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Southern Health CEO steps down

The trust at the heart of an ongoing scandal into patient deaths has announced that its chief executive is resigning.

Katrina Percy has previously refused to resign as CEO of Southern Health NHS FT, a mental health and learning disability trust that has been under fire since Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old patient, died in 2013 while under the trust’s care.

It was subsequently found that between April 2011 and March 2015 the trust experienced 1,454 unexpected patient deaths, of which it investigated just 13%.

After a CQC inspection found Southern was still failing to make improvements, NHS Improvement intervened, appointing Tim Smart as the new interim chair.

Southern has subsequently admitted responsibility for Connor Sparrowhawk’s death and paid compensation to his family.

Percy said: “I have reflected on the effect the ongoing personal media attention has had on staff and patients and have come to the conclusion that this has made my role untenable.”

Smart said he supported Percy’s decision, adding: “Katrina has ensured that Southern Health is now working more closely with other health and care organisations in the region to provide more joined up care, so more people receive support at the right time and place.

“Katrina leaves the trust financially sound and well-positioned to create a new form of multi-specialty community provider in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I wish Katrina every success in her future endeavours, and thank her for her years of service.”

Smart’s review of the trust stopped short of calling for Percy’s resignation, although it said that she had been “too operationally focused”. It also said that the trust’s learning disability services should be taken over by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Smart’s appointment has also proven controversial, with the Southern Health board of governors attempting to hold a meeting and issue a vote of no confidence in the current board despite his opposition.

Julie Dawes, who was appointed the trust’s director of nursing and quality in May, will now take over as interim CEO.

Dr Matthew Patrick, CEO of South London and Maudsley NHS FT, and Jon Allen, non-executive director and former director of nursing at Oxford Health, will provide her with support.

(Image c. Peter Facey)

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Dr David Hill   31/08/2016 at 17:01

And she keeps her rotten £245,000 salary package (not £190,000 as cited in some papers when benefits are all included) as well in her new job. But this is the norm and where the 'Establishment', if u are one of them, like it that way. That's how the world is according the 'Establishment' and they just do not want to change the gravy train, once you are on it. No sackings either as the 'Establishment' covers up at every corner. You only have to look a Chilcot, Lawrence case, Hillsborough, establishment pedophilia...the list goes on and on and on, to see this and were there is no real justice in reality. She really must have something on all the others who are paying her this enormous salary for she failure, for who in their right mind would reward utter failure on a massive scale. No-one falls on their sword these days and does the honourable thing and simply resigns. The reason, failing in the Establishment mind does not really mean failing and no-one ever goes, no matter how far you fail the people. That is why the people of this country are sick to their back teeth with the 'Establishment' system that perpetuates even when huge corruption has been undertaken. No wonder we have a constantly discontent society and where civil violence is increasing by the year. Indeed, the Establishment create it at its roots. ‘The ‘Establishment’ Makes Amends but where the ‘Establishment’ does not change its spots when it comes to its own’ -

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