Bubb Hell & Squeak
My breakfast was ruined this morning. The delicious array of chocolate chip brioche, wild raspberry yoghurt and ice cold grapefruit juice ended up regurgitated all over my Ipad. It was such a disappointment. The cause of my breakfast bile attack? I blame BBC Breakfast and their interview with Sir Stephen Bubb, the champion of breakfasts. Sir Bubb was on to launch his six month follow up report to his report six months ago about how to get people out of ATUs. In summary, he covered:
His dismay at the slow progress on the recommendations of his report.
His thanks to Sir Simon Stevens for the great progress on the recommendations of his report.
His call for more third sector involvement.
His suggestion for a taskforce to be set up.
As sure as eggs are eggs, up pitches
Harold and Hilda, sorry Mencap and the CBF and in summary they say:
- Their dismay at the slow progress on the recommendations of the Bubb report.
- Their acknowledgement of the progress made so far.
- Their observation that the hold up is down to the lack of decent community support.
It’s all so bloody predictable. Watching and reading, a thought hit me. Recently, the LBBillers have been knocked by the realisation that the Tory MPs have been responding to their request for support for the #LBBill with a standard template letter. Well, today’s events from Sir Bubb and Harold and Hilda are templates as well. Let’s rewind the tape to pre Bubb days. The days of the Winterbourne JIP Concordat. The then head of the Concordat, Bill Mumford, issued a statement, despairing about the lack of progress, complimenting the NHS on their progress so far and calling for his group to have greater powers. Tagged on to his statement was a statement from Harold and Hilda about……. well. You can probably guess. It’s the ATU Dismay Template.
It’s not about powerlessness. It’s not about the difficulty of the client group. It’s about will. or the lack of it. It’s about maintaining the status quo and buying the people affected off every few months with expressions of dismay. “I’m shocked. I’m at a loss. Now, if I may just have one more rasher please”.
I may not know much but one thing I do know is that we do not need another fucking taskforce.
Here’s my suggestion. Let’s apply the law that already exists. Sadly, the LBBIll is not going to happen in the next few months. The Law Commission’s report on DoLs will impact on this issue but is also months away. Let’s use what we’ve already got.
For every person in an ATU, their Article 8 HR must be being breached. Every person in an ATU must be being deprived of their liberty in some way, breaching their Article 5 HR. What we need is for a legal person to pick up the case of Chris, Tizane, Eden, Stephen or any of the other 3000 people currently in ATUs and take it all the way to Judicial Review. Perhaps, Harold and Hilda could dip into their funds and financially back such a case. Let’s see what the High Court makes of the human rights of the ATU dudes.
Just think, if the case was successful, we’d have a new template. A court ruling to wave in the face of every commissioner who sends a person to an ATU.
Anyone up for this?
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