A former health minister has accused government officials of trying to evade a public inquiry into the suspicious deaths of 833 patients at one hospital in England in 2002.
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb said he suspected a “conspiracy” among officials as they attempted to reject an inquiry into the deaths of mainly elderly patients allegedly linked to Dr. Jane Barton.
He said his intervention at the last moment allowed the subsequent launch of the probe into circumstances around the incidents at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, The Independent reported.
Many of the patients were prescribed high doses of morphine to “keep them quiet” on overstretched wards, the report said.
It also noted that the £13m inquiry focused on the death certificates signed by Barton (pictured below).
A number of other investigations, which predated the inquiry, were carried out by police, prosecutors, the National Health Service and the General…