdose of diamorphine

A German locum who went on to kill a man accidentally was not selected by a primary care trust (PCT) after failing a language test, an inquest heard.

Dr Daniel Ubani was on his first shift for out-of-hours firm Take Care Now in 2008 when he was called to treat David Gray, 70, at his Cambridgeshire home.

Leeds PCT was not satisfied with Dr Ubani's application, the inquest heard.

But the head of the firm which supplied doctors to Take Care Now told the hearing she had understood the doctor.

Dr Ubani injected Mr Gray at his Manea home with 10 times the recommended dose of diamorphine in February 2008, the hearing has been told.

Mr Gray had been suffering from kidney pains.

'Dicky stomach'

The inquest at Wisbech Magistrates Court was read a written statement from Leeds PCT.

The statement explained that before they could refuse him for employment, Dr Ubani withdrew his application.

Sharon Brooks, company director of Cimarron UK Ltd, the company which supplied locum doctors to Take Care Now, told the inquest about her dealings with the doctor.

She said that she understood him, describing his English as strongly accented - more "German-African" than "English-African".

She explained to the court that she spoke to Dr Ubani about slang and colloquial English and what was meant by phrases like "having a dicky stomach".

Ms Brooks told him to ask for clarification if he did not understand a question.

'Return to Germany'

She also told the hearing that she had advised Dr Ubani to check medical manuals and prescriptions before dispensing medicines.

Ms Brooks also told the coroner that, in her experience, German doctors had a tendency to double prescribe doses of medicine.

The court heard that on 17 February 2008 - the day after Mr Gray died - Ms Brooks received a call from Take Care Now saying a patient had died and that she should call Dr Ubani.

Ms Brookes said that when she spoke to him he sounded shocked and upset, and she advised him to speak to the director of Take Care Now.

Later the same day she took a call from Dr Ubani.

She said that, according to Dr Ubani, the director of Take Care Now had advised him to return to Germany as soon as possible.

The hearing continues.

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