While writing about Devon days, life, loss and inhumanity yesterday evening, I received this email from NHS England:
Following a series of comments regarding the accuracy of methods of reporting to national NHS incident reporting systems, as set out in the Mazars report, Mazars have made some further amendments to their report.Publication:We have been working towards a date of publication w/c 7th December. However, this is now not possible. There is a meeting being scheduled for the 11th December, with Mazars and NHS England national team to agree publication date and process.This will include the planning for support for families, who may seek information post publication.ERG will be sent final report ahead of publication, together with the communication handling plan.Kind regards
ERG stands for Expert Reference Group.
WTAF stands for What the Actual Fuck?
Er, why has the publication date, process and planning support for families not been organised before now? How can further delay possibly be necessary? The report content was known in the summer. The full version circulated at the beginning of September. Why is a meeting with Mazars necessary to arrange publication date? They were commissioned to write a report. They’ve written it. It’s up to NHS England to decide on a publication date.
NHS England who fell over themselves to publish the (crap) Verita 2 report they also commissioned six weeks ago now. With no scrutiny. They have pored over the Mazars review with microscopic intensity. Prevaricating, posturing, ignoring the significance of what this report represents and the right of the public to know. To know that our national health service has acted as a national death service for a group of people. In full view.
Scandalous, harrowing. Unforgivable. Sloven may have rushed to buff up their dire practice with a shedful of new processes but the delay in publication allows similar practice in other Trusts to go unchecked. For the deaths to continue. Extraordinary.
The problem is, I think, that these lives (and deaths) are not considered worthy enough for the magnitude of the scandal the Mazars review reveals. Does that make sense? Learning disabled people can’t be allowed to disrupt the complacency of NHS England, Sloven or the CQC. It’s almost an embarrassment. Particularly after the Winterbourne View faux activity. And talk of transforming care. All that handwringing, those national programmes, endless meetings, croissants, and fuck knows how much time, money and the like. While an NHS Trust quietly went about its business burying all the bodies.
I wrote yesterday about not knowing how I would ever get out of bed on Sunday after remembering what life used to be like. Today I’m supposed to go to a meeting in London. But I can’t get out of bed.
I feel ill.