Found out earlier the disciplinary process for the staff member we referred is delayed. Again. An extension has been granted for additional time to read through records. We referred this person in May 2013.
“I’m not being funny”, I said, on the phone, “But all this delay stuff is always on the part of the system; the Department of Health, the NHS, the CCG, the local authority. And it impacts on families who are utterly devastated. Crushed by the process. And who have nothing to answer to. We’re 20 months on from LB’s death and no accountability. Just waiting. On wait.”
How can this possibly be?
No real answer. Though very apologetic engagement.
On the bus home I read this tweet. And again my brain screamed there’s simply no excuse to delay any part of the process of accountability. It’s the absolute minimum that should be done when you’ve got something so catastrophically wrong. I can’t describe the additional pain generated as weeks, months and years go past and fuck all happens.
This established practice of embedded, accepted and unremarked upon (by those with any sniff of power) delay needs stamping out. It’s simply inhumane.