Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Thought for the Day: Monday 9th March

Rev. Dr. Alan Billings

Many times in recent weeks I have heard people say, "lessons must be learned". Quite often it has been in response to the publication of a report into some failing by a public body - a hospital, a prison, a children's services department. Lessons must be learned.

For various reasons over the years, I've had to read many such reports: serious case reviews, conclusions of enquiries, letters from coroners. They could often be given the same title, which would be: Will someone please get a grip. They highlight a failure of management or supervision or leadership.

But when you turn to the recommendations, your heart sinks. A long list of proposals almost guarantees that lessons will not be learned. Read or Listen Here