‘Mum and I were confused as to why Dad would be given morphine’
In the wake of Gosport, dementia awareness campaigner Beth Britton recounts how her father, who was living with vascular dementia, was treated during an inpatient stay at his local hospital
The facts of the investigation into the deaths of older patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1980s and 1990s make horrific reading: 456 people whose lives were ‘shortened’ as a result of the inappropriate prescribing of opioid painkillers, a possible 200 more who may have suffered a similar fate, but whose records have gone missing – and a question mark over why potentially faulty syringe drivers were not included in the inquiry.
When I first saw these figures, I was transported back to visiting my dad,...
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