Thirty Years of the Mental Health Services – Mostly in North Wales
Author: Sally Baker
I am a writer and a sociologist, originally from Somerset, but I’ve been based in Wales for most of my life. I had my first encounter with a mental health professional in 1984 at the age of 21. My GP described this man to my then partner – who also became a sociologist – as someone who had experienced ‘considerable success’. My meeting with this psychiatrist was a disaster and we attempted to complain about his insensitivity and highly inappropriate behaviour. That was the first time we were threatened and pressurised to withdraw a complaint against a mental health professional. This man is long dead – he was a retired psychiatrist from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, T. Gwynne Williams, who was working shifts in the student health centre at University College of North Wales (now Bangor University). We discovered years later that this ‘successful man’ was notorious – he had been an enthusiastic lobotomist…
I have finally managed to finish the post ‘A Charming, Uplifting Sound…’. I haven’t proof read it yet, I only hope that there has been no more electronic interference of which I was unaware. I am very sorry about the lengthy delay in completing this post; matters took even longer this morning when I found some info in Hansard re an ineffective sting that the security services carried out with the people traffickers at the North London Poly in 1984 in which Jeremy Corbyn became entangled. The details are all in the post, as well as further extra information.
Thanks to readers for all the links and news stories, I have been keeping an eye on the incoming mail, I’ll be putting it all to good use soon…
My post ‘Oliver’s Army’ discussed a group of Top Docs based in particular at the London Hospital who achieved enormous influence in paediatrics and neonatology and were key figures in facilitating the organised abuse of which Dafydd’s gang were part; these Top Docs established their reputations as scientists and clinicians before John Allen and Dafydd moved into the children’s home business in north Wales in a major way. By the time that John Allen had set up shop in north Wales in 1968 and was robustly touting for business during the 1970s, these Top Docs at the London Hospital had achieved such seniority that they were responsible for the postgraduate education of Top Docs as well as being members of all the most influential committees, positions in bodies such as the Royal Colleges etc.
One of the most toxic and dangerous was Dr Anthony Jackson, the Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Education at the London Hospital in the East End which had been facilitating abuse for many years but went into partnership with Dafydd and the gang in a major way during the 1970s and 80s. Jackson worked hard to cultivate the loyalty and favours of medical students and junior Top Docs to increase his influence and along with his colleagues, was responsible for organising junior doctors jobs in paediatrics across the whole of the south of England, including in the West Country. Jackson and his pals organised jobs for new recruits to the ring; one of Jackson’s partners in crime with regard to this was Dr Brian Webb who was based in Taunton, when the paedophile/trafficking ring linked to Dafydd’s was in operation in Somerset. See post ‘Oliver’s Army’.
Anthony Jackson’s good friend and senior colleague was Sir John Ellis, who was Dean of Postgraduate Education at the London Hospital throughout the 1970s, when Dafydd’s gang vastly expanded business, thanks to partner gangs like that run by Ellis and his colleagues sending so many kids into the arms of the north Wales gang. Sir John died in June 1998, while Ronnie Waterhouse was in the process of writing the Waterhouse Report, so at least Sir John had lived throughout 1997 when the former kids in care gave evidence about the brutality and gang rapes that they had suffered at the hands of the partner gang of Ellis and his mates and the London Hospital and was there to do the
Sir John Rogers Ellis stars on the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:
Sir John Rogers Ellis b.15 June 1916 d.16 June 1998
Kt(1980) MBE(1943) BA Cantab(1937) MRCS LRCP(1941) MB BChir(1941) MRCP(1947) MA(1955) MD(1955) FRCP(1955) Hon MD Uppsala(1977)
A former dean of the London Hospital Medical School, John Ellis was an influential expert on medical education. The third son of Frederick William Ellis, the medical superintendent who transformed the old Birmingham Workhouse Infirmary into the Dudley Road Hospital, John Ellis was educated at Oundle and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Sir John’s father was someone who also knew what was good for the Poor and Helped them by making a good living out of providing a punitive – and probably downright cruel – institution for them.
John Ellis’s school Oundle educated many influential people (see post ‘He Got On His Bike And Looked For Work’), including many who assisted the gang from arm’s length, such as Sir Peter Scott, the naturalist who was a big figure in BBC children’s programmes at a time when Savile was busy and receiving protection from the BBC and who also served as Chancellor of Birmingham University, the institution which was crawling with Dafydd’s mates eg. Professors Robert Bluglass and Ian Brockington, who were facilitating a partner gang in the West Midlands. See post ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’.
Oundle also educated people directly involved with Dafydd’s gang in the days when Gwynne the lobotomist was the senior person in the gang, such as Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and Sir Kenneth Robinson.
Sir Clough was the Anglo-Welsh landowner who lived at Llanfrothen and owned much of Cwm Croesor. Clough had married Amabel Strachey, who’s family were the centre of the Bloomsbury Group and Clough let out many of the properties on his estate to his friends from England, radical/bohemians/intellectuals who became known as the Welsh Bloomsbury Set. See eg. ‘The Village’, ‘The Vermin Club’ and ‘Captain Swing And His Crew’. Bertrand Russell moved into a neighbouring village in 1955, spent the rest of his life there and was the biggest star among them. The Welsh Bloomsbury Set made good use of the services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd while Gwynne et al wrecked the lives of local people or anyone else who dared complain.
Clough was some 30 years older than John Ellis, but Oundle has a loyal alumni network. Sir Clough read for a degree at Trinity College, Cambridge but never graduated. Bertrand Russell studied at Trinity College which was a major recruiting ground for the British security services, famously producing the Communist double agents in the 1930s. Clough and Bertrand Russell were mates with them, if they were not actually working for the security services themselves and it is now clear that the security services assisted the criminality of Gwynne, Dafydd and the gang and interpreted the notion of ‘protecting national security’ as being to protect their own friends and colleagues, no matter how serious their criminality. The wider alumni network of the institutions like Trinity also saw their duty in terms of protecting Dafydd’s gang; Prys Morgan Jones, who became the Dean of the School of Education at Bangor University, was a Trinity College graduate and taught in Gwynedd comprehensive schools before working at Bangor University. For the past few weeks info has been coming in telling me that it was Prys who quietly caused many problems for students like me who had complained about the gang in the past. Nobody was warned about any of this, targets like me were just sent into the hands of this lot taking them at face value as teachers or lecturers, yet they were involved in, at best, unethical conduct, at worst downright criminality. Our friends had been murdered and people tried to kill us, surely even the most corrupted members of the security services should have realised that by then their duty was to the victims of gangsters rather than to the gangsters themselves.
Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson, who served as Minister of Health, 1964-68 and was also President of the National Association for Mental Health (MIND) when Dafydd was a leading light in that organisation, also went to Oundle. Sir Kenneth was just five years older than Sir John Ellis.
Robert Charles Michael Vaughan Wynn, 7th Baron Newborough aka Micky Wynn was another Oundle alumnus. Mickey Wynn was an enforcer of Gwynne’s gang and his son the 8th Baron Newborough is a mate of Carlo’s. There is only one years difference in age between Mickey Wynn and Sir John Ellis.
[Sir James Ellis] went on to the London Hospital, qualifying in 1941. After a year of junior posts, including being a receiving room officer during the Blitz, he joined the RNVR in 1942.
Being in the RNVR at that time, Sir James will have joined the mass of Navy Top Docs and other officers, including Geoffrey Chamberlain, one of the facilitators of the Westminster Paedophile Ring at St George’ Hospital Medical School, who knew about the allegations that Lord Louis Mountbatten was a child abuser and the gay spies in the Admiralty scandal and associated matters, as described in my post ‘The Defence of the Realm’.
In the Mediterranean he won the MBE for rescuing survivors of a bombed hospital ship, swimming repeatedly to save the injured from an oil slick which was on fire. Later he escorted a party of former prisoners of war home across Canada despite a railway accident which left them snowbound for 48 hours.
I noted in my post ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ that members and associates of the gang often had seriously impressive war records displaying the sort of selflessness and bravery which they certainly had never showed before or after. I suspect a load of porkies rather than a sudden and temporary change of character while they served in the forces; they didn’t manage to tell the truth about anything else, so why should they have done so with regard to their war records?
After the war and a brief spell of general practice in Plymouth,
Plymouth was a city dominated by Michael Foot’s family, of which there were many members. The Foots were a family of which quite a few were lawyers and/or politicians; Michael’s father Issac foot was a lawyer who also served as a Liberal MP. The Foots colluded with the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well as Dafydd’s gang and Michael Foot was involved in sexual exploitation himself. High profile members of the family other than Michael included his brothers: Dingle Foot, a Liberal and then Labour MP who served as Solicitor General under Harold Wilson, 1964-67, while Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth was Minister of Health; Lord John Foot, a Liberal politician; and Hugh Foot aka Lord Caradon. The campaigning journo Paul Foot was Michael Foot’s nephew. For more details on the extended Foot family, see post ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’.
he became a supernumerary registrar on the medical unit of the London Hospital under Clifford Wilson, took the MRCP in 1947, and was soon running the introductory and membership courses and developing into a brilliant teacher.
As opposed to a mediocre one who’s main aim was to expand on a gang of organised abusers.
He was appointed sub-dean in 1948. He threw himself into every kind of students’ activity and, when the need arose, interceded for them with matron’s office or the Leman Street constabulary.
Although academic standards in medical schools at the time were far lower than they are now, it was very unusual for medical students to be removed, even if they really just could not pass the exams and the mark simply had to be adjusted to ensure that they didn’t fail as in the case of Dafydd’s mate Dr Dannie Abse (see post ‘O Jones, O Jones’) or in the event of them committing fairly serious crimes. As a young barrister, Ronnie Waterhouse and his colleagues prevented criminal charges being brought against a medical student by having a ‘word with the Dean’ of the medical school who agreed that of course this young man’s career should not be ruined by a slip: the slip being that one night this medical student broke into the Angels home, stole money from one Angel and let himself into the room of another because he wanted to have sex with her although she wasn’t too keen on the idea herself. Just high spirits of course… The medical student in question wasn’t even Dafydd…
When Dafydd told porkies about my alleged insanity and life of crime, Professor Bluglass – Dafydd’s mate who had been appointed to investigate my complaint about Dafydd and the gang and who instead concealed their criminality (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’) – told me that he thought that my ‘behaviour’ was terrible. I had by this point become rather fed up of some very obviously criminal Top Docs and their pals telling bare-faced lies about me which were not supported by any evidence at all, yet my ‘allegations’ of serious criminality on their part were ignored although there was a great deal of evidence for that, including documentation and witness statements. At one point I told Bluglass that I was of the opinion that there was a great deal of hypocrisy at work here and I was rash enough to comment that I had a degree of knowledge re what medical students, including those of Bluglass’s generation, got away with. Bluglass did not take this observation well. I had previously made a similar comment to Gwynne the lobotomist and he wasn’t very happy about it either. In spite of their slanderous comments re my excesses, I was polite enough not to actually give Bluglass and Gwynne any examples of what I knew re the harsh reality behind the myth of ‘Matron kept them all in order back then’.
In the face of 30 years worth of How Dare Yous, it is obviously time that I mentioned some such examples. Taunton Hospital in the 1950s, first hand accounts from a number of sources:
Medical students and Top Doctors sexually assaulting Angels and patients. Senior Angels who were lesbians coercing student Angels who were not, into sexual relationships with them. Numerous illegal abortions performed. Babies removed from new mothers and sold to other people after the mothers was told that the baby had died. Medical students from wealthy families but too drunk and criminal to gain employment being financially sustained by family money as ‘medical students’ until they were in their late 30s to pretend that they were doing something constructive. Medical students and junior doctors arriving on the ward late one night completely pissed, wanting to carry out ‘experiments’ on a real human being, so trawled through patient records to find someone who did not have relatives to complain: they chose an elderly farm labourer with only a few uneducated distant family members and experimented on him for about two hours, thus killing him; there was not one senior Doc on duty in the hospital and the cowed Angels looked on in horror and no-one felt able to stop the jolly japes of the young gentlemen.
I heard anecdotes just as dreadful from Bristol. The most memorable one being of the delivery of a baby with serious but very unusual disabilities. The baby’s parents were told that the baby had died. The baby hadn’t. The baby was used for live experiments that the Angels considered so cruel that one night one of the night Angels ensured that the baby died as painlessly as possible.
All of these incidents were concealed by the hospitals concerned and there was no disciplinary action taken against anyone. The police wouldn’t have been interested, as they were dropping in at the nurses’ home for sexual favours. At the time, Westminster Swinger Richard Crossman and people like him were at the top of the British security services. That was how Gwynne could lobotomise and kill the victims of an elite paedophile/trafficking gang and no-one stood in his way. This man’s right to have sex with whom he wanted even if they didn’t want to have sex with him, took priority:
For readers who don’t believe that such things could happen, I would refer you to the research that Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain carried out in the mid-1960s when he worked as a junior doc in Washington DC. He illegally aborted late gestation foetuses, carried out experiments on them while they were still alive and killed them after he had finished. The experiments went on for as long as an hour. Chamberlain published the work in the ‘American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ when he returned to the UK in the late 1960s. He spent the rest of his career running a trafficking ring and fabricating research results, became President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was mates with the Royal Doc who delivered William and Harry as well as with a range of celebs including Cilla. See post ‘Now Then…’
So no, I and others didn’t Tell Lies To Get Compensation, many of us never made the most serious misconduct of which we knew public. Things have not improved because of the decades of cover-ups and How Very Dare Yous.
Wake up O craven stupid politicians, this cannot be allowed to continue.
Appointed consultant physician in 1951, Ellis now made medical education the object of his serious research.
The most effective way of ensuring the continued existence of your crime empire: ensure that the next generation is involved.
He was assistant registrar at the Royal College of Physicians from 1957 to 1961 and on the Council from 1969 to 1972.
John Allen took out the lease on the building which became the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968. The year that Richard Crossman became Secretary of State for the DHSS.
The education committee [of the Royal College of Physicians] sent him round every medical school in the UK and Scandinavia. A Rockefeller fellowship enabled him to do the same in the USA.
It was an international network. I mentioned in a comment following my post ‘International Women’s Day! Let Us Celebrate With Jane..’ that Dr Gruff Penrhyn Jones, a GP who used to work in Waunfawr Surgery near Caernarfon, knew just how serious the criminality of Dafydd and the gang was but refused to record any of the very serious matters to which I was being subjected on any documentation. Dr Penrhyn Jones didn’t conduct himself in the manner of those we know and love himself but he would not challenge them. The other two senior partners in Waunfawr Surgery were members of the gang who, like Dafydd, had trained in Liverpool. Dr Penrhyn Jones trained at a London medical school; his father had also been a Top Doc in Gwynedd and worked with Dafydd and Gwynne. Dr Penrhyn Jones himself spent much of his career as a Top Doc in Scandinavia, Sweden to be exact. After I was threatened with a gun, Dr Penrhyn Jones decided that he was leaving Waunfawr Surgery and would not be practising again in the UK. He returned to Sweden to live. Where his son is a police officer.
In 1957, backed by Lord Brain, he started off the Association for the Study of Medical Education as a fact-finding group whose studies were reported in a new journal which he edited (and at first, largely wrote). To do all this he forfeited all but four of his paid clinical sessions, virtually all of his private practice and ultimately his health, succumbing to pulmonary tuberculosis which in those days meant many months of sanatorium treatment.
