Today’s news that the Calmore-based Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust have been fined £2 million for failing two patients who died in its care has come as no surprise says former Ukip County Councillor Andy Moore.
Last year Southern Health pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws due to a series of “systematic failures” that had led to the deaths of Connor Sparrowhawk, 18 and Theresa Colvin, 45.
In 2016, following the publication of a report that concluded that the trust had failed to investigate hundreds of unexplained patient deaths, Mr Moore who was then the County Councillor for Eastleigh East, spoke out at a meeting of the county’s Adult and Social Care Select Committee and called for the trust’s senior management to either step down or be sacked and replaced.
Moore, who is currently a Bishopstoke Parish Councillor, told Eastleigh News that his call for resignations had proved justified and that although the gravity of the Trust’s failings had been reflected in the severity of the fine, it had not gone far enough.
“They should have listened to me. People’s lives had been put at risk and it’s my belief that the Trust still needs new leadership”.