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Statement regarding outcome of prosecution by the Care Quality Commission(CQC)

12 October 2017 

In June this year the Trust pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Care Quality Commission relating to a health and safety incident which took place in December 2015 at Melbury Lodge in Winchester.

Today the Trust attended Basingstoke Magistrates' court to be sentenced.  Below is a response from our Interim Chief Executive.

Julie Dawes, Interim Chief Executive commented

“Southern Health pleaded guilty to the charges from the Care Quality Commission and we fully accept the fine imposed today by the court.

We should have taken action earlier to make sure that no-one being cared for at Melbury Lodge could access the roof and was not at risk of harm. We deeply regret that a patient was seriously injured by falling from the roof in 2015. The impact on this individual and their family has been enduring and for this we are truly sorry.  

Significant improvements have been made to Melbury Lodge since 2015, both in response to safety concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission and to make it as welcoming and homely as possible.

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.” 

A video describing some of the improvements made to the unit since 2015 can be viewed here.