Southern STILL Not Protecting Patients

29 April 2016, 06:08 | Updated: 29 April 2016, 06:12

The Health Watchdog have found Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are still failing to protect patients from risk of harm.

Care Quality Commission inspectors were ordered to carry out a report into the trust - which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire - by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The trust's chairman Mike Petter resigned ``with great sadness'' hours before the review was published.

Southern have been under intense scrutiny following the deaths of hundreds of patients, including 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk who died in 2013.

In October, a jury inquest ruled that neglect contributed to the death of Connor, who drowned after an epileptic seizure at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire.

CQC inspectors found robust arrangements to look into incidents, including deaths, had not been put in place, resulting in ``missed opportunities'' to prevent similar events.