Rebecca Leighton worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where police were alerted last week to a batch of saline believed to have been deliberately tampered with.
The unexplained deaths of a 44-year-old woman and two men aged 84 and 71 are being linked to the contamination, while a fourth patient, a man in his 40s, remains critically ill.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said “This morning, a 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder. She remains in police custody for questioning. Inquiries are continuing,” In total, 11 out of 14 patients originally affected by the contamination have survived.
Stepping Hill Hospital Chief Executive Chris Burke told a press conference that staff were “shocked, horrified and angry” at the events.
“They are alarmed that a place that should be for care has become a crime scene,” he said.
“This is a criminal act, perpetrated by someone with malicious intent. We do not believe it could have been anticipated.” (In other words ‘we are not responsible’ – adds newswarped).
On the obligatory Facebook profile Rebecca Leighton describes herself as a “happy go lucky kinda gal,” who “loves the wkend (if im not workin)”. Maybe she forgot to say she enjoys the power of life and death, with the emphasis on death.