Friday afternoon I left work mid afternoon and went to the cemetery. The outcome of the ‘settlement’ reached on Wednesday was impossible to make sense of. I just kept crying. On the bus home I received an emailed letter from Lesley Stevens (Sloven Medical Director). About the unethical study they are conducting into families experiences of their death review process. The letter inviting people to take part is being reviewed and revised by three ‘service users’, the Health Research Authority have said no ethics approval (or ethical thought apparently) is necessary and Stevens defends the use of the questions being asked of bereaved families (e.g If the review process had been perfect – if it had been everything that you would want it to be, what would it have looked like for you?) with reference to the “Magic wand” question:
“if you had a magic wand, and could have three wishes granted…” (see Verma, N., (2014) Appreciative Inquiry: Practitioners’ Guide for Generative Change and Development) and the standard Solution Focused “miracle” or “future perfect” question: “Suppose a miracle happened tonight?” (see Jackson & McKergow (2002), The Solutions Focus: The simple way to positive change).”
I read the letter. Blinked. Read it again. And bizarrely (after all this time) realised that Lesley Stevens and a sizeable chunk of the Sloven board will simply never understand (or refuse to understand) that LB died. Or engage with what #JusticeforLB has revealed over the past three years. The burying of the agreed public statement in a PDF, off a link from the Sloven news page, demonstrates the same old, same old, contempt and fakery despite an apparent “successfully mediated settlement” reached on Wednesday. A point not lost on others…
This afternoon I sorted out some photos for Open Democracy who are going to publish the public statement as a word document so it’s permanently searchable online. [A PDF is not…]
As I did, I thought again about Steven’s reference to “a magic wand” or “a miracle” happening. And wondered [again]… how can these people possibly be in charge of an NHS trust? Still.