Stephanie Prior spoke to Radio Sputnik on Friday 22 June about the Gosport Inquiry and the events which took place at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital two decades ago.
Stephanie, who is head of medical negligence at Osbornes explained how the regular use of an opium drug was responsible for shortening the lives of 456 patients at the hospital from 1988 to 2000.
Stephanie, who before becoming a lawyer was an A&E nurse explained that there were strict protocols to follow when prescribing opium drugs. Protocol dictated that the prescription would have had to be prepared by two qualified members of staff and then be administered by a syringe driver, which would be delivered to the patient over a period of time.
Stephanie continues that considering the number of people who would have been involved in prescribing the drugs, it is ‘beyond belief‘ that the situation continued for so long. Questions need to be answered as to why the hospital pharmacists did not pick up on the high number of prescriptions, why senior consultants did not challenge the number and manner of deaths and why inquests into the deaths that took place did not reveal concerns!
Shockingly, the report into the deaths at Gosport, which was made public on Wednesday 20th June 2018, acknowledged that the families of patients who had died and the nursing staff at the hospital did raise concerns as to what was going on at the hospital. These concerns, the report concludes were not taken seriously enough.
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