Thousands of elderly patients may have died prematurely due to faulty opiate syringe pumps | Daily Mail Online


Faulty syringe pumps may have led to the deaths of thousands of elderly patients nationwide amid fears of a widening health scandal after a report into hundreds of deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

A whistleblower warned that the widespread use of the devices could be ‘one of the biggest cover-ups in NHS history’, after doctors warned that confusion over the devices could lead to a day’s dose of drugs being delivered in one hour.

‘Anyone who has lost their granny over the past 30 years when opiates were administered by this equipment will be asking themselves, ‘Is that what killed Granny?’,’ the whistleblower told the Sunday Times.

Last week Dr Jane Barton was found to be responsible for a culture of dishing out powerful opiates at the hospital in Hampshire, after a government report said more than 450 people had their lives shortened.

 

Source: Thousands of elderly patients may have died prematurely due to faulty opiate syringe pumps | Daily Mail Online

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One thought on “Thousands of elderly patients may have died prematurely due to faulty opiate syringe pumps | Daily Mail Online

  1. There was a cover up about the faulty syringe pumps, but that does not excuse the fact that the medication was prescribed in the first place and if it was being dispensed quicker than was prescribed why was this not noticed.

    This is not the first time a practice of this nature has been discovered for in 2013 there was the Liverpool Care Pathway https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/jul/15/liverpool-care-pathway-what-went-wrong. There were practices before then and there will still be, are the required checks now in force.

    One would hope so.

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