The police force investigating the deaths at the scandal-hit hospital for the first time has been ordered to investigate allegations of corruption as a new inquiry has been opened into four deaths over 20 years old.
An investigation was launched. Hampshire The unit found after an inquiry that hundreds of patients had shortened their lives by using opioids.
A brief hearing was held Thursday in Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, which began an inquiry into the deaths of Dolce Middleton, Horace Smith, Eva Page and Clifford Hutton, following their family’s pleas until the late 1990s. Is.
During the hearing, it was revealed that relatives contacted after the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC). Hampshire Constabulary. The man who first investigated the hospital refused to investigate allegations of corruption.
An IOPC spokesman confirmed that it had asked the Hampshire Force to reconsider the allegations and adopt a complaints procedure.
Ms Middleton’s nephew, David Wilson, asked the coroner if there should be a delay in investigating other agencies, including the IOPC.
Coroner Chris Wilkinson responded that the police investigation was an ongoing investigation and could be resumed once the investigation is complete.
We have now informed the force that the complaint needs to be investigated and they should provide the complainants with sufficient information to explain how the inquiry was conducted and how they came to their conclusions.
An IOPC spokesman said: “Several requests from 12 complainants from December 2020 to March 2021 for review of allegations of corruption in the criminal investigation into the Hampshire Constabulary deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1987 and 2001. Received.
The assessments contradicted the findings of the Gosport Independent Panel (GIP) report on deaths in 2018.
“The force has determined that there are no additional conduct or criminal charges that need to be investigated.
“After review, we have maintained each case on the ground that the results provided by the force were not reasonable and proportionate.
“It was mainly due to insufficient rational and relevant information that was given to the complainants to understand how the decisions were made.
We hope that this will be the beginning of a full, honest, open and thorough investigation into what happened to the people at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
“We have now informed the force that the complaint needs to be investigated and they should provide the complainants with sufficient information to explain how the inquiry was conducted and how they came to their conclusion.
“During this process, if there is an issue that has not been addressed before, the Hampshire Constabulary should properly consider and resolve these issues.
“At the end of this work, the IOPC will be given a new right of review to complainants.”
A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “We have just received a response from the IOPC. It is clear that we need to better articulate our decisions.
“They have asked us to state our argument more clearly and share more information with the complainants. It is our intention to do so.”
The new investigation will look into the death of Mr Houghton, 71, who was hospitalized in February 1994 for a period of time.
He died the day he was given two doses of diamorphine for “deterioration”, and a 2018 review panel concluded that he had been given opioids without proper medical indications.
Her stepdaughter Pamela Byrne believes there is reason to suspect her stepfather’s “violent or unnatural death.”
Mrs Middleton died in September 2001 at the age of 86, three months after she was hospitalized for paralysis.
Her nephew David Wilson and daughter Marjorie Bilbeck say Mrs Middleton’s treatment at the hospital was “negligent and inhumane, she was not helped with food and dehydrated and was deprived of basic nursing care.” ۔
Ms. Page, 88, died in March 1998, and the GIP report concluded that her death was a matter of opioid use without proper clinical indication.
Mr Smith, 73, was reported to have recovered in April 1999, although he was later prescribed diamorphine.
Emma Jones, Lee’s partner representing the families, said: “We hope this will be the beginning of a full, honest, open and thorough investigation into what happened to the individuals at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.”
According to the GIP report released in 2018, more than 450 people had shortened their lives in the hospital while another 200 were given similar opioids between 1989 and 2000.
“Human life has been neglected and the hospital has a culture of reducing the lives of large numbers of patients,” the report said.