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MP hopes Percy resignation 'restores public trust' in Southern Health

The MP for Fareham, Suella Fernandes, has been following events at the Southern Health Trust on behalf of her constituents in Hampshire.

The politician raised her concerns about the organisation in the House of Commons earlier this year. ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra asked the MP about her reaction to the resignation of Southern Health's Chief Executive Katrina Percy.

A timeline of events at the Southern Health NHS Trust

ITV Meridian's Andrew Pate takes a look at the events that led up to the resignation of Katrina's Percy, the former Chief Executive of the Southern Health NHS Trust.

Take a look at our report on the reaction to the resignation from people including the mother of Connor Sparrowhawk, a young man who died while under the care of the Southern Health NHS Trust in Oxfordshire. The organisation was criticised for the way it dealt with the unexpected deaths of hundreds of vulnerable people in its care.

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Connor Sparrowhawk's mother 'Bit shocked, bit relieved, bit outraged' after Southern Health boss quits

Katrina Percy has resigned from her role as the head of the Southern Health NHS Trust

The Chief Executive of the Southern Health NHS Trust has given in to pressure and resigned from her post.

Katrina Percy was criticised for her lack of leadership at the trust which failed to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of hundreds of vulnerable patients in its care.

It has taken more than a year of repeated calls for her to go - from MPs, to charities and Southern Health governors themselves. But she will not leave empty-handed, she'll move to another role in the same health trust, and keep her salary of more than £180,000.

Connor Sparrowhawk died at one of the trust's sites, Slade House, in 2013

Today, the mother of Connor Sparrowhawk - a young man from Oxfordshire who died whilst in Southern Health's care - gave her reaction. Kate Bunkall has our report.

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

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.

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.”

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