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Statement from Southern Health on the prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive

18 September, 2017
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Today (Monday 18 September) the Trust has attended Banbury Magistrates Court and pleaded ‘guilty’ in relation to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk who died whilst under our care in Slade House, a learning disability inpatient unit in Oxford.

Julie Dawes, Interim Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Connor’s death whilst under our care was entirely preventable and today we have pleaded guilty to the charges brought against the Trust by the Health and Safety Executive. Connor’s loss continues to have a devastating impact on his family and we are truly sorry that we didn’t keep him safe.

"The effect of Connor’s death has been far reaching and whilst it in no way compensates for the loss his family has suffered, it has led to significant changes and improvements in the Trust. There have been times when our actions unintentionally added to the distress of Connor’s family. However as a result of the changes we have made we hope that all families and service users will now experience a more compassionate approach from Southern Health.

"Connor is a constant reminder why we must continue to do everything we can to improve the quality and safety of our services.”