Health trust holds emergency meeting after inquiry finds failings

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A HEALTH trust strongly criticised for failing to investigate deaths says it has acted upon recommendations to improve from NHS England.

Southern Health NHS Trust held an emergency board meeting after being severely criticised in an official inquiry last month.

A report published by NHS England found it had failed to investigate hundreds of deaths over a four-year period.

The board meeting was held yesterday at its headquarters in Southampton.

Chairman Mike Petter said: ‘Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust held an Extraordinary Board Meeting in public to consider the recent independent review of deaths of people with a learning disability and mental health need in a four-year period.

‘We have accepted the recommendations outlined in the report and have already made substantial changes to the way we record and investigate deaths.

‘However we accept that more improvements are needed and are fully committed to ensuring all changes needed are made. We have plans in place to address this.’