John Ellis was certainly keen to gain control over the training of Top Docs then and Lord Brain was happy to give it to him. Lord Brain, most appropriately a neurologist, was one of the Toppest of the Toppest Top Doctors of that era. Lord Brain probably knew Gwynne personally.
Walter Russell Brain, 1st Baron Brain (23 October 1895-29 December 1966) was principal author of the standard work of neurology, Brain’s Diseases of the Nervous System and longtime Editor of the journal ‘Brain’. Brain is also eponymised with “Brain’s reflex’, a reflex exhibited by humans when assuming the quadrupedian position (ie. on ‘all fours’), in the face of an elite paedophile ring pointing at the Royal Family needing a layer of very thick green paint a la the Renault.
Brain was educated at Mill Hill School and New College Oxford, Crossman’s alma mater. Brain was seven years older than Crossman. Brain joined the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in 1915 as an alternative to volunteering for combat, Brain being a Quaker and was sent to York and then to the King George Hospital in London, attached to the X-ray department.
Apart from his clinical practice, Brain was a member of a many Gov’t committees pertaining to physical and mental health and was involved in the care of Churchill on the latter’s deathbed in 1965.
Brain was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1931 and was President of the College, 1950-56. In March, 1964 Brain was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Lord Brain was a Quaker. Two of the Quakers who went to the Friends Meeting House in Bangor, Gwynedd Social Services manager Owain Gethin Evans and Bethesda GP Dr Paul Nickson, were members of Dafydd’s gang. I have received information from readers re other Quakers involved with the network and some five years ago I came across a contribution to a Quakers online magazine written by Dafydd. See previous posts.
Lord Brain married Stella Langdon-Down and had a daughter, Janet and two sons, Christopher (b. 1926) and Michael (b. 1928). Christopher succeeded him as the 2nd Baron Brain and 2nd Baronet Brain. In 1954 Janet married Dr Leonard Arthur, the Leicester paediatrician who stood trial in 1981 for the attempted murder – the original charge was murder – of a new born baby with Down’s syndrome, but was acquitted. I have provided details of this case in previous posts. (I will amend; I have previously stated that the baby lived despite Leonard Arthur’s attentions, he didn’t, he died.)
Leonard Arthur was a paediatrician in a city in which the Top Docs and virtually the entire infrastructure of the whole region was colluding with a paedophile/trafficking ring of which a local MP, Greville Janner, was involved. The Top Docs of Leicester concealed the criminality of Dafydd and the gang in 1987-88 (see post ‘An Expert From England’); Dr James Earp, the Top Doc who was so supportive of Dafydd and the gang was, just a few years later, at the centre of a scandal in which a murderer had escaped from Earp’s secure unit with inside help. There was much to suggest that the murderer used the network of corrupt lawyers and Top Docs in Leicester to avoid a prison sentence and ensure that he ended up in Earp’s unit from where he was later helped to escape in order to exploit a loophole in the Mental Health Act by which he could remain free. See previous posts.
There was enormous support for Arthur from the medical establishment and the media portrayal of him did not deviate from Ah the doctor he was wonderful. The Angel who had reported that he had killed a baby because the baby had Down’s – and Arthur DID kill the baby and for that reason – was slated as an upstart who didn’t know her station in life. George Carman QC defended Arthur; Carman was a bent barrister with criminal associates who knew about the ring in Leicester as he did Dafydd’s gang and the wider Westminster Paedophile Ring. Savile was known to have Carman at the ready if anyone said one word about his sex offences in public and when Greville was interviewed by the police in relation to complaints that Janner had assaulted children, Janner’s solicitor Sir David Napley was so certain that Janner would be charged that he had retained Carman.
Before Carman stayed in Leicester for the duration of Arthur’s trial, Carman had been preparing to leave the UK to take up a judicial appointment in the Far East. Something or someone in Leicester caused Carman to change his plans and remain in the UK as a barrister. Within a few years Carman was incredibly rich, very famous and the leading libel lawyer in the UK. Miranda and Cherie both worked with Carman as juniors and Miranda was his pupil. Miranda and Cherie were most probably working with Carman at the time of Arthur’s trial, I need to double check that…
Leonard Arthur was not only working with the ring in Leicester, but as a junior doc he had worked in Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and, after a stint in Ibadan, Nigeria, he worked in Bristol. All of those UK cities had Top Docs facilitating big paedophile/trafficking rings.
In 1965 Arthur became a consultant paediatrician in Derby. There was a big ring in Derby, which like the ring in Newcastle, exchanged staff with the gang in north Wales. Arthur served on the Council of the British Paediatric Association and was Secretary of the Paediatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. My posts ‘Too Many Pills’ and ‘Oliver’s Army’ discussed how by the 1960s, the highest echelons of swathes of the British medical establishment, particularly psychiatry, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology had become completely infiltrated by Top Docs who were facilitating organised abuse. Arthur Chaired the Trent Regional Advisory Sub-committee in Paediatrics, sitting also on the Regional Medical Committee. He also Chaired a Derbyshire County Council Advisory Committee on children at risk of non-accidental injury.
When Leonard Arthur was suspended from work after his first court appearance, a petition with some 19,000 signatures, including three Derbyshire MPs, called for his reinstatement. The 19,000 law abiding citizens will have genuinely believed that this was a kind and caring Top Doctor because no-one at all had told them otherwise. The vested interests will have organised the petition.
Every MP in Derbyshire knew about the organised abuse in their region and one of the Old Guard was very probably an active paedophile himself. Edwina Currie was one Derbyshire MP who, after she stepped down from Parliament, admitted that she had known about Sir Peter Morrison abusing children; Margaret Beckett and her caravan knew about the Derbyshire ring and much else; Matthew Parris knew about organised abuse at Westminster. See previous posts. Denis Skinner knew about the ring and was a student at Ruskin College at the same time as Matt Arnold taught at Ruskin and Peter Howarth was a student there, Arnold and Howarth being the abusers who relocated from Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead to Bryn Estyn (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’). Tony Benn colluded with the Top Docs who were facilitating organised abuse for many, many years, he relied upon them and other public sector abusers for support (see post ‘No Cuts’) and he was welcomed with open arms as the candidate for Chesterfield in the spring of 1984 because it was all kicking off in north Wales and that lot were worried; their previous MP Eric Varley had colluded and Varley and his close pal Gerald Kaufperson may have been Westminster Swingers themselves. See previous posts. Wedgie Benn knew about north Wales if only because I wrote to him about it; I received a one line reply from the best mate of the Top Docs of Tommy’s, telling me that this was not his area…
Sir Douglas Black, who spent his entire career colluding with criminal wrongdoing and abuse, was appointed as the Chief Scientist at the DHSS under Ted Heath as a result and was subsequently asked by Dafydd’s mate Lord David Ennals to Chair the Committee investigating Health Inequalities, gave evidence in support of Leonard Arthur while Black was President of the Royal College of Physicians, lest anyone think that Leonard should not have murdered disabled children at birth. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.
The DPP who made the decision to prosecute Leonard Arthur, Sir Thomas Hetherington, was in a real twist over it all and later described the decision to prosecute as the most difficult one of his career. Hetherington was someone who like so many others had spent years colluding with the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dafydd and the gang and others we know and love (see previous posts) and he knew that the unfortunate business with Leonard Arthur had to be as carefully handled as rigged as Mr Thrope’s trial had to be in 1979. The stakes really were high, the world had not yet recovered from Mr Thrope, Mary Wynch had begun litigation against Dafydd and Carlo, the Chancellor of Mary Wynch’s previous employer, UNCW, which was also the institution harbouring the gang who had shafted Mary had just married Di…
No wonder someone had a word with George Carman QC and begged him not to emigrate while Arthur was on trial.
Leonard Arthur was elected FRCP shortly before he died, aged 57, on 25 December 1983. That is not a great age for a Top Doctor; Leonard Arthur could have named many names had he so chosen. By Dec 1983 the gang were in pursuit of Brown and I; I had been rendered temporarily as a result of having to move out of one place before a place in another house was available and Brown and I spent Christmas in Brown’s room in his hall of residence at Aston University. It was a very small room for two people Christmassing in there and I had begun to become quite seriously depressed just before, although neither of us realised that I was getting ill. A girl who lived in the flat above Brown had killed herself a few weeks before and the stain where he body hit the pavement was still visible. That was how I found out about some seriously unpleasant things happening to some of the students at Aston University at the hands of the student Top Doc, ‘sex therapist’ Dr Philip Cauthery. See previous posts. A few months later Brown received a threatening visit from the man who subsequently tried to murder him.
It was in the February after the Christmas that Brown and I spent in his room that members of the security services moved in on us in various guises, the first one being a particularly crazy 17 year old, Patricia Margaret Edwards aka Trishles, who moved in to share our house at Old Llandegfan and caused us much needless bother and money.
Trishes arrived in the form of a work experience trainee technician on a Manpower Services Commission scheme at UCNW; she was so obviously not able to live independently, we were literally left to look after her as she lied and stole and eventually made a false allegation of rape against a young man in Bangor unknown to us. We were begging for help from UCNW and were just ignored while they dismally failed in their duty of care towards Trishes and all the other young people on the MSC scheme. If the security services were trying to accumulate evidence that UCNW was taking on those teenagers and failing to teach or support them in any way, they certainly did so with Trishles. However, we should not have been left to pick up the pieces. See previous posts for further info re Trishles eg. ‘He Got On His Bike And Looked For Work’.
Leonard Arthur’s mother-in-law, Lord Brain’s wife, was the granddaughter of John Langdon Down, who gave the first systematic description of Down’s syndrome in 1867 and after whom the syndrome is named. Stella had a brother, John, who had Down’s syndrome. He was named after his grandfather, John Langdon Down, although he was born after his grandfather’s death. This family history may well have rendered Leonard Arthur even less sympathetic to people with Down’s syndrome. Throughout most of Leonard Arthur’s career, Top Docs held a relentlessly negative view of people with learning disabilities, particularly those Top Docs who ‘looked after’ them and until well into the 1960s, the advice for parents was ‘put them in an institution and forget about them’. It is not improbable that Leonard Arthur had finished off at least one other disabled newborn, Top Doctors did, they were rarely questioned about i. If they were, it was usually a case of How Very Dare You. They had quite a surprise when Arthur was put on trial. People who are now elderly can remember dreadful things being said to them by Top Docs and Angels after they had delivered severely disabled children. Angels frequently told the mothers of the babies that ‘you don’t really want to look at it, it’s a horrid little thing’; the brutality has been air-brushed out of popular memory.
To return to Sir John Ellis, the man whom Lord Brain entrusted with the postgrad education of future Top Docs:
On recovering, he found himself much in demand as an expert on medical education, called in whenever a new medical school was being planned, or an old one found itself in difficulty.
In 1964 he was invited to become part time principal medical officer at the Ministry of Health with the special remit of postgraduate medical education.
The Minister of Health was Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson…
He jumped at the opportunity because (he once confided) he was ‘angry at the way young doctors in Britain are so cruelly exploited. In the 1950s the Ministry of Health saw its function as limited to the care of patients, with no responsibility for training. The profession…saw no need to do anything, except use the young as grossly underpaid personal assistants.’
This was true but John Ellis did not stop it. Junior Docs were still having a terrible time during the 1980s, their hours were so long that many people outside medicine did not believe it when they were told the working week of junior docs: in excess of 130 hours. It was dangerous and would have been illegal in any other field of work. Junior docs don’t work quite such long hours anymore, but their hours are still excessive. John Ellis was far too busy expanding a trafficking ring to be serious about reducing junior docs’ working hours.
Armed with his knowledge of students and his experience of teaching methods all over the world, he wrote the basic paper for the Christchurch Conference out of which came the system of postgraduate deans, clinical tutors, postgraduate centres and study leave.
The rot was embedded in layers. I never came across junior docs on the sort of study leave that other professions would have considered study leave. All the junior docs I knew worked at the same time, including those doing doctorates; perhaps I just didn’t happen to meet the others?? It was always Angels and teachers who I remember refusing to study ‘in their own time’ and there would inevitably be the additional condition of ‘and they’ll have to pay me to do it as well…’
He served on the Todd Royal Commission on Medical Education, which in 1968 recommended the merger of the thirty little university medical institutions in London into six large enough to be viable.
Richard Crossman’s mate from the LSE and fellow facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Richard Titmuss was a member of the Todd Commission.
John Ellis became dean at the London in 1968.
The year that the Westminster Swinger with a licence to kill was appointed as Secretary of State at the DHSS and transformed the entire Dept into a vehicle for the benefit of the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
John Allen took out the lease for the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968
Ready for business!
Two waifs from Tower Hamlets arriving at John Allen’s Gingerbread House:
He at once instigated a number of reforms: he increased student numbers from 80 to 120; he set out to attract undergraduates from Oxford and Cambridge, and he worked indefatigably for the merger between the London, Bart’s and Queen Mary College which Todd (and he) had recommended.
Bart’s had been facilitating organised abuse for many years. The merging of the London medical schools as a result of the Todd Report and the later mergers assisted considerably with easing the creation of one huge co-ordinated cartel of Top Docs involved in serious organised crime; it was the inevitable result because there was so much rot in each individual institution.
Ellis would have no truck with those who opposed elitism. He wrote ‘if we cease to seek for excellence we must fail in our purpose and the future will be left to take care of itself…in medical education the best must be demonstrated, and evaluated, and then bettered. Therefore in and aroundmedical schools there must be practice of a higher quality than anywhere else.’
To this end he established professorial units in almost every specialty in medicine and surgery, whenever possible jointly with Bart’s.
Bart’s contained the big boys, a tradition that reached back to the association between Bart’s and Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, the psychiatrist from Gwynedd who was Lord Snowdon’s grandfather. Other Bart’s notables who were Of Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang included the surgeon Reginald Vick who was the father of Dafydd’s mate Lady Juliet Bingley, a social worker and one of Richard Crossman’s LSE educated circle who married Sir Alec Bingley, Fifth Sea Lord, NATO Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet and one who knew about Lord Mountbatten and the events in the Admiralty. See post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
At a later date, Prof Anthony Clare of Radio 4 ‘In The Psychiatrist’s Chair’ fame and one of Dafydd’s network (see previous posts) from the Maudsley was Chair of Psychological Medicine at Bart’s and then Dafydd’s mate and Linford Rees, the Top Doc who spiced up his lectures with nude pics of his female patients, held the same Chair. See post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’.
He attacked the mindless memorizing of facts to which preclinical medical students were then subjected by the syllabus and the weaker sort of teacher. He fostered BSc courses to encourage in depth investigation. He strengthened the tutorial system, knowing that students needed help to integrate what was taught so patchily during the clinical course.
As with his valiant battle against the exploitation of junior docs, Ellis couldn’t have been very effective with regard to this; degrees in medicine still involved huge quantities of rote learning until at least the late 1980s, all the medical students complained about the banal labour and lack of real intellectual stimulation. It is only relatively recently that there has been a different approach taken with medical students.
Despite all this activity, John Ellis remained a highly regarded and hard-workingphysician, concerned with the whole person, mind as much as body.
Down the years he gave many eponymous lectures and was made an honorary member of institutions all over the world, including the Royal Flemish Academy of Medicine and the Swedish Medical Society. He was proudest of all when the University of Uppsala awarded him an honorary doctorate.
He married Joan Davenport, a physiotherapist, in 1942.
Richard Crossman was friendly with Olga and Nicholas Davenport and there is a family of Bromley-Davenports who wielded influence in Cheshire to whom Ronnie Waterhouse toadied. See previous posts. I have not yet researched possible links.
