The Care Quality Commission issued a warning notice to Sloven. Ahead of publishing the latest inspection report that took place in January (after publication of the Mazars review and Jezza Hunt’s apparently serious engagement in the House of Commons on December 10th). This warning notice allowed NHS Improvement (previously Monitor (I know.. keep up..) to issue a statement saying they’ve put an additional condition into the Trust’s licence allowing NHS Improvement to make changes at board level.
This now opens a space for some serious action to take place. Particularly given that the still to be published CQC inspection clearly demonstrates continuing failings by Sloven on top of the harrowing findings revealed by the #Mazars review and numerous CQC inspections over nearly three years. That they only made improvements after the warning notice suggests they don’t have a bloody clue.
A laborious and painstaking approach that needs to be followed to allow effective action to happen.
How was today for us?
I came out of a meeting at 1pm. To emails from the CQC and NHS Improvement. Calls from the BBC/ITV. Reading the CQC statement I felt a mix of rage, despair, distress, sadness and more rage. I arranged to go to BBC Oxford late afternoon. ITV Meridian to interview Rich. Updates during the afternoon about an anticipated statement from the Sloven CEO. Work (again) parked for another weekend/evening slot. Meal at mate’s house postponed.
Expectation and anticipation.
Katrina Percy, Mike Petter and the board would have to go. That was obvious. You cannot, given everything that’s happened, keep talking about making changes and doing crap all (or worse). The continuing and clearly evidenced shite was not only damning for Sloven but was also turning a spotlight on the Care Quality Commission and NHS Improvement. How much more non regulation could possibly (not) happen?
She said she wasn’t going to resign. She needed to lead. And then talked about leading in a way that no leader ever would. I spent a couple of hours in BBC Oxford. BBC News, live BBC 24 hour news and BBC Radio Oxford. Live BBC News was streamed in the various spaces I hung out in. LB’s photo constantly in the background.
I came out in early evening sunshine. Into Summertown. The 700 bus came along. I caught it instead of changing buses in Oxford. The bus finished it’s route in the grounds of the JR hospital. Where LB didn’t die.