Not my usual stuff but I was incensed – the more I delved the worse it got.
Above is all that is wrong in one picture of the organisation she headed, Dame Jo Williams saying ‘sorry’ for suggesting a whistleblower had mental health problems at select committee hearing, though what good that did is still debatable.
The ongoing drip drip of investigations and stories of malpractice in the NHS makes the supposedly newly vamped CQC out to be still an outfit not fit for purpose.
The latest issue of Private Eye who have been on their case for longer than would be necessary if there had been any serious improvement in their performance in supposedly stopping the appalling mistreatment of patients in certain sectors of the NHS, especially care homes, was further highlighted with the story of the inaction to put right serious inadequacies at the Charles Court home in Hereford, the story is well mapped in PE but describes a saga covering nearly three years and the total failure of the CQC to stop what was going on.
Despite numerous visits and inspectors finding serious cases of malpractice the home was put under a series of warning notices that were either ignored or placated with assurances of new practices to be put in place and/or strict monitoring despite supposed ‘improvements ‘ the home still failed on many counts and is still functioning, as the whistleblower Eileen Chubb says at the end of the article “how many people need to suffer and die before the CQC is held to account”.
This of course is not an isolated case but what is angering many people , relatives and those who have been on the receiving end of this negligence is that since the Cynthia Bower fiasco not that much has advanced.
Reading their web site makes you wonder what they are really about, targets seem all important but if that is the case judging by the paltry amount of warnings given out(and warnings would appear to be all that they are) the targets are set very low, it would suggest ticking boxes is a substitute for any meaningful action as in closing an institution down after umpteen warnings and repeated failings, after all we are talking about peoples lives and not wether cucumbers measure up to an EU directive.
The mindset that would appear to prevail in so many of our public institutions, by historical pervasiveness or sheer incompetence by those at the top of these organisations who more than ever refuse to accept any sort of liability for not doing their job is now made worse when politicians who themselves are more worried about a bad backdraught than a solution back up the organisation and the individuals even when 1200 deaths or more are involved.
The willingness to speak out in public on anything but such as Saville or gay marriage as also does the MSM gives ample time – and time does make a lot of people forget – conveniently, does rightly give the impression or worse that nothing of substance will change other than another useless inquiry and perhaps a few deckchairs shuffled
What the cost of this moribund outfit costs I could not fathom, but you can be sure those in charge will never have to worry about staying in a public hospital or any of the other worries facing elderly people and others at these ever more difficult times, I always find the charging of public servants/or bodies by other public bodies a strange way of moving our money about and wonder what is the real point, the link below highlights a pretty good example of something that is completely pointless other than to enlarge the coffers of the CQC for reasons that escape me at this time.
None of this is new, Mid Staffs has only breached the surface and bought the problem out to the wider population, the mistreatment or nontreatment of the elderly in particular has been going on in hospitals for years but has never been seen to be that important in a world where celebrity rules the front pages so has gone on anyway as no one or no body has ever been bought to book, even Harold Shipman got away with it, but at least some sort of justice prevailed, it really is time that “angry of Tunbridge Wells” actually got angry with all who have been involved in the whitewash that has gone on for far to long.