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Southern Health 'had no arrangements to investigate deaths'

A report by the Care Quality Commission has found that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust had no "robust arrangements" to investigate incidents such as the death of 18-year-old patient Connor Sparrowhawk in 2013.

It emerged that Connor's death was not an isolated case, and his family have battled to find out why he and hundreds of other vulnerable patients died.

ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:

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Hunt: 'Lessons will be learned at Southern Health'

Jeremy Hunt said he is sure "lessons will be learned" after a watchdog warned a scandal-hit NHS Trust is still failing to protect patients.

The Health Secretary said that most front-line care at Southern Health was excellent, but that there had been problems with leadership.

He added that he agreed with the watchdog's findings.

Southern Health: 'We are doing our best to make changes'

A medical director at a scandal-hit NHS Trust where a teenager drowned in a bath insisted changes are being implement.

Dr Lesley Stevens from Southern Health rejected the notion that there is a "toxic culture" at management level of the Trust.

And she maintained changes at the top would only disrupt plans to implement intended changes to patient care.

"We have had a really clear message from CQC that there are things we need to improve further and more rapidly", Dr Stevens said.

She added: "I really wanted to take the opportunity to reassure patients and their carers who use our service that we are absolutely focussed on delivering the safest possible service we can".

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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.

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".

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NHS trusts with higher death rates named

Seven NHS trusts have been named as having higher than expected death rates.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre refer to patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge.

It comes after a report from the Care Quality Commission last week revealed 44 trusts out of 161 were highest risk. It put the trusts into six bands, with band 1 the highest risk and band 6 the lowest.

Three of the seven trusts named today were in band 1 of last week's report.

The seven trusts are:

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (band 1)
  • Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (band 1)
  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (band 1)
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (band 2)
  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (band 2)
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (band 3)
  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (band 5)
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