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Gosport: new criminal investigation is launched into hundreds of deaths at hospital

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 30 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1991
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Police have opened a new criminal investigation into the deaths of hundreds of patients at the War Memorial Hospital in Gosport, Hampshire, where an inquiry found that many people had had their lives shortened by unnecessary administration of opioids.1

The investigation could result in criminal charges against Jane Barton, a local GP who worked part time as a clinical assistant at the hospital for 12 years.

The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge her after three previous investigations by Hampshire Constabulary into 92 deaths. But Kent Police, after …

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