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Southern Health boss steps down

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The boss of Southern Health NHS, Katrina Percy, has announced she will step down this morning.

In a statement released by the Trust, she confirmed her resignation following a review into the organisation.

“On 30 June, Tim Smart announced the outcome of his review into Southern Health.

I was pleased to have his endorsement and support to carry on in my role as Chief Executive and I have been humbled by the overwhelming support from staff and other colleagues.

"Since then I have reflected on the effect the ongoing personal media attention has had on staff and patients and have come to the conclusion that this has made my role untenable.

I have therefore come to the difficult decision to step down from my role as Chief Executive after nine years.

I am delighted to be taking on an alternative role, providing strategic advice to local GP leaders as they work with others to transform the way in which health services are delivered across Hampshire, and I feel that now is the right time to take on that new challenge.

I know, and understand, that many will say I should have stepped down sooner given the very public concerns which have been raised in the past months.

I stayed on as I firmly believed it was my responsibility to oversee the necessary improvements and to continue the ground breaking work we have begun with GPs to transform care for our patients.

I would like to thank all of our staff for their unstinting daily support and dedication to delivering the best possible care for all those we look after. I wish everyone at the Trust, and everyone who has supported it, especially over the past year, all the best.”

– Katrina Percy


UPDATE: Armed siege in Pagham ends peacefully and safely

Armed police at the scene in Pagham Credit: PA

A 40-hour stand off involving a 72-year-old man old man refusing to leave his house in Pagham, near Bognor Regis, ended safely just after 8.45am.

Armed police surrounded the property in Harbour Road, after receiving reports at around 4.10pm on Sunday that the pensioner had a gun and was using threatening behaviour.

Ambulance and fire services were called forward on Tuesday morning as the man threatened to set fire to the house, but at 8.42am he told police that he was leaving the property and a few minutes later, he left, closing the door behind him.

He was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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"This was a long, complex and challenging negotiation, but I am delighted to say that it has ended peacefully and safely as this was always our absolute priority. I also pay tribute to all the police officers and staff involved for their professionalism and determination to resolve this safely."

– Acting Assistant Chief Constable Steve Whitton

Call for more railway stations in the Thames Valley

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Oxford and Swindon feature in the list of places in Britain with the fewest number of railway stations per population. Swindon has one train station for every 217,000 people - and in Oxford there's 159,000 for every rail stop. However, London had the highest ratio of people to stations with one for every thousand residents.

Leicester tops a list of places in Britain with the fewest number of railway stations per population with just one station serving almost 350,000 people. Swindon was ranked 5th worst and Oxford 7th. The Campaign for Better Transport is calling for more money to be invested in public transport.

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