More than 450 UK patients died from strong hospital drugs: report

LONDON- A report found that more than 450 patients died in hospitals in England after being given string painkillers without “medical justification.”

The report was conducted from an independent panel, they looked into deaths between 1989 and 2000 at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the southern city of Gosport

The commission was led by former Liverpool bishop James Jones, said in a statement, “The hospital records to which the panel has had privileged access demonstrate that 456 patients died through prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification,”

The report also found that they added missing records, where another 200 patients may have died due to “institutionalised practice” of administering powerful drugs.

It also found that Dr Jane Barton had been “responsible for the practice of prescribing which prevailed on the wards”.

According to the panel, documents from the report also showed how many nurses raised concerns about prescribing the powerful drugs, especially diamorphine in the early 1990s, but their warnings “went unheeded.”

It said, “The opportunity to rectify the practice was lost, deaths resulted and 22 years later it became necessary to establish the panel in order to discover the truth of what happened.”

Prime Minister Therresa May said she found the findings “deeply troubling” and the patients that died had “brought unimaginable heartache to the families concerned”.

Jeremy Hunt Health Secretary also added his voice to the report and said that the report identified a “catalogue of failings” by the authorities and apologised to relatives of the victims.

He added, “The police… will now carefully examine the new material in the report before determining their next steps and in particular whether criminal charges should now be brought.”

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