They had two sons, of whom one is a consultant physician in Birmingham, and two daughters, of whom one is a nurse. He wrote fluently, mainly on medical education. He was a keen gardener, talented painter and a sensitive though private poet. He was knighted in 1980.
The year after Mr Thrope was acquitted at the Old Bailey and the year that Mary finally got out of Denbigh and began litigation.
His portrait by John Ward RA hangs in the lecture theatre named after him at the London. After retirement he was president of the Medical Protection Society.
Why are we not surprised? See previous posts for details of the key figures in the Medical Protection Society and MDU.
In his 82nd year there came a relapse of his old tuberculosis, which seemed at first to be controlled, but was in fact camouflaging a bronchogenic carcinoma.
The BMJ also published an obituary for Sir John Ellis in Oct 1998:
Former consultant physician The London (b Birmingham 1916; q Cambridge/The London 1941; MD, FRCP; MBE), d 16 June 1998. He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, receiving the MBE for saving survivors from a bombed hospital ship under air attack in the Mediterranean. His own ship, HMS Carlisle, was sunk soon afterwards. …The 1944 Goodenough report had recommended a liberal undergraduate medical education followed by internship for all and postgraduate training foraspiring specialists.
Ellis was therefore given responsibility for designing the training of those who would become the most senior Top Docs in the future; someone thought that bit through carefully.
Ellis was dispatched to north America, Scandinavia, and all the British schools to study the present practice. He reported back to the Royal College of Physicians, which in 1957 persuaded the General Medical Council to allow schools to instruct less, educate more, and experiment with their courses.
This didn’t really happen.
Ellis became the first secretary of the Association for the Study of Medical Education and was instrumental in establishing the present pattern of postgraduate training in Britain… During the 1960s Ellis advised on setting up medical schools in Newfoundland, Addis Ababa, and Kuala Lumpur before being appointed dean of the London Hospital Medical College in 1968
This obituary was written by Christopher Ellis, Sir John’s Top Doc son.
Sir John was registered as a Director of two companies:
Sir John’s son works at the Dept of Infection at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, which found itself at the centre of much bad PR and litigation not so long ago after the activities of the breast surgeon Ian Paterson became public. Paterson performed unnecessary surgery on numerous women – both NHS and private patients – which, it was presumed, was for financial gain. His colleagues and senior managers had known about this; they were very unhappy about it and about Paterson’s conduct towards them but no-one stopped him. Spire, the private healthcare provider for whom Paterson worked, had been warned that he was abusing his position but they didn’t stop him or warn patients either. After the scale of the disaster became clear, Spire refused to compensate the women on the grounds that Paterson’s insurers had withdrawn his cover because he had er lied and misrepresented himself. The NHS patients who had been mutilated did receive compensation but that meant nothing to those who had died as a result of Paterson…
Everyone who worked with Paterson at a senior level Knew. No-one stopped him. Paterson’s insurers withdrew cover under circumstances when cover was most needed. The GMC didn’t get to Paterson until the scandal blew up. Paterson went to prison, so Paterson Faced Justice. The patients who were harmed and killed remained harmed and dead. All the people who worked with Paterson and failed to raise the alarm are still practising. The Top Docs insurance company – I can’t remember which one it was – which refused to stump up for the private patients is still Providing Cover To Protect Doctors and Patients. See previous posts for details of the Ian Paterson case.
Dr Christopher Ellis works at the Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green. Phone: 0121 424 0358
Previous posts have discussed the placing of children in care from Birmingham in children’s homes in north Wales, where they were abused and trafficked. The usual suspects were complicit, including Professor Robert Bluglass and Ian Brockington, the one time Director of the City of Birmingham Social Services, Adrianne Jones, the West Midlands Police and Birmingham MPs, including Fattersley, Clare Short etc. See previous posts.
Dr Chris Ellis was in the national news just after the Waterhouse Report was published, following the death of one of his junior docs after she had drunk sulphuric acid. Her boyfriend was charged with murder but was acquitted; it was concluded that the junior doc had actually committed suicide as a result of the stress of her job. Although her boyfriend was acquitted, Ellis and the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital where she had worked stated that this was a ‘slur’ and that the dead doc had been the life and soul of the party and showed no signs of unhappiness or stress at all.
Murdered doctor’s managers reject ‘suicide slur’
29 Nov 2000
COURTROOM suggestions that the death of a doctor from acid poisoning could have been suicide resulting from professional stress were rejected yesterday by the hospital where she worked.
Managers and clinical staff at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital, where Nina Longe, 27, was a popular and respected senior house officer, said they felt bound to issue the statement to protect her reputation. The suggestion that she might have deliberately consumed sulphuric acid was made by the defence during the trial of her boyfriend, Andrew Gardner, 41, who was acquitted of her murder.
A statement by David Pynton, the hospital trust’s acting chief executive, avoided questioning the court’s verdict but it did reject suggestions made in court about Dr Longe’s professional abilities, her character and her state of mind at the time of her death. Dr Christopher Ellis, her supervising consultant physician, described the Anglo-Nigerian as a “phenomenal professional”.
Copies of the statement have been sent to Dr Longe’s mother who protested at Birmingham Crown Court last month when the jury returned its verdict. Courtenay Griffiths, QC, defending, had said that death could have been accidental or from depression caused by Dr Longe’s working hours and problems with her studies.
In the hospital statement, Dr Ellis rejected this image, stating that she was “lively energetic and with a ready smile. As a doctor she was phenomenal. She knew she was good, not from immodesty but because we told her so at her assessments which glow with the admiration of her consultant. She was comfortably on course for success in any area of medicine she cared to pursue.”
Mr Gardner, a former phlebotomist at Bart’s Hospital in London, is understood to have returned to his native Zimbabwe.
Press coverage of the case until Mr Gardner’s acquittal focused on him being from a ‘wealthy Zimbabwean’ family, rather flash and had picked up the junior doc and duped her, with the implication that he was also a murderer. They had actually been a couple for five years.
It was Prof John Blandy who wrote Sir John Ellis’s obituary for the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online. John Blandy was a urological surgeon at the London Hospital and also assisted Dafydd’s network. The Torygraph published Blandy’s obituary on 25 Aug 2011:
Not only a surgeon of great ability, Blandy was also a caring physician and a fine teacher. Because of his excellent written English — a rarity in the medical world — he was able to communicate to a wide audience both nationally and internationally. John Peter Blandy was born in Calcutta on September 11 1927, the son of Sir Nicolas Blandy, Senior Colonial Administrator in Bengal. After attending a prep school in the hills near Darjeeling, he was sent to Clifton, where he excelled in biology and developed his talent for drawing and painting. He read Medicine at Balliol College, Oxford, then studied at the London Hospital before electing to become a surgeon.
Oxfordshire was the site of organised abuse and the Top Docs and social workers involved did very well for themselves, reaching the highest echelons of their professions. See previous posts. As with the ring in Cambridgeshire, the involvement of an elite university meant that the stakes were particularly high and enemies of the molesters had to be exterminated.
Ted Heath, Denis Healey and Woy were at Balliol together in the 1930s. These three all concealed the criminality resulting from the Westminster Paedophile Ring; Heath has been the centre of much lurid speculation, Woy was a Westminster Swinger and proud of it and Healey was a deeply unpleasant man who used his knowledge of the organised crime to further himself. Balliol and its alumni made hay from the fact that these three had passed through their doors.
Previous posts have discussed the constellation of Top Docs who preceded and trained Oliver Brooke and his contemporaries and the organised abuse that was being facilitated even in that previous generation. One such Top Doc was paediatrician Bernard E. Schlesinger who wrote glowing tributes to some very unpleasant colleagues. Bernard Schlesinger’s son was the film director John Schlesinger, who studied at Balliol. See post ‘Oliver’s Army’.
After National Service with the RAMC, Blandy had a spell at King George’s, Ilford, then returned to the London to work in thoracic and general surgery. In 1959 he won a Robertson Fellowship to the Presbyterian St Luke’s Hospital in Chicago.
Another one with international connections.
His project there was to look into the practicalities of bladder replacements, the initial idea coming from his friend and future colleague Richard Turner-Warwick. His work was laboratory-based and provided the basis for two scientific papers and most of the work towards his DM (Oxford) thesis.
In 1962 he returned to Britain to take up a post as lecturer on the London Hospital’s surgical unit, and spent the next year as residential surgical officer at St Paul’s Hospital in London, one of the three specialist urological hospitals at that time. In 1964 he was appointed consultant surgeon at the London on the retirement of Victor Dix. Initially responsible for some general surgical emergencies, Blandy soon established a national reputation as a urologist. He popularised transurethral resection of the prostate in Britain (to treat enlarged prostates), teaching by demonstration and producing an excellent textbook on the subject.
This was the standard procedure for benign prostatic hypertrophy for many years until relatively recently, when someone persuaded the Gov’t to promote a screening programme for prostate cancer using the PSA test, which threw up many false positives. An enlarged prostate is a consequence of ageing in all men; most are benign not malignant thus the term for the condition. Even of those enlarged prostates that are cancerous, in most cases the rate of progress is so slow that the owner of the prostate will die naturally of old age before the prostate cancer kills them. The treatment for prostate cancer is the removal of the prostate, which leaves men doubly incontinent and impotent, so if one hasn’t got cancer, it is best avoided. It has now slowly being admitted that many men have been advised to have their prostates removed when it was unnecessary.
Working closely with Harold Hope-Stone, he also developed an expertise in testicular cancer while at the same time learning the then-new technique of renal transplantation from Ken Owen at St Mary’s Hospital and Roy Calne at Cambridge. Because of the dependence of transplantation on immunological research, Blandy was brought into contact with Hilliard Festenstein, a highly imaginative immunologist who had fled from South Africa, being a strong supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC.
Dafydd’s gang utilised a whole network of people with close links to South Africa eg. Mervyn Susser, Zena Stein, Prof Israel Cohen as well as people who were involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement eg. David and John Ennals. See previous posts. Janey Buchan – who’s husband Norman Buchan MP had a direct link to Dafydd’s Merseyside empire – colluded with organised abuse and crime in the Glasgow region and was a personal friend of Nelson Mandela (see post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’) .
Blandy encouraged Festenstein to come to the London, where they worked together. At the same time Blandy was developing a private practice in Harley Street.
A story of Harley Street folk:
I was unaware of this, but in 1984, Dr D.G.E. Wood et al may have had another reason to panic about Brown and me refusing to withdraw our complaint about Gwynne. I graduated from UCNW in May 1984 and had been offered a place to do medicine at Cardiff as a graduate student. Just look what was going on in the highest echelons of medicine in June 1984, it was the Dr Brian Richards case making headlines:
The Daily Mail, 23rd June 1984, reported that:
CONSULTANT Dr Brian Richards was found guilty last night of trying to arrange the murder of Harley Street clinic proprietor Peter Stephan. He was convicted on two counts of ‘solicitation of murder’ by trying to hire American Ronald Bennett as a hit man. He was acquitted by the jury at Santa Monica Superior Court in California on a third count. ‘Dick’ Richards, 53, from Sandwich, Kent, comes up for sentencing on July 31. Prosecutor Tom Sokolov said he would demand a prison term. Each charge carries a maximum of six years’ jail but, according to Sokolov, the most Richards could get in total under California’s complicated sentencing laws would be seven years and four months.
Shattered Last night Richards was freed on £32,500 bail and said he would return to Britain as soon as possible. The judge rejected a plea by the prosecution for him to be held in custody. The silver-haired doctor was apparently .shattered by his conviction. He had prepared a statement for reporters on the assumption that he would be found innocent. The first of the three verdicts was that of Not Guilty. Mr Stephan’s estranged wife Carolyn, sitting with Richards’s wife Pixie, smiled encouragement and put her arm round her. Then came the two guilty verdicts. Richards slumped forward and shook his head. His wife wept.
Richards turned to her, whispering ‘I’m not beaten yet’ and blowing a kiss. ‘Face the front,’ Judge Laurence told him brusquely. Afterwards Richards walked across the court to embrace his wife. Then, telling reporters ‘they got it wrong,’ he hurried to a phone to give ‘the bad news’ to his children back in Britain. Sue, 26, lives in London where she is a secretary and Mark, 24, who works in his father’s mail order business, lives in Deal, Kent.
Richards’s lawyer said there would be appeals against the two guilty verdicts brought in after seven hours by the jury of nine men and three women. Richards was a medical consultant for Mr Stephan’s Harley Street rejuvenation clinic when he came to California last September on holiday. He insists that he strung Bennett along as ‘a charade’ to find out what his intentions were towards Mr Stephan, because of bitterness over the failure of a Stephan-Bennett deal involving a purported cure for herpes.
Mrs Stephan, 29, a South African-born former model, flew to California to back Richards’s story in court. She claimed Bennett had threatened that he had Mafia connections who might put out a contract to have Mr Stephan killed.
The Not Guilty verdict related to Richards’s first meeting with Bennett in September last year, at a Malibu restaurant. But at two later meetings Bennett, 50, was ‘wired’ by police. The jury heard an audio tape of the conversation between him and Richards at a Los Angeles hotel. They decided they had heard the doctor trying to arrange Mrs Stephan’s murder. They also watched a video-tape, with sound, of Richards and Bennett talking over drinks at a Malibu restaurant. Richards handed over $2,500 in $100 bills—a down-payment for the hit, according to the prosecution. The jury agreed.
So a Posh Doc from Harley Street with a South African-born wife and who hung out in California was found guilty of trying to arrange a murder but even in the face of that, there was a great deal of How Very Dare You.
Scotland Yard! You could have wired me, Brown, my friends in Stirling, Brown’s brother, other friends in Bangor and you’d have accumulated a great deal of evidence against those we know and love. Instead you hung around spectating while they killed Anne, forged documents, perjured themselves and paid people to lie about me and got on with running an international paedophile ring.
‘Mind how you go Sir’.
Brown really hated Big Ears on the grounds that Big Ears was a patronising bastard. Which is exactly how I described Gwynne the lobotomist to those we know and love.
The irony is that I have been given evidence that by the time I began my first degree at UCNW in Oct 1981, the security services had the whole institution bugged. Every interaction that I had with tutors and those in the Student Health Centre was recorded undercover. Gwynne was recorded, as were his colleagues. They were also recorded threatening me, forging documentation, breaching confidence and conspiring to discredit me and my friends by making allegations about us that they knew were completely unfounded. The security services knew that Gwynne and the gang were running a trafficking ring and targeting vulnerable students. Gwynne and Wood were causing havoc, yet no-one stopped them.
The reason given by the police for the difficulty in making charges stick against the sex abuse gang in north Wales was that it was easy for the defence barristers to discredit the victims because they were kids/people with criminal records/not well-educated/drug addicts/mad. Brown wasn’t. My friend Anne Vernon wasn’t. Neither was I a discredited witness until the gang forged documents and lied about me. They were recorded doing it. Why were those recordings never made public?
They murdered witnesses and STILL the recordings weren’t made public. Wood was in his late 30s when I first met him. Liz Stables, the Angel in the Student Health Centre, was in her early 40s. The other GPs working sessions in there such as Drs Lyndon Miles and Chris Tilsen were young GPs in their 20s and 30s. Gwynne was the only one who would soon be pushing up the daisies. No-one stopped them, or the wider gang of criminals. They are still working in healthcare today. They were filmed and recorded in 1984…
People keep telling me that it was because Carlo was Chancellor, it made them untouchable. One does not have to be an armed revolutionary to believe that BECAUSE Carlo was Chancellor, it was even more important that it should have stopped. People were trying to kill us and no-one warned us. The presence of Carlo as Chancellor doesn’t really explain that.
