A doctor and two nurses have denied killing a woman who died of blood loss after travelling to the UK from Ireland for an abortion.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 63, Gemma Pullen, 32, and Margaret Miller, 55, pleaded not guilty to the gross negligence manslaughter of 32-year-old Aisha Chithira.

Ms Chithira, who travelled from Dublin, was 22-weeks pregnant when she underwent the operation at the Marie Stopes Clinic in Ealing, west London, on 21 January 2012.

She collapsed several hours later while travelling in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire, and died of “extensive internal bleeding”.

Dr Adedeji and nurses Ms Pullen and Ms Miller stood in the dock of London's Old Bailey to enter their pleas to the manslaughter charge.

The trial is due to take place at the Old Bailey on 7 March next year, and all three defendants remain on bail.

All three also face a charge under the Health and Safety Act but pleas will not be entered on this count until another hearing on January next year.