Heard tonight, on the old grapevine (thank you grapevine) that Katrina Percy, Sloven CEO, was in Oxford last week. Shudder. Announcing the sale of Sloven Oxfordshire properties and the Slade House site where LB died. [Howl].
Sloven acquired, through a bit of a flaky process (reflections on the due diligence process here) the contract for providing services in Oxfordshire. A contract that apparently contained no clause around what happened to land/property if this organisation didn’t deliver and failed to improve services.Someone said to us, back in the day, that LB’s death and the subsequent shutting of STATT and John Sharich House on the Slade House site could allegedly make it easier to flog the site.
Apparently, when prescribed land/property use has failed for a two year year period, planning permission to do something different is a doddle. In effect, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) and Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) seem to have gifted premium land /properties to a bunch of ‘out of town cowboys’. Or, in current gameshow speak, Sloven have been given a steal (of filthy lucre).
Stupidity. Utter stupidity. Corruptness? Incompetence? Or all three. How could this possibly be?
An NHS Trust, swallowing up failing provision after a right royal roadshow;
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/38158627″>Katrina’s Ridgeway Message</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/southernhealth”>Southern Health</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
“Superb, world class services” my arse. Evidence of failing to investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths across a four year period while merrily lining up the sale of prime land in a county 100 miles away from Sloven towers. Leeching much needed resources from Oxfordshire. Katrina Percy then pitches up, around the two year anniversary of official failure, to announce the sale.
You are fucking kidding me?
We have strong local light shining gang which is something. My Life My Choice, our MP, Andrew Smith and the continued focus of BBC Oxford journalists. Andrew Smith wrote to OCC and OCCG in April 2013 expressing his concern about the obvious dip in staff morale after the Sloven take over of Ridgeway, and has remained deeply concerned at the potential sale of the site and loss of money to the county.
BBC Radio Oxford have been terrier like over this sordid tale, repeatedly airing the latest unfoldings and doing their best to hold Sloven and others to account. My Life My Choice met with the Sloven Board Chair, Mike Petter, and put some pretty hard hitting questions to him.
In answer to a question about the sale of Slade House, he answered:
“If it is sold by Southern Health, the money will go back into Learning Disability Services in Oxfordshire. If somebody else sells it, they might have a different idea.”
Bit of a funny answer about ‘someone else selling it’. But clearly stating Sloven will not be taking the money out of the county.
Earlier today I did a guest lecture for Oxford Brookes sociology students. I usually do a disability lecture (on their sociology of health and illness module). This year I was asked to talk about #JusticeforLB.
I rattled through Valuing People (2001), Valuing People Now (2008), Winterbourne View (2011), Winterbourne View Serious Case Review (2012) Transforming Care: a national response to Winterbourne View (2012), Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of Learning Disabled People (March 2013) and Winterbourne View 2 years on (June 2013). All a complete and utter waste of resources. With pics of the kids at these key points.
I then played The Tale of Laughing Boy.
Pin drop stuff.
The students were engaged and got it. Sensible questions and bewilderment. I didn’t mention the Slade House site though. I stupidly believed Mike Petter.