Woman accidentally killed her mother with morphine overdose after doctor failed to carry out a home visit

medicineAn elderly cancer patient died of an overdose the day after a GP prescribed morphine over the phone, an inquest heard.

Dr Mushkoor Sheikh failed to carry out a home visit to see 80-year-old widow Betty Horsfield.

The next day, she was inadvertently given double the recommended dose of the opiate by her daughter, Dawn Ellis.

A medical expert said this amounted to ‘gross failure’, as morphine should not be prescribed to anyone for the first time without a face-to-face consultation.

Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a verdict of misadventure after a two-day inquest and is reporting the doctor to NHS bosses over the death which took place in March, 2010.

Mrs Ellis said afterwards she felt at one time as if she was being blamed for her mother’s death.

She said: ‘I am just so glad someone listened. I am pleased something is going to come out of it.


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