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Court hearing for CQC prosecution case

Earlier today a hearing took place at Basingstoke Magistrates Court relating to a prosecution case from the Care Quality Commission against Southern Health, after a health and safety incident that took place in December 2015. The incident involved a patient getting on the roof of Melbury Lodge in Winchester, and falling from it, which resulted in injury.
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At the hearing the Trust entered a guilty plea, and the judge scheduled sentencing to take place in October 2017.

The Trust has issued the following statement:

“Southern Health pleaded guilty to the charges from the Care Quality Commission and we are clear that we should have done more to ensure the safety of those under our care. We very much regret that injury was caused as a result, and have offered unreserved apologies to the patient involved.

“Following concerns raised by the CQC, our own internal checks and after a comprehensive inspection at Melbury Lodge, anti-roll guttering was installed on the roof in May 2016. We are grateful to the CQC for recognising this work and removing the warning notice of which this risk formed part.

“The safety and wellbeing of patients is our top priority, and we are continuing a number of programmes of improvement work to ensure that we can deliver safe and quality care across all Southern Health services.”