Not an awful lot to say about this snippet from the paperwork prepared for the next Governing Body meeting of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (30th Jan).
Other than what other part of the NHS would/could possibly report such statements?
Because STATT closed, commissioners have had to place patients in the Ridgeway Centre in Wycombe. A unit they’ve had ongoing safeguarding concerns about. Seriously? We’re talking about a hugely vulnerable group of patients here. So there were concerns about STATT that were ignored for a few years. The CQC (pah, pesky interfering bunch) identify serious failings, so patients are sent to another Southern Health provision where there are, er, ongoing safeguarding concerns. Am I missing something?
The decision has (now?) been made not to place in the Ridgeway Centre. Blimey. So a service is being commissioned that isn’t fit for purpose. How does that work?
A few questions that bounce around my (lay) head:
- Do the commissioners give a flying fuck about the patients they seem to be consistently consigning to substandard care?
- Have they considered commissioning effective support that might prevent the need for admittance to an assessment unit?
- Has any thought been given to commissioning services that aren’t crap?
- How crap do Southern Health have to be before decisions are made about not commissioning them at all? The evidence is stacking up like billy-o.
- Does Southern Health have some sort of hold over Oxfordshire commissioners, local authority, safeguarding board? Some skelos in the cupboard? There must be an explanation for this consistent audit trail of utter shite.
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