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Alderney Doctor Investigation Media Release 4

Alderney doctor investigation - 19th June 2015 - statement from Chief of Police Patrick Rice



Statement from Chief of Guernsey Police Patrick Rice


'As confirmed previously, Guernsey Police engaged an independent expert in the field of palliative care to provide advice in relation to our investigation into a doctor in Alderney, which we launched following concerns raised by the Health and Social Services Department.

'We have now received that expert opinion and it is being reviewed, with other potential lines of enquiry being pursued as a result. As I'm sure members of the public can appreciate, it would clearly by inappropriate for me to disclose any further details at this stage while the investigation continues.

'We are acutely aware of the impact this investigation is having on the doctor in question, the relatives of those who died and the wider Alderney community. We have been consistent throughout that this investigation is of the utmost importance and we have remained committed to progressing it as expeditiously as possible while ensuring it is carried out with diligence.

'A methodical approach is essential due to the complex nature of the concerns raised and it is important that officers are not put under pressure to adhere to arbitrary deadlines, because that is when mistakes are made - and all concerned in this need to have confidence that a thorough investigation is being carried out.

'We are grateful for the continued patience of all those involved.'



Issued by Joel de Woolfson, Communications Manager for Law Enforcement, telephone number 719451