The Value of Life

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Let’s compare the cost of remedying a risk to life with other expenditure by Southern Health.






The amount received by firms owned by acquaintances of Southern Health’s former Chief Executive, Katrina Percy, despite winning a contract valued at less than £300,000. Another was paid more than £500,000 without bidding at all. All this spent on Management Development Support, including the ludicrously named ‘Going Viral.’

The trust said it took its financial responsibilities, “Very seriously“. Read more here→ and here→.

Can this possibly be the same Trust found ‘guilty’ at the end of 2015 of a 4-year failure of leadership and governance identified in the Mazars ‘Death’ Review? Surely not!


The cost of employing the top-five earning directors in 2015-16, including salaries, fees, taxable benefits and pension-related benefits:

  • Katrina Percy, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Gordon, Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr Lesley Stevens, Medical Director 
  • Mark Morgan Director, Mental Health, LD and Social Care²
  • Sandra Grant (Director of People & Communications)

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Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of Dr Chris ‘Lapdog’ Gordon’s Pension Benefits at 31 March 2016.



The cost of employing the top-five earning directors in 2014-15 including salaries, fees, taxable benefits and pension-related benefits:

  • Katrina Percy, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Gordon, Chief Operating Officer
  • Sandra Grant, Director of People & Communications
  • Della Warren, Interim Director of Nursing & Allied Health Professionals²
  • Mark Brooks, Chief Finance Officer

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Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of Dr Mystic Meg Lesley Stevens’s Pension Benefits at 31 March 2016.



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Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of Sandra Grant’s Pension Benefits at 31 March 2016: still holding herself out here as a Southern Health Director.



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Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of Katrina Percy’s Pension Benefits at 31 March 2016.




Estimated cost of safety improvements required to prevent patients falling off the roof at Southern Health’s Melbury Lodge unit. Apparently unaffordable at the time!

£170,000 – £180,000?¹

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Payment to Katrina Percy on her resignation! Despite the findings of the Mazars ‘Death’ Review and other compelling evidence, she was considered, “Fit to lead” with:

“No evidence of negligence or incompetence on her as an individual during her time with the Trust that would warrant her dismissal.”


Deemed by all parties, inter alia by HM Treasury and The Department of Health as:

“Fair payment in all the circumstances”¹

Fair Payment – Oh really? £45,000 more than the penalty for risking life!


At Basingstoke Magistrates Court this week, Southern Health was fined £125,000, having pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment and failing to assess risk to patients at Melbury Lodge. It was also ordered to pay £36,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

A patient had fallen off the roof with life-changing consequences yet Southern Health blamed the public spending ‘squeeze’ for its failure to stop vulnerable patients from gaining access to the rooftop.

District Judge Loraine Morgan said:

“It’s a significant concern that even this tragic incident involving AB did not result in immediate steps to prevent any further incident.

“Works were not carried out because money was not available.

“If £300,000 had been spent in a timely manner by the trust, not only could this prosecution have been avoided as would the loss to AB and his family.”

Read more here→.

Money not available your Honour?

Fatcats£5 million spent on questionable Leadership Training; large pay & benefits awards to ‘fat-cats’; huge sums spent on Consultants and Solicitors’ fees (often to defend the indefensible), yet £300,000 not available to safeguard patients from risk of serious injury or death.


And it’s all the fault of government spending pressures! Of course it is!

¹ Source: Southern Health Annuals Report & Accounts 2015-16

² Supplied to the Trust via an external company so only the gross supply cost incurred is know to the Trust.¹

DANGER – Dr Stevens at work!

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Anyone who thought that Dr ‘Mystic Meg Lesley Stevens no longer has any influence over mental health services in Hampshire – think again! This is a Comedy of Errors!

Dr Stevens now turns up as Clinical Director (Mental Health) of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Sustainability and Transformation Planning (“STP”):

“Working together to improve mental health services across the area.”

Anyone, who has followed the tragic events at Southern Health from 2011 to 2016, will see the irony in this position being ‘awarded’ to an ex-member of its Board of Directors, which was found ‘guilty’ of a four-year failure of leadership and governance. A second      “Reward for Failurefor an ex-Southern Health Director.

In addition, from incidents during this period, Southern Health recently picked up its first two criminal convictions. Please see footnote 1 below.   

