MPs to debate 'failing' Southern Health Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy
Image caption Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy has faced repeated calls to resign after critical reports have said there were "longstanding risks to patients"

The "continuing concerns" over governance at Southern Health NHS Trust will be debated in parliament, it has been announced.

It comes after the trust was scrutinised by MPs following the "preventable" death of an 18-year-old.

In 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath after suffering an epileptic fit in Oxford.

Suella Fernandes, an MP for Hampshire, said a debate will be held at the end of the month.

Trust chief executive Katrina Percy, addressed MPs at a meeting of the Hampshire All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tuesday.

'Serious concerns'

Speaking after the meeting Ms Suella, Conservative MP for Fareham, said: "Whilst I appreciate Katrina Percy's willingness to answer our questions, I told her that I still have serious concerns about the failings in the trust's governance which have now been highlighted by two investigations.

"The CQC's warning notice is a serious matter, and time is running out for the trust to demonstrate that it has the right leadership to make the changes required."

After an inspection in January, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found there were "longstanding risks to patients" and investigations into deaths "were not good enough."

Scrutiny of the trust was sparked by the death of Connor at Slade House in Oxford, in 2013.

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Image caption Connor Sparrowhawk, who died at Slade House, had epilepsy and experienced seizures

A report commissioned by NHS England showed that of 722 unexpected deaths at Southern Health over four years, only 272 had been investigated.

Ms Percy has previously apologised for the issues that came to light following several inspections by government watchdogs.

A debate is due to be held after the publication of the full report from the CQC, expected at the end of the month.

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