Nurse Rebecca Leighton Looks Like A Scapegoat

Nurse cleared of all charges. 40 deaths being investigated. Looks like corporate killing.
Presumably saline ampoules have seals.  Were the seals of the 36 contaminated ampoules discovered in the store room tampered with?  Even if they were (as part of an attempt to frame someone – it would be so obvious), it would not be easy to manually contaminate at exactly the same concentration 36 ampoules.  It sounds more like an error made by the suppliers, not by a nurse, whose job is to dispense.
Valerie Rowlinson, who was her nursing mentor during her training, spoke of her shock at Miss Leighton’s alleged involvement in the case. “Becki always wanted to be a nurse, like her mother. She was very dedicated. I always found her extremely committed and diligent.”

Reading the story of the supposed killing nurse in Stockport, Rebecca Leighton, I just wonder how a nurse whose only job is to dispense medicines handed to her by pharmacy is thought likely to have contaminated them.  It seems most unlikely that she did.  Far more likely is that someone working in the company that supplies the drips to the hospital has made an error, or committed a crime.

Maybe (let’s look at all possibilities) there is a small amount of insulin being clandestinely added to saline drips as an experiment  to see how many more people die, and the perpetrator got the doseage wrong, and killed so many the ruse became obvious.

Or less evilly, insulin was added in error to a batch of drips by the manufacturer, and they’ve gone far and wide across many hospitals, and they need to stop a scare from developing.  The numbers made per batch must be in the thousands.

It would not be in the interests of the company or the health service that buys from that company to identify the corporate guilty party, or admit to taking part in any death-inducing schemes, or that a serious error has been committed, and so a defenceless nurse is picked on, and set up as the scapegoat.

GUARDIAN

Insulin was found in a batch of 36 saline ampoules in a hospital storeroom after a nurse reported a high number of patients on her ward with unexplained low blood sugar levels. The alarm was raised on Tuesday but multiple sclerosis sufferer Ms Arden, from Stockport, died on 7 July. The two male patients died last week.


That sounds more like a contaminated batch coming in from the suppliers to me.  The question in my mind is whether suppliers are deliberately adding insulin, or it was mixed in, in error.   It wouldn’t be easy to manually add insulin in exactly the same concentration to 36 separate saline ampoules in a hospital storeroom, if not impossible.  


Presumably saline ampoules have seals and it can be seen if the seals have been broken prior to use.  If the seals were not broken, why the hell is the nurse being accused, other than to protect the suppliers from the scandal?  

TELEGRAPH –

On Thursday the number of victims at Stepping Hill hospital rose to five after police confirmed that the deaths of two more pensioners were being treated as suspicious. Officers said it was “likely” the death toll would grow.
Miss Leighton, 27, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder after medical supplies at the hospital in Stockport, Cheshire, were tampered with. Sources confirmed that detectives had established that Miss Leighton had recently been rejected for a new job, thought to have been a promotion within the hospital.
A murder inquiry began last week after the deaths of three patients — Tracey Arden, 44, George Keep, 84 and Arnold Lancaster, 71 — were linked to the alleged contamination of saline solution with insulin.
Detectives said yesterday that the cases of Derek Weaver, 83, who died yesterday, and an 84-year-old woman, who died on July 14, had also been referred to Greater Manchester Police. A man in his forties remained in a serious condition.
Asst Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We are working closely with the coroner and it is likely we will be asked to investigate further deaths. In the main these are likely to be deaths of people who are elderly and/or ill.”
Miss Leighton remained in custody after police were given more time to question her. She was believed to have protested her innocence to detectives.
Valerie Rowlinson, who was her nursing mentor during her training, spoke of her shock at Miss Leighton’s alleged involvement in the case. “Becki always wanted to be a nurse, like her mother. She was very dedicated. I always found her extremely committed and diligent.”

