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Troubled mental health trust is still putting patients at risk, warns CQC

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 29 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2483
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A mental health trust in England that was criticised for failing to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1000 people between 2011 and 2015 is continuing to put patients at risk, the healthcare regulator has warned.

The warning from the Care Quality Commission came after an inspection it carried out at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust found that the trust had failed to adequately deal with serious concerns about the way it reported and investigated deaths of patients with mental health illness and learning disabilities.1

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, ordered the inspection after an independent inquiry found that a “failure of leadership” at the trust …

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