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Inquiry is launched into deaths at Gosport hospital where use of opiates was “almost routine”

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4610
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK government has announced a formal independent inquiry into deaths from 1988 to 2000 at a hospital caring for elderly patients in Hampshire. The inquiry into the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital will be chaired by James Jones, the former bishop of Liverpool, and is expected to take two years.

The announcement by the care and support minister Norman Lamb follows the publication last year of a review into the deaths, which concluded that the “almost routine use of opiates” had “almost certainly” shortened the lives of some patients. The publication of that review, led by Richard …

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