We are not living in a post-truth or post-trust era, we are living in a post-honesty era.
There is an increasingly obvious and damaging lack of honesty and integrity in the leadership and management of our public services. A relentless focus on managing reputations and chasing meaningless performance targets is stripping them of humanity, empathy and compassion. Many have lost touch with their original purpose; to serve us, to protect us, to care for us, to help us.
People working in them are discouraged from being open, honest and acting with integrity or kindness. Truth-Tellers are labelled Whistleblowers and careers are needlessly sacrificed. The question is not whether our Public Sector Services need to become more trustworthy; that ship has sailed. The challenge now is to understand why and find ways of addressing this important issue.
You may be one of the many good people working in our public services, a frontline hero, a frustrated manager with a strong moral compass, or you may have personal experience of using services. Whatever your reasons, if you would like to become part of the discussion and help find solutions to this problem then please join the forum, get involved, and share your ideas...