Telegraph

Spuggy could not hurt a fly say her friends

Party-loving: Rebecca Leighton's social life was catalogued on Facebook

Party-loving: Rebecca Leighton’s social life was catalogued on Facebook
Friends and family of Rebecca Leighton turned to the internet to protest her innocence.
After the nurse’s party-loving lifestyle came under scrutiny due to her numerous entries on social networking websites, they launched a campaign of support.
Pleading with her to stay strong, they said they did not believe she could have carried out the murders.
And her fiancé, Tim Papworth used his father’s Facebook profile to thank everyone for their support.
His mother, Heather Papworth, wrote: ‘Innocent, we all believe in you bekki, love you loads. No she hasn’t done it and she will be holding her head high, love you bekki xx’.
Friend Leah Hunt wrote: ‘The most kind hearted person in the world ur fantastic person great friend n brilliant nurse love u loads becki n don’t believe one word of it ur amazin keep ur chin up babe we are all thinking of u honey stay storng ur in my heart and prays. X’
Using her nickname, Spuggy, Sarah Warburton wrote: ‘Can’t stop thinking about what your going through Spuggy! They couldn’t be more wrong’.
And friend Diane Rothwell wrote: ‘Becki, the news is totally insane … You would never hurt a fly and I cannot understand this.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2017478/Rebecca-Leighton-held-police-probe-Stepping-Hill-saline-poison-victims.html#ixzz1SvZcnnJI

Charges have been dropped. No less than 40 deaths are being investigated. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8738848/Stepping-Hill-Rebecca-Leighton-cleared-of-poisonings-as-police-check-on-40-deaths.html

The defending solicitor –

During a bail application last month, it emerged the evidence at that stage against the nurse amounted to her fingerprint being on a saline bag which was damaged by a needle.

Her thumb print was also discovered on the bottom of a bottle of anti-biotic fluid which contained insulin.

A judge at Manchester Crown Court was told, though, that “many people” had access to both the bag and the fluid, and Ms Leighton had reason to touch them in her role as acting sister.

Mr Richmond said the case later began to unravel when the bag in question – used in saline drips for patients – was later ruled not to have been tampered with.

“The police examined the bag properly and concluded it had in fact not been damaged,” he said.

“We then had fingerprints of other individuals on other contaminated items but my client’s fingerprints were not on them.

“The prosecution became untenable then.”

TAP

The damaged, tampered saline ampoule was later found neither to have been damaged, nor to have been tampered with. It doesn’t sound too much like a s erious attempt to find a culprit, more a kneejerk way to keep the media quiet and stop a panic. The question now remains, who was responsible for the deaths of forty (or more?) people? Presumably the company selling the saline has to be a prime suspect.

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21 Responses to “Nurse Rebecca Leighton Looks Like A Scapegoat”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As a nurse myself, I find it very difficult to swallow that all the problems with this hospital were because of Rebecca Leighton.

    This was a failing hospital with a history of errors.

    It would appear that Rebecca Leighton had taken some equipment from the hospital, possibly some drugs or syringes, enough to get her on theft.

    Whether the criminal damage can be proved or not, it is enough to say that in the NHS there are bullies within management.

  2. Tapestry says:

    Thanks for that comment, nurse. Do you have any evidence that she had taken syringes or drugs? Or is that from the rumour mill?

    Do you know who supplies the saline drips, and where they are prepared for patients? Are they sealed?

  3. wasp says:

    JUST ANOTHER STAGE OF THE EUGENICS 21 PROGRAMME, THAT HAS BACK FIRED.
    REBECCA LEIGHTON APPEARS TO BE SOMEWHAT ZANNY, SO FOR SOME REASON HAS BEEN SINGLED OUT TO CARRY THE CAN, FOR THE COCKUP. I WOULD BE INCLINED TO AGREE WITH YOU TAP, THE AMPOULES CONTAIN INSULIN VIA CONTROLLED,MANUFACTURED
    CONTAMINATION. WITHOUT THE USE OF ANALYTICAL LABORATORY FACILITIES IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SPIKE EACH OF 36 AMPOULES WITH THE SAME CONC. OF CONTAMINANT.AS SHE DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THESE FACILITIES IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SHE HAS BEEN SET UP.YOU ALSO RIGHTLY POINT OUT THAT ALL AMPOULES WOULD BE TAGGED.
    SO MR. PLOD WHY IS SHE BEING CHARGED, FOR SOMETHING SHE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T DO.

