Does this sound familiar?
The report on Stafford hospital by Robert Francis QC.
He will warn of a â€œculture of fearâ€ from Whitehall down to the wards, in which pressure is heaped on staff to put management demands before patients.
He will paint a picture of the NHS gripped by a â€œculture of fearâ€ as managers
became fixated on meeting targets and protecting ministers from political criticism over the government’s stewardship of the service.
Nurses were told that if they did not meet the targets â€œheads would roll and A&E would be closed, with all of us losing our jobsâ€.
It took over 400 deaths before this inquiry was held!
Two of the biggest lies peddled by politicians for the last two years are that ‘red tape has been swept away’ and that ‘we have scrapped all targets from policing’ and that forces should focus on crime reduction only.
Every single serving police officer and member of staff knows this is utter fantasy.
I openly challenge any senior police officer, politician or PCC to comment on the most widely read police Blog in the UK (i.e. this one) and tell us clearly that there are no targets in policing. I will then consult my sources on your frontline (because I have more contacts than you do in your own organisation) and I will publish a list of targets you expect your officers to achieve to show that you are telling lies.
In Ruralshire, despite our ACPO officers saying we don’t have attendance time targets for blue light runs, we do, and they are checked every single day by analysts at Headquarters, and then used to bully response teams.
Read the report here on Stafford hospital by Robert Francis QC. Targets cost lives.
Thanks to reader Ted W.
More on the police officer killed on a blues run in Yorkshire, and a proper tribute, when I get the information.