“The findings of the Gosport Independent Panel are too grave to ignore. Families deserve to see justice delivered.” Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has met with the Home Secretary to ensure the findings of the Gosport Independent Panel are acted on.

The Panel report concluded that the previous three investigations by Hampshire Constabulary were flawed and failed to consider historic aspects of the case. Hampshire Constabulary have now had to recuse themselves from further involvement in the case and Kent Constabulary will undertake the police response. However, there is growing concern by families at the lack of progress, with investigations yet to begin.

This follows the Department of Health and Social Care last week responding announcing several measures including the strengthening the protection for NHS Whistleblowers, new legislation for NHS Trusts to report annually on how concerns raised by staff have been addressed, and the Introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales from April next year.

Caroline met with the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to raise her concerns about the speed of progress on the police response, and he offered his support in ensuring the police investigation is urgent and robust.

Commenting Caroline said: “It was very useful meeting with the Home Secretary to fight for my constituents and ensure that this matter is being given the full attention it deserves.

I also plan to meet with the Assistant Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary in the coming weeks to hear further detail of investigations into these tragic events.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid added: “Caroline has been a tireless campaigner for the truth into the events at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Like so many I found the scale and depth of the Panel report shocking. We must now ensure that the police investigations are robust; the families of the victims deserve nothing less.”