Hospital Deaths Charges Possible

Medical staff could face prosecution over the deaths of 10 elderly patients at a Hampshire hospital. A lengthy police inquiry into 90 deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital has led to 10 cases being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS will decide if there is enough evidence to charge anyone. The families of the patients claim sedatives like diamorphine were over-prescribed at the hospital, leading to the deaths.

The deaths being investigated occurred between the late 1990s and 2002. Det Supt David Williams said: “Following extensive investigation and reference to medical experts, it has been established that there has been no criminal negligence in respect of the 80 cases.

“However, issues have been raised in respect of the standard of care in some of those cases which have been forwarded to the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council for their attention.

“We continue to fully investigate the 10 remaining complaints made to us, which are now at an extremely advanced stage.

“This investigation has been necessarily detailed and thorough, given the complexity of issues.”

Each case referred to Hampshire police has been examined by a panel of national experts in the fields of palliative care, geriatric care, general practice, nursing and forensic toxicology in association with the case investigation officers.