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Campaigning daily reveals new hope for hospital death families

A campaigning daily has revealed new hopes for justice for the families of hundreds of hospital patients who died after being given opioids “without medical justification”.

HTFP reported last June how Portsmouth-based daily The News had been praised by an independent review panel for playing a “prominent part” in making public concerns raised by families of people who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary previously conducted three separate inquiries into the matter, but no prosecutions were ever brought.

But The News revealed on its front page on Thursday that police now assessing 456 deaths mentioned in the report are set to report back by spring.

Portsmouth new hope

The Crown Prosecution Service will be informed of any conclusion drawn by Kent assistant chief constable Nick Downing, who has been reviewing the case.

The News first began publishing concerns about the hospital in 2001, and the issue was also covered by the Southern Daily Echo.

Following the publication of the report’s findings in June, The News splashed with the headline ‘Now for justice’ after campaigners called for criminal prosecutions to be brought.

HTFP has approached The News for a comment on the update in the case.