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NHS doctor was on trial for murder

A doctor worked at two NHS hospitals while waiting to stand trial for killing a patient in Spain, it has been revealed.

Marcos Hourmann, 51, originally from Argentina, was able to continue working as a surgeon in the UK even after being found guilty of killing a patient in Spain.

He even went on to work as a police surgeon in the UK, reportedly earning £10,000 a month, despite his conviction in Spain for manslaughter.

Hourmann was able to flout the rules in the UK and lead a double life because of lax European laws. European countries have no legal obligation to alert their neighbours when medical staff receive convictions.

Hourmann carried out a mercy killing on an 82-year-old female patient whom, he claimed, had asked to die. He gave her a lethal potassium chloride injection, identical to that used in the USA to administer the death penalty. Initially charged with murder in 2005, He then came to the UK looking for employment while awaiting trial.

He worked at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, as an accident and emergency medic from February 2006 to August 2007. He then moved on to Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, in south Wales, where he worked until July 2008. He then moved on to work as a surgeon for Dyfed Powys Police, in Carmarthenshire, both before and after his conviction.

Hourmann, who was born in Argentina and now lives near Aberystwyth, west Wales, kept his conviction secret. He was only suspended from his police job after information was provided by an anonymous whistle-blower last month.

"Dyfed Powys Police has a contract with an external agency for the provision of police surgeons," a spokesman for the force said. "We are liaising with them in relation to this matter and are investigating the circumstances surrounding this issue. The doctor has been suspended pending the results of the investigation. We also understand that this matter is being dealt with by the GMC and we will abide by its findings accordingly"

A spokesman for the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, said: "The Trust can confirm that this individual worked in our accident and emergency department from February 2006 to August 2007. All the appropriate pre-employment checks were made by the Trust prior to him taking up his appointment."

A Carmarthenshire NHS Trust spokesman, said: "We can confirm that the doctor did work at Prince Philip Hospital for a brief period between 2007 and 2008. All the necessary pre-employment checks were undertaken."

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