Thursday, 9 June 2011

Social care no place for secrets

IF SOCIETY’S wrongs are to be righted, if the problems that continue to simmer away undetected in many spheres of life are to be disclosed and resolved, then the importance of the whistleblower should not be underestimated.

In some misguided sections of society, those who “grass”, or “inform” to the police, are derided and cast into the wilderness.

This is an attitude which needs to change – and the case of Martin Morton, who spoke out about the scandal of vulnerable adults in the care of Wirral social services being outrageously overcharged, should help establish firm guidelines for how such incidents are treated in the future.

It was alleged that Mr Morton was bullied out of his job at Wirral council after attempting to highlight the wrongs perpetrated on needy service users, which again indicated how many people prefer to “cover up” rather than wash their dirty laundry in public.

The council has now issued a full apology to Mr Morton, and is awaiting publication of a report into the whole sorry episode. Many had expected that report to be published at the start of this month, and its non-appearance was beginning to raise eyebrows – but officials insisted yesterday it will be published soon, and that there is no cause for suspicion.

Without the personal courage of the whistleblower who wants to see justice done on behalf of those unable to speak out for themselves, secret abuses will remain secret – and society will be the poorer for that.

My comment: Credit to Mr Morton for hanging on in there until he was vindicated. Where is the government support for whistleblowers? 

Read the full story from the source Liverpool Daily Post

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