At some point in 1984, George Thomas, who was by that time Lord Tonypandy, caught an STI and was hospitalised. There was panic over that as well, because it was feared that all could be revealed about the former Speaker, the UK’s famous Methodist, the man who did so much for children’s and medical charidees and a big vote winner for the Labour Party in south Wales. Leo Abse told a pack of lies to the press re the cause of Thomas’s hospital stay and the Top Docs backed the lies up. See post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’. George Thomas having an STI is his own business, but he was at the time molesting children and this was known.
At the beginning of 1984, the Caernarfon offices of the local paper spontaneously combusted and were burnt to a crisp. In Nov 1984, Lord Maelor spontaneously combusted and was burnt to a crisp. Lord Maelor had trained as a school teacher at the Normal College, worked as a teacher and then served as the Labour MP for the constituency that included Cwm Croesor and Bertrand Russell, 1951-66. When off duty, Lord Maelor enjoyed relaxing in ladies clothes. His brother James Jones served as the Labour MP for Wrexham, 1955-70. See post ‘Slaves, Perfect Slaves’. Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn were just down the road from Wrexham.
Just before we sat our finals in 1984, D.G.E. Wood’s friend, Stuart Ferraris, a local dentist, was nearly killed by an explosion at Dickie’s boat yard in Bangor. Stu Ferraris’s life was saved by another Top Doc, a gynaecologist but I don’t know which one, who was working on his boat nearby. The gynaecologists in north Wales were ALL paid up members of Dafydd’s gang. I don’t know the degree of Stu Ferraris’s involvement; he will have definitely known about the gang. After the explosion, Stu became a Saint, the member of the trafficking gang who saved his life was a Hero and Wood used his Trauma Over Stu as an excuse to insult a number of students and refuse to treat them. See post ‘Gwlad y Menig Gwynion’.
O.V. Jones, a longstanding and influential member of the Council at UCNW who served as Vice President of UCNW when Lord Kenyon was President, worked as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Gwynedd. See post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’
By 1984, Mary Wynch was suing Dafydd et al and the case would be heard by the Master of the Rolls just months later in 1985.
I raised my concerns about Gwynne with the newly appointed Principal of UCNW, Professor Eric Sunderland – who had very recently been headhunted to replace Principal Sir Charles Evans, a Top Doc who was a mate of Gwynne’s – from Durham University, where Sunderland had spent most of his career. Durham University gave rise to Newcastle-upon-Tyne University School of Medicine. Eric was a paedophiles’ friend of old, but a well-camouflaged one with good social skills. See previous posts.
In the summer of 1984, I also wrote to the GMC about Gwynne. They refused to investigate. Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Top Doc Lord John Walton – Walton was a neurologist, he will have known Lord Brain of Let’s Expand This Ring Via Postgrad Training – the Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, who was facilitating the big abuse ring in the North East which was supplying the north Wales gang with staff and children, was President of the GMC at the time.
In June 1983, Miranda, a London barrister, was elected for the safe Labour seat of Sedgefield. Miranda was assisted in this by Ernest Armstrong, the Labour MP for a Durham constituency, 1964-87. Before Ernest was elected as an MP he was a Sunderland Borough County Councillor and served as the Chairman of the Education Committee. It was in this capacity that Ernest concealed the abuse of boys at Axwell Park Approved School, Gateshead. In 1973, Matt Arnold and his friend and colleague Peter Howarth relocated from Axwell Park to Bryn Estyn, where the expanded the paedophile ring which had been in existence at Bryn Estyn and the surrounding region for many years. Ernest’s daughter Hilary – now Baroness Hilary – succeeded him in his Parliamentary seat. Hilary became a member of Miranda’s inner circle. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.
When a young barrister in London, Miranda had shared a flat in Wandsworth with Charlie Falconer. Michael Mansfield also lived in Wandsworth; I wrote to Michael Mansfield in 1993 about Gwynedd Social Services framing patients who had complained about the gang. As with Tony Benn, it wasn’t of any interest to Mike.
St Helena Kennedy worked in Tooks Chambers with Michael Mansfield. St Helena worked closely with Prof Nigel Eastman of St George’s Hospital/Springfield and thanked him in her book ‘Eve Was Framed’. Eastman was one of those facilitating the ring in south London and he knew that Dafydd et al were facilitating a ring in north Wales and were involved in serious crime. See post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ St Helena knew that psych units were full of former kids in care who had been abused and were also being abused in the mental health system; Helena knew about Savile and his assaults on Broadmoor patients. She said nothing about this during all those years of Campaigning For Wimmin. See post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’.
Sadiq Khan was brought up in Tooting, just down the road and later served as a Councillor and then the local MP. Wansdworth Borough Council was running the ring across south London in collaboration with St George’s and Springfield Hospitals. Wandsworth Social Services had direct links to Lucille Hughes and St George’s staff knew Dafydd’s former colleagues from the Maudsley. Donald Naismith, the Director of Education for Wandsworth was known to be abusing kids in care. For a number of years after Ollie Brooke’s conviction, Theresa May served as a Councillor for the London Borough of Merton, a Borough not far from St George’s, which was part of the area served by the hospital. Theresa served as Chair of the Education Committee for Merton Borough Council.
John Allen and Dafydd’s accomplice John Tilley had arrived in south London and begun organising in the local Councils in the mid-1960s, just before John Allen took out the lease on Bryn Alyn. Tilley became a Councillor in Wandsworth and very soon was the Council Leader. Tilley served as the Labour MP for Lambeth Central, 1978-83. Throughout it all, Tilley did an excellent job drumming up business for John Allen and Dafydd and then ensured that not a word was mentioned when Tilley made friends with Lord Scarman as Brixton burnt in 1981. See previous posts, including ‘Lord Snooty The Third’.
When Wandsworth famously came under Tory control and was deemed to be Thatch’s favourite Council, the ring continued. The Tory Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council, 1983-92, was Paul Beresford, a Park Lane dentist. Most of the members of the Tory Cabinet were Beresford’s patients. See previous posts.
Dafydd’s gang in north Wales, by 1984, had for years been working in partnership with the gang based at the London Hospital (see post ‘Oliver’s Army’), of which Sir John Ellis and John Blandy were part. Kids from the East End – served by the London Hospital – were being sent to north Wales in great number and as with the kids from the North East, there were complaints that the kids were being seriously abused. They were then trafficked back down to London and Brighton to work in the sex industry while they were still underaged.
By 1984 Wendy Savage, one of Dafydd’s partners in crime at the London Hospital, had clashed with her Head of Dept and had been suspended from work. Savage’s supporters and much of the Labour Party led a robust campaign to have her reinstated, claiming that she had been the victim of the Male Medical Establishment, what with being a Socialist Feminist Champ. The Medical Establishment, male and female, knew what Savage was doing – she Cared for the victims of the gang and performed the abortions, however many were needed – but not a word about that was mentioned. See post eg. ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
Dr Chris Ellis’s colleagues in Birmingham, led by Dafydd’s pal Professor Robert Bluglass, were also in partnership with the north Wales gang. Dr Tony and Sadie Francis had arrived to work in north Wales in 1983, having relocated from another linked gang in Manchester. After Tony Francis left Manchester, his boss there, Ian Brockington, took up a Chair at Birmingham. See post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’. Tony Francis had trained and spent his early years as a Top Doc in Cardiff, with those who were protecting George Thomas.
As a student, Francis had known the Windbag, who on 2 Oct 1983 became Leader of the Labour Party. The Windbag’s mum was a district Angel who knew what George Thomas was up to and his wife was a school teacher from Holyhead who’s parents were Labour Party activists and Councillors, knew Dafydd and Gwynne and were good mates with Lord Cledwyn, the Labour MP for Anglesey, 1951-79, who when Secretary of State for Wales, 1966-68, had been George Thomas’s boss at the Welsh Office.
Huw Wheldon was a BBC big wig who was Of Dafydd’s gang; Wheldon went to Friar’s School in Bangor and served as an LSE Governor and wielded a great deal of influence at UNCW. See previous posts.
By 1984, complaints had been made about the sexual exploitation of students at UCNW by the Head of Linguistics, Professor Andrew Radford. Tony Francis concealed at least one of the complaints from the parents of a student who had also complained about Gwynne. Radford arrived at UCNW in 1980; he had done his first degree, postgrad and postdoc work at Trinity College Cambridge, where an elite abuse ring was in operation. Radford was a student at Trinity with Carlo. UCNW were deeply unhappy with Radford’s conduct, but as ever no-one stopped him, even though there was a very obvious correlation between students getting Firsts and those whom had shagged Radford. For those who think that I’m Lying To Get Compensation, I’m not, Newborough beach was the preferred location. Radford boasted to the other lecturers re whom he shagged and they heard the glorious details. Radford departed under a huge cloud some years later and took up a senior post at Essex University, who had him back again, although they knew of Radford’s ways, because Essex had previously employed Radford before he went to Bangor. See previous posts…
I never heard allegations of sexual assault or child abuse re Radford, he was more of a grade A plonker, but he will have known about Gwynne and the gang and Gwynne et al being in receipt of 100% protection made Radford’s activities look relatively harmless, rather than an abuse of power.
The fact that so many people in high places, including in high places of propaganda, were involved in such serious crime makes it even more inexcusable that those undercover recordings made at UCNW by MI5 were not made public. A Rebel Officer of the security services should have leaked them.
To return to one of Dafydd’s partners in crime at the London Hospital.
In 1969 [Blandy] was appointed Professor of Urology at the London (the first departmental chair in urology in the capital).
The previous year he had been appointed to the staff at St Peter’s Hospital, London, the world’s oldest urological hospital.
A previous post discussed the claims of Top Doctors at what was previously known as St Peter’s Hospital for Stone to have had expertise in certain procedures after having performed only one such procedure experimentally.
Over the next two decades Blandy’s urological interests included transplantation, renal stone disease, benign prostatic disease, and bladder and testicular cancer. He also worked on treatments for male infertility
Male infertility remains a difficult problem to treat and the advice is usually still to use a donor, so Blandy didn’t get very far with that.
and the narrowing of the urethra, describing a new operative technique for the latter problem. His many books became standard texts throughout the world, and Blandy travelled widely, while continuing to fulfil his heavy clinical workload at the London and St Peter’s, where he trained several generations of urologists .
Several generations of Top Docs dependent upon Dafydd’s associates for their careers. If they go public on what went on at the London Hospital now, they’ll all come down together…
Blandy was elected to the council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1982 (he was vice-president from 1992 to 1994)
Dafydd’s business partner was appointed Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons (the most prestigious Royal College) towards the end of the North Wales Police’s investigation into a possible paedophile ring and when the war against Brown and I involved repeated perjury in an attempt to have me imprisoned and stepped down as Vice-President after the Jillings Investigation into the abuse of kids in the care of Clwyd County Council, 1993-96.
‘There was no evidence of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales, yet alone one being concealed at the highest levels.’
and became President of BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons) in 1984. He was also president of the European Association of Urology (EAU) in 1986. He received many honours and awards, and in 1995 was appointed CBE.
In 1995, lies were told to the public about Dafydd having ‘retired’ and the North Wales Hospital having ‘completely closed down’. Yet another conspiracy on the part of the gang to have me deemed Dangerous and sent to live with Jimmy Savile in Broadmoor was underway. See previous posts. ‘.
On 2 July 1995 Geraint Morgan QC, the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83, died. On 9 July 1995, Bing Spear, the corrupt Home Office Drugs Branch mandarin who was so helpful to Dafydd, died. On 13 July 1995, Sir Peter Morrison was found dead at his home in Belgravia. Brown was unlawfully dismissed from his job at Aston University in July 1995.
In June 1995 Malcom Pearce of St George’s Medical School, a colleague of Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain et al who were facilitating the ring in south London linked to Dafydd’s gang was struck off by the GMC after being caught perpetrating research fraud. Chamberlain had carried out the fraud with Pearce, but Chamberlain was not investigated by the GMC and gave evidence against Malcolm at the GMC hearing. See eg. ‘Now Then…’ Lord Robert Kilpatrick was President of the GMC at the time. Until Kilpatrick was headhunted by the GMC in 1989, he had served as Dean of Leicester School of Medicine, while the ring in Leicester concealed Dafydd’s gang; prior to that, Kilpatrick had been Dean of Medicine at Sheffield. Kilpatrick was a Scottish Top Doc with strong connections to St Andrews, who knew Robert Bluglass, a St Andrew’s graduate. See post ‘Remember Girls! – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger’.
Still no-one released those undercover recordings from UCNW… Or anywhere else, UCNW was not the only place bugged.
After retiring from clinical practice in 1992, Blandy remained active in his field. But he also found time to pursue his interest in painting and sculpting. He exhibited jointly with his daughter Kitty, a professional sculptor and artist.
John Blandy married, in 1953, Anne Mathias, who survives him with their four daughters.
An extract from the obituary of John Blandy on the website of BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons) by a surgeon colleague, Mr Adrian Joyce:
Beyond Britain, John worked to advance urology through the EAU and EBU where he was head of the EAU Scientific Committee in 1984, President of the 8th EAU Congress in London in 1988 and EBU President from 1991-1992…John had an outstanding urological career and was one of the leading urologists of his generation. BAUS is proud to recognise his contribution and talents, to both the national and international fields of urology, where he was keen to develop high standards of practice and promote our specialty as a separate entity. Urologists of his calibre and ability are few and he will be sorely missed.
He was interviewed by Dominic Hodgson for a series called “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” in the British Journal of Medical & Surgical Urology (now the Journal of Clinical). The full interview with John Blandy can be downloaded by clicking here.
Here’s a little taster of that interview:
One of the most memorable characteristics of John Peter Blandy (JPB) is his chortle — a charming, uplifting sound. His chortle and his undoubted charisma clearly have served him well over the years and one can imagine were instrumental not only in helping the progression of his own illustrious career but also in steering British Urology through difficult waters in the 1980s… following qualification in 1950, started a life long association with The London Hospital. Whilst studying for his fellowship, he found himself earning cash by working for Ambrose King in the VD department, ‘‘One of the things there was, if you had gonorrhea there was a simple test of cure for stricture which meant you had to pass a bougie on anyone who had had gonorrhea to see they hadn’t got a stricture. So I learnt how to pass bougies on perfectly normal urethras, also I learnt how to dilate without hurting people and I think it was quite a great skill learning how to, because we didn’t use any anaesthetic. It wasn’t just making sure they hadn’t got a stricture it was also to punish the buggers [chortles]… so naughty!’’…
They never judge!!! They Fight The Stigma! They’re so open minded, ooh they see people from all walks of life!
Kids in the children’s homes in north Wales contracted STIs. The ‘hospital wing’ of Risley Remand Centre contained mostly victims of Dafydd’s gang who had been fitted up; there was no medical care available in the hospital wing except for huge doses of anti-psychotics and a visiting clap doctor. Statistics for Risley, including those for deaths of inmates, were always given for Male and Female Prisoners. Some of the Prisoners were under 15 years old. Things at Risley were so shaming that the Home Office refused to release stats of Prisoners under the age of 15. Risley in those days wasn’t a prison, it was a remand centre; the CHILDREN WITH CLAP had not been found guilty of any offence. Risley had I think the highest rate of suicide of any remand centre or prison in the UK. The hospital wing was the site of most of the suicides. See post ‘Include Me Out’.
They’re Lying To Get Compensation!
