Gosport hospital deaths

Gosport hospital deaths: 'My father’s life was ended by someone else'
David Huntington told BBC Panorama of his anger over his father’s death at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Gosport deaths 'should empower nurses'

(Clockwise from top left) Robert Wilson, Geoffrey Packman, Arthur (Brian) Cunningham, Sheila Gregory, Enid Spurgin and Elsie Devine
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Nurses should feel free to challenge doctors' decisions, particularly in the wake of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal, experts have said.

More than 450 hospital patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately, a report concluded in June.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Prof David Thompson from Queen's University, Belfast, and nursing consultant Philip Darbyshire said the drugs, prescribed by a doctor, were "usually administered by nurses, who often determined exact doses".

They said Gosport should be a "tipping point" for the "dance of deference" between nurses and doctors.

Gosport hospital deaths: Petition handed in to Downing Street

A petition calling for justice for people who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital has been handed in to Downing Street.

In June,an inquiry concluded more than 450 patients died after being given "dangerous" amounts of painkillers.

Three previous investigations by Hampshire Constabulary resulted in no charges being brought.

Bridget Devine-Reeves's petition, which collected more than 101,000 signatures, calls for a criminal inquiry.

Police investigations into 92 deaths resulted in no charges