I was astonished to get a call from BBC Radio Oxford (love em) yesterday about the new failed CQC inspection at Slade House. Eh? I said. A what? Slade House?
Yep. Turns out Slade House 2, which has six patients, failed on management/leadership and staffing. There was no registered manager and no nursing staff available (or even on site) overnight despite two patients with complex health care needs (which, er, don’t stop when darkness falls). Nah. A joke. Surely. I thought. A unit, a stones throw from where LB died, in which patients lives are endangered by inadequate staffing levels? And failing leadership/management? (Though clearly superhuman efforts on the part of some frontline staff). That can’t possibly be. Each patient is funded at a cost of around £3500/£4000 a week. Not providing nursing staff overnight is simply obscene.
[Not just on the part of Sloven but also the part of the commissioners (Oxon CCG and the Oxon County Council) who are apparently content to pay enormous sums of money for crap all. Not only consigning people to lives devoid of an imagined future but also leaving them in spaces of risk and danger. Can you imagine? Can you begin to imagine what this must be like to experience? No one comes out of this with sniff of integrity or decency.]
I was genuinely bewildered. How many CQC fails are the Slovens trying to chalk up in the ‘north of their patch’? How low can you go? How crap can you actually be while your Chief Exec tweets bland and empty nonsense about ‘leadership’?
Well, that leads us back to the big old million dollar (sorry) question really. Why did the Sloves want to take over the Ridgeway Partnership back in the day? Mmm. Worth a little bit of back to the future stuff. Back to early 2012… and a delvelet back to the heady days of the Ridgeway Roadshow….[I feel chilled thinking that I could have easily driven past this meeting, a short distance from home.. without sniff of what was to happen and our dealings with this bunch].
Take it away Katrina Percy, Sloven CEO. Roadshow Rodeo Extraordinaire. Why do you want to take over the Ridgeway?
The first big thing for us is to create a big voice for learning disabled people..
Eh? A big voice? Wow. Just wow. How the hell did you try to do this? By allowing the Oxon patch of your provision to sink into such malaise drenched disarray that LB died [he died?] and the CQC failed inspection after inspection after inspection?
Sadly there are even more billy bullshit arguments from 2012: Moving quickly on – from a set of such meaningless statements I want to stab myself in the eye with a sharp stick coated in scotch bonnet chillis – we’re left, quite simply, with not much more than the £8 million reserve and good old Chunky Poundland. Mmm. Awkward. So blinking awkward and wrong.
If Sloven lose the contract in Oxfordshire (which lets face it, ain’t looking unlikely given their track record of such consistently abject shite) they can hypothetically/ allegedly withdraw to Sloven Towers, leaving their ‘patch in the north’ without a backwards glance, clutching a full to bursting bag of Oxon designated bullion.
To borrow from the legendary Ron Burgundy. As ever. Stay classy Sloven. And next time you want to ‘create a big voice for learning disabled people’, park it eh?