    REGARDS …… WASP

  4. Derek says:

    Authority + media vs the people.

    Censorship and silence will follow.

    The ipod numbed generation may continue in wonder at old farts getting cranky.

  5. Anonymous says:

    it was a huge relief for me to read that some people think in the way I do.
    I went thorugh Becky’s facebook profile, which didn’t indicate ANY sign of mental health illness (surely you have to have some of it if you intend to harm the patients, do you?)
    Besides,how can you contaminate ampolues of saline in the treatment room full of other nurses, everybody watching and working together?
    Even if denied promotion, would you ever consider the revenge in the form of harming the ones you are supposed to look after and who give you bread?
    Yes, Rebecca didn’t like her night duties (how many of you do?) but…she was finding the outlet in partying heavily.Then surely she didn’t have to look for any other revenge, did she?And in the end, for what kind of reasons someone not presenting any sign of mental illness, not fitting the image of lonely, attention-seeker person would like to destroy her life, career and other people’s lives to achieve what?
    I am leaving that answer to you all.

  6. Tapestry says:

    The nurse is innocent. But who then is guilty? And of how great a crime? Is this an isolated incident, or have there been similar deaths in other hospitals, so far covered up?

    Was the contamination accidental? If so how did it happen? There is still a possibility that this a deliberate attempt to shorten lives in NHS hospitals, adding to the list of those who die who shouldn’t die.

    People who die from so-called hospital superbugs (lack of cleanliness). Heart patients who are not given magnesium infusions. The list is endless.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Two points…….

    1. Saline ampoules can be injected using an insulin needle/syringe. Inject the insulin into the ampoule and because the hole created is so small there will be no leak. The seal would remain unbroken.

    2. Because of the distribution of saline ampoules across the country, it would be near impossible to have a contaminated supplier’s batch affect only patients on one ward in one hospital. So I think we can rule out the suppliers or the government!

    …..although I agree with the general theme of the article which is innocent until proven guilty. Something which is increasingly difficult in this country with our media.

  8. Tapestry says:

    I notice that this latest post wasn’t written until after the charges were brought.

    As I say, I find it hard to see how a consistent contamination of 36 ampoules can be achieved by a manual insertion. The concentration per ampoule would vary slightly.

    That is nothing specifically to do with this case. It is just that anyone inserting one liquid manually into another could not achieve 100% consistency. That could only be achieved by the two liquids being mixed prior to their distribution into separate containers.

  9. Tapestry says:

    2. It is quite possible that this was the first use of the batch and the rest of the batch was returned prior to use.

  10. Excellent that somebody is pointing out that Rebecca Leighton may well be the scapegoat. Now that opinion is vindicated by the charges against her being dropped. And it also sounds ‘more right’ that she was just doing her job and that the ampules, or whatever where a dodgy batch from the drug manufacturer!

    Hospitals errors, however minor or major, are recorded voluntarily – in the UK that results in between 4% and 24% getting recorded. With that in mind, and considering the recent ‘sabotaged/contaminated’ batch of Nurofen plus – containing ‘Seroquel’, which itself lists ‘suicidal thoughts’ as a side effect (I kid you not) – where does medical misadventure end and manslaughter begin?

  11. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think this nurse is guilty, however, yes it is possible for same concentration to be put into 36 different bags of saline. It would be done the same way we ( I am a Matron ) administer any solution to a saline bag, and that is to measure it using a syringe. Otherwise how do you think we can administer medicines at a controlled dose?

    Secondly, if you are working a night shift, it would be more than plausible to have enough time to be in a treatment room and tamper with 36 different bags of saline, if it was a slow shift as there are less staff needed and therefor less chance of being caught.

    This being said, I had doubted from the start that this young woman was guilty. She was made a villain from the off set for having a “wild social life” and has been a victim of a gorse misconduct of the press. It is a reflection of society that we are so quick to judge based on little factual evidence and our thought are often dictated by media propaganda.

