Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care providers, has responded to the publication of the review into failings at Southern Health Foundation Trust by condemning the Interim Chair, Tim Smarts assertion that the Chief Executive of the Trust should stay in post.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:
“At a time when the Government and regulators are talking about accountability and enshrining in law accountability trails in the independent sector, it is completely unacceptable that this is not applied to Foundation Trusts. There have been serious failings in the way in which Southern Health has delivered services to people with Learning Disabilities and the people leading the organisation must be held accountable for its performance. If this scandal had happened in the independent sector, the senior team would have rightly been accountable and the “fit and proper person test” would have applied. There has been a terrible price paid by many people with learning disabilities and their families, through these failings and they deserve to have a transparent and accountable process, which identifies where the failings have been and who is responsible for them”.