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.
The 456 patients (and probably 200 more) had their lives shortened whilst in the care of Bury Road hospital between 1989-2000. Family members were told by Mr Downing that the initial assessment of information from the Gosport Independent Panel is expected to be completed by April.
In October 2018, Mr Downing told families there was likely to be no further action, following decades of campaigning by family members. However the panel are now scrutinising further evidence to decide whether this will change a previous CPS decision not to prosecute.
The CPS told families it would only become involved once again if they were asked for a decision on whether to press charges, following a criminal investigation.
Families are waiting to hear who, if anyone, will be held accountable.