The events in Bristol must be a source of shame and disgust to us all. I make no attempt to condone the actions of these appalling people but it got me wondering. If you take the conditions in that “hospital” must we fear similar events in the NHS?
A national company set up for profit, where workers seldom if ever meet the bosses, work long hours and are poorly paid, is it just Castlebeck or is this the future of the NHS?
Lack of support, control and training can affect the morale of workers leaving them embittered and shattering their self esteem.
I once heard a nurse jokingly (I hope) remark that “this job would be okay if it weren’t for the patients”
When demoralised staff begin to view those in their care as “The Problem” then resentment and bitterness can take over.
I stress again I am not trying to defend these people and I hope their prison sentences are long, although Ken Clarke would probably prefer community sentences. That’s a thought now, what service could these evil people do to the community? I just think that where money is the basis for all care I hope never to get sick.
PS This is the link to the Care Quality Commission inspection reports on Winterbourne View