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Why hasn't she resigned yet? That is the question troubling families across our region as the Chief Executive of Southern Health, Katrina Percy, remains in her £185,000 post. She heads the Trust that looks after people with mental health issues and learning difficulties - but more than 1,000 deaths were not investigated properly - 722 of those deaths were unexpected. Chris and Stacey link to our series of reports.
A report on the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is expected to be officially published today - and it will give details about the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 people.
The report, commissioned by NHS England, was sparked by the death of Connor Sparrowhawk from Oxfordshire. The teenager drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit in Headington. The investigation found a 'failure in leadership'.
"They ignored him and they ignored us". That's the claim tonight from the parents of a man who they believe was failed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Mark O'Shaugnessy told health professionals he wanted to kill himself and hurt his mother. Instead of being admitted to a psychiatric ward, he was allowed to return home where he committed suicide.
His mother Julie spoke out following yesterday's revelation that the Trust has failed to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths.
The report was ordered following the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk. He had epilepsy, and drowned in a bath at a hospital run by Southern Health in Oxford. Richard Jones reports
Today care homes run by Southern Health Trust were reassuring patients and clients.
ITV Meridian joined a group in Oxfordshire, where yesterday's revelations were being explained.
Our reporter Mel Bloor was there as people shared their concerns.
The parents of a man from Gosport who committed suicide say the NHS could have done more to prevent his death.
It comes a day after Southern Healthcare Foundation Trust was criticised in parliament for supposedly failing to investigate more than a thousand unexpected deaths.
Mark O'Shaughnessy had told health professionals that he wanted to kill himself. Instead of being admitted to a psychiatric ward he was allowed to return home.
ITV Meridian spoke to his mother, Julie.
Statement from Katrina Percy, Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:
Does Ms Percy feel that, considering the comments of Jeremy Hunt - "The Government is profoundly shocked by the findings of the report which are totally unacceptable" - she should resign as Chief Executive?
Do other senior members of the Trust feel they should 'step down' over the comments by Mr Hunt of "a lack of leadership"?
“It is my job and that of the Board to continue to lead on the comprehensive programme of improvements which we have been making over the last 18 months. We owe it to the people we support to make these improvements and it is this that we are focussed on.”
_Does Ms Percy and the Trust feel they have led down the most vulnerable members of our society?_
“We apologise to anybody who feels let down by any aspect of our service. The safety and welfare of the people we support is of utmost importance and we take seriously any part of service which has not met the high standards we expect. We have accepted that our processes have not always been as good as they need to be and are committed to improving them.
What does she say to the families of the 1,454 people who have died unexpectedly between April 2011 and March 2015?
“I say that we have already made significant improvements to the way we report and investigate unexpected deaths, and are working extremely hard to encourage other organisations to do the same.
The full report - not the leaked one - will be released before Christmas. What else is Ms Percy and the Trust expecting from it?
“It is not appropriate to speculate on the contents of an unfinished document. We will provide a full statement on the final report once it has been published.”
Of 1,454 unexpected deaths, 272 were treated as "critical" incidents, but only 13 per cent were treated by the Trust as serious enough to require an investigation. Why?
“Every death in the NHS is an opportunity to learn and improve, and must be taken seriously. However, the numbers being quoted by the media are incorrect and misleading. Half of the 1454 deaths were not unexpected. Of the remaining number over half were clinically unavoidable deaths, for example due to heart attacks or strokes. Furthermore, 90% of cases occurred outside of our hospitals, where we were not the main care provider. Any number of deaths not properly investigated is not acceptable and we have acknowledged that we need to and we are improving.”
- Exactly what measures have been taken to put right the failings within the Trust?
“We have taken comprehensive steps to keep improving the way we report, investigate and learn from unexpected deaths in our care:
The launch of a new Procedure for Reporting and Investigating DeathsThe establishment of a central investigation team which is working to improve the quality of investigationsIncreased executive oversight of the entire reporting process.”
Profoundly shocking. Totally and utterly unacceptable. The words from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the deaths of 1,200 vulnerable people. All of them unexpected. Many of them preventable. All under the care of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, responsible for looking after people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. Fred and Sangeeta link to our full coverage.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised action over the leaked draft report which looked at more than 10,000 deaths at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust between April 2011 and March 2015 - of which 1,454 were unexpected.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has blasted the NHS over allegations that health management failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011 as "totally and utterly unacceptable".
A leaked investigation found a "failure of leadership" at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust meant the deaths of mental health and learning-disability patients were not properly examined, according to reports.
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A report on the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been published - with details about the unexpected deaths of over 1000 people.