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Southern Health fine is 'just recognition' of appalling care - SANE chief executive
Added: 26th Mar 2018

Southern Health has been fined £2 million after admitting failings in the 'avoidable' deaths of Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin.

Responding to the fine, Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: “The £2 million fines Southern Health is due to pay over the deaths of Connor Sparrowhawk and Teresa Colvin are a just recognition of the truly appalling way in which the trust, under its then chief executive Katrina Percy, showed little regard for the lives of many hundreds of patients in its care. In addition, the trust exhibited a total lack of compassion for the families, many of whom were in no position to fight to find out the truth about what happened to their relatives.

“Only 272 of 722 unexpected deaths over four years were properly investigated. There is no excuse for failure to investigate the circumstances where a person dies unexpectedly, or to inform families and treat them with respect.

“The trust has said that these fines will affect funding for future services. What should be taken into account is the sums already spent by it on legal and press relations fees in fighting the families. SANE calls for all mental health trusts to face their responsibilities, and to be open and accountable when any tragedy occurs.”

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