Joint Press Release from PHSO the Facts and Heal the Regulators.
Several senior journalists at the BBC international headquarters in the New Broadcasting House responded to invitations from two major campaigns, PHSO the Facts and Heal the Regulators, and met with their senior representatives in three separate meetings on Thursday 22 May 2014 (Super Thursday) regarding the Ombudsman and the regulators.
The journalists concurred with the two campaign groups that the high profile issues have wide public significance which affect all 65 million British people. The serious issues are numerous, but can be grouped into three key ones:
1. The Ombudsman and the regulators have failed a large number of citizens
2. The Ombudsman and the regulators have failed a large number of professionals and practitioners
3. The Ombudsman and the regulators needs to be reformed (as stated in various reports from the Parliament, including the most recent one published by PASC, which suggested a People’s Ombudsman).
Senior professionals commented that in the history of campaigning, it seems that PHSO the Facts and Heal the Regulators are the only groups who managed to meet with the “heavyweights” in national press and media all in one day. The senior professionals felt that this milestone was achieved because the issues are of national importance and they hoped that the Prime Minister and Government Minister will soon be willing to meet with the campaign leaders as well.
Since Super Thursday (22 May 2014) at the BBC international headquarters, various national newspapers, TV stations and radio stations are becoming interested in PHSO the Facts and Heal the Regulators. We have a new meeting at the BBC (with another “heavyweight”) and a meeting with the Evening Standard next week.
What is unique about the two campaign groups, PHSO the Facts and Heal the Regulators, is that they are run by highly qualified, widely published and well-connected senior professionals. This is quite unique in the world of campaigning. This fact, combined with the fact that these two campaign groups promote compassion, kindness and wisdom, means that their work will flourish and last for decades to come. Compassion, kindness and wisdom will always exist and can never be destroyed, no matter how strong the bullying and victimisation.