BARONESS YOUNG RESIGNS
Editorial by Eileen Chubb.
This Christmas we remember all those who have needlessly suffered and died in places where they should have been cared for, and the impact on the lives of their families. Christmas is a hard time for all those that have lost a loved one but when that death could have been avoided it is even harder to bear, I know that from my own experience.
Baroness Young, the women in charge of the Care Quality Commission has resigned, hundreds have died in just one of the Hospitals from hell, hospitals given glowing reports just weeks previously.
This charity has exposed the shocking state of CQC care home inspections in our campaign, Tales of the Un-inspected, whilst other charities believed that “Care Homes were Robustly Controlled” We could see no evidence there was any such control.
Baroness Young has never dealt with any of the inspection reports we have sent to her and nor has she responded to our concerns that she was giving more stars to failing homes. It was put to Baroness Young that care homes were being given more stars in order to save money and claim credit for driving up standards. ( See, Three Star Fiddles) CQC issue a statement on December 3rd 2009, claiming just that.
Last night on BBC 2 I saw a programme called saving a dementia care home, a greedy grasping manager who noticed a few pence worth of bread might be eaten by night staff, who noticed that an elderly resident had bruises but whose only concern was that it was recorded to “Cover herself legally” and homes where an elderly man lying on the floor is told to get up by staff and people are left in appalling distress for the want of human contact, where the home manager can not explain what EMI stands for but most telling of all is not aware what rating CQC gives the home. I will watch the second half of this series before writing a more in depth report on it but I can offer Gerry Robinson some advice, firstly save the residents not the homes and secondly it makes bugger all difference what CQC think of the homes as to put it bluntly they would not know a victim of abuse if they tripped over dead bodies.
What would I wish Baroness Young this Christmas? I wish her the knowledge that across this country the defenceless will continue to be abused because those with the power to do something looked away and they did it on her watch.