Excuse me while I have a little chortle at punishing this bugger who’s had gonorrhea, ho ho, we sent him to north Wales when he was a kid and he came back with the pox and a ruptured anus, chortle chortle…
That retirement was nearly a quarter of a century ago, but Professor Blandy’s influence, perhaps more than any other, is still very strongly felt by our specialty as a consequence of his drive to innovate and introduce new techniques, as a result of his efforts in reorganizing training, and, of course, from his still relevant and important textbooks.
Stressing the importance of punishing the buggers when our mates have sexually assaulted them, infected them with STIs and forced them into sex work. While we chortle in our charming, uplifting way, leaving a trail of charisma behind us.
That interview with Blandy is attributed to: Dominic Hodgson∗
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
London, UK ∗ Corresponding author.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
28 December 2010
A Service of Thanksgiving for John Blandy took place at St Giles’ Cripplegate no less on 11 September 2011. A record of the event can be found on the web, complete with lots of photos of pompous old Top Doctors quaffing champagne, chortling in a charming, uplifting way.
Regular readers will remember a star of the gang in north Wales, Dr Christine Evans aka Dr Chris, a retired urological surgeon from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Dr Chris has been retired for years but keeps her hand in by examining, teaching, telling people what to do and by working very hard to prevent her former colleagues at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd – who have been the subject of damning criticism from the Royal College of Surgeons -from having to account for their dreadful conduct yet alone lose their jobs. Dr Chris hasn’t just defended the right of her mates to treat patients dreadfully by using her position as a former member of staff, Dr Chris doubled up as a Councillor for Denbighshire and somehow got herself appointed as the Leader of the Betsi/North Wales Community Health Council aka ‘the Patients’ Voice’ and defended her pals by using every position that she held. While doing this, Dr Chris ignored serious complaints about the mental health services. See previous posts…
Tony Francis was a patient and friend of Dr Chris.
Dr Chris also busies herself with overseas charidee work and is a leading light in her local community pub, ‘The Raven’.
Dr Chris’s charidee work features on the BAUS website. Dr Chris volunteers overseas with an organisation called Urolink, a venture which was established by the chortling John Blandy in 1985. Urolink sends Top Docs to Hot Countries to Help and as a result members of the gang such as Dr Chris receive admiring media coverage re their Heroic Work.
There are references in the accounts of the recent history of urology to the ‘difficult time’ that the discipline of urological surgery experienced during the 1980s. I don’t know the details of this Top Docs’ scrap, but it may have been related to the role that urological surgeons were playing in the flogging of gender reassignment surgery at the time. Previous posts eg. ‘R.I.P. Julia Grant and Many More…’ have described how the Top Docs at Charing Cross were facilitating abuse and the psychiatrists and urological surgeons at the Gender Identity Clinic found themselves at the centre of a scandal in terms of them abusing their positions with regard to some very vulnerable people and then flogging surgery to the highest bidder when their patients went to other surgeons.
The Charing Cross GIC had close links to Top Docs in Wales. Dr Chris has acted as a poster-dragon for gender reassignment surgery and has featured in media articles with Jan Morris the travel writer. Jan Morris is enthusiastic about Gwerin events and lifestyle, as is her son Twm Morys. When Jan was still James Morris, Jan was a member of the 1953 Everest expedition along with Sir Charles Evans, the Top Doc who subsequently became Principal of UCNW. The Everest expedition made British Heroes of Evans and the team, who of course conquered Everest on 29 May 1953; the nation filled with pride all over again a few days later on 2 June when Lilibet was crowned.
Lord John Hunt who was a member of the 1953 Everest team worked for the security services and used his work to conceal the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Gwynne and Dafydd’s contribution to it. See previous posts. James Morris was a well-known journo who wrote for ‘The Times’ among other things and James/Jan knew about the gang targeting people who really did not want to have sex with them and their customers.
Dafydd tried to persuade teenaged boys who were gay to undergo gender realignment surgery when they had expressed no such desire. Gwynedd has conjured up two other gender identity experts, Kenny Midence, a clinical psychologist who has spent many enjoyable years working with the abusers and people traffickers of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and who regularly nips over to South America and Dr Sadie Francis, who had no expertise in gender dysphoria whatever, but the North West Wales NHS Trust pretended that it was provided an acceptable service for many things which were overseen by members of staff who either had no knowledge or experience and in some cases were lying about their qualifications.
When John Blandy established Urolink in 1985, Dafydd’s gang were in need of a bit of good PR; Mary Wynch had won her appeal to the Master of the Rolls and received coverage in the London-based broadsheets, I was contacting the GMC and MPs and refusing to withdraw my complaint in the face of threats and it had become evident that HIV/AIDS was a substantial problem and a lot of the kids who had been trafficked by Dafydd and the gang had contracted it. It was time for a Top Docs’ charidee!
Here’s a bit about Dr Chris from the BAUS website:
Christine Evans (pictured) submitted her final report – a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan. Christine was involved in many Urolink-sponsored visits to centres throughout the “third world”. She prepared most of the original advice & documentation about working abroad, now published in amended form on this website
In 2012, Tony Francis killed himself. Operation Pallial reopened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal in 2011. In 2012 I had to flee north Wales after I was threatened by a policeman with a gun that he should not have had.
From Urolink’s archives:
Urolink’s aim in Lusaka in Zambia is to support the education, training, development and equipping of urological surgeons at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH). The aim of the Urolink project is to work in partnership with UTH to improve urological surgery (endoscopic & open) through a package of training, ongoing support and mentorship which will lead to sustained changes in clinical practice.
Skills transfer will strengthen the local health system and continue to build on the current work and success of previous visits by the Urolink team, and hence continue to improve the quality of urological care in Lusaka and, eventually, across the whole of Zambia.
2001, 2003, 2007 and 2010
Working visits from Christine Evans (retired Consultant Urologist from Rhyl, North Wales) established the link
During the years that Dr Chris worked as a consultant surgeon, this – and much worse – was happening to people at the hands of those for whom Dr Chris has for so long provided with good PR and a sizeable umbrella:
As any fule kno, because Mr McMurphy continued to take the piss out of Nurse Rached, the services of Gwynne were called upon:
Dr Nicky Mitchell-Heggs, the people trafficking occupational physician at St George’s, really hated ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ because she maintained that the film was misleading in that it was based on the landscape in 1962, yet left the impression that It Was Still Like This in the 1970s. In 1986, patients in the North Wales Hospital didn’t wear uniforms and there was no piped music. That was the only difference Nicky. In the 1970s, the patients in Denbigh probably were wearing uniforms.
It could be argued that ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ presented a less dire situation than Denbigh; there was no implication that the hospital was facilitating an international paedophile ring who were murdering witnesses and absolutely no-one at all would investigate even the most serious of complaints because the entire medical and legal establishment were complicit and a number of politicians were either members of the ring or personal friends with the Top Docs running it.
Nicky Mitchell-Heggs knew exactly what was happening in north Wales and in south London, she was a colleague and friend of those involved, as my documentation demonstrates.
Dr Chris has a daughter called Ruth; I think that Ruth is a Top Doctor.
John Blandy was a Director of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death, Feb 1995-Sept 97, which spanned the last half of the Jillings Investigation and the first pa of – North Wales stats – Jillings – Waterhouse
Dafydd’s gang have a long association with surgeons great and small, everyone from Reginald Vick at Bart’s, through to Lord John Walton… The day to day business of Dafydd’s gang was of course assisted by the surgeons of north Wales, Dr Chris and her mates and their dreadful mortality rates will have shown up in the stats to which they all had access, including the big boys on the National Confidential Enquiry Into Patient Outcome and Death. The key word here is Confidential: the patients were not told. Dr Chris and her colleagues knew that they were maiming and killing people at an impressive rate and there will have been endless polite discussions about this in camera. The butchers and traffickers of north Wales will have been asked repeatedly whether they thought that they would do anything differently in this case with hindsight. The butchers and traffickers will have maintained that with the resources available and the prevailing situation at the time ooh they did their best and everything they did was In The Patients’ Best Interest. Then they will have continued the genocide In The Patients’ Best Interests.
The Top Docs’ recipe for Improving Practice? Get rid of Sally Baker and remove Merfyn Jones from public life.
Anyone for a nice dinner and a real ale? You’ll need a car because there’s no public transport and the neighbouring houses will be out of your price range if you’re thinking of buying!!
Welcome to The Raven Inn, a traditional community-orientated freehouse in the heart of the picturesque North Wales village of Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Denbighshire and situated under the Clwydian hills in a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
July 2015: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited The Raven Inn. Photos are displayed on the Raven’s website.
The Raven Inn is one of the few villages remaining which still retains a church, chapel, shop, school and pub. The Raven Inn has been run by the community since August of 2009. A traditional country pub, you can always be assured of a warm welcome. We offer mouth watering, locally sourced food and the best real ales North Wales has to offer. We regularly bring in the best of local musical talent fitting to a traditional country pub. A company ‘limited by guarantee’ has been set up to run the pub, Raven Mad Ltd. The Raven Inn is manned by volunteers and any profit can only be used to fund village community projects. The whole story was filmed as part of the Save Our Boozer series with the first showing on December 8th 2009 on the ‘Blighty’ satellite channel. The pub and rooms are walker and well behaved dog friendly so please do come in and give us a try. I’m sure you will be back for more.
The edition of the BMJ which praised John Bland who chortled away in his charming and uplifting manner while inflicting pain upon people who had had the temerity to have caught an STI also fondly remembered a member of the gang on Dafydd’s own manor, John Malcolm Barnes:
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor, 1980-96 (b 1943 to a father who was a professor of orthopaedic surgery; q Middlesex 1967; FRCS),
John Barnes of Ysbyty Gwynedd trained at the Middlesex Hospital, Gwynne’s alma mater which covered up for Gwynne’s crimes until he died and preserved his reputation after that as well. Barnes’s orthopaedic surgeon father will have been of Dafydd’s/Gwynne’s generation; he will have known Professor Robert Owen of Liverpool University, Dafydd’s mate who covered up the gang’s crimes in 1989 (see eg. ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’) and John Barnes will have known him as well. John Barnes will have known Sir Charles Evans and the other surgeons in north Wales who were the subjects of allegations of serious misconduct, who had a dreadful track record on just about every dimension, who lied, forged documents, smeared patients who had complained and who of course colluded with the trafficking gang.
Barnes I note began his time as a consultant in 1980; so he worked at the old C&A Hospital, before Ysbyty Gwynedd was built. The C&A where the Angels ran a prostitution ring and where I have been told, certain patients were knowingly given tranfusions of infected blood. I don’t have documentation confirming that, but I do have documentation demonstrating that patients were lied to and about repeatedly.
David Prichard, the former Clinical Director of the North West Wales NHS Trust was one of the surgeons in Gwynedd. I didn’t know David Prichard; I made enquiries as to who he was when I finally received my medical records and found that Prichard had attached a note to the top of my file, simply saying ‘This patient must be stopped’. What I had to be stopped from doing or why I have no idea. David’s note was attached to the records made detailing the plans to frame me for a criminal offence. Signed and dated Prichard, detailed plans, CC’d to numerous Top Docs and senior managers. Leave a comment on the blog if you wish to explain, but I won’t stay in waiting for it!!
David Prichard was praised in north Wales because he did ‘so much to bring the Clinical School to Bangor University’; a man who Educated Top Docs, like Sir John Ellis! That was a good many years ago now. The result has been:
I was told that Prichard left north Wales in a hurry the year that I received my PhD and no-one knew where he had gone. He didn’t keep in touch, bechod…
Prichard’s legacy remained. In 2008 Merfyn’s wife Nerys died when Prichard’s Top Doc colleagues found that there was just nothing that they could do. Although they did have plans for the next part of Merfyn’s NHS Learning Journey, I had the blueprint yelled at me on a few occasions: they were going to blacken his name, get him out of the University, frame him for a criminal offence and then get him out of public life altogether. They explained that this could only be done after Nerys was dead but ‘we’ll look bad if we do it while she’s dying’.
This might come as a surprise to the Top Docs, but the part of their Cunning Plan which was supposed to result in them not looking bad might not have been that effective. They did manage to insult Nerys further after she was dead, which surely puts them in a league of their own: Lord Snowdon of Belgravia For His Whole Life and friend and relative of the gang (Lord Snowdon’s grandfather Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones was a Top Doc from Gwynedd and Of The Gang; see previous posts) arrived in the same graveyard at Llanfaglan as Nerys to spoil her view of the sea and more importantly to metaphorically spit in Merfyn’s face should he wish to visit her grave.
I’ll add Lord Snowdon of Belgravia For His Whole Life to my list of people’s graves on which to dance. Perhaps I ought to have a piddle on that grave as well. If I am caught, Huw Daniel can preside over my trial of Desecrating A Royal Grave (of a man who used rent boys and class A drugs and had links to well you can guess can’t you) and elicit screaming headlines in the Daily Post; a psychiatrist’s report will need to be commissioned which will confirm that, as Bluglass told Dafydd all those years ago, it will have to be a Ward For The Criminally Insane for me. Having pissed on a sex offending Royal after they’ve pissed all over the rest of us for years.
died from carcinoma of the thyroid on Christmas Day 1997. Before taking up his consultant post he spent some time working in South Africa. A deft and decisive surgeon, he specialised in elbow replacement. Though bemused by the machinations of medical politics, he retained a strong sense of fair play. He was a keen sportsman, as spectator and participant, and mountaineer, climbing locally as well as in the Alps and the Karakorams.
Sir Charles was not the only person running the trafficking ring who was a keen climber. Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council (see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’), was as were many others.
During his short retirement he took pride in his showpiece garden. His first marriage was dissolved and he leaves a second wife, Margaret, and two sons (one a surgeon) of his first marriage.
Like the rest of the gang, John Barnes bred and has infected the next generation of surgeons.
John Barnes’s obituary was written by an W.O. Roberts, who will be another Top Doc who knew about the disaster that was orthopaedic surgery as well as surgery per se in north Wales eg. the UCNW student who ended up as a double amputee after falling of her bike and breaking a leg after mistake after mistake was made, the people who endured serious pain for years rather than have hip surgery at Ysbyty Gwynedd because they knew how many of the operations were going seriously wrong, the three surgeons who were quietly removed without anyone fessing up why, the lies that there told about the Top Docs qualifications or rather their lack of qualifications…
John Barnes died shortly after Ronnie Waterhouse had finishing hearing the evidence, in public, from the former residents of the children’s homes in north Wales. They related experiences of severe cruelty and gang rape and some of them collapsed while giving evidence. They were aggressively cross-examined by a whole collection of lawyers acting for the gang and the Welsh Office and were called liars by the lawyers, by Ronnie and by the world’s media.
MI5 still did not release the undercover recordings of threats and violence to targets of the gang who were later found dead. Ronnie accused the former kids in care of lying because events which they described did not tally with NHS/Social Services records. MI5 recorded Gwynne and other members of the gang forging my ‘medical records’. They had a record of D.G.E. Wood misrepresenting himself as my GP years after he wasn’t and exchanging fabricated evidence with third parties. MI5 also knew that Alun Davies and his colleagues at Gwynedd Health Authority had forged numerous documents, as had the Welsh Office, years after the rigged investigation into my complaints by Robert Bluglass and Robert Owen, in an attempt to give an impression that procedures and legal requirements had been followed. See previous posts.
MI5 also had recordings of the industrial scale perjury that the gang committed again and again and again. None of it was made public, even as the corpses of former kids in care and psych patients turned up across north Wales during the Inquiry and in the years afterwards.
