Menu & Search
           1904556600
Speak to our friendly team
Contact Us Now

MP Jeremy Hunt has told the commons that there is “urgent need” to improve the investigations into the 200 avoidable deaths each week in the NHS, and better understanding from Hospital Trusts to learn from these mistakes.

This statement comes after a report by NHS England found the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 mental health patients at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust were not investigated.

Southern Health provides mental health services to around 45,000 people in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. It is one of the country’s largest Trusts.

The leaked report looked into all deaths between April 2011 and March 2015. It found that whilst most of the deaths were expected, 1,454 were not.

Out of the unexpected deaths 272 were classed as critical incidents by the Trust – yet only 195 of those were treated as a serious incident requiring investigation.

The report into the Trust was ordered in 2013 after the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk. Mr Sparrowhawk was a patient at a Southern Health Hospital in Oxford when he drowned in a bath following an epileptic fit.

An independent investigation found that his death had been preventable and an inquest found that failings by the Trust had led to his death.

This report highlights the systemic lack of consistent processes in the NHS which leads to unnecessary deaths of patients.

The report highlights the Trust failing to use the data it holds on deaths in an effective way to learn.

The likelihood of an unexpected death being investigated hugely depended on the type of patient, the report stated. For those with learning difficulties, the figure was just 1% and the over-65s with mental health problems was just 0.3%.

The report places full responsibility for the failings with the senior executives and the Trust board, which has been led by Katrina Percy since it was created in 2011.

The report says the culture at Southern Health “results in lost learning, a lack of transparency when care problems occur, as well as a lack of assurance to families that a death was not avoidable and has been properly.

Are you waiting for answers to an investigation? Do you have a complaint that hasn’t been dealt with properly, or maybe you would like to know how to investigate the death of a loved one? At Pryers we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors ready to help you get the answers you deserve.

Start Your Claim Today1904556600
Tell us about your case

Just send us a little bit about yourself and your claim and we will respond within 24 hours.

    Get In Touch
    Latest News

    Maternity Services at Bedford Hospital “Inadequate”

    Following an unannounced inspection, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have downgraded maternity services at Bedford hospital to “inadequate”. Unannounced inspection into maternity services at […]

    Read More

    NHS Launch Maternity Leadership Training

    Nadine Dorries, the Patient Safety Minister has announced £500,000 to fund an innovative NHS maternity leadership training programme. Starting this year, hundreds of senior […]

    Read More

    The Government Response to the Cumberlege Review

    Nadine Dorries, the Minister for Patient Safety has recently issued an update on the Government’s response to the Cumberlege Review. What is the Cumberlege […]

    Read More

    Take a look back through our complete news archive

    Follow us on Twitter

    Some fantastic feedback from a client for one of our medical negligence solicitors, Ben Bailey, after a recent settlement.

    Considering making a claim, but not sure how you’ll pay for it?

    Our team will advise you for free if we can help you on a no win no fee basis.

    All the details are here: https://bit.ly/2MMPJqT

    Load More...