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Care Quality Commission publishes damning report on unit where 18 year old Connor Sparrowhawk died
29 November 2013
A heavily critical report of an inspection of the Short Term Assessment and Treatment Team (STATT) Unit in Oxford, an inpatient unit for individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, was published this week.
INQUEST is working with the family of Connor Sparrowhawk, who died at the STATT unit on 4 July 2013 after having been found unconscious in the bath. Connor was 18 years old and had autism and epilepsy. An independent investigation is being conducted into Connor’s death and a separate inquest is yet to take place.
The inspection found that none of the 10 essential standards of quality and safety assessed had been met, and the failure to meet six of these was having a major impact on those individuals accessing the Trust’s services.
The full CQC report can be accessed here
Connor’s mother’s account of her experience of the unit can be viewed on her blog here
Connor’s family is being represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group member Charlotte Haworth Hird of Bindmans solicitors. Further information can be accessed on the Bindmans website here.
‘My congratulations to all involved in this 30 year battle for disclosure [of the Cass report on the death of Blair Peach] … it was this awful state of affairs which led those of us who founded INQUEST to set it up. But it is mind-boggling to think that we were still arguing over this report 30 years later.’
– Terry Munyard, barrister at Garden Court Chambers and founding member of INQUEST