Can we all just pause for Dave Macpherson and his whanau?
I’ve always considered Dave and his whanau as some of the toughest and most courageous people I know. When they were let down by the Waikato DHB over the appalling lack of oversight they gave their son Nicky Stevens who died in their care, Dave ran for the Board so that the mental health failings that robbed them of their son wouldn’t occur to anyone else.
While on the Board, Dave helped expose the corruption that stained the entire DHB.
What has Dave’s reward been for stepping up, becoming involved in civic affairs to ensure the same pain inflicted upon his family wouldn’t be inflicted upon anyone else?
Why he’s had the Ministry of Health go against the coroners ruling into his sons death…
Dave and Jane, having been vindicated by the Coroner, deserved much better of the Waikato health bureaucracy than this reprehensible attempt to have the whole inquest re-staged. Not content with contributing to the death of Nicky Stevens, Dave and Jane’s deeply troubled son, the Board seems intent upon recommencing the slow torture of his parents.
…he’ been sacked from the Board despite being one of the voices demanding accountability and highlighting its disfunction…
Waikato District Health Board members have been sacked after ongoing performance issues and “continual adverse publicity”.
Just over two weeks ago, Health Minister David Clark warned board members he was thinking of replacing them with a commissioner.
When the board responded, all but two members offered to resign.
Ms Stevens pointed out that her son Nicky, “died while in the legal care of Waikato DHB, despite specific warnings from our whanau that his life was at extreme risk, yet we’ve had to endure four years and counting of inquiries and hearings without any legal support from the DHB or Government.”
She said the whanau had “run out of money to fund a lawyer after spending over $12,000 in the first few months after Nicky died.”
“Many families cannot even afford that, and after our money ran out, we were also on our own for 3 years, until the last couple of months when a family friend from another city helped us ‘pro bono’ for the final stages of the Coroner’s Inquest.”
Nicky’s father Dave Macpherson said “Waikato DHB three times turned down our request for legal support to put Nicky’s case in front of several inquiries; including the DHB’s own Serious Incident Review, an Independent Police Conduct Inquiry, a Ministry of Health facilities inquiry and the Coroner’s Inquest.”
… they have called for the Government to provide free legal support for families of those bereaved by suicide.
You can sign the petition here.
What else can a parent do when the state kills your child? You run to be a public voice on the organisation that killed and you highlight the incompetence and corruption and for doing so get sacked when the Government wants to sweep it all under the carpet.
Nicky Stevens deserved better than this. Dave and his whanau deserve better than this.
Where is the ‘politics of kindness’ in any of this?