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December 20, 2015

I don’t get it.

Who takes the univestigated, unexpected deaths of 1000+ learning disabled people seriously? This week, the Mazars report into the deaths in Southern Health “care” was finally published. On Thursday, there was an explosion of media activity. By Friday, the world had moved on to badger culling.

Everything about the response of officialdom has suggested a commitment to burying it. The report was published at 2pm on Thursday, just as Parliament was closing for Christmas. Jeremy Hunt posted a youtube clip, giving his response. He’s not been heard of or from since. And his response? More inquiries and get the CQC to broaden their inspection range. Weak, weak, weak.

NHS England (who commissioned the report) issued a statement, that three days on, I’ve forgotten all about. Whatever it said, it had all the power of a rose scented fart.

Mencap called for….. I dunno really. The sort of thing that Mencap normally calls for.

Monitor? The GMC? Schtum.

In the meantime, Southern Health carry on being Southern Health in their own inimitable way. Katrina Pearcey gave a series of car crash interviews, spouting offensive nonsense whilst ignoring the pleas for her resignation:

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2015-12-10/deaths-of-more-than-1-000-people-not-investigated-by-nhs/

Then yesterday, the son of one of the Southern Health board members decided to attack Sara Ryan on Twitter:

Pest

The Easy Read version of the Mazars report is so far removed from the actual content of the original, that I’d go as far as say that it lies to the readers.

Such a contrast to the beautiful demonstration outside Oxford County hall on Friday with a display of gingerbread men to represent each of the unexpected deaths:

Gingerbread men

Nothing happens. Nothing changes. More people die.

I don’t understand the politics around accountability. Who steps in? Who makes the board accountable? Who can remove KP from her post? Who takes responsibility so people don’t continue to die and have their deaths (and lives) brushed away? What happened to honour?

The words and actions of Southern Health are galaxies apart. Surely, nobody can take their written policies, their action plans, seriously ever again. Surely, like the journalist from ITV Meridian, you have to question their endless “lessons have been learned” spin? Nobody really believes that they put their service users at the heart of everything they do. The reality is the opposite. To paraphrase Master Berryman – the service users are seen as fucking pests. Nuisances amongst the awards and the viral quality.

My apologies for the confused, rambling nature of this post. That’s because I’m confused.

I’ll end on a personal story of my stab at honour. I worked for a counselling agency for 14 years. For thirteen years, it went fine but then the management started to get uneasy about me appearing in the press and on the TV (This was at the time of Steven’s court case). They felt I had compromised my detachment. Then, I made a mistake. I answered a direct question from a client, disclosing something personal. The client then brought up what I told him in an argument with his wife and she complained to the agency. I had lost the confidence of the management and it felt the right thing to do was to resign.

Boom.

Nothing.

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18 Comments
  1. Sheila Hanly permalink

    Who is Morris Parkinson? I ask because I went to look at Steven Berryman’s twitter feed and the person with the photograph on your blog is now called Morris Parkinson and access to his twitter feed is restricted. Still comes up as an option after a Steven Berryman search, though. How strange. The hashtag he used on his tweet about Sara Ryan was so appalling and so revealing. Perhaps they’ve had to shut him down.

  2. Pauline Thomas permalink

    Steven Berryman is out of control. He has embarrassed his father. Will he get put on antipyschotic medication and sent to one of Sloven’s ATU’s.

    • Trudy permalink

      Pauline, he will probably get a job consulting on NHS investigations.

  3. Weary mother permalink

    I had a go at reading the NHS response to the MAzars report.

    My understanding is mainly lessons have been learned – again. And ‘not me guv’s’ ‘all around.

    People with learning disability die too soon.

    They are dying through neglect and lack of care

    Families are viewed as a (fucking) nuicance

    People with LD are seen as less than human.
    Plus:

    1. Many people with learning disabilities, from birth, now cured by fleeting assessment/no longer learning disabled a ‘moderate’.. Not needy. Cost free and fully reb- abled.

    2. Others are seen very briefly by an agency stranger once a week, if they get sick, it is called ‘self’ neglect’

    3. Many people with LD have not had access to health care or health check for years, and dont know they are ill?. By time they do get NHS care they are very sick. And too many die – quietly ?

    4. When things go very wrong in community, LA’s can be ‘cautious’ about taking even serious issues to safeguarding process. Might affect their ratings? No record? How many ….etc ?

    5. ;Justice: Is the ‘have learned’ (nothing) letters, and means grieving families do not complain. Death by neglect figures very flawed ? How many die quietly ?

    6. Vulnerable isolated people enter places like Sloven very sick through this long neglect in community. How many die quietly ?

    7. Some doctors and professionals have ‘casual’ approach to the care of people with LD. Witness the too many recent deaths by indifference, of people with Downs. How many die quietly ?

    8 Currently some LA’s are refusing to (pay) support people with LD to access primary health care or hospital soperson with LD can have months of expensive (clinical psychologist) NHS assessment to prove LD, for who pays, then they get sick while wrangle still going on. How many…etc?

