Gosport Hospital nurse blew whistle on opiate scandal that cut short 650 lives – then was bullied out of her job – Mirror Online


A nurse who tried to expose the scandal in which 650 elderly people were killed with overdoses was bullied and forced out her job.

Dedicated Sylvia Giffin was one of three nurses who warned hospital bosses in 1991 that elderly patients at Gosport were dying after being given powerful painkillers they didn’t need.

But daughter Penny Wilson says she was silenced as the death toll rose to more than 650 over 11 years.

Sylvia worked under disgraced Jane Barton, 70 – dubbed Doctor Opiate – who signed off prescriptions at the Hampshire hospital.

The former GP was yesterday believed to have who left the country with husband Tim after being visited by police.

An inquiry published this week revealed “a disregard for human life” at the hospital and “a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients” by injecting powerful doses of opiodes such as diamorphine, a medical form of heroine.

 

Source: Gosport Hospital nurse blew whistle on opiate scandal that cut short 650 lives – then was bullied out of her job – Mirror Online

One thought on “Gosport Hospital nurse blew whistle on opiate scandal that cut short 650 lives – then was bullied out of her job – Mirror Online

  1. This was and could still be common practice. It was in force before the ‘Liverpool Pathway’ and when this was brought to the notice it was stopped under that practice title, but was it stopped all together.

    As to support for ‘ whistleblowers’ are they encouraged and would they be supported now, I am not sure.

    Whistleblowing and the making of complaints should be encouraged and not just in the NHS, but every area of employment. These should not be feared, with the exception of those with something to hide., as from the actions of whistleblowing and complaints all organisations can proceed to improve..

    Unfortunately many of these organisation try to cover these up and if they can not spend money to fight these, when that money could be put to better use in maintaining and improving services..

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