This year, I asked the CQC to conduct an investigation into lessons that needed to be learned following the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk in 2013 at Southern Health NHS Trust.
I want to start by paying tribute to his family, and particularly his mother Sara Ryan, for her persistent and determined campaigning for a proper investigation into what happened. The lessons of Mid Staffs, Morecambe Bay and indeed other injustices like Hillsborough is that when families speak out we must listen. And in this case thanks to Dr Ryan’s efforts many improvements will be made to the care of people with learning disabilities and many lives saved.
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