Regulator steps in to probe health provider

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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into a major health provider after serious concerns were raised about one of its units.

Monitor, the sector regulator of NHS-funded health care services, is investigating Southern Health NHS Foundation, which runs 200 sites across the south, including Elmleigh Hospital in Havant, Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Fareham Community Hospital.

The trust provides community and mental health services.

The probe comes after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited a unit in Oxfordshire and found failings, including poor standards of care, few interactions with nurses, and ineffective monitoring of patients.

Paul Streat, regional director at Monitor, said: ‘We are acting in the interests of local patients to find out what went wrong and to help prevent it from happening again.’

A spokesman at Monitor added the probe wanted to see if the Oxfordshire case was an isolated incident and whether changes may be needed in the leadership of the trust.

Katrina Percy, trust chief executive, said: ‘We will work with Monitor to ensure we can assure our patients and those we work with that our services are safe and of a quality that would be expected as an NHS Foundation Trust.’

Last week the trust was featured in The News after admitting more support should have been offered to the family of Mark O’Shaughnessy, 28, from Gosport, who took his own life.

As a result of his death, the trust said it has made a number of improvements to its service.