What the papers say – June 21
“Shocking” revelations over deaths at a hospital lead most of the papers.
A damning report into deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital dominates the front pages on Thursday.
The Gosport Independent Panel found more than 450 people had had their lives shortened after being prescribed powerful painkillers, while another 200 were “probably” similarly administered opioids between 1989 and 2000 without medical justification.
The Daily Mirror reports that health chiefs repeatedly ignored warnings that patients were dying of drug overdoses, while relatives were “brushed off” if they complained about opioids being given on wards.
Families of those who died are now demanding that a GP at the centre of the scandal, Dr Jane Barton, should face justice, the Daily Mail says.
The Daily Express also carries the same call from relatives, and describes it as a “truly horrifying hospital cover-up”, while the Daily Telegraph questions why Dr Barton has never been held to account.
The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph: 'Dr Barton was implicated in the deaths of 656 hospital patients. Despite three investigations, she has never been held to account. Now, the victims' families are asking: Why has this woman not faced justice?' #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/CuI2tbz1gu— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 20, 2018
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued an apology on behalf of the NHS and Government for 20 years of “anguish and pain”, The Guardian reports.
The Guardian front page, Thursday 21 June 2018: Government apologises decades after 450 patients killed in hospital pic.twitter.com/dEsnfmtAMi— The Guardian (@guardian) June 20, 2018
The Sun says the number of deaths was more than double the number of people murdered by Dr Harold Shipman, and the i runs with the headline: “Condemned to die – by their hospital”.
Away from Gosport, politics leads the Financial Times, which reports that Theresa May has asked the Defence Secretary to justify Britain’s role as a “tier one” military power, throwing the Ministry of Defence’s modernisation plan into disarray weeks before a crucial Nato summit.
The Metro says the PM survived another crunch Brexit vote after appeasing rebel Tories.
And The Times reports that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are preparing to meet during the president’s trip to Europe next month, fuelling fears over Mr Trump’s commitment to Nato.