A report by Professor Richard Baker has suggested that there was evidence of "almost routine use of opiates" since 1998. This had, he said, "almost certainly shortened the lives of some patients." The affected families are hoping criminal charges will be brought. There certainly seem to be some unanswered questions surrounding the care of some of those who died.
What happened to some of those who died?The panel's investigation is expected to focus on those who died while under the care of the hospital's Department of Medicine for Elderly People. A campaign by a number of families led to inquests into 10 deaths at the hospital which found drugs were a contributory factor in some cases.