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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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Last ditch attempt to halt junior doctors' strike dismissed

A last ditch attempt to halt next week's junior doctors' strike has failed today after Jeremy Hunt dismissed calls from MPs to agree to "a limited trial" ahead of "blanket introduction" of new contracts.

But as the NHS looks set to continue with the first all-out strike in its history, doctors made assurances that patients will be safe.

ITV News Correspondent Caron Bell reports:

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