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.’
Matt Hancock attended a meeting at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall on 16 July to speak to relatives of 456 patients whose lives were cut short after receiving dangerously high doses of painkillers.
Mr Hancock said: ‘I’m here to listen to the families on behalf of the government – I'll be here and express how sorry I am for what happened over so many years.
‘Everybody deserves to have their families listened to, each one of the victims of this terrible scandal is a person is a mother, a father, a brother, a sister.
‘So we've got to make sure all the views are heard and I'm here to make sure that people are listened to right at the top of government.
‘Of course we've got to allow the police process to proceed and I wouldn't want to get in the way of that but I think apologising on behalf of the government and NHS for what happened and listening to make sure those voices are heard, that's incredibly important.’
After a 20-year struggle for justice by campaigners, police finally agreed to launch a criminal investigation into the deaths at Gosport.
Verisona Law have been approached to act on behalf of the relatives of six of those patients affected by the scandal, to bring a civil claim for negligence leading to deaths of their loved ones against Portsmouth Healthcare Trust.