• Management by crisis: let us adopt prudence 26 June 2017 | View comments

  • 26th June 2017 | By David Jolley

    Today I find the image of a fire in a tower block in Bethnal green. Emergency surveys of tower blocks around the country are being undertaken and at least one Local Authority has required residents to move out of blocks until dangerous cladding has been removed.

    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have arranged for a discussion of the state of the nation in the House of Lords. Jeremy Corbyn has addressed a massive assembly at Glastonbury.

    It was the deaths in 1994 of old women with dementia who had been transferred, with no thought for their safety and requirements for health, from a hospital in the town of Bury to an unused ward high up the Rossendale Valley, which alerted the North West Regional health Authority to the need for special services for older people with mental health problems.

    It was the tragedy of care received by people in mental hospitals in the 1960s which led to the revolution which has eventually led to the closure and demolition of most of them.

    Will we find a way to prudence which makes quiet good provision? It requires discipline and control of short term selfishness.

    Just now, as at times of realisation in the past, it feels as if we might start again and clear away the shameful clutter of deceit.

    This is a good feeling. Let us be carried with it, for the while at least.

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