The Ill Wind of 1000+ Learning Disabled Deaths
Sometimes I am accused of bad taste when I write a Committee Room Five piece for this blog.
After today, I think Committee Room Five is no more. Nothing in that fictional Newport Pagnellshire Majestum could ever come close to the stinking, festering tasteless suggestion from the latest Southern Health Board minutes.
Over the past few years, we have repeatedly heard Southern Health announce that they have learned lessons from the horrendous crimes they inflict on learning disabled people. Today, we can see that they have learned another lesson – how to make sackloads of money out of the disaster they have created.
Mencap have a representative on the Southern Health Board of Governors. Her name is Liz Hall. It should be good. The “Voice of learning disability” has an input and could offer an important insight in addressing the zillions of issues raised by the Mazers Report, Monitor, the CQC, Several Coroners, the Health Secretary, NHS England, etc etc.
Instead, the spokesperson for the “Voice of learning disability” chose to vomit all over the people she claims to represent.
I can’t write any more. I am too shocked and repulsed by this latest nauseating turn of events. I’m filing this post in an attempt to stop myself putting my fist through the wall.
Here is Liz Hall’s minuted contribution to the latest Southern Health Board Meeting:
“This sad affair with Connor Sparrowhawk has triggered off, at last, the enormous training issues that are still prevalent in society, including general hospitals, education establishments, training of the public, schools, the police force, etc. Shall I go on? However, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good and indeed one feels that perhaps Connor’s parents can take some comfort from this tragedy that has at last shown up the enormous ‘gap’ in training that has been shown up. It’s not only in Hampshire and Oxfordshire – sadly it’s still there all over England and in many other countries in the world. So here is our opportunity to begin some very exciting training of the public, police forces, nurses, doctors, school teachers, social workers and above all hospital staff on how to communicate with those with learning disabilities and involve their families more effectively in their care and life styles which we as a health authority, along with the rest of England begin to understand how one communicates, protects, and includes more of us all in their lives. We have achieved it better with other groups or so called disabled people so let’s begin to engage in training – we could make some money out of it too.”
CoG 26.01.2016 Agenda Item 02 – Extraordinary CoG 05.01.2016 Page 6 of 19
And least we forget. This is what Southern Health consider award winning, top class training, worth every penny of £1m:
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