More than £13m to be spent on Gosport hospital deaths investigation

Bishop James Jones, head of the panel which is looking into deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital
Bishop James Jones, head of the panel which is looking into deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital

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More than £13 million could be spent on an inquiry into the deaths of dozens of elderly patients at a Gosport hospital.

The Department of Health has allocated £5 million of additional funding to the budget of the Gosport Independent Panel for 2017-18, the BBC has reported.

The inquiry was launched in 2014 into the deaths of a number of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000.

The investigation, led by the former bishop of Liverpool the Rt Rev James Jones - who previously chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel into the disaster - was due to conclude in December 2017.

But in November the government announced work is not expected to finish until the spring of 2018.

A review of the deaths in 2013 found patients had been prescribed a higher than normal number of opiates.

About £8 million of government funding has been allocated to the inquiry since it began.