UK: 456 patients died from drug overdose in a hospital


At the Gosport hospital in the south of England, 456 patients succumbed to an opioid overdose, according to an investigation by former Liverpool bishop James Jones. The responsibility of Dr. Jane Barton is pointed out.

The scandal is affecting the Gosport hospital in the south of England. More than 450 patients died there, after being unduly prescribed a dose of opioids according to the findings of an independent investigation presented Wednesday, June 20.

The investigation, led by former Liverpool Bishop James Jones, denounced “an institutionalized practice within the Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1989 and 2000” of “shortening the lives of patients” by prescribing and administering doses of opioids without medical justification “.

The circumstances of hundreds of suspicious deaths have been studied. According to the results of the investigation, 456 people died from an opioid overdose, while the lives of another 200 patients were potentially shortened. “The events at Gosport Memorial Hospital are tragic, deeply disturbing and have caused unimaginable grief to affected families,” said Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The report points to Dr. Jane Barton, who was then working as a hospital assistant, “responsible for the on-site prescription practice”. Nurses had alerted superiors about the doctor’s behavior between February 1991 and January 1992 but no action was taken.

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“The police, together with the prosecutor’s office and, if necessary clinicians, will now carefully consider these new elements in the report before deciding on next steps, including the desirability of prosecution,” the Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt, said in a statement.

Sarah Ali

Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Pharmacology at the University of Florida. She focuses on health news and tips for The Talking Democrat.