There was a genocide and all the evidence was there demonstrating very clearly who was driving it and the methods that they were employing.
Now here’s yet another of the London Hospital contingent, a colleague of Sir John Ellis: the nephrologist Professor Clifford Wilson. An R.D. Cohen wrote the following obituary for Wilson in November 1997:
Clifford Wilson, physician: born 27 January 1906; Professor of Medicine, London University (at the London Hospital) 1946-71 (Emeritus), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine 1968-71; Director, Medical Unit, London Hospital 1946-71; President, Renal Association 1963-64; married 1936 Kathleen Hebden (one son, one daughter); died 10 November 1997.
Professor Clifford was another big wig at the London Hospital during those years in which organised abuse facilitated by that institution was put to good use as the foundation of the international ring. John Allen set up shop three years before Wilson stepped down as Dean of Medicine and Director of the Medical Unit.
Clifford Wilson was Professor of Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College for 25 years from 1946 and played a major role in the post-war period in the conversion of London medical schools into proper university institutes. He also made seminal advances in the understanding of kidney disease and its relation to high blood pressure and to diabetes.
Sir William Asscher, the Dean and then Principal of St George’s who ensured that the trafficking ring continued unhampered after that unfortunate business of Prof Ollie Brooke being jailed for child porn offences in 1986 – after Ollie came out of prison he continued publishing with his old muckers at St George’s and even gave St George’s as his affiliation, although the world and even the rest of the staff were told that Ollie was a thing of the past (see post ‘Too Many Pills’) – learnt at the knee of Clifford Wilson, when Asscher was a Nice Young Doctor, just after qualifying at the London Hospital.
Here’s part of the Story Of William, who was born Adolf Asscher, a middle class Dutch Jew and escaped from Westerbork transit camp as a result of his mum pretending that the family were of English descent, then began using his middle name rather than his first name and settled in London:
‘Eventually, through a friend of his father, he obtained an interview at the London Hospital Medical School, where he was an exceptional student, gaining first class honours in anatomy and passing his final MB BS with honours. As a medical student he published several papers, including one in Nature (‘Vaginal sulphhydryl and disulphide groups during the oestrous cycle of the mouse.’ Nature. 1955 May 21;175:900-1).
His postgraduate medical training was on the academic medical unit at the London Hospital, apart from one year as a senior registrar in general medicine. Under the influence of Clifford Wilson and John Ledingham, Bill started to develop his interests in renal disease. His initial research was concerned with the biological effects of X-irradiation on the kidney and vascular permeability of plasma proteins, work that formed the basis for his MD thesis and yielded a second paper in Nature (‘A vascular permeability factor of renal origin.’ Nature. 1963 Jun 15;198:1097-8). However, it was his contribution to the field of urinary tract infection and its sequelae for which he was to become known as a world authority, work that was undertaken in the second phase of his career in Cardiff.
Previous posts have explained how as a nephrologist in Cardiff Royal Infirmary and then at University Hospital Cardiff, Bill Asscher was one of the principle Top Docs in Cardiff who concealed the sex offending of George Thomas and the rest of the associated criminality… Asscher was a hero to Ysbyty Gwynedd because after many moons, he negotiated the establishment of the renal unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd. That was in the early-mid 1980s; it will have been something to do with a deal concealing the crap involving Dafydd and the gang, ie. Mary Wynch, me, Alison Taylor. There will have been people blackmailing each other all over the place because Asscher certainly hadn’t been inclined to give Bangor a renal unit before then, people needing dialysis in north Wales could sod off and die if they didn’t have the money for private provision.
Asscher was known at St George’s to be a total bastard and he was certainly a man who drove a hard bargain. Not only did people in north Wales spend years dying while he ensured that Cardiff bagged all the goodies re renal medicine – well George Thomas and the massive Labour vote were down there – and then Asscher bask in the limelight when he condescended to stop the slaughter when it looked as if Dafydd and Gwynne were going to be horribly exposed, but Asscher also created a high profile medical charidee when more good PR was needed, when I refused to withdraw my complaint or keep quiet. Asscher established Kidney Wales – it has gone under a variety of names – and after a while expanded that into a charidee encouraging organ donation. One enthusiastic supporter of the charidee was George Thomas.
When I was working at St George’s, Asscher held a jamboree for his charidee in Parliament. There was speeches in the House about the fine work of this charidee and then there was the PR bit on College Green with the TV and EVERY Welsh MP from both sides of the House Pledged Their Support. Lord David Hunt – at the time plain old David Hunt MP – who spent decades colluding with Dafydd’s gang and now is the Big Nob in the international legal firm DAC Beachcroft who’s clients include the MDU – was MC. See post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’. When that jamboree was taking place in Parliament, Dafydd and the gang were conspiring to have me imprisoned… St George’s and the Dept of Health were party to the conspiracy.
Previous posts have discussed the frightful abusive Dr Cathy Wilson, my former boss at St George’s, the Society Fuckwit whom the other staff alleged only bagged her senior academic role through nepotism and to give the impression that there was Serious Research Into Reproductive Physiology happening in Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain’s Dept. Cathy was the object of derision from medical students and other physiologists because her research was widely viewed as being very out of date and not leading anywhere. Cathy’s research was solely focused on the hormonal changes during the reproductive cycle of the mouse and rat. It was virtually identical to that work carried out by Asscher at the London Hospital all those years before when he was a Nice Young Doctor, working for Clifford Wilson, while they developed a trafficking ring. This research into reproductive physiology – Cathy was supposedly developing a new contraceptive but it certainly was never going to happen – could well have served exactly the same function as Dafydd’s and colleagues ‘sex therapy’, ‘research into incest’, ’empowering learning disabled people to explore their sexual needs’.
It was a trafficking ring and the HQ was at St George’s. Just imagine what trafficking Top Docs can ask ‘volunteers participating in medical research’ to do if they are Developing New Contraceptives. St George’s were showing the medical students films of people having sex with each other in the name of medical education; the students thought that it was bizarre but hilarious, particularly as ‘they showed us videos of elderly people having sex with each other’. Because the general public have no idea of the sort of thing that some Top Docs get up to, many people are very genuinely trusting and willing to contribute to research/training. There will be people who would volunteer to be filmed having sex with each other if they thought that it was genuine education for students. But not many elderly people would. I think it likely that those elderly people in the grumble vids were former porn stars who had probably been the victims/targets of this lot in an earlier generation.
There was some equally strange things going on at the Welsh National School of Medicine in the 1980s in the name of educating the medical students. They were invited to have conversations with various people re the details of a range of interesting sexual practices. The medical students didn’t feel comfortable, they were making comments about this ‘is going too far’ and ‘they’re trying to get us to join in’. It was those we know and love, I’ve checked the names and dates; Dr Roy Mottram and his mates from the Beaumont Society, supposedly an organisation established to assist transvestites and transexuals, but it was rather more than that… See eg. ‘ ‘.
‘There was no evidence of a VIP paedophile ring.’
Hundreds of complaints, distressed students, the more robust students finding ‘those old perverts’ uproariously funny, then all those dead witnesses..
No evidence at all…
As for Dafydd’s side-line in class A drugs, Tony Francis’s friend and former colleague from Cardiff, substance abuse specialist Prof Hamid Ghose and his team took care of that at St George’s/Springfield… See post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’.
When Asscher was widowed and elderly, he acquired a New Lady In His Life, a long-standing family friend, Zylvia Pumfrey. See previous posts. My documentation shows that an Angela Pumfrey was the secretary employed by Dr Robin Jacobson of St George’s/Springfield Hospitals who was writing to D.G.E. Wood requesting information about me. Wood had not been my GP for four years. There were also letters to Lucille Hughes from Wandswoth Social Services exchanging information about me. I have never met Lucille, have never been a ‘client’ of Gwynedd Social Services or Wandsworth Social Services and have never asked to be a ‘client’ of theirs. But they were all taking a very great interest in me. It was Tony Francis who told everyone to ask Lucille Hughes for evidence of my dangerousness. See previous posts.
Asscher, Zylvia Pumphrey and Cathy Wilson were all the offspring of families based on mainland Europe. An international ring…
Readers might have noticed that Cathy, who was carrying out very similar research to Asscher when he was a Nice Young Doctor 30 years earlier, has the same surname as Asscher’s boss, Mr Big Clifford Wilson. Clifford won’t have been Cathy’s father because Cathy’s mother was Polish; she still spoke with a Polish accent. But Cathy was married to a Brian Wilson, who worked as a technician in another London medical school. Brian was very placid and tolerant as Cathy got pissed and screamed abuse at him and everyone else. I wonder if Brian was Clifford’s son???
Here’s a bit more on Clifford the People Trafficker:
Behind these bare facts lies the history of a highly reserved but profoundly committed individual, whose thinking arose from a life-long interest in political and moral philosophy.
Born in 1906 into a Baptist family, his academic potential first manifested itself in classics, but he eventually won the Brackenbury scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, on the basis of his performance in chemistry, to which he had been attracted whilst working as a laboratory technician in his spare time at the Heath School, Halifax. At Balliol, he was much influenced by his tutor Harold Hartley, who supported him when he decided to change from Chemistry to Medicine.
Wilson remained throughout his life immensely proud of his Balliol connection, and was prone to recall his intellectual origins to those of his juniors less familiar with the academic pre-eminence of that institution.
He took a First in Natural Sciences in 1928 and completed his clinical and junior medical training at the London Hospital by 1934. He then obtained a Rockefeller Travelling Fellowship to Harvard.
Hands across the ocean!!
There, in 1934, he met the pathologist Paul Kimmelstiel and with him made the discovery of the unique lesion in the kidneys of long-standing diabetics which has since then borne their joint names.
Academic medicine had been pioneered at the London by Sir Arthur Ellis, and in 1938 Wilson became his Assistant Director. When, at the beginning of the Second World War, the medical school had to be dispersed amongst hospitals outside London, he took charge of the teaching at Billericay Hospital, where he developed a programme designed to introduce new clinical students to patients and to teach them the elements of clinical history- taking and examination. The core of this part of the course has essentially remained unchanged, simply because no-one seems to be able to better it. Wilson was in the Medical Research Section of the RAMC till 1945, where he played an important part in dealing with the outbreaks of infectious hepatitis which were so prevalent in the army.
Clifford won’t have just suddenly evolved into a trafficker once he was appointed to a senior position, he”ll have been busy in that direction for years…
By the time Wilson returned to the London in 1946, Ellis had moved to Oxford, and Wilson succeeded him as Professor of Medicine. Then began what was to become the political battle of his life. In 1944 the Goodenough Committee had recommended that the medical school course should provide the student with a university education on broad and liberal lines. This meant that the apprenticeship system, by which students imbibed their trade by osmosis from the eminent doctors
They are just a sick joke aren’t they…
to whom they were attached, needed to a large extent to be replaced by a system of training in principles, problem-solving, and habits of learning which would equip them for a lifetime of practice in a continually changing scene – rather than simply to train them to become safe house officers on graduation.
There was resistance to these ideas amongst teaching hospital staff, in the royal colleges and, indeed, in some universities. Wilson was a formidable leader in the battle to achieve proper status and influence of the university in medical schools, because he was prepared to fight for what he felt to be the right course, even at the expense of making enemies. The battle was not really won till the late 1960s, with the publication of the report of the Royal Commission on Medical Education. Though all this may seem obvious now, Wilson’s successors and the medical students of today have enormous reason for gratitude to him that these matters are no longer issues. As his ideas gained support, he was elected to senior roles in medicine on a wider stage. He was Senior Vice-President and Senior Censor of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1967-68 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in London University from 1968 until 1971.
Like Lord Brian Flowers, Clifford was another Mr Big who’s criminality spanned the whole of London University and was not merely contained within one of the constituent Colleges or hospitals. John Allen launched his business just as Clifford became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in London University.
In the two decades after his appointment to the Chair of Medicine in 1946, Wilson and his junior academic colleagues, Jack Ledingham and Michael Floyer, and the pathologist Frank Byrom, together worked out much of the mechanism of the curious relationship between the kidneys and blood pressure and thereby established many of the principles upon which the modern treatments of hypertension and kidney disease are based. He provided an academic home for many aspiring clinical scientists, of a wide range of interests, and gave them their head, relieving them of the worry of funding their research. He was a brilliant scientific critic and taught us all how to write papers. Furthermore, he inspired a tradition of service and commitment – you stayed with the job till it was done, and especially if it involved patients.
Clifford Wilson looked immensely distinguished – which he was.
This and his natural reserve made him appear a little unapproachable, which entirely belied his nature. He was a man of deeply and passionately held convictions, which tended only to be expressed sparsely and apparently by chance. He was, in fact, exceptionally good with both patients and students;
there is a famous painting of him by John Ward, holding forth to students on the subject of kidney disease.
Contrary to expectation, on his retirement in 1971, Clifford Wilson played no further role in medical affairs, but retreated to his country home. He probably felt that his family deserved this after his long years of time-consuming medico-academic politics.
What happened to put Clifford out of business in 1971 I wonder?
So Sir William Asscher, Mr Big who headhunted as Dean/Principal of St George’s after Ollie Brooke was jailed and the Westminster Paedophile Ring was in danger of being exposed, had John Marshall Ledingham and Ledingham’s colleagues to thank for his career. Those at the London Hospital were already facilitating abuse when Asscher was a student and then a junior doc there, but it was Asscher and his mates who oversaw the blossoming of an international trafficking ring targeting thousands of kids and vulnerable adults.
I am wondering whether Asscher, like Dannie, Wilfred and Leo Abse was the child of parents who were facilitating abuse themselves; the Abses’ father ran an ‘independent cinema’ in a rough part of Newport which was how the family knew George Thomas. Thomas liked his independent cinemas, he met young men for sex in them, but being Thomas, he also made a nuisance of himself with boys and young men who weren’t interested in having sex with Thomas. Although the London Hospital maintained that Asscher was a ‘brilliant student’, he wasn’t before he met the London Hospital. Asscher struggled academically, slummed it at Acton Technical College, was rejected by every medical school to which he had applied, then Asscher’s dad had a word with his mate at the London Hospital. The duffer became a brilliant student from then on and metamorphosed into this:
Prof John Ledingham’s son is the most recent Prof John Ledingham. He was a signatory to a letter to the Torygraph in Dec 2015, on the topic of assisted dying, the first part of which read:
Sir – National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) on the care of dying adults, in particular the emphasis placed on honest, transparent communication and “providing individualised care”.
These principles naturally extend to allow dying people the choice of an assisted death, subject to clear safeguards. Under the current law, dying people who want to control the manner and timing of their death are forced to travel abroad to end their lives behind closed doors – often in dangerous and distressing circumstances – or suffer against their wishes in their final weeks and days…
Ah the doctors they were wonderful and ooh I remember Professor John’s father as well ooh him and his ring of old paedophiles Helping The Poor…
There are a lot of Ledinghams, a number of them called John and a few who are Top Docs. Such as Ursula Ledingham, who’s biography appears on the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online and was written by Richard R. Trail:
b.2 January 1900 d.19 November 1965
MB BS Lond(1923) MD Lond(1927) MRCS LRCP(1923) MRCP(1928) FRCP(1947)
Una Ledingham was the daughter of James Louis Garvin, the editor of The Observer, and Christina, née Wilson. She was educated at South Hampstead High School and the London School of Medicine for Women (later the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine), and held house posts at the Brompton, the Royal Free and Royal Northern Hospitals until 1925, when she returned to her parent hospital as medical registrar. In 1931 she was appointed to itsstaff. There, at the Hampstead General Hospital, and at the Marie Curie Hospital she developed a special interest in diabetes, and was an expert on the problems of the pregnant diabetic woman.
