Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a British hospital, report says

Henrietta Strickland
June 23, 2018

It revealed "there was a disregard for human life and a culture of shortening lives of a large number of patients" at the Hampshire hospital.

Bishop Jones said: "It is not for the panel to ascribed criminal or civil liability".

Relatives said they hoped it would end their "harrowing" wait for answers. The number is available on the Gosport Independent Panel website and DHSC website. I am also delighted that Bishop James Jones has agreed to continue to provide a link to the families and to lead a meeting with them in October to allow them to understand progress on the agenda and any further processes that follow the report.

The panel's investigation is expected to focus on those who died while under the care of the hospital's Department of Medicine for Elderly People.

Cindy Grant's father, Stanley Carby, died at the hospital in 1999 after being admitted for rehabilitation following a stroke.

Her notes showed she had been sitting up and chatting happily, but she was given powerful sedatives, lost consciousness and never recovered. They detailed the many times they had been failed by the system.

"Had the establishment listened when junior NHS staff spoke out, had the establishment listened when ordinary families raised concerns instead of treating them as troublemakers, many of those deaths would not have happened". "The Government, along with local NHS organisations and authorities, will receive a copy of the report tomorrow and we expect the findings to be studied closely and carefully by all relevant parties". It found the skills of nursing and non-consultant medical staff "particularly Dr Barton, were not adequate".

In a statement on behalf of the families, Bridget Reeves, the granddaughter of 88-year-old Elsie Devine, said: "This has been sinister, calculated and those implicated must now face the rigour of the criminal justice system".

It could not be published in full until 2013, 10 years after it was completed, while inquests were held and due to a police investigation.

This had, he said, "almost certainly shortened the lives of some patients".

Britain's prosecution service said it would examine whether criminal charges could be brought following the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England.

"Dr. Death" received a life sentence for murdering 15 patients but a further inquiry later found that he had killed as many as 250 people in his care.

In 2010, the General Medical Council ruled that Dr Jane Barton, who has since retired, was guilty of multiple instances of professional misconduct relating to 12 patients who died at the hospital.

She told the council she had to work under "unreasonable pressure" with an "excessive and increasing burden" in caring for patients.

"The Crown Prosecution Service needs to look at it, Hampshire Constabulary need to look at it", Ms. Dinenage said.

What do families want to see happen?

Dr Barton's manner was sometimes questioned with one grieving relative claiming she overheard her say: "We've got another weeper here", when she began crying. You just let out your breath really, it's just relief.

"I think it has been an absolute travesty for 20 years", he told Today. Jones chaired the independent Hillsborough panel.

Gladys Richards' daughter Gillian McKenzie was the first relative to approach the police about a death at the hospital in 1998.

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