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Reckoning looms for ‘Dr Opiate’, Gosport GP Jane Barton, after 27 years and 833 deaths

They are the words of warmth that became the kiss of death: “Please make comfortable.” As a GP at a hospital in Hampshire, Jane Barton would scribble the phrase on medical notes after prescribing painkillers for elderly patients in her care. Those on the receiving end were supposed to be in extreme discomfort and on […]

Opiate death relatives speak: ‘I wish I’d trusted my instincts and got him out’

Elsie Devine, 88 Died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in 1999. Opiate drugs were partly to blame, an inquest found. Her daughter and granddaughter, Ann and Bridget Reeves, have been at the forefront of a 20-year campaign for justice. “My seven-stone grandmother, who did not have dementia and was recovering from a kidney infection, was […]