Intelligent and gifted, and with tireless energy, she somehow managed to run her husband’s practice without curtailing her own consulting andhospital work while he was on active service in the Second World War. She was a senior examiner for the College and for the University of London, and from 1957 to 1960 a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Free Hospital.
The Royal Free Hospital by the time was facilitating abuse and a number of Grand Old Bags who ran Hampstead as Councillors, NHS Authority/Hospital Governors and all round busybodies colluded with the abuse. Some of the Grand Old Bags netted peerages and became Ministers eg. Baroness Bea Serota, Baroness Lena Jeger and Baroness Barbara Brooke. Barbara Brooke bred a Tory dynasty who had many links with the health and welfare services and continued the cover-up after Barbara died (see previous posts). Lena Jeger was married to a Top Doc (see previous post). Peggy Jay was another of the Grand Old Bags (see previous post); Peggy’s husband was Labour Minister Douglas Jay, her son Peter Jay was a friend of Dr Death’s and married Jim Callaghan’s daughter Margaret, who also became a Labour peer and was appointed a Health Minister by Miranda. It didn’t matter whether the Grand Old Bags of Hampstead were Labour or Tory – or even Liberals such as Julia Neuberger and her clan (see previous posts) – they were all mates and as far as colluding with the shafting of the Poor down the road at St Pancras was concerned, In It Together.
Richard Crossman’s ‘Diaries’ supply details of the many dinners and nights at the theatre and opera that he enjoyed with this crew. So unto the next generation – Peggy Jay’s niece is Virginia Bottomley, an LSE graduate and former psychiatric social worker who concealed the criminality of Dafydd and the gang throughout her years in the Dept of Health; Virginia’s daughter is now a Top Doctor. See previous posts.
She was one of those rare teachers who could present a patient in his total environment, but was as much feared as respected by her students.
In some ways she was her own worst enemy; only the discerning could appreciate her fairness, broadmindedness and deeply felt sympathy for her patients, under a rather hard exterior and a tendency to mar her brilliant conversational powers with an overpungent wit.
In 1925 she married Dr John (‘Jock’) Ledingham. They had one son, who became a physician to Westminster Hospital, and one daughter.
Dafydd’s mates Drs Dannie and Wilfred Abse trained at the Westminster. See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
The University of Dundee has an Iain McAllan Ledingham, MD (Glasgow), FRCSE, FRSE, FRCPG, FIBiol, FCCM, occupying an Emeritus position.
Robert Bluglass is a former member of staff at Dundee, as is Sir Douglas Black’s son Dr Andrew Black. See previous post.
A previous post mentioned Ian Skottowe as one of the network of facilitators of the ring. James Stuart Ian Skottowe can be found on the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online and SJG Spencer who wrote Skottowe’s biography certainly waxed lyrical:
b.2 March 1902 d.2 March 1984
MB ChB Glasg(1923) DPM Lond(1926) MD Glasg(1930) MRCP(1951) FRCP(1958) Hon FRCPsych(197Ian Skottowe was in that classical mode of Scottish psychiatry which, stemming from Sir David Henderson, inevitably embraced precise diagnostic formulation on the basis of detailed history and careful mental examination; yet this school has allowed for such diverse idiosyncracy of psychiatric personality as those of T A Munro, Arthur Spencer Paterson, Angus McNiven and Robin McInnes, as well as his own notable individuality; with Robin, who was by contrast far more of a dynamic psychotherapist and less of an exact nomothetist than Ian, long standing friendship and neighbourly collaboration during Ian’s Buckinghamshire days led to a remarkable balance of approach being offered to all who worked under them both, from the time Ian joined Robin as second consultant at Warneford Hospital, Oxford, in 1951, until his retirement toWinchester in 1964.
Hampshire was home to Lord Denning, his brother Vice-Admiral Norman Denning – a Royal Naval Intelligence Officer at the Admiralty and Defence Intelligence Staff who served as Director of Naval Planning, 1945-56, Director of Naval Intelligence, 1960-64 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for Intelligence, 1964-65 -and others at the very top of the security services or close to those who were, who concealed organised abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Kincora and whatever it was that Lord Mountbatten and those in the Admiralty were doing. See previous posts, including ‘The Defence of the Realm’. Fergie’s dad, the legendary Major Ronald Ferguson, who was Carlo’s polo manager until that business of Major Ron being caught visiting the Wigmore Club, a venue offering interesting services, hit the tabloids and Major Ron resigned, also lived in Hampshire. I have previously blogged about my friend who knew Major Ron and the polo set when she was younger and alleged that ‘Major Ron’s Kiddie Sex Club’ was a standing joke among her friends.
Born in Dumbartonshire, and educated at Sevenoaks School, Kent, and Morrison’s Academy, Crieff, he received his psychiatric education as an undergraduate at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, becoming MD with commendation, and as a postgraduate at Boston, USA, which afforded him fascinating insights into American psychiatry.
As well as providing yet another trans-Atlantic link for the ring…
His natural ability to put a point of view over clearly and firmly ensured that he would combine the roles of clinician and administrator: it was in 1927 that he crossed the border to become medical superintendent of Cefn Coed Hospital where he gained a knowledge of Welsh that, I suspect, about equalled that of his native Gaelic, but which he used for rapport with his Welsh patients – producing occasionally the first smile in depressivemisery.
Cefn Coed was yet another horrible abusive asylum and there will have been no ‘rapport’ with any patients. ‘Rapport’ was only said to have been established when the terrorised patients didn’t offer resistance. Those we know and love in north Wales all began muttering about how they had hoped to have established Rapport with me but ooh we’ve not been able to get anywhere. Because I was bright enough to see what was going on and challenged people when I found out that lies were being told and documentation forged. No-one needs Rapport with people who do that.
Skottowe’s Welsh will never have been good enough to have communicated with distressed first language Welsh patients in an asylum at that time and they will have spoken a different style of Welsh to any formal Welsh that Skottowe learnt. He’ll have learnt the equivalent of Received Pronounciation and the Queen’s Welsh. Were Skottowe stiil alive, I could teach him a bit of Wenglish as spoken in Bangor, by two patients from Maesgeirchan who were less than impressed with D.G.E. Wood. ‘That fuckin bastard bach of a doctor yeh, I fuckin hate him’. The residents of Maesg were suffering badly from the Gang at the time, the Ty’r Felin children’s home was there and Meri Huws – who doubled up as the Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh Language Society) – and her social worker colleagues were trafficking the kids to Dolphin Square as well as to local venues. See post ‘Are You Local?’.
There are many variants of Welsh but even the best Welsh speakers use some choice English swear words when faced with Dafydd’s gang, even if they use the term ‘meddyg’ rather than ‘doctor’.
Former colleague of the patient batterers and traffickers at the Maudsley and in Wales, Funnywoman Jo Brand worked at Cef Coed. See previous posts as well as ‘International Women’s Day! Let’s Celebrate With Jane…’
It is intriguing that his death was within a few weeks of that of his wife Phyllis, whom he married in 1927, and within a month of that of S R Tattersall, his deputy and most long standing colleague during the period when he was medical superintendent at Royal Bucks Mental Hospital, Stone, Aylesbury; to be renamed St John’s during his tenure. There he set about an extensive programme of modernization, less of its structure than of the clinical approach: his success led to, and was itself further fostered by the association of St John’s with the teaching of psychiatry at the Middlesex Hospital during the war time evacuation. This collaboration in teaching continues at St John’s till today, now mainly with the Oxford department of psychiatry.
These eminent members of Dafydd and Gwynne’s circle all pegged out in 1984, the year of the spontaneous combustions, the distress flare to which Professor Eric Sunderland responded, the failure to respond to the concerns that Brown and I raised about Gwynne, George Thomas’s STI etc.
Michael Shepherd can be instanced among the top psychiatrists in whose formation Ian played a part.
Professor Michael Shepherd was a psychiatrist at the heart of the Maudsley/Newcastle-upon-Tyne network who were colleagues and partners in crime of Dafydd and the gang in north Wales. Like Sir John Ellis and others discussed on this blog, Shepherd became very powerful by carefully selecting and mentoring young psychiatrists and then bagging them posts right across the world; Shepherd was particularly keen on mentoring overseas junior docs. The strategy paid off, eventually there were Top Docs and many in very senior roles everywhere in debt to Shepherd. See post ‘The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Connection?’
His postgraduate students, particularly his own junior staff on the road to consultantship, kept in loyal communication with him from all over the country: he once remarked that en route for a Scottish holiday he and Phyl could stay with former students at almost any pointalong either the eastern or western route.
The networking abilities of the most criminal of Top Docs is truly impressive. Top Docs have an undying loyalty to each other anyway even to those colleagues whom they hate, at least in the face of investigation or complaint because the foundations of the whole show are just so shaky that everything would collapse if all concerns were dealt with properly; the price for daring to admit that one of their colleagues is doing even something fairly minor that they shouldn’t be doing is high, Docs are ruined by their colleagues if they actually start blowing the whistle on criminality.
During Warneford’s private hospital days he seemed to vie with Tattersall – referred by either, the patient was always interesting and could be helped – in the length of letter of referral, the detail of background and work-up and the exactitude of the problem which the Warneford needed to resolve. Since they both felt that Warneford was the most suitable for certain patients, even after it entered the NHS in 1948, referrals continued on the samemeticulous basis until Ian himself moved over.
This description of referrals between two chums, one of whom was definitely a colleagues of those in a network of abusers, is worrying. A similar system of referral operated in north Wales with regard to patients who had been targeted by the gang; if one did not spend time in a children’s home in north Wales, the main route for trafficking young people was Dafydd’s ‘personality disorder unit for young people’ at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Psychiatric textbooks at the time stated clearly that one should never diagnose personality disorders in young people, because the ‘symptoms’ of a personality disorder can be, in young people, the normal emotions and stresses that many young people go through. The standard definition of ‘young person’ was someone under 30.
Yet Dafydd ran a personality disorder unit at Denbigh for YOUNG PEOPLE and they were er under 30. Gwynne and Dafydd were constantly diagnosing personality disorders in young people under 30. Gwynne diagnosed one in me, it was one of the matters of which Brown complained. I was then referred to Tony Francis and we questioned him about it. Francis told me verbally – but never put it in writing anywhere – that Gwynne should indeed have never made such a diagnosis and that Francis would not have. Francis also assured me that nothing that Gwynne had said about me would find its way onto my NHS records and that Gwynne’s records at the Student Health Centre at UCNW did not leave UCNW and were destroyed some years after the student graduated.
I discovered in 1985-86 that none of this was true. There was no confidentiality among any of them and information – including information that they knew was untrue – was ‘shared’ with numerous highly inappropriate people. Within weeks of telling me that he did not believe that I had a personality disorder and that such a thing should not be diagnosed in anyone under 30, Francis had recorded that I had a personality disorder, was dangerous and that I had made the most terrible allegations about Gwynne. Francis then Referred me to er Dafydd, who ran the young person’s personality disorder unit.
I knew nothing about any of this, until years later when I received the records that they had all witheld from me, illegally, for decades. What did happen was that in Dec 1986, Dafydd had me wrongfully arrested and imprisoned at Denbigh. Before I had seen any sort of Top Doc, as I was admitted to Denbigh, I noticed written on the top of my admittance sheet ’24 year old female, personality disorder’. Being me, I questioned it. WAR!!!! No-one could explain it of course they couldn’t. It was one lie after another. It was at that point that they found that Rapport had not been established, tch tch.
I later found out what happened in the young person’s personality disorder unit, Mary Wynch told me. The young people received Sex Therapy and part of the therapy was to have sex with each other while the Angels gathered around to watch.
Sex work and the porn industry, that is what the Young Person’s Personality Disorder Unit at Denbigh was about. Why Gwynne, Tony Francis and Dafydd ever thought that I would have kept my mouth shut having found out about the route by which UCNW students who were targeted were being trafficked I cannot imagine. Everyone in authority knew about the ‘unit’, including MI5. No-one stopped it.
Where are the other former UCNW students who didn’t have Brown to keep them afloat and even alive Wood? Where are they? Gwynne and Dafydd didn’t set it all up for me. What did you do with all those students, male and female, who went to UCNW to STUDY, but whom you liked the look of and decided that they could be forced into the sex industry instead? As for the vast related ring down in London, spanning the teaching hospitals and with other contacts abroad, how can anyone say that I was the only one??? Where are the others, there must have been hundreds and hundreds of kids, students and other young people targeted. They even tried to involve the more vulnerable medical students, this was a massive cartel of serious criminals.
We didn’t know!!!
By this time, he was not only psychiatric member of the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, serving from 1948-55, but was also engaged in writing his short textbook of psychiatry.
Crossman’s mates on the Oxford Regional Health Board such as Dame Isabel Graham Bryce concealed serious abuse in Oxfordshire for many years. See previous posts.
He would appear at clinical meetings apparently absorbed in his proof reading, only to produce a comment on the presentation so devastatingly trenchant as to make it plain that he had not missed a relevant word. The book, which ran into two editions, can be considered the most felicitously succinct modern textbook of psychiatry in the English language – ultimately a collector’s piece. Take his initial description of the essential schizophrenic process, of the clinical elucidation of which he was a master:
‘Schizophrenic disorders, as the name implies, are characterized by a splitting of mental functions from one another, so that the mental activity of the individual no longer appears as an integrated whole function, but is fragmentary, inconsequential, freakishly aberrant and out of touch with the immediate material environment, while the component sub-functions of the mind, for example, emotional functions and thinking functions, are liable to be grotesquely incongruous with one another. This produces a kind of bizarre caricature of the patient’s personality as it was before he became ill and, in many cases, in the end leaves nothing but a dilapidated fragmentary relic of the personality as it once was.’ Clinical Psychiatry for practitioners and students, London, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1953; 2nd edition, London, Churchill, 1964.
Dafydd’s Medical Training caused him to write letters along these lines when he wanted to impress on other people how Dangerous I was. Reading the letters in isolation, one would draw the conclusion that Dafydd was a batty old psychoanalyst from a previous era who couldn’t see the wood for the trees, but other documentation compiled by Dafydd at approximately the same time rather spoils that image; it is clear that Dafydd says anything to anyone on any occasion under any circumstances to suit his own purpose.
It is tempting to suggest that the sophisticated diagnostician follows far more closely Ian’s diagnostic methods than relying on the presence or absence of ‘front-rank’ symptoms. Ian made his juniors connoisseurs of the earliest manifestation of thought disorder, to which he preferred the term ‘dyssymbole’, less clumsy and more suggestive of possible psycho-physiological aetiology.
In formulating delusional activity, Ian taught ‘Avoid being over categorical. “He believes that his sex is being changed by emanations from freemasons in Gravesend” conveys far more than “He harbours paranoid delusions.”’.
His second clinical connoisseurship lay in the extraction of the essential depressive state from reactive and neurotic overlays. In the field of minor psychiatry: ‘Common sense and wise good will rather than depth analysis were his psychotherapeutic weapons. Sceptical of psychiatric over encroachment into the field of behaviour and personality disorders, he often talked of the need to ‘extend the boundaries of normality.’ [SS.Brit.med.J., 1984,288,866]. Tolerant of his dynamically-minded juniors, he would allow time for psychotherapy, recognizing the value of rapport while sceptical of the specific, as opposed to the general effects of the schools of dynamic psychotherapy: at the moment when therapeutic enthusiasm dwindles -‘Let us now see what we can do with some ECT.’, Ian would intersperse; and within a fortnight the patient was better.
