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Chairman of under-fire Southern Health resigns

The chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has resigned ahead of a Care Quality Commission report into the Trust, which is expected to be highly critical.

Connor Sparrowhawk died at Slade House in 2013

Southern Health has been criticised for not properly investigating hundreds of unexpected deaths.

This afternoon Mike Petter formally resigned from his position.

I have made the very difficult decision to tender my resignation as Chairman of Southern Health. The Trust has recently undergone a significant amount of scrutiny in some service areas and given the challenges it faces I feel it is appropriate for me to allow new Board leadership to take forward the improvements.

I have been involved in Southern Health since the Trust was formed in 2011 as a Non-Executive Director and since August 2015 as Chairman. It is with great sadness that I now leave the organisation. I offer my support and best wishes to all our staff whose dedication and commitment I am continuously impressed by.

– Mr Petter

Concerns about the Trust were first raised after the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath at a care home in Oxford in 2013. An inquest found neglect contributed his death.

A report later discovered that only 272 of the 722 deaths over the previous four years had been investigated.


Fatberg problem - Don't just throw it down the drain

This is what happens when fat is not disposed of properly

The water supplier Thames Water says it has finally found out why Oxford has such a big problem with 'fatbergs'.

When collating the results of a recent survey the firm found that around 80 percent of the city's restaurants were not using fat traps to stop oil and grease spilling into Oxford's sewers. Therefore, the fat collects in the sewer and drains below the city streets and creates the huge, solid deposits, otherwise known as fatbergs.

Earlier this year, a 20 tonne blockage was removed from one drain in the city centre. Kate Bunkall's report explains what happened. The interviewee is Alex Saunders from Thames Water.


Restaurant staff causing "fatbergs" plague

Lumps of hard, congealed fat can cause blockages in the sewer system Credit: PA

Restaurant staff in Oxford are causing a plague of "fatbergs" according to Thames Water.

The water company say 95% of food outlets in the city don't dispose of oil, fat and grease correctly. They are pouring it down the sink, causing more than twenty tonnes of waste to end up in Park End Street sewer each year.

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