In a particularly somber mood, we read with sadness that an NHS trust, Southern Health has not been effective in the way they treat and look at patients, as reported on The Guardian.
Major NHS trust, Southern Health said it is sorry after death of a teenager suffering from Epilepsy, Autism and learning difficulties
The trust said that it is sorry about the death of a teenager, Connor Sparrowhawk after the 18 year old suffering from Epilepsy, Autism and learning difficulties drowned in a bath while in its care.
The death of this teenager led to an independent inquiry, which actually revealed the fact that the trust had failed to properly account and look into the deaths of more than 1,454 patients suffering from mental illnesses or learning difficulties! This happened over just a period of 4 years!
- How many more victims will there be if Connor’s death was not looked into?
- How many more people have to suffer from lack of care?
We are appalled by this!
There is now a need for accountability. In the article, Dr Sara Ryan, the mother of Connor referenced a blog post in which she remembered the uphill fight she had against the “greedy, arrogant and failing” Southern Health and the resistance to account and admit guilt. Connor’s death happened in 2013, but the guilty plea was only reached in 2017. Is there something wrong with the process?
The people involved
In the midst for greater accountability, some people who were involved in this process include:
- Dr Valerie Murphy, the lead clinician responsible for the care of Connor and currently working in Ireland (despite not exercising proper care over Connor)
- Katrina Percy, the CEO of Southern Health who has already resigned in October 2016 amid public outcry
We cannot let what happened to Connor and the thousands of people who died become just a memory, companies and the media can distract people, but we must remember
In the bid for that, we are hoping for greater action on the community, to ask Southern Health on the following matters, under the consent of the involved family members:
- To shed light on why thousands of unexpected deaths were not investigated and the people responsible for those patients
- Concrete steps which will be taken to revamp Southern Health
If the people without the right passion and attitude for the roles work in a position of service and power to those they serve, we are not optimistic about the future of healthcare.