Tue, 24 Apr 2018
Bernard Thorogood, representing the Health and Safety Executive, conducted the prosecution of Southern Health NHS Trust, concluding in March 2018. The Trust pleaded guilty, to serious breaches which were causally connected to two tragic deaths. A fine of £2 million was imposed, and in addition the Trust was ordered to pay all of the prosecution’s costs.
The prosecution arose from the deaths of 45-year-old Teresa Colvin at a Southampton psychiatric unit and of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at a specialist unit in Oxford. Both centres were under the management of the Trust and investigations found a series of management failings leading up to both deaths including a failure to control risks, and failures in planning.
Bernard Thorogood is a member of the Regulatory Group at No5.
Follow the link to read more about the case on the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43542284