UK police probe hundreds of premature hospital deaths

30th April, 2019 10:26:07 printer

LONDON: British police opened an investigation on Tuesday into a hospital where hundreds of patients are believed to have died prematurely after being given powerful painkillers, reports AFP.

Police are examining the care provided to patients who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England between 1987 and 2001, police said in a statement.

A review last year found that more than 450 people had their lives shortened at the hospital while another 200 were “probably” also given strong opioids.

“This is a highly complex and emotive case that some family members have been living with for more than 30 years,” said Nick Downing, the police officer who has been reviewing the findings of the review.