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.