by Dorothy Cummings McLean, LifeSiteNews.com
Hundreds of patients wrongly received life-shortening doses of opiates at a UK National Health Service hospital for 12 years, a public inquiry has revealed.
The inquiry into Gosport War Memorial Hospital revealed last week that between 1989 and 2000 at least 456 people, and very likely 200 more, died after being given painkilling drugs they did not need.
Although the report singled out the now-retired Doctor Jane Barton as primarily responsible for the killings at the Hampshire hospital, it revealed also a culture of euthanasia at the English hospital, particularly of the elderly, involving senior management, nurses and managers.
The Gosport Independent Panel was created in 2014. It reviewed over a million pieces of evidence and interviewed members of the families of, or requested the records of, 2,024 patients who died at the hospital between 1987 and 2001. A quarter of the records were missing.
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