A national review has been ordered into “significant failings” at a health trust dating back more than a decade.

The ombudsman found care shortcomings by the former North Essex Partnership University Trust (NEP) in the case of two vulnerable young men who died.

It uncovered a “systemic failure to tackle repeated and critical failings over an unacceptable period of time”.

The trust’s successor offered its sympathies and said it would support the review “in every way possible”.

Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, said the men had been “badly let down”.

“The lack of timely safety improvements following their deaths is completely unacceptable and it’s important the NHS understands why this happened and what lessons can be learned to prevent the same mistakes happening again.”

The review, to be led

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