Business interest of Detective Superintendent John James

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Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Dear Hampshire Constabulary,

A senior detective at the centre of claims that police covered up the deaths of hundreds of elderly hospital patients now runs a home care service for the elderly, 

Detective Superintendent John James shut down a criminal investigation in 2002 despite warnings from medical experts that Dr Jane Barton was prescribing powerful painkillers to patients that they did not need.
An official independent report revealed last week that as many as 650 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, may have died between 1988 and 2000 due to an ‘institutionalised regime’ of prescribing and administering ‘dangerous’ amounts of a medication that were not clinically justified.

The report found that Det Supt James had expressed reservations about ‘raising massive public concerns’ and halted the police investigation without consulting lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service.

He may also have had a conflict of interest at the time because he had set up a care home for disabled adults and children with family members, the report found.

1. Please provide a copy of the application for the business interest including details of the line managers approving the application.

Yours faithfully,

Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Hampshire Constabulary

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Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Dear Hampshire Constabulary,

May we have an estimate of when you can provide a response to this request.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Hampshire Constabulary

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Dear Hampshire Monitoring Group

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: HC/001511/18

 

The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
was received by the Public Access office at Hampshire Constabulary on the
date listed above:

 

A senior detective at the centre of claims that police covered up the
deaths of hundreds of elderly hospital patients now runs a home care
service for the elderly, 

 

Detective Superintendent John James shut down a criminal investigation in
2002 despite warnings from medical experts that Dr Jane Barton was
prescribing powerful painkillers to patients that they did not need. An
official independent report revealed last week that as many as 650
patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Hampshire, may have died
between 1988 and 2000 due to an ‘institutionalised regime’ of prescribing
and administering ‘dangerous’ amounts of a medication that were not
clinically justified.

 

The report found that Det Supt James had expressed reservations about
‘raising massive public concerns’ and halted the police investigation
without consulting lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service.

 

He may also have had a conflict of interest at the time because he had set
up a care home for disabled adults and children with family members, the
report found.

 

1. Please provide a copy of the application for the business interest
including details of the line

managers approving the application.

 

Your request will be considered in accordance with the legislation and you
will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days,
subject to the provisions of the Act.  In the unlikely event that
Hampshire Constabulary is unable to meet the 20 working day deadline, you
will be informed as soon as possible and given a revised time-scale for
response.

 

To be accepted, any clarification(s) to your request must be submitted in
writing directly to the Public Access team at Hampshire Constabulary. 

If your request requires either full or partial transference to another
public authority, you will be informed.  Should you have any further
enquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact Public Access on
telephone number 02380 479 580 quoting the reference number above.

 

 

Sue Adcock | Public Access

Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone 02380 479580 | Internal 463 1754

Address: Hampshire Constabulary, Mottisfont Court, Tower Street,
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8ZD.

 

Information Management Helpdesk:

Hampshire :[1][email address] / 02380
479580 (Int 463 1754)

Thames Valley: [2][email address] /
01865 542051 (Int 300 329)

 

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Sarah Carr | Public Access Manager
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police
Telephone 02380 479580 | Internal 46-31760
Address | Hampshire Constabulary, Mottisfont Court, Tower Street,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8ZD

 

Information Management Helpdesk:

Hampshire        [1][email address] / 02380
479580 (internal 463 1760)

Thames Valley   [2][email address] /
01865 542051 (internal 300 6329)

 

 

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Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Dear Hampshire Constabulary,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hampshire Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Business interest of Detective Superintendent John James'.

This matter has been heavily publicised in the national press with regards to the Gosport war Memorial Hospital inquiry.

There is a standard form for registering a business interest including comments/recommendations of supervisers and whether the business interest is approved or not,

There is unlikely to be anything on the form that needs to be redacted, the those completing the form are public servants and police officers with business interests in these circumstances where there may be a conflict should not be kept secret.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Hampshire Police Monitoring Group

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

I refer to your email requesting that Hampshire Constabulary review the
response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

The internal review will be conducted by Jason Russell, Senior Public
Access Manager and a response will be issued to you within 20 working
days.

 

Should you have any further queries in the meantime, please do not
hesitate to contact this unit.

 

Kind regards

 

Rosalind Howell | Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police

Telephone 02380 479580 | Internal 4631754

Address: Hampshire Constabulary, Mottisfont Court, Tower Street,
Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8ZD.

 

Information Management Helpdesk:

Hampshire :[1][email address] / 02380
479580 (Int 463 1754)

Thames Valley: [2][email address] /
01865 542051 (Int 300 329)

 

 

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