By Fiona Bell
Date: 11 February 2015 00:27:30 GMT
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Francis report
Dear Mr Hunt,
On the 28th October I listened as you spoke at the zero harm event , at that event you may recall I asked for an apology, for all families that had lost loved ones because of unsafe care and for our NHS whistle blowers. You went on to explain that you often wrote to families to apologise, but without wanting to appear harsh that did not address the issue , you simply gave the answer of a politician and talked around the issue.
Tomorrow you will give your response to the Francis report on whistle blowing , many people will have hopes and expectations that may well seem impossible to fulfil.
So once again I ask again for a public apology for bereaved families and whistle blowers. A simple apology costs nothing , litigation however costs the tax payer a small fortune.
Imagine my surprise today when I get such a prompt response . …...
Date: 12 February 2015 11:25:36 GMT
Subject: Response to your Query : – Ref:DE00000897093 – Your correspondence about whistleblowing.
Our ref: DE00000897093
Dear Ms Bell,
Thank you for your recent correspondence about whistleblowing, and your call for the Secretary of State for Health to make a public statement. I have been asked to reply.
I hope you had the chance to see Mr Hunt’s statement in the House of Commons yesterday. A link to the transcript of that statement is here:https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/francis-report-update-and-response.
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health
One would ask do our politicians not understand a simple plain English request , it appears that “sorry” really is the hardest word.