Shine the light bright

By 10 January, 2016August 3rd, 2018Members, Newsletters
There is a cancer in our society that, until recently, went without comment. That cancer is a hard core of people who destroy organisations and companies through their own incompetence, and then get “moved on” to other organisations with huge payouts and fat healthy pensions. Rarely do they face sanction or, as is sometimes warranted, criminal proceedings. Because let us not kid ourselves here, their activities are often criminal, damaging and beyond the understanding of those who do not have the luxury of their mystical protection.
I don’t know where these people come from or how they live with themselves, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of them infesting the civil service, parliament, the armed forces, the regulators, various QUANGOS, private corporations and the NHS. They are a blight on our society and their presence needs to be highlighted so that they can be exposed and removed.
Only by the light of public scrutiny can these people be exposed for the danger they are, for the risk they pose to our very society. This is supposed to be a meritocracy, where you are rewarded by you ability to do your job well. You aren’t supposed to get a golden goodbye when you completely balls up your assignment, your job and the reputation of the organisation you work for.
Public embarrassment is our only weapon against these incompetent fools. Unfortunately there are not enough competent journalists around to expose the rot, and there are too many fingers in too many pies, and too many vested interests to see any real action from government. And it’s not just this country, the whole of western society is riddled with them and their actions make it harder for decent hardworking people to go about their lives.
But things are changing. As was seen in the recent Cologne sex assault scandal, Social Media gives us the power to shine the light on such malfeasance. If it hadn’t been for the overwhelming public outrage at the rapes and the molestation in Germany on New Years eve, the German media would have probably swept it under the carpet. It took 3 days for their media to even report on what happened, and that was only because the public pressure was relentless.
And as professionals (be that dentist, medic, whatever) if we want change in our regulators (please note to date I have been speaking in generic terms, and make no judgement at this time about the competence of those who work for the GDC) we need to be bold, we need to be relentless and we need to step forward into the light knowing that the truth is a powerful force. But most important of all, we must stop being afraid. If a regulator breaks the rules, if it breaches our human rights, if it offends our sense of morality, then we have no option but to speak out. We must share our knowledge, share our fears and share our victories, and stand united behind a common message. And that message is that we are human beings and we have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity. And we have the right to step forward and have our questions answered.
A regulator cannot regulate without the consent of the regulated. And it’s time we started demanding that our regulators turn away from their present Kafkaesque path.