From: John Bradfield. Former Medical, Psychiatric & Child Care Social Worker & Tutor, Knox Road, Harrogate.
WHAT is wrong with our public and political services is blindingly obvious.
The same pattern is seen in the conduct of senior police over Hillsborough, medical and nursing staff at Stafford Hospital and any number of officials over the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham and other parts of the country.
The issue is about rewards for abuse of trust and cowardice, for which impunity, job security and promotions are guaranteed.
That must be contrasted with the punishments handed out to conscientious whistleblowers.
Public servants quickly discover that they are employed first and foremost to protect their senior managers and not our most vulnerable citizens.
Psychological research has long shown why ordinary people behave in shocking ways, including a readiness to remain silent even in the face of corruption and torture.
The question is, why public servants have never been required to prove that they not only understand how power is abused but how to stop it and prevent it?
Also pernicious are the investigations, which predictably result in cover-ups.
The Patients’ Association recently revealed the shocking standards of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. “The quality, accuracy, objectivity, effectiveness, openness and honesty of its reports is shameful.”
When in 1992 a psychiatrist was formally reported to the then Health Secretary for torturing patients, a TV documentary and news reports revealed that nothing was done for four years.
In short, conscientious public servants are seen as the real menace and not abusers of trust.
In my letter (The Yorkshire Post, August 29, 2014) on child sexual exploitation, I called for senior public servants and politicians to be permanently banned from such work and stripped of pension rights, when involved in child abuse or they fail to act urgently and effectively to stop it.
I said: “When Parliament reconvenes next Monday, responsible MPs must demand an urgent change to the law”.
No such law was created, so we can be sure to cite Zac Goldsmith MP that the same problems are doomed to go “on and on and on”.