The first thing to remember is that criticism and whistleblowing will not to be tolerated, as British practice reminds us every day.
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This, of course, if probably the key point: not that the administration of the hospital went rotten but that it was allowed to go on rotting for year after year, with, apparently, no complaints being made, or, if such complaints were made, no action being taken.
There are many unanswered questions here: Did no patient or family complain to his or her Member of Parliament? Did no Members of Parliament complain to the Minister? Did no doctor or nurse or administrator or even cleaner complain to their professional bodies or unions, and, if they did so complain, why was no action taken? Is nobody really responsible for hospital; standards? Are the British people actually so mentally and spiritually bludgeoned by socialism and nanny-statism that they took it all for granted? The fact the mistreatment of patients should have been able to go on for so long uninterrupted seems in a way worse and more disturbing than the mistreatment itself. Where is the initiative? Where is the gumption? Why did it take so long for any decent honest anger to be generated? Although the government behaved — perhaps with good reason — as if it thought it could get away with treating this as a one-off aberration, it looks like a general systemic and even cultural and spiritual failure of the sort associated with the latter days of the USSR.
Local Tory MP Bill Cash has now raised the question of charges of corporate manslaughter being laid but it remains to be seen if anything will happen in that direction.
After the general story of the hospital broke, the Daily Mail found another angle. It reported:
Chief executive Martin Yeates told the parents of 20-year-old John Moore-Robinson it was time to “move on” [after] Mr. Moore-Robinson died because doctors at the hospital failed to discover he had ruptured his spleen in a cycling accident.
They sent him home with pain-killers — and he bled to death. A year later, an inquest told the hospital to improve its standard of care. But it was another nine months before Mr. Yeates wrote to the family.
He told them: “I hope that the way the matters have been resolved speedily will go some way to help and your family feel that it’s time to put the matter behind you and move on. Please accept my apologies and regret for the death of your son.”
Apart from the stunning arrogance with which this letter seems to drip (How grimly accurate does Evelyn Waugh’s prediction of a socialist Britain as a two-class state of proletariat and officials seem!), one wonders what actually happened following that particular inquest result — apparently nothing. It has recently emerged that warnings — apparently quite unaccompanied by action — were raised about the hospital’s standards as long ago as 2002.
Patient groups are said to be angered that Cynthia Bower, who was chief executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, the organization with responsibility for checking standards at the hospital, from July 2006, is to set to become the new head of the health super-regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?