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Mental health trust failed to investigate unexpected deaths, claims leaked report

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6749
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

A mental health trust in England failed to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 people between 2011 and 2015, a damning leaked report has claimed.

The report, obtained by the BBC,1 said that a “failure of leadership” at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust had led to the deaths of patients with mental health illness and learning disabilities not being fully examined. The trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in England, providing services to around 45 000 patients across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire.

The investigation, commissioned by NHS England and conducted by the auditing company Mazars, examined all deaths at the trust between April 2011 and March 2015. It found …

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