The Gosport War Memorial Hospital is at the centre of a major healthcare scandal concerning the inappropriate administration of opioid medication. The Report of the Gosport Independen Panel was released on 20 June 2018, following an inquiry chaired by The Right Reverend James Jones KBE, and highlighted serious systemic failures going back to the late 1980’s.
The inquiry report confirms over a 12-year period, as a clinical assistant, Dr Jane Barton was responsible for the practice of prescribing medication on the wards of Gosport Hospital. As a result, the lives of over 450 patients were shortened between 1988 and 2000, due to the use of opioid painkillers given “without medical justification”. And there may be another 200 patients who were affected; however, this cannot be fully confirmed due to missing medical records.
If anybody believes that they, or their loved ones, may have been affected by the issues highlighted by the inquiry, our team of experienced medical negligence lawyers will be happy to provide you with help and advice.