The bishop of Portsmouth has warned Catholics to be alert to the possible deliberate killings of seriously ill patients in state-funded hospitals.
Bishop Philip Egan issued a pastoral message to clergy and laity after the publication of a report, which concluded that 650 people died in a hospital within his diocese after they were given large doses of painkillers without medical justification.
Bishop Egan said he was “shocked and saddened” by the report, published in late June by the Gosport Independent Panel, and he described the deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1989 to 2000 as “a terrible tragedy”.
The panel began in 1998 to investigate the medical care and deaths of patients at the hospital.
The bishop warned the faithful that gravely ill patients continued to face threats within the National Health Service.
Picture: File photo dated 20/03/09 of the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Gosport, Hampshire. (Chris Ison/PA).