Gosport hospital deaths: Four fresh inquests open in Portsmouth

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Image caption, Inquests are being held into the deaths of Cliff Houghton, Dulcie Middleton, Eva Page and Horace Smith (not pictured)

Four caller inquests person opened into the deaths of patients astatine a infirmary that is being investigated implicit the attraction of hundreds of patients.

The Hampshire coroner is investigating the deaths of Dulcie Middleton, 86, Horace Smith, 73, Eva Page, 88, and Clifford Houghton, 71, astatine Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

A erstwhile inquiry recovered 456 patients died aft being fixed opiates astatine the infirmary betwixt 1987 and 2001.

No charges person ever been brought.

The caller inquests were granted astatine the petition of the patients' families, Senior Coroner Chris Wilkinson told the proceeding successful Portsmouth.

He said the 4 deaths, primitively determined arsenic being from earthy causes, were among those being examined by a fourth constabulary investigation into the hospital.

The coroner adjourned the hearings pending the effect of the constabulary inquiry, Operation Magenta.

Previously, a study published by the Gosport Independent Review Panel (GIRP) recovered determination was a "disregard for quality life" of a ample fig of patients astatine the infirmary from 1989 to 2000.

There was an "institutionalised regime" of prescribing and administering "dangerous" amounts of a medicine not clinically justified, the study said.

It said Dr Jane Barton oversaw the signifier of prescribing connected the wards.

Media caption, Timeline: Concerns were archetypal raised astir the attraction of patients successful 1998

The caller inquests are examining:

  • Clifford Houghton, 71, who died aft helium was admitted to the infirmary successful February 1994 for a play of respite. The GIRP study concluded helium was fixed opioids without due objective indication.
  • Dulcie Middleton, 86, who died successful September 2001, 3 months aft she was admitted for rehabilitation pursuing a stroke. Her household has said her attraction was "neglectful and inhumane".
  • Eva Page, 88, who died successful March 1998. The GIRP study concluded her decease was a lawsuit of opioid usage without due objective indication.
  • Horace Smith, 73, who died successful April 1999 aft his information was said to beryllium improving, though helium was subsequently prescribed diamorphine.

Lawyers representing immoderate of the families person called for much wide-ranging inquests earlier a justice and jury, akin to those that examined the events of the Hillsborough disaster.

They person besides written to the lawyer wide asking for caller inquests for Arthur Cunningham, Gladys Richards and Robert Wilson, claiming the archetypal hearings were "flawed and ineffective".

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