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Mind responds to investigation into deaths at Southern Health

Thursday, 10 December 2015 Mind

A report has found that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country's largest mental health trusts, has failed to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths since 2011

The independent report, the draft of which was obtained by the BBC, found that there were 1,454 unexpected deaths at Southern Health between April 2011 and March 2015.

Although 30% of unexpected deaths amongst people with mental health problems were investigated, this dropped to only 0.3% for people over the age of 65. The report also found that, when deaths were investigated, this was done poorly and often extremely late.

In response to the news Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said:

“We are very concerned by the findings of this draft report and await the final report, which should be published as soon as possible.

“We believe there should be an independent inquiry every time someone dies while in the care of the state, and that families should always be involved in any investigation. The NHS must be transparent and accountable in situations such as these and every possible lesson learned to prevent future tragedies. It is so important that people receiving treatment and support for their mental health, and their families and loved ones, are able to trust in those providing their care.”

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