We received two weighty boxes of inquest bundles on Friday. (Bundles are lever arch files of well organised, numbered documents.) The ‘medical records’ bundle contains records we ain’t seen before. Despite requesting all of LB’s records in July 2013.
Our solicitor repeatedly requested missing records during those early months. Documents dribbled in. Peppered with ‘Oh yes we have!‘…and then ‘Er, missing docs attached’ type responses. In February 2014 came the extraordinary realisation that none of the unit records we had were complete. We’d never received full copies of unit meeting minutes before or after LB died. Leaving us unaware that his seizure activity was disputed and dismissed.
[Can you imagine?]
Katrina Percy wrote to us in Feb 2014 apologising for this evidence of her piss poor leadership. A letter sent the day the first Verita report was published. [She didn’t mention the words piss poor or leadership but that’s what it was. The odd mistake may be ‘explained’ away as an error. When mistakes start stacking, up as they have and continue to do so, it can only be piss poor leadership.]
In November 2014 the coroner sent us copies of the Initial Management Assessment (IMA) [I think that’s what it stands for] report and 72 hour SIRI document, neither of which we’d received. Over a year after LB died. More key documents slipping through the flakey Sloven disclosure net.
And yesterday, even more unseen footage…
We simply don’t understand how an NHS Trust can get away with such blatant disregard of candour and transparency. Without censure. We don’t understand how it’s acceptable that families have to, if they can scrape themselves off the floor long enough and have the resources to do so, police this stuff. We have excellent legal representation, costs covered by remarkable fundraising actions of all sorts of people and pro bono support. We’ve also research skills that enable us to wade through this shite and identify omissions, crap and dishonesty. A lot of people don’t.
I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve (repeatedly) said These are public bodies… How can this be? How often we’ve been let down by people who must know the implications and consequences of their actions. They may have particular job titles/authority but they’re still human at the end of the day. Just baffling. With an icey core.
Back to the bundles. No surprise that the biggest bundle in the bundle box is the ‘Sloven Policy bundle’. A remarkable 1030 pages of policies and procedures.
Nothing slipping through the net here of course. Nah. I won’t bother checking.