Dignity, My Arse
Yesterday at @LBInquest we heard the lead psychiatrist talk about the fine balancing act between respecting dignity and safe bath care. If it hadn’t been for all the preceding testimony, it may have sounded genuine. But of course, it wasn’t.
The trouble with a broken social care is that it repeatedly takes important words and ideas and sucks them of any life and meaning. Fundamental values like dignity become corrupted, so their only value to the corrupted professional is to mislead or cover their own arse. Or both. Whether you see it as doublespeak or nothing speak, it kills the very idea of being human.
I don’t think the psychiatrist really gave a toss about her patient’s dignity. I’m not sure it even registered. You have to have very skewed logic to believe that it is dignified to leave someone with epilepsy alone in the bath, whilst at the same time promoting the idea of pinning someone to the floor by four people on their first night in the ATU. You either treat someone with dignity or you don’t. It’s not a selective activity.
Like many things in social care, dignity gets trotted out when the intention is to obscure. Yesterday it was announced that a new “Unit” is being built in Wiltshire for people with learning disabilities. It talked about patients and beds whilst presenting itself as a home that will give people their respect and dignity. Let’s cut to the chase. Despite Valuing People and Post Winterbourne View, it’s a new fucking ATU. They might call it “The Daisy” and bang on about dignity but it’s still another long stay unit. Even if the owners get their dignity gig spot on, it is still pretty undignified being sent to a place like that when you could be living in your own home.
Southern Health in their undignified witness evidence are mistreating humanity. They are perpetuating the worst indignity – that people with a learning disability are not quite human. Read the tweets of the psychiatrist’s evidence and try to find any trace of her according Connor the dignity of being spoken of as a person. It’s not there. Dignity dilemmas are a get out clause for their deathly care.
I despair every time I hear professionals talk about dignity. Even the well intentioned make my bum cheeks clench. I hear people talk excitedly about the possibilities of the One Page Profile. I would consider it pretty undignified if my life was reduced to one page. I bet the writer of the 1PP would too.
I have a fairly sound picture of the construct of my dignity. And Steven’s too. It is nothing like the social care world picture.
It’s dignity Jim. But not as we know it.
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