  12. Tapestry says:

    The accuracy of manual dose is always variable, to the tune of at least thousandths of a degree, which would be detectable by forensics.

  13. wasp says:

    THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS TO ANALYSE EACH OF THE AMPOULES,TO DETERMINE THE CONCENTRATION OF THE CONTAMINANT. IF WE KNOW THESE VALUES EXPRESSED IN ppm’s, THEN DEPENDENT UPON THE STANDARD DEVIATION OF THE RESULTS, AN ASSESSMENT CAN THEN BE MADE AS TO HOW THE CONTAMINANT WAS INTRODUCED. THE MANUAL INTRODUCTION OF THE CONTAMINANT WILL SHOW A LARGER s.d. THAN IF INTRODUCED DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS.
    IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO MANUALLY SPIKE EACH AMPOULE TO GIVE A LOW s.d. EVEN USING A MICRO BURETTE, THE LAST THING ANY ONE WOULD THINK ABOUT IF SPIKING A BATCH OF AMPOULES WOULD BE A CONSTANT ALIQUOT OF CONTAMINANT. IT IS HOPED THAT THE SAMPLES ARE STILL AVAILABLE & HAVEN’T BEEN DESTROYED.
    ONE FURTHE POINT THE VOLUME OF A AMPOULE WOULD BE CONSTANT, THE WEIGHT OF THE AMPOULE WOULD ALSO PROBABLY BE CONSTANT, AS THERE WOULD BE LITTLE VARIATION IN A PLASTIC MOLDED PRODUC SO IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE BY MEANS OF AN ANALYTICAL BALANCE TO DETERMINE ANY DISCREPANCIES IN THE AMPOULES.

    REGARDS ……… WASP

  14. Tapestry says:

    Anyone would think you were a scientist, Wasp.

  15. AlanH says:

    Disgraceful that the media, particularly the Daily Mail should jump all over the case and publish not too flattering photo’s of Rebecca, with the implication that she was, at the very least, a little bit scatty. She was tried and convicted by the media, and for that they should be made to pay. I hope she gets a very large sum. The police totally screwed it up, which really is par for the course these days.

  16. LEIGHTON : A THIEF AND HAS LIED TO HER EMPLOYER SHE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE NHS – AND ARRESTED FOR THEFT – SHE IS A DISGRACE – NOT TO MENTION HER BOYFRIEND WITH ALLEGED IMAGES OF KIDS ON HIS PC – GOD WHAT A COUPLE – SACK HER AND AS FOR HIM LET SOME WOMAN LOOSE ON HIM – and for LEIGHTON TO HATE SOME PARTS OF THE PRESS IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE SHE SELLS HER STORY TO THE VERY PEOPLE SHE HATES – ALSO OLD BOY CLIFFORD WILL MAKING A BUCK OR 2 SHE IS A DISGRACE – SUPPORT THE COPS THEY DO A GOOD JOB

  17. Anonymous says:

    Is she a sociopath?

    Hiring Max Clifford to try and cash in on the back of a “sensational” story would be a bit sick.

    Also, all the papers said that stolen medical supplies were found at her home. That’s not normal.

  18. Tapestry says:

    Staff pilferage at the NHS is endemic.

    The story of wrongful accusation for the murder of 40 people is sensational. It is also a massive injustice committed very casually by the Police and the CPS. There are issues of public concern here.

    The money she will make is by the by.

    You don’t need to be a sociopath to be tempted. No one said she was totally innocent of everything (who is these days?), but she is totally innocent of murder.

    That leaves open the question of who was responsible for the deaths. Any ideas? Not the drug company supplying the saline, surely.

    If so, was it an error, or was it deliberate? That possibility still exists.

  19. Tapestry says:

    If she’s not happy with the news coverage tell her to call in at The Tap Blog, where we campaigned for her right from the start.

  20. i believe the company behind these saline bags is Baxter..so why havent the police investigated them? its obvious they made this nurse a scapegoat to avoid massive lawsuits.

  21. i believe the company behind these saline bags is Baxter..so why havent the police investigated them? its obvious they made this nurse a scapegoat to avoid massive lawsuits

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