JEREMY Hunt has admitted NHS medics could still be administering lethal doses of painkiller — just like “Dr Opiate” Jane Barton.
The Health Secretary said it was impossible to be sure there were no more rogue doctors or nurses.
Shocked relatives have demanded that Jeremy Hunt urgently weed out NHS offenders[/caption]
He was speaking just a day after an inquiry found Dr Barton had overseen the deaths of 656 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hants.
Relatives said they were “shocked” by Mr Hunt’s remarks and called for him to weed out offenders urgently.
Mr Hunt said: “In an organisation of 1.4million people, unfortunately you are going to get malpractice — you are going to get some people who do the wrong thing.
“But I do think we would find out about that much, much sooner these days with all the things we have put in place.”
An inquiry has found that Dr Jane Barton oversaw the deaths of a shocking 656 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hants[/caption]
There is no suggestion Dr Barton deliberately took any lives but she was part of an “institutionalised regime” of giving the drugs without medical justification.
The death toll between 1989 and 2000 is double the number of victims of GP serial killer Harold Shipman.
Marjorie Bulbeck, 75, whose mother Dulcie Middleton died aged 86 after she was treated at Gosport, was “horrified” by Mr Hunt’s comments.
She said: “It is a sad day for this country if the Health Secretary says he can’t guarantee patients aren’t being unlawfully killed in NHS hospitals.”
Mr Hunt said that, with 1.4million members of NHS staff, some will ‘do the wrong thing’[/caption]
The scandal was first reported to bosses 27 years ago.
Prof Sir Brian Jarman, who specialises in health safety data at Imperial College London, warned whistle-blowers are still being “fired, gagged and blacklisted”.
And asked if he would be surprised if events similar to Gosport were happening in other hospitals, he said: “Not at all — I think it’s likely.”
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Meanwhile, Hampshire Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney admitted some of the force’s investigations into Barton were “not of a high quality”.
She will pass further inquiries to another force.
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Jeremy Hunt shocks families by admitting NHS medics could still ‘be administering lethal doses of painkillers’