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Care Circus is back in town next week

Well, here we go again.

Next week the Care Circus is back in town.

The latest batch of NMC hearings is about to stir its loins again and get on with the work that it was charged with handling long ago on 1 October 2008.  That was only a few very short months after you died, thanks to the rubbish care that came your way, courtesy of Care UK and Lennox House so-called care home in Islington, London.

It was also a few very short months after I’d asked so many questions of Islington’s Mental Health Care of Older People team, and then Islington’s Social Services, and then the CQC (or CSCI as it was called back at the beginning of 2008), and the Coroner’s Office, and Islington’s Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Team, and  most of all of Care UK … well, you will know how many questions I asked of them all, each and every one of them.

They don’t like answering questions, do they?  Especially if those demanding but necessary questions are likely to cast a very dim and dark shadow over their (lack of) accomplishments.

Last December 2012, the NMC decided that one nurse involved in your demise should be struck off, from their register of nurses allowed to nurse in the UK.  Another nurse was delivered a 3 year caution order, requiring her to be on her best behaviour.

Next week, 15 to 19 April 2013,  the Circus is back in town.  Fifteen months after the NMC hearings first started, looking in depth at the circumstances surrounding your rapid decline, within 10 days of arrival in that so-called care home, Lennox House, and your admission to hospital in a diabetic coma.  You died 3 weeks later.

The  final 2 cases, still waiting in the wings, are to be dealt with by the NMC next week.

One case  is that of the care home manager, who is mid-way through an interim 9 months suspension order, placed to allow time for her to seek permission for a Judicial Review in the High Court, of the NMC decisions thus far.  The High Court refused permission to seek a Judicial Review.

The clowns will all be wearing their costumes.  Their faces will all be heavily disguised beneath the cake of their make-up.  They will all have their props to support them.  Their scripts will all have been written, re-written and then written again.  Edited, heavily edited, and then edited again.

You weren’t allowed to write a script of  your own, were you?  Let alone edit it.

The script of your final years, months and weeks of your life was snatched from you.  Grabbed by thugs.  The uncaring, unqualified, untrained, unmonitored, unsupervised, unsuitable thugs who were charged with the most basic and fairly simple duty of looking after you.

Next week, they will still be wearing their masks, their costumes  and their heavy make-up.

As they will continue to do year after year.  Uncaring as always.  Unkind in their presentation thus far.  Unwilling to admit that they failed miserably in their duty of care to you, for you and about you.  They didn’t care enough to care.

The chance to wear your dresses, your gentle make-up and to present your smiling face to the world was taken from you.  By the thugs of care.  The thieves of care.  The robbers of care.

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Statement from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

A statement has been issued today by the CQC insisting that all potential care home residents must be screened, before admission, for any identifiable condition that might contribute adversely to the current spending cuts and financial deficit.  The statement, warns leadenly, reminds us and cites the reason for the statement: aching cells go, from bad to worse, so the cost of care will increase dramatically, while the standard of care required will in fact continue along a downward path.  This new screening (the screening ‘tool’ has yet to be published, but it is likely to require a full multi-disciplinary (MDT) assessment of eligibility for care home admission, plus the associated financial assessments, which may from tomorrow be even more stringent than have been applied thus far )  is to form part of the legally required pre-admission assessment from now on, so that both potential resident and care provider can be sure of providing the appropriate care, as outlined in the contract-to-care that each and every potential care home resident must receive.

Although the CQC doesn’t usually enter into direct comment on medical matters, it has also demanded that all care home residents must be enabled and supported to exercise extreme caution with certain herbal remedies that have been offered in recent months.  The experience of a diverse group of vulnerable older people across the country, with adrenals newly, flushed by a previously untried and untested formulation, was cited as the main reason for these latest warnings from the CQC.

The remedy on offer has not been approved by NICE, nor by any one of the bodies normally charged with supervision of health and/or social care, so it is important to read the instructions that should have been contained within the herbal packaging.  A further warning is that not all people have, in fact, received the full statement of purpose for this widely available concoction.  The instructions should give full indications of the likely contra-indications of this potion which may appear to be a balm, but may not be all that it claims to be.

The final advice from the CQC statement today is to notify that a  Safeguarding Alert has been issued to the residents of all care homes registered with the CQC to be cautious and extremely wary of random advice.  There is no time limit on this Safeguarding Alert from the Care Quality Commission, so it is for the future rather than just for a defined period.


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