The Southern Health Sidewinder.
Trumpets. Fanfares. Katrina Percy has resigned as CEO of Southern Health Foundation Trust.
Here’s the BBC report – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37221250
But hang on. Before you crack open the bubbly and throw yourself into the Berryman’s moat in a gesture of unfettered celebration, she has resigned. But she hasn’t gone.
This is senior NHS management we’re talking about. A resignation has a completely different meaning in those quarters.
KP has resigned as CEO but will still be employed by Southern Health, on exactly the same salary as before to take on a strategic/advisory role. It’s pointless trying to make any sense of the foul waste of money in the NHS – it is a law unto itself. Interim Chair, Mike Smart, reckons that she is great value for money in this new role. She will now be offering advice from her vault of knowledge to GPs in the Southern Health catchment area.
Just imagine you’re a Portsmouth based GP & you’ve just completed a 10 hour surgery in your practice. You glance out of the window and see Katrina parking up her car. Where do you hide? Do you hurl yourself into the sharps dispenser? Do you rip off your skin and pretend to be a skeleton behind your examination couch? The last thing you want is to be on the receiving end of her £180K per annum wisdom.
Why did she resign?
Was it because 100s of people died in the Trust’s care and their deaths were not deemed worthy of an investigation? No.
Was it because the Mazars report ripped your leadership credibility to shreds? No.
Was it because the Verita 1 report showed the lengths you went to, to downplay the death of Connor Sparrowhawk? No.
Was it because the CQC now have a permanent parking space to deliver another complete failure report? No.
Was it because questions are being asked about how KP was able to award huge contracts to former associates? No.
This is why KP resigned (from her own statement):
“the effect ongoing personal media attention has had on staff and patients” had made her position as boss of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust untenable.
Bloody media. Poking their noses in. Rocking the Flotilla.
So inevitable that it would be for reasons of “media attention” that finally brings about her resignation. For a woman and an organisation totally preoccupied with its awards and PR, it would be the only thing that matters. All those learning disabled people who have died certainly didn’t matter.
The media were paying attention because of pathological failure of an organisation over many years. But read both KP’s and Mike Smart’s statements today and failure has been airbrushed out of the picture. The masters of spin don’t know when to stop.
It’s also incredible that KP was concerned about the effect the media attention was having on patients. Nearly all the patients I’ve seen interviewed in the Media have been petrified about the lethal service being offered to them.
Just go away Ms Percy and take your whole stinking viral quality, tea parties, award winning leadership with you.