Because We Can
I am laying on a bed in a Birmingham hotel with a bitter taste in my mouth. No, I’ve not devoured a whole bag of pear drops. I’ve been catching up on the day’s activity on Twitter.
My blog post about the Tory template letter response to #LBBill has attracted a few comments along the lines that I am being too defeatest or too cynical. Or I don’t want to piss off the very people we need to bring the Bill to law. I definitely don’t feel defeatest – I’ve always realised the Bill’s journey was going to be a very long haul. With many twists, turns, highs and lows. For me, the template letter is a low. Not a low point for the Bill as such but a low point in public engagement. My cynical response mirrored the cynism of the letter. Our elected representatives can treat their people with contempt because they can.
I was reading a fabulous article in Community Care, the latest in a series of “DoLs will be the death of us” type articles. CC have done some terrific research and one astonishing statistic they discovered was that, even in the aftermath of Cheshire West, 50 Local Authorities have made 0 (ZERO) applications to authorise deprivation of liberty in Community settings. Like supported living schemes. None at all. In 50 boroughs. Think what it must be like to be a learning disabled person in a restricted, service centred supported living placement in one of those areas. You’ve got no chance of having your living arrangements scrutinized. The LAs must believe that nobody is going to challenge their blatant ignoring the law. And they’re probably right. How do they get away with it? Because they can.
I’ve also been following Sara Ryan’s live tweets today from an NHS Human Factors conference. One tweet in particular quoted a medic saying: ” What do we fear? Not litigation. We have insurance. We fear the GMC”. Personal/professional reputation rather than doing the right thing by the patient. Commendably honest but shocking. With a slight feel of the untouchable about it. How do people in relationships where they hold all the professional power start to believe that nothing can touch them? Because they can.
No more Twitter today. I need some positive karma. I think I’ll watch Murder She Wrote on the hotel TV’s endless choice of channels. It must be on somewhere, it usually is. And I will. Because I can.
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