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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:

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.

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