CQC WHISTLEBLOWER GIVES HER ACCOUNT OF THE NHS WATCHDOG FAILINGS – In this explosive detailed account Kay Sheldon recounts how she was branded mentally ill, paranoid and even a trouble maker just because she wanted to ensure that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) provided an accurate assessment of the performance of NHS Hospitals to ensure patients received the best possible health care.
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I have to agree with Kay Sheldon when she asked ‘Who is watching the Watchdogs?’ Watchdogs as we know are put in place to oversee the performance and more importantly the integrity of our public services.
Over the past few days we’ve witnessed the unraveling of how the CQC has allowed NHS hospital to be awarded with quality certification; meaning they are safe and provide adequate patient services, where in fact the CQC handed out certification like candy without ever having properly assessed hospitals.
This has resulted in Morecombe Bay Hospital in failing to provide basic care and as a result 16 babies have died.
Kay went on to say that the CQC, instead of being the solution to the problem often made the situation worse. No less than 14 hospitals were awarded a ‘compliance’ certification and yet failed to meet some of the most basic standards.
The problem we have here is like any other Government run organization; most are run by incompetent executives whose only concern is living the high-life at the expense of the taxpayer and Government ministers are often quick to pass the buck when it comes to any form of scandal.
We really shouldn’t need watcher’s watching the watchers but it’s becoming increasingly essential due to senior civil servants simply either not caring or lacking the expertise to ensure operational requirements are met.
You can thank your lucky stars that there are people like Kay Sheldon who regardless to being labeled by her bosses stood firm against the injustice and took action.
It is time we had a far greater level of accountability and that it is time the laws allowed for criminal charges to be filed against those responsible for not taking appropriate action to prevent people from being put at unnecessary risk.
All Government Ministers, Officials and Civil Servant executives must be held accountable and any failing should result in the following:
- Immediate suspension with government minimum wage pay
- Full independent inquiry
If the inquiry then uncovers failings the follow should be applied:
- Criminal charges being filed
- Immediate sacking
If the criminal court case provides a ‘guilty verdict’:
- Minimum 5 years imprisonment or in the case of death then life imprisonment should be imposed.
- All personal assets to be sold off in order to compensate the taxpayer for their salaries – they simply should not be allowed to earn a government salary and benefit for incompetence.
If the Government were to make the necessary changes and hold the likes of Sir David Nicholson to full public account then maybe the taxpayer would start to see value for money from the senior executives and more importantly receive a system that protects people from a possible failing in the system.
Right now there are thousands of civil servants that are either inept or plain incompetent and most of the senior executives are awarded their jobs, not through their level of expertise, but rather by being well connected to Government Ministers and officials and this underhanded practice needs to stop.
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