    9 While person with LD in hospital can too often be totally unsupported, where very bad things can happen to them from incompetence and or neglect – and they too can die quietly.

    I am sure this list is very incomplete.

  4. Lizzie D permalink

    No doubt about it – we have got an uphill struggle on our hands. So many things are getting quite unbelievably worse – thanks to people like Osbourne, IDS and Hunt. But, nevertheless, I think some cracks are beginning to appear. Expecting people to do the honest or honourable thing is clearly not likely to happen, but I suspect that KP may be feeling slightly less complacent than she did a year ago.

    Perhaps we could hold on to a “darkest before the dawn” sense as the scandals continue to pile up? The interest and attention span of the mainstream media is more than a bit of a problem, and the successful demonising of those I do not think we can avoid seeing as “vulnerable” has been startlingly succesful. But the silencing and isolating of those of us with different versions of reality is not as easy or successful as it used to be – and I continue to believe that there are good people out there who will join in our outrage if the myths and prejudices and attitudes bordering on corrupt continue to be challenged noisily and openly.

  5. I know I am sounding like a broken record on this but I strongly believe that nothing will change until we (families) are at the helm of the provision ourselves. There are small, mostly unknown family/parent run care services for people with autism and/or LD whose practice is exemplary e.g. Home from Home Care. We need more services like this to knock the socks off standard provision. If young adults had more access to this kind of service, many may never even need ATU type provision.
    In a related field, since setting up a school for children with autism with my husband, we are now in a position where we are quietly using the law to challenge the way that EHC Plans are written and even how autism is understood and described – in a way that will (hopefully) have big implications for how the needs of children are set out in EHC Plans, with a consequent improvement in provision . This is where the opportunities for change are – not requiring us to hold others to account but forging ahead ourselves and using what we know about the rights and entitlements of vulnerable people to set legal precedents to improve services.

  6. Here you go Mr Neary, some analysis of the Sleazy Read and it’s misuse by the Sloves. The Mazars version itself isn’t too bad, it’s the lies, contradictions and spin (what else would we expect) from Southern Health thats shit http://www.georgejulian.co.uk/?p=884

  7. arbrown permalink

    Mark,

    I couldn’t follow all of your thoughts on this last post, but I don’t really know the things you are talking about. However, as I often read your words and recently recommended them to someone who has a son with mental health issues, I thought I should offer some support. And feeling my own words would be inadequate, I wonder if you would mind if I gave you a little Kipling…?

    If you can keep your head when all about you   
        Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
        But make allowance for their doubting too;   
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
        Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
        And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
        If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
        And treat those two impostors just the same;   
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
        Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
        And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
        And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
        And never breathe a word about your loss; 
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
        To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
        Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
        Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
        If all men count with you, but none too much; 
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
        With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
        And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

    Best wishes, even if you lose a battle, don’t lose heart!

    Andy

  8. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Having been in the Court of Protection from October 2006 until the present day, and been subject to the unremitting hostility of all concerned, and their attempts to annihilate me and Martin, realistically I can’t see it will ever change. The fact that it has all happened is so mind blogging that I feel anything that did change it would be beyond anything possible in the modern state. Even to get one tiny drop of accountability is impossible.

  9. Pauline Thomas permalink

    ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’

    Why are all the good men with all the power doing nothing? We have good men/women out there fighting for the truth and justice but none with the power to remove Sloven’s leaders.

    If Sloven were a failing school, the board would have been relieved of their well paid jobs years ago.

  10. Trudy permalink

    Pauline

    For me the most accurate description I have read of the CE KP. is ‘the poster girl for the ‘Peters Principle’.

    From all the information on SHFT a ‘ leader’ with any sense of shame, or with a blister of integrity and self knowledge, and even a teeny touch of compassion would have fallen on their sword years ago, and not continue as KP does to arrogantly and clumsily skewer the grieving families she failed.

    Her getting her jotters asap will send a message of hope that things may just change for the better, if not…..,

    heaven help us all.

    SHE MUST GO.

    • nic permalink

      she surely must and I believe she will, before Spring and that would be a message of hope I agree. Mr Hunt need only announce it is required she goes along with her colleagues, the handful of directors out. Deep cleans are routine within the NHS. Nothing need be destabilized by her departure. The young man tweeting hostility and personal insult needs to find his voice again, if it was his ? no one can tell unless a statement is made. Looking often at their welcome page but nothing to see, unbelievable.

      • But, as with all management, it will probably be, lay low with huge contractual pay out, for a few years, and then pop up, to take charge of a charity/ public sector project or job.

        It is the governments, now for the past 25 years, who have caused,, this wholesale neglect, suffering, abuse and torture, of our most vulnerable, and their families.

        And even SLOVEN, is now being allowed to be sacrificed, as the excuse to privatise, all mental health, and move to local ‘specialist’ hospitals, owned by residential support providers- monopoly venture capital, where danger of death/ abuse, is even worse, as shown by the treatment of Thomas Rawnsley in just such provision.

  11. Lisa permalink

    The only way forward .

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