There appears to be a type of ‘herd immunity’ mentality amongst staff, working with people with a learning disability. As a team of professionals, they believe 1 module fits all. I use the words ‘herd immunity’ to mean a group of professionals who aren’t apt for any changes. Especially towards the manner, they run their services. In saying that, people with learning disabilities are not the only ones affected by a lack of movement of services.
The module they apply consists of the same set plan for all. Neurology, psychiatry, psychology, and L.D. Nurse. With the occasional epilepsy nurse, and speech therapist. The latter two hardly ever spend much time on a client’s case and it is always time-limited services. There appears to be nothing else, in the equation of any other options available, for the differing health needs of clients.
For people with a learning disability or their family, not receiving the correct treatment can have devastating results. The way these professionals work is made to be entirely problematic. It often, continues with the same theme, throughout a lifetime. It has been this way for my son.
It is profoundly damaging for services to be so rigid in their outlook of services for clients. Nothing ever changes. I much liken the way these services are presenting, as being ‘a merry-go-round’. Should you wish to get off it, you will find you can not do that with any kind of ease. It will be made as difficult as is possible and the very same aim of stagnant input, will be forced.
‘Herd immune’ professionals, are resistant to any change whatsoever. This includes the way services are delivered. They are not open to any criticism when a service is not working in the interests of the individual needs of a client. This is normally a point where ‘the ignoring method’ is created as a barrier and the ‘herd’ then stick together to form this barrier. Whether that is right or wrong.
In many cases, it is wrong. It has been wrong in my son’s case. I could if I so wished, expose exactly what they are currently ignoring. If I choose to do this, on the internet, then everybody would realize why I am complaining about the lack of his treatment, and why I am writing like this.
By rights, they should be named and shamed and exposed for the ill-treatment, by lack of clinical intervention, in my son’s case. They should be made to respond as to why they are leaving my son, in this situation, and forced to explain why they haven’t rectified this situation long ago.
Big mistakes have been made, and plenty of lies written his files. None of it will ever cover-up, what has along the way happened. They have had many chances to rectify this. Instead of doing this, they are currently using ‘herd immunity’ to continue a very poor show of solidarity. All in the worst possible scandal.
I would like to believe, they aren’t using cruelty, to conduct an awful service. Whilst in the same respect, knowing fully, it couldn’t be classified as anything else. The lack of consideration is certainly something they should reflect upon. It’s obviously apparent it is happening. It is absolute. There is no question about it.
These are professionals, who once used their brain cells to qualify for their employment, but now having gained their positions are using dormant ‘pens’ in order to push the spate of endless, behavioural charts which in turn also come under the criteria of epilepsy charts and then they do absolutely nothing with them.
If that isn’t bad enough, there is a constant barrage of extreme delay and excuses for non-treatment. None of which bear any logic other than, a refusal to deal with anything properly. This matters, when the end result is severe distress of a client. Like my son, who has complex disabilities, which are off-loaded to a parent. Regardless of any consequences to either client or parent carer.
There seems to be zilch responsibility from the medical profession to acknowledge, that they are responsible when serious matters have been brought to their attention. They have a duty of care, to address this within a reasonable time scale. Yet they aren’t doing any such thing but reverting to previous failed methods. This is not a time for plowing back over on old soil. Whilst the ‘herd’ stick to their own fields, religiously and unbendingly.
I don’t consider 34 years plus to be ‘a reasonable time scale’ either. The ‘stop and start’ routine has been prevalent the whole time. Then it is taken back to start all over again. Always at my son’s detriment. Only this time, it can’t wait any longer,
He has long ago awaited his turn. Now it’s essential and he can no longer be left in the ‘waiting zone’.