Latest News

Over 450 UK patients die from strong hospital drugs — report

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


LONDON,United Kingdom(AFP) — More than 450 patients died at a hospital in England after being given strong painkillers without "medical justification", a report found yesterday.

An independent panel led the investigation into the deaths between 1989 and 2000 at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the southern city of Gosport.

"The hospital records to which the panel has had privileged access demonstrate that 456 patients died through prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification," the commission, led by former Liverpool bishop James Jones, said in a statement.

It added that, taking into account missing records, another 200 patients may have died as a direct result of the "institutionalised practice" of administering powerful drugs.

The report said that Dr Jane Barton had been "responsible for the practice of prescribing which prevailed on the wards".

The documents showed that several nurses raised concerns about the prescribing of diamorphine in the early 1990s, but their warnings "went unheeded", according to the panel.

"The opportunity to rectify the practice was lost, deaths resulted and 22 years later it became necessary to establish the panel in order to discover the truth of what happened," it said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called the findings "deeply troubling", saying the deaths had "brought unimaginable heartache to the families concerned".

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the report had identified a "catalogue of failings" by the authorities and apologised to relatives of the victims.

"The police... will now carefully examine the new material in the report before determining their next steps and in particular whether criminal charges should now be brought," he said.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT