Live updates

Southern Health's Chief Executive's response to critics

ITV Meridian spent the day trying to talk to the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, about the CQC's damning report into some of its care of people under its protection.

No interview was granted, but Katrina Percy did issue a statement about the health watchdog's findings. ITV Meridian presenters Fred Dinenage and Stacey Poole spoke to reporter Richard Slee.

Fred interviews CQC about its report that criticises Southern Health's leadership

ITV Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage interviewed Karen Bennett-Wilson from the Care Quality Commission about its report into the failings of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The interview with the CQC was followed by reaction from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP.

Although the CQC report was critical of Southern Health's leadership, neither official would be drawn on whether the organisation's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, should step down from her post.


Southern Health 'still not doing enough to protect people in its care'

A damning report has highlighted how the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust failed its patients and is still not doing enough to protect them.

Concerns were originally raised two years ago, about the organisation, which cares for people with mental health and learning disabilities across much of the South. The concerns were prompted by the death of Conor Sparrowhawk in Oxford, he drowned in the bath after having a seizure - he was not being supervised.

The Care Quality Commission report, released today highlights that most of the failings are down to poor leadership, but tonight the head of Southern Health - Katrina Percy is still in the job. The first person Rachel Hepworth speaks to in her report is Sara Ryan, Connor's mother.

Governor explains why he quit Southern Health

A governor at a scandal-hit NHS trust where a teenager drowned in a bath resigned on Friday because his council has achieved "nothing at all".

In his resignation letter Mark Aspinall, a governor at Southern Health, accused colleagues of being "apathetic" and "intransigent", and said the Trust's council was "weak or unable to act".

He has spoken to ITV News Meridian about why he has stepped down and how the Trust have got it so wrong.

'It's not for me to say that' Health Secretary won't be drawn on whether Southern Health Chief should go

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV Meridian that it was not for him to say whether the Chief Executive of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Katrina Percy should step down.

The trust was roundly criticised for some of its failings in a Care Quality Commission report published today. Following an inspection in January the CQC found that the Trust had still not done enough to protect those under its care. The visit was sparked by revelations that the trust had not reported properly or investigated properly the unexpected deaths of hundreds of people in its care across the south.

The Health Secretary said that the CQC had done an independent report, and he was sure that Southern Health would act on that and that lessons would be learned. At the same time the Health Secretary said that it was important to recognise that there were staff that were working hard and doing a good job at Southern Health.

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has 250,000 patients and employs 9000 staff at more than 200 buildings.

The Department of Health has demanded that the trust makes improvements.

Department of Health demands Southern improvements

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "We know that over a period of several years, too many patients were shamefully let down by the standards of care provided at Southern Health.

"Since this inspection, the trust has developed an action plan and is working with regulators to improve safety.

"However we are clear that standards must improve dramatically — if they do not, we won't hesitate to take further action.”


  1. National

Southern Health governor's resignation criticises Trust

Connor Sparrowhawk died after having an epileptic seizure in the bath Credit: JusticeforLB/PA Wire

A governor at a scandal-hit NHS trust where a teenager drowned in a bath resigned on Friday because his council has achieved "nothing at all".

Mark Aspinall, a governor at Southern Health, accused colleagues of being "apathetic" and "intransigent", and said the Trust's council was "weak or unable to act".

Mr Aspinall, whose resignation follows chairman Mike Petter's resignation, described himself as "hamstrung" by the "constant barrage of critical news" hitting the Trust.

"I don't feel that the Council has achieved anything at all in the period that I have been a member", he wrote.

"I had hoped that we would be able to work well together to deliver for our patients and communities but sadly, there is more drum-banging, soap-boxing and agenda pushing taking place than anything else".

Southern Health Chief Katrina Percy: CQC's report 'sends a clear message to the trust's leadership'

Southern Health Chief Executive Katrina Percy at a public meeting earlier this year

The Chief Executive of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Katrina Percy, issued the following statement in response to a critical report from the Care Quality Commission after an inspection of her organisation's services and care provision.

“Today's CQC report sends a clear message to the leadership of the Trust that more improvements must be delivered and as rapidly as possible. I want to reassure our patients, their families and carers that I am absolutely focused on addressing the CQC's concerns and supporting our staff to provide the best care possible.

As well as rightly highlighting areas of concern, I am pleased that the CQC recognises our staff's caring attitude to patients and the progress made in a number of units, including one of our community mental health teams our mental health inpatient units and our Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. This progress reflects the unwavering dedication of our staff, and my job is to make sure these improvements are now carried through consistently across all our services.

We fully accept that until we address all these concerns and our new reporting and investigating procedures introduced in December 2015 are completely effective, we will remain, rightly, under intense scrutiny. We will continue to share regular updates on progress publicly to demonstrate improvement and help re-build trust in our services.”

Top rating for a Hampshire children's heart hospital

Southampton Children's Hospital Credit: ITV News Meridian

The heart unit at Southampton Children's Hospital has been rated one of the best performing in the UK.

The National Congenital Heart Disease Audit Report showed it had one of the lowest death rates despite performing some of the most complex operations.

The Southampton centre, which works in partnership with Oxford Children’s Hospital caring for more than 10,000 patients, performed 829 operations with a survival rate of 98.3% against a predicted score of 97%.

We are all working tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of treatment and care for our children and their families and are delighted to again be rated among the country’s best-performing centres.

We will continue to grow and develop our service to ensure we remain at the forefront of developments in our field and provide the best possible service for children across the south of England.”

– Dr Kevin Roman, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist and Clinical Lead
Load more updates