The Blame Game

Blame culture is the name of the game. So where is it leading us?

Compensation, duty of care, bullying, race, gender, age, competence, incompetence, should or shouldn’t have, could or couldn’t have, would or wouldn’t have, did or didn’t. Everything is someone else’s fault.

Today I was involved in a damning report on events at an older person’s ward in Manchester. I don’t want to go into the details of the rights and wrongs of the story. I’m more interested in the media reaction which was to call for, nay demand, the resignation of the chief executive.

Put aside the fact that it was what the chief exec had done to change the culture of the trust that brought the allegations of abuse to light, what on earth would it achieve?

And what message does it send to others managing mental health services? Does it mean it is better to maintain a culture of secrecy, rather than bring about real change?

And if every time something goes wrong in any public service, does it mean the chief executive has to go? If that’s the case, who on earth would want the job then, and what calibre of management would that lead to?

The BBC were the worst culprits, I’m sorry to say, and the closing lines of the tv report probably sum it up; that pressure will grow for some sort of gesture.

Gesture: An action dictated by courtesy or diplomacy, or by a desire to impress. In other words, an ultimately meaningless act, other than to satisfy the demands of those who want someone’s head on spike.

Glad to know we’re beyond the blame culture!

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