Nobody knows how many they killed, and nobody wanted to know; either!

The decades-old scandal of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital is finally being exposed, and, hopefully, the true perpetrators of what has been the systematic slaughter by diamorphine injections of elderly patients, most of whom were sent to Gosport for recuperation, will be charged and prosecuted. The main protagonist, a doctor, has been the subject of no less than three police investigations, as well as a General Medical Council tribunal, which found Dr Barton guilty of serious professional misconduct, and of putting her patients at risk of an early death – but the panel did not remove her right to practice medicine, saying it had “taken into account her 10 years of safe practice as a GP”and 200 letters of support.

Listening to the bleats of injured innocence from the ward and staff members of the War Memorial Hospital, I recognised one theme, and one theme only: rank cowardice and collective covering of their bloody arses!! The senior staffers knew, and were either too shit scared to speak out, or were aware of what happens to whistleblowers within the NHS: which is routine verbal attack, downgrading of tasks, and pressure to either conform, or resign!

Many years ago, I ran a project on a gold mine in South Africa. Besides running my own installation, our company also had contract mechanics and electricians working in the same mine, and, for convenience sake, they all reported to me. More than one contractor complained about the dangers attendant on the use of a wooden ladder / walkway which was set beside an angled haulage track measuring, literally, hundreds of yards; at an angle of about 30 degrees. I am talking about a major traffic walkway which connected levels from 9,000 feet to 8,300 feet underground. There was almost constant water dripping on to the wooden treads, and with the constant battering of hundreds of pairs of mine boots, the treads soon became worn back, as well as very slippery. My lads complained to me, and I took the matter up with the underground foremen, but nothing was done about the dangerous state of deterioration that the walkway was exhibiting. The only time that ‘Safety’ took priority was when I signed my name to state that the haulage staircase, was dangerous and to be condemned. Once the General Mine Manager saw the same conditions as some of my electricians had been complaining about for literally weeks, the entire walkway was replaced over a weekend! But that is my point: there were hundreds of men, white and black, using that staircase every day six days a week, and there was only one man: ME, who was prepared to stand up and be counted.

My judgement of a person’s worth is simple: were you prepared to stand up, and say your piece, and help protect those who are in the care which is supposed to extend throughout a hospital? The nurses, the senior staffers, the junior and senior doctors who did not speak out, who lacked the simple moral fortitude to defend those patients, they all should be terminated for cause, and should be sued into the bargain; because they, by their silence, were just as guilty as the main organiser or organisers of the Gosport Death Cult.

11 comments for “Nobody knows how many they killed, and nobody wanted to know; either!

  1. Mudplugger
    June 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    There is a distinct similarity between the NHS and the Catholic Church, both organisations which were venerated so highly that they have felt able to cover-up their manifold misdeeds, knowing that any risk of exposure could be managed-out by the sheer weight of perception and connections.

    The Catholic Church has now been exposed across the world and only the completely blind could continue to hold that ignoble organisation in any esteem.

    Yet despite Shipman, Staffordshire, Morecambe Bay and now Gosport (the few cases we know about), there seems little appetite for holding NHS personnel to account. It is even suggesting creating a ‘no blame’ culture as a convenient device for eliminating any accountability. Blame and consequence are natural parts of any workplace or profession. The arse-covering continues unabated.

  2. Pcar
    June 22, 2018 at 12:10 am

    …the systematic slaughter by diamorphine injections of elderly patients, most of whom were sent to Gosport for recuperation

    Don”t be so fast to condemn the Dr et al. The patients may have had enough and viewed “recuperation” as extended misery. Mark van Dongen did and he opted for “slaughter by diamorphine injection”.

    imho it’s inhumane to deny patients an exit from pain & misery the patient is pleading for.

    Relatives? Patients probably don’t want them to know. I’d rather believe my relative died in sleep than was suffering so much they had to beg for “slaughter by diamorphine injection”.

  3. June 22, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Phew!

  4. Penseivat
    June 22, 2018 at 10:56 am

    To a certain extent, I can understand what Pcar is saying, and why. I watched an ex Army colleague, a very brave man who saved lives and who was awarded several honours and awards for his courage, crying like a baby, pleading to be allowed to die to end his agonising suffering from cancer. His family begged the doctors and nurses but they claimed they were only following the guidelines from (not)NICE. The Hippocratic oaths starts off with, “First, do no harm.” How much harm was done to my friend, in his agony, and his family who had to watch him suffer?
    If it wasn’t for the suspicion that government departments would use the law to save a couple of bob, I would support euthanasia in this country.

  5. Pcar
    June 23, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Consider:

    If one allows a pet to suffer rather than be “put to sleep” with no agreement, RSPCA can and do prosecute.

    If one allows a human to suffer rather than be “put to sleep” with agreement, CPS does nothing.

    Law: Animals must not suffer, humans must. It’s perverse and inhumane.

    As Penseivat alludes to, the “Do no harm” seems to be “Do no harm to Dr” – no difficult decisions; sod the patient & relatives.

    Every dog I’ve owned EOL is difficult. Regrets, right/wrong etc is awful, but the decision must be made and lived with.

  6. Pcar
    June 23, 2018 at 1:15 am

    @Mike

    James said “Phew”

    You?

  7. Pcar
    June 23, 2018 at 1:24 am

    @Penseivat,

    Ex army [UDR] uncle with liver cancer was same.

    Thankfully NI hospital provided a self-actuated drip. One night with wife & children by his side he “went to sleep” (1995)

    His wife said he for days he was saying “I’m scared to die…”, but….

    Not easy for anyone, but end of suffering is not “doing harm”.

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