A second NHS trust is being prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission over the death of a patient under fundamental standards brought in after the Mid Staffordshire care scandal.
Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust will appear in court on Wednesday charged with failing to provide safer care and treatment to a patient.
The case – which will be heard at Brighton magistrates court – involves a 19-year-old prisoner who was found hanging in the healthcare unit at HMP Lewes in February 2016.
The charges follow the accusation by the CQC that the trust breached regulation 12(1) of the fundamental standards, in that it failed to provide safe care and treatment which resulted in avoidable harm, or a significant risk of exposure to avoidable harm, to a service user.
As a first appearance, the case is expected to be adjourned to a later date.
CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm warned last year that the regulator was considering bringing more criminal prosecutions against providers.
So far, the CQC has only used its power to prosecute for failing to provide safe care against one other NHS trust. Southern Health Foundation Trust was fined £125,000 and told to pay £36,000 in costs after a patient under its care fell from a roof.
Source: Second NHS trust prosecuted for safe care failings | News | Health Service Journal
On May 4, NHS England published the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme. This work, conducted by a team from the University of Bristol, was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England.
Work towards the report began in June 2015 and in the following months, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt helped to highlight its importance in reducing premature deaths of learning disabled people by responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons about the publication of the Mazars review that was published that December.
The Mazars review found that less than 1% of unexpected deaths of learning disabled people were investigated by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. The review was commissioned by David Nicholson, then CEO of NHS England, after my partner Rich and I had met with him to discuss the preventable death of our son Connor in Southern Health’s care.
We were very concerned that other people had died prematurely without investigation, after discovering the Trust had badged Connor’s death as natural causes.
Connor died a few months after the publication of another report in March 2013, the Confidential Inquiry into the Premature Deaths of Learning Disabled People (CIPOLD), written again by the team at Bristol University.
Source: LeDeR-less and indifferent | Community Care
An unacceptable inequality still exists between care for people with physical health issues and those with mental health needs. Nowhere more so is this reflected in the fact life expectancy is much shorter for people with learning disabilities than the rest of the population. Their risk of death overall is greater too.
Source: Stop Treating People With Learning Disabilities as Second Class Citizens | Lord Victor Adebowale
Rob Greig, former Department of Health director for learning disabilities, says the silence on a damning review of is worrying
Source: ‘A learning disability scandal is being swept under the carpet’
Hannah Morgan reflects on a literature review that seeks to place the abuse of people with learning disabilities in a broader cultural context.
Source: Institutionalised abuse of people with learning disabilities