DASS - Key Priorities
You can have a look at the usual depressing blather about “The Vision” for the Department of Adult Social Services (DASS) for the next 24 months. HERE
After #DELAYGATE point 6.1 - Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework is perhaps not the most sensitively worded goal.
“Delay and reduce the need for care and support.”
Wirrals Not So Hot Line
Why not publicly an announce setting up a hot line (see HERE) and then not answer it ? In most places this would be madness, but in Wirral Council, it’s the norm.
Wirral in Private Eye Rotten Boroughs Yet Again.
It would appear Wirral Council are trying to break some sort of a record for appearances in Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs section. Lord and Lady Wirral-Leaks are huge fans of the Eye, and admire they way it cuts through the spin and bluster to tell it exactly like it is. This week it mentions the 4 week delay aka DELAYGATE, plus some disturbing tales of care providers without contracts on the Wirral run by ex-CID officers. We are of course sure that such a link would never compromise the integrity or veracity of any potential Police investigation. The Eye also quotes the suspected amount of money paid to two employees, lets call them Nora Doone and Pike Growler, totals which FOI requests have thus far failed to reveal (see HERE)
There is also a brief mention in Social Work bible “Community Care” with regard to “#DELAYGATE” HERE
Mind you rumour has it that Community Care is on board with Wirral’s Department Of Adult Social Services (DASS) to assist in improving it’s public image, although the feeling is that even Harry Potter’s magical powers would be put to the test in trying to spin DASS in positive light.
This may explain Community Care’s recent “soft focus” interview with new Director Graham Hodkinson, whose grip on the situation could be summed up when he incongruously stated that [within the Department] “morale is good." Sorry, but saying it doesn’t make it so Graham old fruit.
We suggest he reads the comments on the Wirral Globe website for a truer picture of what’s really going on in DASS. There he will discover horrific tales of institutionalised bullying were former staff talk of pressure, intimidation and being forbidden to mention the 4 week delay and ultimately being forced out of their jobs. Or perhaps he might like to peruse the emails we have received - which are numerous and shocking - Here is a quote from just one of those emails.
“To be honest I don’t think I have ever worked in a more bullying environment. I have met bullies in work in other places, but never a culture of nastiness and threat from management at every turn.
I can only presume they must be desperately worried and are doing everything they can to shift the blame for a failing organisation onto newly recruited, overworked and inadequately trained staff - I truly find it depressing that human beings can act like this - remember they are planning all their actions, these are not impulsive actions!”
Wirral Set Up Delaygate Hotline.
So the 4 week care delay that didn’t actually happen, did happen!
Wirral Council have set up a “hotline” in response to DELAYGATE which opened today and will be available until Friday, April 13.
The number to call is 0151 606 2641.
Complaints can also be registered by emailing email@example.com or in writing to the Customer Resolution and Information Team, Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4FD.
Other questions people may like to ask is,
Why was there a delay especially when the Fair Access to care legislation states “Councils should provide services promptly once they have agreed to do so.”
Who decided on this policy, Elected members ? Or Senior Officers ?
Why are these people still in post and why was this unofficial policy covered up for so long?
Who are the specialist team of officers independent of Wirral Council.?