Still don’t get it.
As the JusticeforLB campaign gathers inspirational and very moving momentum, there are important pockets of the LD world that remain resolutely silent.
To be honest we shouldn’t be surprised by the response from Southern Health. They set out their modus operandi from the very beginning by trying to pass LB’s death off as “natural causes” and they’ve been as relentlessly shitty ever since. From the missing CEO to the latest dodge of waiting for the results of the inquest, they have continued to lower the bar to new depths of contempt. Image over humanity.
But what of the commissioners? I don’t even know who they are. I remember Sara Ryan getting hold of the leaked email a while back that revealed they were putting the blame firmly at the door of Southern Health but didn’t want to say so publicly for fear of denting the confidence in one of their major providers. That’s nice of them and shows which side their bread is buttered. Image over humanity. It’s cheering to know that when push comes to shove, you are backing your providers at the expense of the vulnerable people needing your service.
And where are the major charities? Planning their next conferences? Checking their funding applications? Who knows? They’re not supporting the JusticeforLB campaign in any meaningful way. This echoes my experience whilst Steven was held in the Unit. I couldn’t get any of them interested when I needed them. But after the Court judgement, you couldn’t move for them putting their twopennyworth in. Image over humanity.
And who is taking these dreadful assessment and treatment Units by the scruff of the neck. I’ve been trying to read my history on how these places developed but I must be missing something. They get discredited time and time again and yet still, they seem to be the prefered option of some commissioners. Backhanders? It can’t be ignorance.
It can’t even be about costs savings. I’ve just had all the final paperwork and figures through for Steven’s personal budget. It’s a very good package and covers 2:1 support when Steven is out and about, 1:1 support at home whilst I’m at work, 42 nights respite per year and his full transport costs paid. It’s comprehensive and not cheap. BUt it’s still 57% cheaper than the cost of a week in an assessment and treatment unit. What is it all about?
Southern Health, The Commissioners, the Charities – none of them come out of this at all well. BUt it’s useful for families and carers to know this. Good to know where we stand. And good to remember when it gets to National Carers Week and we see one of the big guns on the Daybreak sofa telling us what their organisation is doing to help their clients. Image over humanity.