Readers will recall that, on 18 April 2012 [‘Hansard’ 18 Apr 2012 Column 79WH], Dr Stevens, as a member of Southern Health’s Board, was accused in Parliament of allegedly using “Slippery methods” to justify closing Woodhaven Hospital. Her dubious use of statistics led to a serious shortage of beds (with potential life-ending consequences) and huge expenditure on ‘out-of-area’ beds, i.e. referrals to private psychiatric hospitals.

So bewareMystic Lesley is ‘on the march’ collecting statistics again.

Sent: 21 September 2017 11:25
Cc: [30 email addresses disclosed by Southern Health without consent]

Subject: FW: Help us gather people’s views on mental health hospitals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Please see below: for your interest. Please forward on to service users, families, staff and organisations who may be interested in giving views on mental health hospitals in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Sent: 20 September 2017 16:22
Subject: Help us gather people’s views on mental health hospitals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Sent on behalf of Dr Lesley Stevens, Clinical Director, Mental Health, Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP and [redacted].

Help us gather people’s views on mental health hospitals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

The local NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight are working together to improve mental health services across the area. As part of this we are keen to get the views of people using these services, caring for someone who does, or working in them.

Right now, we are interested in gathering people’s views on mental health hospital care. We have made three surveys:

• For service users, carers and family members:
• For members of staff:
• For colleagues in provider or partner organisations:

The information we get from these surveys will help understand what’s working well and where we need to improve services for the future.

We would be extremely grateful if you could help by sharing the relevant survey(s) above within your networks and channels, or with the people you support if they have had experience using mental health hospital services.

If you have any queries about these surveys, or would like to know more about our work, please contact Jo Jones on It would be helpful if we could have as much response as possible by 31 October. Many thanks in advance.

Lesley Stevens
Clinical Director Programme Director, The Mental Health programme of the STP.

It is unsurprising also that, whilst the announcement originated from S.E. Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, this comedy of errors was designed by W. Hampshire Careless Clinical Commissioning Group². WHCCG, by its failure as Lead CCG of Southern Health to supervise adequately and demand remedial action, is, in CRASH’s opinion, culpable for many of Southern Health’s past short-comings.

And now the catch. CRASH found several aspects of the survey deeply flawed: CRASH petitioned successfully to have it amended twice and then taken down. Later, when the survey went live again, some of the flaws remained. For example:

  • Woodhaven is not listed as an option in the drop-down box so there is no facility in the survey to petition for it to be re-opened. Of course, this would be seriously  embarrassing for the Mystic one!
  • There is no facility for feedback from patients (and families), who should have been inpatients when no beds were available, sometimes leading to suicide. Of course, this would be distinctly embarrassing for the Mystic one too.
  • The latest version contained a new exclusion, “Secure units” – yet Antelope House, which looks more like a prison that a hospital – even in reception when CRASH delivered a letter there – is listed on the survey but others secure units are not.
  • There is no facility for in-patients (and families) who were referred out of area.
  • Although CRASH was told that feedback from families living outside Hampshire would be welcome, there is no facility for them to do so.

And so on. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that this comedy of errors is aimed at covering up previous mistakes and also justify closing even more beds.

Notwithstanding all this, we should not boycott the survey. We should take maximum advantage of the loopholes – for example:

  • On page 1, if you are a patient (or family) for whom a bed was not available – say that you were and clarify it in the ‘Comments’ box on page 2.
  • On page 2, if the hospital/ward is not named in the drop-down box select ‘others’  and clarify it in the comments box. There is a duplicated question on this page: use it if you wish to comment on more than one hospital.
  • On all the remaining pages, make maximum use of the ‘Comments’ box.

This is the third variation of the same survey so quite how the STP will collate the results is a mystery. One thing is for sure, the resulting statistics will be totally unreliable.

¹ Criminal Convictions

Female Crook 2Basingstoke Magistrates Court – 29th June 2017

Southern Health pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to provide safe care and treatment and failing to assess risk to patients at the unit. This followed an incident in December 2015. The case has been adjourned for sentencing. Read more here→


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Southern Health pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This follows the death of Connor Sparrowhawk on 4 July 2013. The case has been referred to Oxford Crown Court for sentencing. Read more here→

² West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

WHCCG’s cold and unfriendly Chief Officer, Heather Hauschild can be addressed here→