I went to Helsinki this weekend. To catch up with my mate Ulla and her cheeky kidlets. The sea was frozen. There was a blizzard. And on the rooftops workers shovelled snow. Protecting pedestrians from risk of ice falls.
It was fun. It was blooming cold. A different landscape. Frozen sea. Frozen sea. Ice bucket lanterns. Life organised in negotiation/engagement with extreme weather conditions.
In a blink I was back on the coach to Oxford. No snow. My phone working again. A text from Agent T alerting me to papers for the Sloven Governors meeting. Over a hundred pages. I half skimmed them, blearily peering out of the window at the passing motorway. Dull. Damp. Dark. No snow.
Among the jargon filled pages was a statement from a Mencap appointed governor. An extraordinary statement that went unchallenged at the time and was published in full in the minutes (p18). We should take comfort from the gap in training LB’s death has made visible and this could be an opportunity for Sloven to fill this gap. Followed by yet another non apology from the Board chair.
On behalf of the Trust, Mike apologised for the failings in care that had led to Connor’s death”.
I don’t know. I don’t know if Sloven are just uber shite or whether this level of unreflective, stupid, ill formed, half arsed minuted (and agreed?) commentary is typical to most Trusts. I hope the former because if it is endemic we are all fucked.
Meanwhile, a hastily (half) convened gaggle of Monitor/CQC bods with clipboards pitched up to vaguely look at the Sloven roof tops after publication of the Mazars review. Half wagging fingers at teetering snow. Empty gesturing. Missing the point. Deliberately missing the point. Which is almost too awful to contemplate…
It really doesn’t matter that certain people die [die?] early.
[Apparently three Sloven governors resigned at their meeting yesterday. And there is more whistleblowing afoot. Thank you].