Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Health written question – answered on 10th February 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Lloyd Stephen Lloyd Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure accountability in the case of the deaths of patients at the Gosport War Memorial hospital in the late 1990s;

(2) if he will initiate a public inquiry into the deaths of patients at Gosport War Memorial hospital in the late 1990s.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The police investigated the circumstances surrounding the deaths of several elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial hospital in the late 1990s; the Crown Prosecution Service subsequently decided that there was insufficient evidence to justify any prosecutions. The doctor whose actions had come under suspicion was also subject to a General Medical Council Fitness to Practise hearing which concluded that her continued registration should be made subject to several conditions. We understand that the doctor has now retired.

The Portsmouth coroner will be holding an inquest into the death of another elderly patient who died at Gosport War Memorial hospital at the time concerned. We will wait until the conclusion of that inquest before deciding whether any further action is appropriate; however, we cannot at present see what more a public inquiry could discover.

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