# Posted 11:00 AM by Patrick Belton
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A hospital nurse accused of attempting to murder four elderly patients was motivated by a drive to free up beds, a court has heard.
Prosecuting barrister Robin Spencer QC told the jury on Wednesday that Ms Salisbury was even heard urging one patient "give in, it's time to go", as she administered an overdose.
The court heard Ms Salisbury allegedly tried to kill James Byrne by repeatedly pressing the booster button on the device delivering diamorphine.
She is accused of trying to kill Reuben Thompson by removing his oxygen supply and she allegedly tried to kill Frank Owen by lying him on his back and telling another nurse: "With any luck his lungs will fill with fluid and he will die."
Mr Spencer said: "She was driven to free up a hospital bed but in fact there will always be another patient waiting. If she thought there was no hope of recovery, she didn't want to wait too long.
"If the patient could be made well enough to be discharged, she would aim for that, if not she would hasten death.
"One way or another, she wanted these patients off her ward."
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