£160,000 fine after pa­tient fell from roof

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

The largest men­tal health trust in the coun­try has been or­dered to pay £160,000 after a pa­tient was left with “life-chang­ing” in­juries fol­low­ing a fall from a rooftop.

South­ern Health pleaded guilty to fail­ing to pro­vide safe care and treat­ment, and fail­ing to as­sess risk to pa­tients at Mel­bury Lodge at the Royal Hamp­shire County Hos­pi­tal, Winch­ester.

It was fined £125,000 at Bas­ingstoke mag­is­trates’ court and also or­dered to pay £36,000 in court costs and a £170 vic­tim sur­charge.

The Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC), which reg­u­lates all NHS trusts, brought the case against the Trust.

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