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CQC's damning report: Southern Health 'still not doing enough'

The Care Quality Commission has issued a damning report following an inspection of the way the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust looks after the people in its care. The CQC says the trust is still not doing enough.

The organisation has come under increased scrutiny over the past few months, following the revelation that there were failings in the way that it reported and investigated hundreds of unexpected deaths, particularly the deaths of people using its mental health and learning disability services.

The trust's Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, has faced increased calls for her to step down.

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Labour responds to 'shocking' Southern Health report

Labour's Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, Luciana Berger, says a CQC report into Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust makes for 'really shocking reading'.

Luciana Berger MP Credit: PA

Her response comes after an inspection found the Trust had not made the required improvements since its failings were revealed in December.

Concerns were first raised about Southern Health after the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath at a care home in Oxford in 2013.

Two years after the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is still not adequately protecting the thousands of people in its care.

For these failings to be allowed to continue is unacceptable. The lack of accountability, at the highest levels of the Trust, is beyond the pale. How many more people need to be let down for action to be taken? For patients and their families, this latest action plan is simply too little too late. They need to see robust action and real accountability and they need to see it now.

– Luciana Berger MP

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