Last week saw the publication of Bishop James Jones' enquiry into what took place decades ago at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
The Report concluded that more than 450 patients had died early and unnecessarily after being given opiate drugs. It went on to say there was a "disregard for human life" of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000. I welcomed the Report, shocking that it was, as I’d been supporting a local constituent Mrs Gillian Mackenzie, who lost her mother Gladys Richards suddenly in 1998 after she was transferred to the Hospital following a hip operation. Mrs Mackenzie first raised the alarm twenty years ago but was fobbed off, and let’s be clear what really happened here, over 450 people on one Ward in the Gosport War Memorial Hospital were unlawfully killed. No if’s nor buts. The relatives got the truth, at last, from Bishop Jones’ Report but they now demand, and deserve, justice.
I have written to the Prime Minister asking her Government appoint a police force to begin a criminal investigation into the Report’s findings. Mrs McKenzie, brought to me her suspicions and research into the deaths at Gosport ten years ago and I’ve been campaigning on her behalf ever since.
Now a decade later the truth has come out but it must not end here. The relatives deserve their day in court, and those who perpetuated these shocking, awful deeds must face the consequences of their actions.