On Monday 16th December some members of PHSO Pressure Group took a walk from the London Eye to Millbank Tower to hand in a Christmas card to Dame Julie Mellor and her staff.
The card, a dove of peace, was a gesture to the service providers that we, the service recipients, wished to work together in 2014 to improve the sorry state of affairs which currently leaves 98% of complainants without justice, remedy or closure.
We are looking forward to meeting with Dame Julie Mellor in February and having the opportunity to discuss with her the devastating impact of being told that an investigation into a loved one’s untimely death would serve ‘no worthwhile purpose’.
Later on the 16th we met with others from the group to attend the PASC Annual Scrutiny Meeting with Dame Julie Mellor and Helen Hughes. You can see the meeting in full here: parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player PHSO Pressure Group have prepared a response to that meeting, as we felt that some of the answers did not give the whole story.
If you would like to comment then join the Pressure Group and combine your voice with ours by completing the form on the ‘Join Pressure Group’ tab.
Together we are louder, together we will be heard.
The annual PASC meeting which gives scrutiny to Dame Julie Mellor’s Ombudsman service had been confirmed for 16th December with access for the public at 4.30 pm.
This year the heat is on, as this annual meeting falls between the evidence gathering sessions for the PASC Inquiry ‘Complaints – do they make a difference’. The committee have been influenced by a number of speakers and by the recent private meeting with complainants, to see the Ombudsman service through the eyes of others and not just accept the rhetoric of those in charge. Their thinking may well be reflected in their questioning, which could be more rigorous than usual.
A seasonal delight not to be missed! Check out details by following the link below.
It would be good to have a significant show of interest in the public seating area. If you are thinking of attending then make your way to the Cromwell Green Gate (No 7 on the map) by 4.00 pm at the latest. It could take 30 minutes to get through security and find the chamber, which is Room 5. At the gate you need to tell security the name of the meeting and the room number in order to gain access. MAP
Hope to see you there.