Boom. Fizz. Pffft. Nothing.
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:
Then yesterday, the son of one of the Southern Health board members decided to attack Sara Ryan on Twitter:
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:
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.
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