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Dr Opiate & the 833 death certificates

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Eldorado

"Dr Jane Barton, dubbed 'Dr Opiate', has been accused of prescribing fatal overdoses of opiate painkillers to elderly patients while she worked at the hospital in Hampshire. Several of those who died had been admitted to the hospital for what their relatives thought were simple, routine procedures."

"Wednesday's review, which has cost £13million, will reportedly find Dr Barton responsible for shortening hundreds of lives through the prescription of diamorphine (heroin), a powerful painkiller."

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5855835/MP-calls-prosecution-report-finds-retired-doctor-blame-deaths.html?ITO=1490

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ellapenella

Very sad. That is  just so horrible. Goes to show that people can't hardly place trust in someone just because they may be a doctor. Why they allowed this person to continue is unacceptable. So sorry for the families. 

 

  

The GMC investigation, completed in 2009, eight years after she was referred for a fitness to practise panel, found Dr Barton guilty of 'serious professional misconduct'. It heard she had a 'brusque, unfriendly and indifferent' manner and found her use of painkillers on the elderly ward was 'excessive, inappropriate and potentially hazardous'.

She also displayed 'intransigence and a worrying lack of insight' and a 'failure to recognise the limits of her professional competence'.

She was banned from prescribing injectable opiates or providing palliative care but was not struck off.

 

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and then

She should have been a Hospice doctor.  Those drugs should be reserved for the dying and for those who just underwent painful surgeries or massive traumas.  Morphine-based pain meds have their place but that place is VERY limited.

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Eldorado

Update:

More than 450 patients died and possibly 200 more had their lives shortened because of a Hampshire hospital’s practice of giving life-shortening opioid drugs without medical justification, a major inquiry has found.

The independent inquiry, led by Bishop John James, found that Dr Jane Barton, the GP who ran wards at Gosport War Memorial hospital, routinely overprescribed drugs for her patients in the 1990s. Consultants were aware of her actions but did not intervene.

The report says 465 patients died because of the drugs. Possibly 200 more patients may have had their lives shortened, but their records are missing.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/gosport-hospital-more-than-450-patients-died-due-to-opioid-drugs-policy/ar-AAyTUNM?OCID=ansmsnnews11

 

"The document said families were "consistently let down" by those in authority, both medical individuals and institutions, when they complained about the treatment of their loved ones.

Bishop Jones, who also headed the Hillsborough inquiry, said: "It's not for the panel to ascribe criminal or civil liability.

"It will be for any future judicial processes to determine whatever culpability and criticism might be forthcoming.""

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-44547788

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Eldorado

Update...

"A new criminal investigation is to take place into the deaths of hundreds of patients who were given "dangerous" levels of painkillers at a hospital.

An inquiry found 456 patients died after being given opiate drugs at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1987 and 2001

Full report at the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48106999

"The retired doctor, at the centre of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal, could face murder charges over the deaths of hundreds of patients who were needlessly given powerful opiate painkillers, the police have said.

A total of 456 people had their lives cut short and another 200 were "probably" given drugs without medical justification between 1987 and 2001."

Full report at the Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/30/fresh-criminal-investigation-launched-hundreds-deaths-gosport/

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hetrodoxly
On 18/06/2018 at 5:19 PM, Eldorado said:

review, which has cost £13million

We need a review to see where the moneys gone.

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Eldorado

Update:

"Gosport War Memorial Hospital criminal investigation probes 700 patient records - 250 more than before"

"It comes nearly two years after the Gosport Independent Panel revealed a ‘disregard for human life’ at the hospital between 1987-2001 when powerful opioids were prescribed ‘without medical justification’.

"Investigators from the east of England launched a criminal probe in April last year, seizing documents from the Bury Road hospital in January this year. Three previous Hampshire police probes ended with no criminal charges."

At Portsmouth dot co dot UK: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/health/gosport-war-memorial-hospital-criminal-investigation-probes-700-patient-records-250-more-2882648

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On 6/18/2018 at 5:19 PM, Eldorado said:

"Dr Jane Barton, dubbed 'Dr Opiate', has been accused of prescribing fatal overdoses of opiate painkillers to elderly patients while she worked at the hospital in Hampshire. Several of those who died had been admitted to the hospital for what their relatives thought were simple, routine procedures."

"Wednesday's review, which has cost £13million, will reportedly find Dr Barton responsible for shortening hundreds of lives through the prescription of diamorphine (heroin), a powerful painkiller."

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5855835/MP-calls-prosecution-report-finds-retired-doctor-blame-deaths.html?ITO=1490

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In the UK euthanasia is not permitted but there is a grey area allowing it to occur under two types of scenario.

The first one is if you are in agony and have injuries incompatible with life. For instance if you were mushed and wrapped around the back wheels of a bus. In order to `ease your pain and distress` the paramedic is allowed to administer a large dose of diamorphine. The only problem is that 95% if people receiving that will be dead within a minute from heart failure.

The second is if you are in your final moments at hospital and distressed. For instance lets say that your lungs have been failing, have passed the point where they can support life, and you are rapidly suffocating. Again, the doctor is allowed to administer a large dose of diamorphine to `ease your pain and distress`. Again 95% of people will be dead in under a minute from heart failure.

Diamorphine is not given as regular pain relief, its the final and most extreme drug in the cabinet.

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itsnotoutthere
Posted (edited)

NHS ....Best healthcare service in the world.:hmm:

Never mind, I expect after handing over £13million to various talking heads....'lessons have been learned'

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"It will be for any future judicial processes to determine whatever culpability and criticism might be forthcoming.""

!!! or prison sentence perhaps?

Shouldn't this be a murder investigation?

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