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YOU DON’T MATTER

Posted on 27/10/2018

MEDIA INDIFFERENCE

On 16th Oct 2018, I sat in Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire to listen to officials and affected members of the public exchange views about the untimely death of 656 patients at a Gosport hospital some 20 years previously. That is how long it can take for British justice to react where ordinary people are the aggrieved parties.

One lady asked an important question: “If this has happened in a little corner of Hampshire, is it also happening elsewhere?”

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It was a fair question and it did not take much of a search to find another scandal concerning untimely deaths and neglect at Staffordshire hospitals of probably 1,300 patients and that as many as 14 hospital trusts are under review with a potential death toll of 20,000. These are not all old people at the end of their natural lives. Many deaths were of children.

I could comment solely about the state of health care in the UK, but others have already covered these stories. My concern is about the seemingly callous disregard towards human life in other areas if you happen to be in the wrong social spectrum. I am a single journalist with very limited resources, but this pervasive indifference and, sometimes malice, seems prevalent in other walks of life.

It would seem that if you are a white male competing with a black female for a job in engineering, there is a 2 to 1 chance that she will get the job ahead of you. If you are a boy and you have a female teacher, you can expect to be marked down in English just because you are a boy. I could fill up the page with supporting evidence from research done, but would make this opinion piece boring due to all the references.

Emaciated Tommy Robinson

I watched activist and journalist, Tommy Robinson, as he was being released from Onley prison in the UK after he had spent 2 months there based on very thin and doubtful charges to do with a contempt of court that had not occurred. His wrongful conviction is not something that other journalists, who had committed far worse offences (including causing the collapse of trials), had received no more than a fine for their misdemeanours. However, Tommy Robinson is not one of the elite. He comes from the ‘unwashed’ ranks of the working classes. He has form. He is doing things that embarrass the elites. He exposes the corrupt morality of those in power and who wield that power in the most cynical fashion whilst

claiming to be acting self righteously and on behalf of the public good.

No one can convince me that his punishment was anything other than a political action against someone who was highlighting issues that were shocking and damning of the whole callous and cruel nature of the establishment, namely the mass rape of British children. Can anyone imagine what a furore there would have been if any of these victims had been royals? The girls and their families were ‘low status’ girls and white trash at that. Just like those who

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are dying in poorly run hospitals.

It seems to be a theme that is not simply about the wealthy ignoring the poor. It is an element that runs through many ordinary people involved in these things, but it is when these matters are being covered up or ignored by the British establishment is when your trust in them starts to become threadbare. To me, the Establishment includes the media, the political elites and a significant chunk of the judiciary and police. Added to this number, you could include many ordinary people who keep their heads down for fear of repercussions they may face if they speak up.

Seeing the emaciated figure of Tommy Robinson was shocking. It encapsulated the corrupt hearts and thoughts of those who govern us. He had been illegally held in solitary confinement for most of his detainment. I saw no journalists nor any UK media organizations speaking up on his behalf. In fact, they were all too ready to condemn him. I regard myself as a neutral, but found myself to be utterly disgusted by the attitude of the political and media establishment. This is becoming a regular sensation for me as I, in my plodding way, keep coming across how easily evil can harm and destroy societies and, most importantly, the people who try to live in

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them.

The upshot is that you and I really do not matter. We are unimportant as individuals except what we mean to each other.

 

James A Williams

Gosport War Memorial Hospital Multiple Killings

Posted on 21/10/2018

Dr. Jane Barton, alias Dr. Opiate

As many as 656 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital are believed to have died from the inappropriate dosing of opiates whilst under the care of Dr Jane Barton in the 1980s and 1990s.

The records of 2,000 patients who had died between 1987 and 2001 have been searched.

A report produced by the Gosport Independent Panel led by Bishop James Jones and published on 20th June 2018 concluded that there had been a “disregard for human life” and a “culture of shortening the lives” at the Hospital. Their inquiry had unearthed an astonishing catalogue of failure, arrogance and indifference from medical staff, health officials, local politicians and the police.

The matter is now undergoing further investigation by Kent Constabulary led by Assistant Chief Constable, Nick Downing.

At a Family Forum event held on 16th October 2018 at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, relatives and loved ones of the victims were addressed by key individuals involved in further investigation of the evidence.

 

There were that there were 140,000 documents and over a million pages to consider and that alone would take 6 months to go through.

Nick Downing, Assistant Chief Constable, Kent Constabulary

Nick Downing and his team of about 20 staff, in their initial assessment, will be taking a legal standard to consider the possibility of bringing charges of murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, Misconduct in Public Office and Health & Safety Offences.

This is what happened at Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Dr Jane Barton worked at the community hospital in Gosport, Hampshire, between 1988 and 2000. During that period she oversaw the untimely deaths of 656 patients apparently caused by the administering of lethal doses of opiates. This is more than twice the number murdered by Dr Harold Shipman who killed 260 people. As with Harold Shipman, the preferred drug was the painkiller, Diamorphine (medical heroin).

In 2009, an inquest into 10 deaths at the hospital found that in five cases the administration of medication “contributed more than minimally”. It found that the skills of non-consultant doctors, particularly Dr Barton, were not adequate. However,  there was no suggestion from the inquest that Barton deliberately took the lives of her patients. She retired that year.

The General Medical Council were told that Dr. Barton’s had a “brusque and indifferent” manner, “intransigence and worrying lack of insight” plus a “failure to recognise the limits of her professional competence”. In 2010, they found her guilty over 11 deaths of “multiple instances of serious professional misconduct”.

At the time, she had told how she and other medics at the hospital were under “unreasonable” pressure and that she did not want her patients to suffer. She insisted she always acted in their interests. However, no prosecutions were brought.

Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Winchester holding the Gosport WMH Report

Following years of dissatisfaction from affected families, the Gosport Independent Panel was set up in 2014, led by Bishop James Jones at a cost of £13 million. Bishop Jones had chaired the Hillsborough inquiry so had proven competence.

The Panel reviewed a million pieces of evidence, spoke to families and searched through the records of 2,000 patients who had died at the hospital between 1987 and 2001. They found that about a quarter of these were missing. They noted that Dr. Barton had signed the death certificates of 833 patients and had earned the title, Dr. Opiate. In fact, there were so many deaths in the two wards she ran that they were called ‘the End of the Line’. In spite of the death toll, previous investigations had surprisingly not resulted in any prosecutions.

The Panel focused on “unanswered questions” from those earlier investigations and found that 456 patients had their lives shorted after being given deadly doses of painkillers.

On 20th June 2018, they published a 370 page report which concluded that there were more than 200 reports missing and as many as 650 people may have died during Dr. Barton’s time at the hospital. There had been an “institutionalised regime” of prescribing and administering opioids without medical justification.

 

 

Nursing staff as far back as 1991and 1992 had raised concerns about prescribing diamorphine, but had been ignored. Furthermore, families who had campaigned for 20 years to have their loved ones’ deaths investigated had been “marginalised” by hospital staff when they complained. They had been failed both by the police and medical regulators who did not act or investigate thoroughly. The report was critical of previous investigations into Dr. Barton which had missed the “significant systemic problems”.

In summary, the Panel unearthed an astonishing catalogue of failure, arrogance and indifference from medical staff, health officials, local politicians and the police.

Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNczwEXer2Y

 

Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWVI2iUTlyM&t=47s

 

This is a full and unedited recording of what was said at the forum. It is in 2 parts. In the first part are the speeches of panelists and the second part, the challenging questions and statements made by relatives of those who were killed.

  

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