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Gosport hospital deaths: Drugs scandal ‘may be happening elsewhere’

An expert on hospital mortality data has said scandals such as the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital could be being replicated elsewhere in the NHS.

Prof Sir Brian Jarman told the Today Programme he thinks “it is likely” similar situations are happening in other hospitals.

An inquiry found doctors at the hospital gave patients “dangerous” amounts of powerful painkillers.

More than 450 older patients’ lives were shortened as a result.

Sir Brian, who is the head of the Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College London, said information on mortality rates was not properly assessed by health officials across the NHS.

He said he had experienced difficulty communicating concerns about mortality rates to the Department of Health.

“There really is a desire not to know,” he said, adding that NHS whistleblowers were still being “fired, gagged and blacklisted”.

Read more at BBC Health.

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