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It would appear that the karma police have decided to wake from their somewhat extended slumber. All things considered, a profit making organisation is, after all, a profit making / profit seeking/ organisation, – and masquerading as a “charity” does not change the fact.
Hardly surprising really – wherever there is a commodity to exploit – in this particular instance, ill people – there is a kindly charity – with its tax deductible charity organisational benefits – only too happy to help out – and make its difference.
With unaccountable commissioners driven by what appears to be personal ideological wants its all really hardly a surprise. – tut tut and never mind,
You vote your leaders – and place your trust.
Earlier this week we made reference to the fact that a £7 million + contract with Change,Grow ,Live to provide drug and alcohol support services had been rubber stamped by Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet. As the BBC news report details the reported deaths of 74 people in 18 months who used these services have now been reported by Wirral Council to the regulator Public Health England for investigation. We can’t help wondering if we hadn’t publicly raised these concerns whether they would have been ignored although we cynically note that the announcement of Public Health England’s investigation comes the day before national statistics on drug related deaths are published.
However what we are particularly sickened by is the behaviour of highly paid senior officials both within Wirral Council and the NHS who were quite happy to raise their concerns privately or leak information and let us take the flak for running the original story!.