Blimey. A right old trudge across pain filled terrain. Dotted with regular state sanctioned batterings. For over two years. Patches, drops and buckets of brilliance along the way in the shape of #JusticeforLB. Thank goodness.
And then yesterday. The Mazars death review leaked to the BBC. Less than 24 hours later a 35 minute debate in the House of Commons. Heidi Alexander, Shadow Health Minister, putting an Urgent Question to Jeremy Hunt. Love her. He ducked some answers and answered some unasked questions. The review methodology was sorted.
Sloven trended on twitter. Katrina Percy and senior colleagues went into hiding. NHS England left an out of office ‘publication by Christmas’ message. More than a 1000 families left hanging.
We’ve lived with the Mazars findings for a few months now. A report that, once read, leaves you in a space in which sense making is impossible. This is clear from the response to the tiny slice of it offered by Michael Buchanan’s excellent coverage. Debates in both the Commons and Lords earlier today demonstrate remarkable and unusual cross party concern, horror and engagement.
Sloven’s entrenched and ludicrous ‘it wasn’t us guv’ position compounds the seriousness of the findings.
BBC Breakfast coverage this morning included a video clip of LB, aged around 6, tangled up in his duvet. Peeking, cheeking and oozing happiness.
We’ve chatted a lot about what he would think about these latest developments. As we do. He’d have probably found the media coverage and parliamentary debates fascinating and important. Repeatedly (and I mean repeatedly) asking ‘Has the Mazars review been published, mum?’ and ‘Why not, mum?’
I don’t know what I’d have said to him, back in the day. I’d have probably dredged up some explanation/excuse and fobbed him off. Explained the delay away.
Now I’d say ‘Because they can and they do.’