The latest edition of Private Eye (No 1288) arrived this morning, and a quick read plus a couple of hours spent researching and reading further have proved most revealing. The home stretch (article heading!) may be somewhat encouraging, but then you discover that the wheels of justice have all but ground to a halt. (Sorry, no link available to the article because it’s subscription only!) But I hope the Eye won’t object to a brief quote:
“Nine years after formal complaints were first made about neglect and abuse of elderly residents of Lynde House, run at the time by Chai “Diddums” Patel’s Westminster “Care” Homes, the case against two nurses rumbles on – occasionally.
The adjourned disciplinary hearing is not due to resume until the end of July, with other dates listed in November and clearly no chance of reaching a conclusion until next year.”
According to the Eye – allegedly!
Why has this case caught my attention? Because I’m only 4 years along a similar road.
A little digging unearthed the Lynde House Independent Investigation Report from May 2002. Plus a whole host of related information, through each year almost from 2002 to the present.
Jay Rayner from 2002 – A home unfit for heroes in the Guardian.
2005 report on Dr Chai Patel and the GMC disciplinary hearing Care home head denies misconduct – BBC
2008 Lexology allows everyone to see how long and winding is the road to justice, open to manipulation, in the best interests of ….. well, it doesn’t take long to work that one out, but it’s not in the best interests of care home residents who are at risk, their families or their supporters.
If anyone can tell me what has changed since 2002, I would be enormously grateful.
Why am I denied access to a Report produced by an Independent Consultant – commissioned by the Mental Health Care of Older People team but then snatched by the Local Authority as their own property – into the neglect and subsequent death of my relative at risk in care?
Why is that report concealed behind the closed doors of the powerful but pathetic Local Authority? The Lynde House Investigation Report bears such enormous similarities and is available in the public domain.
Why is a local authority able to provide such a barrier to justice, protecting itself and its Care provider in the UK?
Why is a Care provider in the UK able to provide such a barrier to justice?
Do they have more to hide than we know?
Am I likely to be required to spend a further 5 years of my life trying to achieve that thing we call justice? If anyone reading this has any words of wisdom to offer me, I will be for ever in your debt and you will be for ever on my seasonal greetings list.