On 16th July 2019, the health secretary told relatives of Gosport hospital deaths patients that the government are listening to family members as he said: ‘Your families are the victims.’
The relatives of hundreds of patients who died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital following the use of opioid painkillers have been told a full police investigation will begin, which is likely to take nine months.
Family members of 456 patients who passed away following the use of opioids without medical justification, gathered in Ferneham Hall in Fareham this week, for an update from Kent assistant chief constable Nick Downing and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Medical negligence (or clinical negligence as it’s known) can be utterly devastating, not just for the victim, but for the family too. At a time when you should be able to put your trust in the doctors and medical experts taking care of your loved ones, you’re facing the consequences of a life-changing event that should never have happened in the first place.
When staff make medical mistakes the Trust or hospital concerned must tell an agency known as the NHS’s National Reporting and Learning System. However, it is thought that as many as one-fifth of all hospital trusts were under-recording mistakes, so where does this leave potential victims? >>