Whilst agonising how we could adequately reflect the anger and frustration felt by governors, bereaved families, carers and others who met NHS Improvement this week, the following ‘Open Letter’ to the Secretary of State arrived. It says it all:
There is little to add, other than for context. On 4th July 2016, NHS Improvement wrote:
“We fully appreciate that the trust needs help to improve quickly and we are providing that help, working closely with the CQC and Healthwatch, whose role it is to represent the views of patients.”
Read more background here→ and then reread the last three paragraphs of the ‘Open Letter’ above: they speaks for themselves. It appears that key NHSI executives have not even seen Smart’s much vaunted
whitewash Board Capability Review (costing £116,477) the results of which he announced on 30th June 2016.
And one more thing, the same NHSI Executives also have not seen the Holder Report – a damming indictment of Southern Health’s Board and its attitude to health and safety – written as long ago as 2012 but clearly ignored.
Families, who lost loved-ones in battle, at least have the comfort of knowing their relatives died in making the world a better and safer place.
Families, who lost loved-ones at Southern Health, deserve the same consolation of knowing their relatives died so that future patients might live. They are not so comforted – the reverse is the case. Southern Health and NHSI’s actions and inaction only serve to make matters worse.
Wake up Jim Mackey, where are you?
Click here to email Jim.