The process

195 days on (in?) and the internally commissioned external investigation into LB’s death is due to be completed soon. 195 days. Iron cage stuff. Before these 195 days there were the 107 days. 107 days that LB was in the unit. 302 days. And the stuff before that.

Blimey. Numbers. I’m not a number person at all, but these numbers are important. They add up. An unspeakable, unimaginable experience over so many days.

This report will signal a moving along of the ‘process’.  A process that seems to operate largely to chew the insides out of ‘bereaved’ families (despite the best efforts of INQUEST.org and the INQUEST lawyers group). Next stage; the organisation/planning of the inquest.

Tomorrow will be 196 days. Or 303 days. And the stuff before that.

 

5 thoughts on “The process

  1. Sara All thoughts are with you as you travel the loneliest of roads! PROCESS….its as if PROCESS & SYSTEM are a living breathing entity….PEOPLE created them, PEOPLE work in them! PEOPLE can change them!
    2 months after Richard’s tragic death, I made contact with the Trust and asked for their Investigation Report….NOTHING! Meanwhile Dad had died and emotionally I was struggling, I had assumed the Trust must be investigating my sons tragic death but NO! So when I jumped up and down, the trust said were granting me a Critical Incident Review (CIR) and this was chosen over an Serious Untoward Incident Review (SUI) for “timely reasons” ….I thought well “critical” sounds important and the avoidable death of my child is CRITICAL! Policy also said “completion in 4 weeks” (as opposed to 6 weeks with an SUI) BUT it took 8 months and even then it was whitewashed! The Trust withheld key documentation from the Inquest hearing (over a year after Richard’s death)and therefore the Jury/counsel/family were kept in the dark. Seems the vital 72 Hr Report was withheld too!
    Please make contact if you want any info! I have found that formally agreeing the Terms of Reference (ToR)for any investigation is vital. “They” wont like it tho! Seems the ToR is where the Devil hides the detail!
    Richard died almost 8 and a half years ago and I am still in the system. It would have been Richard’s birthday tomorrow & people asking questions like you is an enormous help, thank you.

    • Hi Dee, I hope tomorrow isn’t too awful for you. What happened with Richard is terrible and here’s to some effective change. I don’t know how people sleep at night really. xxx

  2. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE WAITED FOR THE HORRIBLE LENGTHY PROCESS TO BE OVER KNOW THEIR ARE NO WORDS, NO ACTIONS OR THOUGHTS THAT CAN CONSOLE THE LOST OF THESE YOUNG GIFTED LIFES. ONE JUST HOPES IT HIGHLIGHTS THESE TRAGIC FAILINGS SO MORE FAMILIES DON’T GO THROUGH THIS HORRIFIC GRIEF PROCESS. WE ALSO WANT TO BE ACTIVE BUT DON,T WANT TO HALT THIS OFFICIAL PROCEDURE OR PROLONG IT UNECESSARILY. AS TO HOW OR WHERE TO READ THIS REPORT ONLY YOU CAN ANSWER THIS SARA, YOU HAVE SHARED SO MUCH OF LB HIS INSIGHTS AND YOURS THIER ARE MANY PEOPLE HONOURED AND GRATEFULL FOR THIS. AS ALWAYS MY LOVE ANN.

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