Southern Health, Which Runs Unit Where Connor Sparrowhawk Died, Criticised For Continuing To Put Patients At Risk

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The NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is “continuing to put patients at risk”, inspectors have said.

Southern Health failed to adopt safe bathing guidelines for two-and-a-half years after Connor Sparrowhawk died following an epileptic seizure in 2013.

His unsupervised death led to a report into hundreds of unexplained deaths.

Trust chairman Mike Petter resigned on Thursday ahead of the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report.

He said he was stepping down “to allow new board leadership to take forward the improvements”.

Southern Health provides services in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Following Mr Petter’s departure, one of the trust’s 13 public governors Mark Aspinall, also resigned.

In his statement, the public governor for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire said he had been disappointed by the “apparent lack of drive and determination” by some governors in dealing with troubles…

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