19th September 2016 

The interim chairman of a scandal-hit mental health trust that was criticised for not investigating hundreds of unexpected patient deaths has resigned after only four months.

Tim Smart, who took over the heavily criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in May, said yesterday he was standing down “for personal reasons”.

The announcement comes a month after it emerged the trust had created a new role, with the same salary and benefits, for the outgoing chief executive Katrina Percy following a damming Care Quality Commission report in April.