Not that he was over enthusiastic for mechanical methods. If only means could be found for comparing the effect of his combination of an amphetamine and a carefully monitored mixture of tinct opii with that of today’s antidepressants and tranquillizers! Certainly many a depressant was maintained in the community, in the pre-antidepressant days, on this combination and without electroplexy. Resultant opiate addiction? Never.
He had no time for electronarcosis and was extremely reserved over cerebral surgery, though he rejoiced in the meticulous approach of Sir Hugh Cairns. For Ian, the really prolonged narcosis, using barbitone, provided curative respite for the agitated depressive and a few restless manics. To show how readily such narcosis once successfully constituted could be maintained, he would wheel narcotized patients from their wards into clinical demonstrations without disturbing their sleep which he might continue for up to a month.
Ian was much less of a researcher than clinician; but he collaborated enthusiastically with Richard Parnell in his studies correlating somatometry with psychiatry, joined with him in a number of articles and wrote, in collaboration with him, a mental health handbook.
When his move to Oxford, and his subsequent retirement from the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, allowed him respite from local administration he gave his wisdom and foresight increasingly to the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, to its parliamentary committee – of which he was chairman for years – and to its reformation into the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was himself president of the RMPA, a well justified elevation which he encompassed with marked distinction from 1964-65.
Retirement to Winchester meant no cessation of work until he was about 80, as he became psychiatric adviser to both Wessex Regional Hospital Board (to become Wessex RHA) and Winchester College, as well as working in private consultancy.
Dr John Revans was Deputy Senior Administrative Medical Officer, 1951-59, then Senior Administrative Medical Officer to Wessex Regional Health Board, 1959-74. From 1974 until his retirement in 1976, Revans was Medical Officer to the Wessex Regional Health Authority. Revans was knighted in 1977, which was the year when it became very clear that Mr Thrope was before long be charged with some very serious offences in relation to the attempt to kill Normal Scott. Freda Gundry was Revans’s sidekick, serving as Chief Nursing Officer at Wessex Regional Health Board, 1959-73 and was subsequently appointed Regional Medical Officer at Wessex Regional Health Authority in 1973. So Revans and Gundry were in the driving seat presiding over the extraordinary events in the Taunton and Bristol Hospitals back in the days when Matron wasn’t quite all that she was cracked up to be and there was organised abuse in the West Country with links to Dafydd’s gang targeting kids in the less affluent towns like Bridgwater. Between 1948-51, John Revans was the Assistant Senior Administrative Medical Officer to the South West Regional Hospital Board, which ran St George’s Hospital. Top Docs at Revans’s level were the ones concealing the abuse at the level that really mattered ie. a very senior level. Revans and his peers dealt directly with Civil Service mandarins and when Richard Crossman arrived at the DHSS in 1968, he made a point of telling them to bypass the small fry in the Civil Service and go directly to Ministers if they wanted.
John Revans was a mate of Dr John Fisher ‘JOF’ Davies, a Top Doc in Oxfordshire at the same level of seniority as Ravens who was a mate of Gwynne’s and Honorary Physician to Lilibet who was of great help in concealing Gwynne’s criminality. See previous posts. Crossman’s ‘Diaries’ contain many references to Revans and a few to JOF and Crossman’s dishonesty re his claims to have improved the dreadful conditions in asylums and ‘subnormal’ hospitals is evident from the diary entries.
Revans and JOF are used as examples of Top Docs who have made vast improvements and thus living proof that abuse of and cruelty to patients won’t be tolerated, yet descriptions of what is happening inside the institutions and the strategies to which Crossman resorts in order to conceal matters which would cause a national scandal make it clear that Revans and JOF haven’t improved anything, but they are powerful enough to tell obvious lies and not to have to explain themselves.
Happily married to Phyl (their devoted daughter Gillian lives in Cornwall) he spent himself caring for her in her last illness and probably did not wish to survive her; his survival was in fact only five weeks….
Socially, he will be especially remembered at the piano, playing riotous improvised solos, or more measured duets with Robin Mclnnes. A natural extrovert and party man, he was delightful to have as a guest or to visit as a host.
With his particular mixture of Scottish courtesy and impish humour – so that nothing, certainly not himself, was taken too seriously or too pompously – and with his wisdom as administrator, and his clinical expertise, Ian had a place among the illustrious psychiatrists of his day.
This obituary was written by SJG Spencer.
During the early years of Ian Skottowe’s career, psychiatry was barbaric by any standards. The sort of treatments that SJG Spencer implies were used sensitively and therapeutically by Skottowe and resulted in improved conditions are notorious now for being an utter waste of time with no positive effect, although they did more than occasionally result in patient deaths. We must accept that Skottowe was a man of his time and it was those treatments which were the ones available to him and Top Docs did desperately thrash around for anything really. Even accounting for this being an earlier era of medicine, what cannot be denied is that much of psychiatry was viewed as cruel and inhumane by people of the time.
There were a few Top Docs who were kinder to patients than others, but most of them were authoritarian, elitist and considered themselves far superior in status than psychiatric patients; most of them were simply not the humane concerned people that their obituarists painted them as. There was also massive abuse of patients by Top Docs, including organised sexual abuse. Far from the old asylum superintendents having received an unfairly bad press, I am beginning to reach the conclusion that the situation was actually far worse than anyone has suggested. These were not only Top Docs who simply didn’t have the knowledge available today, there was a good proportion of them who were, like Gwynne, out and out abusers and knew that they were spouting bollocks in order to conceal very serious wrongdoing.
I only encountered Gwynne in the twilight of his years when he was very nearly on the way out, yet when I returned to the Student Health Centre to ‘discuss my concerns’ with him – and even getting that meeting was like pulling teeth – I presented evidence (that Gwynne’s protectors did not realise that I had) demonstrating that he had lied and that an unknown person had told him that I had been offered a place at the Welsh National School of Medicine and that confidence had been breached on many levels. I also pointed out the alterations that had been very obviously made to my medical notes when Brown and I had been told by Wood in writing that this had not happened. Gwynne could not deny any of this, the evidence was there. He sucked on his false teeth, gave a smug smile and walked out of the room. I stood up to follow him and demand an explanation, to be greeted with Liz Stables, the Angel at the Student Health Centre, screaming at me ‘you’ve had the meeting, he has nothing more to say’ and then calling security to throw me out.
A sex offending lobotomist who had been caught red handed lying, forging documentation and discussing the career plans of someone who had made a serious complaint about him with unknown third parties. Oh, all in a day’s work, nothing to worry about there.
Perhaps the then Chancellor of UCNW would like to leave a comment on the blog, because I am waiting for an explanation:
Now bastard, WHAT happened to the other targets of the lobotomist while you were blowing complaints out of the water?
When Dafydd’s partner trafficker in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Prof Israel aka Issy Kolvin (see post ‘Oliver’s Army’) died, there was no shortage of admirers who wrote tributes. One was Professor Philip Graham, one of Issy’s many proteges who subsequently became a big name himself.
Philip Graham is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Health, London. He was a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London for over 25 years. Philip Graham has acted as Dean of the Institute of Child Health, London, co-ordinating consultant to the World Health Organisation Child Mental Health Programme, Chair of the National Children’s Bureau and President of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His recent publications include ‘The End of Adolescence and So Young, So Sad, So Listen’.
Professor Philip Graham can be found on the website of the Mary Kitzinger Trust:
After holding a consultant post in child psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and a senior lectureship at the Institute of Psychiatry, Philip was appointed to the Headship of the Department of Psychological Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London in 1968. In 1974 he was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Child Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Health. He retired from these posts in 1994.
Philip Graham was running the shop at GOSH when Jimmy Savile dropped by when ever he felt like it.
He has published widely both in his own and in related fields. His most recent publication is ‘Men and Sex: A Sexual Script Approach’ (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Among other positions held, he was Co-ordinating Consultant to the WHO Child Mental Health Programme from 1977 to 1984, President of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1987 to 1991 and Chair of the National Children’s Bureau from 1994 to 2000.
The NCB became a magnet for paedophiles and those facilitating abuse. Barbara Kahan and Peter Righton (see previous posts) were involved with the NCB as was Professor Neville Butler, Prof of Child Health at Bristol University, 1965-85 and one of the network of paediatricians who facilitated abuse. Butler doubled up as a social researcher and carried out huge population surveys commissioned by Gov’t which resulted in him and his colleagues gathering sensitive, confidential data on thousands and thousands of citizens, including children, without their knowledge; the data was shared with other professionals and academics facilitating abuse and criminality and used to target potential victims. See post ‘Oliver’s Army’. Sir Paul Ennals, the son of Dafydd’s mate Lord David Ennals, was appointed Chief Exec of the NCB in 1988.
From 1989 he has been Chair of the Mary Kitzinger Trust.
The Philip Graham Lecture, Monday 2nd July, Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH
This lecture is to honour and celebrate the contribution of Professor Philip Graham who is stepping down from his role as Chair and Trustee of the Mary Kitzinger Trust after 30 years. The Mary Kitzinger Trust was established with the objective of advancing education, training and research in the psychology of children with visual and/ or other developmental difficulties. The lecture also recognises his major contribution to the field of childhood mental health and his previous leadership at Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL Institute of Child Health.
Anyone for Jimmy Savile?
16:00 – 16:30 Tea/ coffee
16.30 Introduction by Professor Rosalind Smyth (Director of UCL ICH)
16.35 Guest speaker: Professor Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci. Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, Director, National Academy for Parenting Research Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Kings’s College London and Head, National Conduct Problems & National Adoption and Fostering Services Maudsley Hospital, London UK.
Lecture title: “Does attachment security matter in vulnerable children and can we enhance it?”
Bowlby’s attachment theory has proved to be enormously valuable in infants and infant care. However, in childhood and adolescence, we are on much less certain ground of how to measure attachment and its significance for the young person’s wellbeing.
Professor Scott will talk about ground-breaking research on new methods and insights from exploring attachments in primary school aged children and in early adolescence, with focus on abused children taken into foster care.
New insights will be given regarding whether secure attachments can be formed later in childhood and Professor Scott will show a range of interventions that can help enhance attachment security and consider whether they can be extended to different clinical populations such as children with visual or motor impairments like cerebral palsy.
17:30 – 19:00 Drinks in the Winter Garden
The Philip Graham Lecture marks the beginning of our International Conference: Childhood Visual Impairment and Mental Health, seeherefor details.
Graham wrote occasional articles for ‘The Guardian’ and in Oct 2009, ‘The Guardian’ published this obituary of Top Doctor Sula Wolff, written by Philip Graham:
It is rare for psychiatrists to make their mark by carrying out original research on groups of children not hitherto recognised as sharing particular characteristics. However, Sula Wolff, who has died aged 85, studied over a 20-year period, from childhood to adult life, people she called “loners” or who, in psychiatric parlance, showed “schizoid personality”.
They were obviously in need of a gang of paedophiles then.
In a book called Loners published in 1995, she described the children she had seen. Lacking empathy with other children, they were either completely or almost friendless.
Anyone for a chortle while they insert a bougie through the urethra of a Loner who caught the pox while being Safeguarded by Experts such as these:
Although usually of at least average intelligence, they often showed language or other developmental delays.
Sula probably Assessed Welsh speaking kids in her native German or English and Dafydd employed a hired thug to Assess the English speaking kids in Welsh.
Usually, well beyond an age when this might be regarded as normal, they were completely absorbed in their fantasy lives. These children were similar to those diagnosed with autism, but there were a number of important differences.
They were living here, which was why their fantasy lives were preferable to their real lives:
When she followed these children into adult life, Sula found that they remained odd and friendless. A minority had developed schizophrenia; more had other problems such as aggression, sometimes amounting to criminal behaviour. They also had a higher rate of suicide.
What surprising outcomes, particularly after all the effort that Sula had put in especially with regard to telling anyone with whom they were friendly that they were dangerous. If people still insist on being friends with them, telling the friends that if they continue the friendship they will not receive Services usually does the trick. If they are not exhibiting criminal behaviour, prosecuting them for Staring At Jackie Brandt in Safeway’s solves that problem. Once someone has grown up in Bryn Estyn and then received Help from the gang in early adulthood, suicide is usually highly probable. In the case of a body hanging from a place which would be unusual or impossible for a suicide, a helpful coroner can be relied upon to conjure up an extraordinary scenario which can even appear in the press and no questions will be asked.
Such a Dysfunctional and Chaotic Lifestyle ending in death simply confirms that Sula was quite correct in her Assessment of them at 6 years old and her diagnosis that they were a Loner.
She pointed out that a number of famous philosophers and scientists, notably Ludwig Wittgenstein, had shown similar characteristics.
Ooh and Churchill was bipolar you knew.
In his introduction to her book, Leon Eisenberg, the doyen of American psychiatrists, described it as “destined to be a clinical classic” and wrote that he wished he had had Loners to read when he began his clinical career.
The fact that Eisenberg hadn’t will have at least prevented a few 5 year old Loners from ending up in Bryn Estyn, Denbigh, Risley and their 23 year old corpse subsequently being found hanging/in the Menai Strait/dead on the road/dead on the railway track/at the bottom of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct/in the burnt out remains of their house…
Sula was born in Berlin, the daughter of a patent agent. She remembered deciding to become a doctor at the age of four, when she broke a thumb. The hospital care that followed so impressed her that she decided on a medical career and never wavered from that ambition.
Sula was fortunate in being diagnosed with a broken thumb, the outcome would have been very different if someone had stated that she was a Loner.
She and her Jewish family escaped from Berlin to London soon after Hitler came to power in 1933. She did not find it easy to settle at Hampstead high school for girls,
Could Sula have been an undiagnosed Loner?
but she was very bright, and won a prize for English only a year after she arrived in London.
Anyone for Rainman?? Surely Sula must have been worthy of some diagnosis after displaying tendencies dangerously near to those of a Loner.
She read medicine at Oxford and spent four years in paediatrics, mainly at the Whittington hospital in London with Simon Yudkin. She then found her way to the Maudsley hospital, south London, for postgraduate psychiatric training.
Just before Dafydd rocked up at the Maudsley. Sula was taught by the same Giants Of Psychiatry who were already abusing patients by then and had begun to expand the business.
There she met Henry Walton, a South African, whom she married in 1958 in Cape Town. From the Maudsley she went to New York to workwith Stella Chess before obtaining a post as a research fellow in the Edinburgh MRC Unit for Epidemiological Studies in Psychiatry. She completed her training in child psychiatry in Edinburgh before obtaining a consultant post there in 1966.
In 1966, Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson was Harold Wilson’s Minister of Health. Edinburgh had a good supply of Top Docs who were abusers or facilitating abuse, including Ronald Fairbairn, father of the violent alcoholic and it is alleged child abuser Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, former bedfellow of Esther. Who knew nuzzing. See previous posts. Ronald Fairbairn’s colleague John Derg ‘Jock’ Sutherland worked as a psychiatrist and analyst in Edinburgh, then in London where he served as Director of the Tavistock Clinic after which he returned to Edinburgh. Jock Sutherland established the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in 1972, which educated many health and social care professionals from Glasgow and Edinburgh, including a number who obtained very senior posts and concealed or colluded with organised abuse.
George Morrison ‘Morris’ Carstairs, (18 June 1916-17 April 1991), worked at the Maudsley when Dafydd was ‘training’ there. Carstairs was Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, 1961 -73, President of the WHO (World Mental Health Organisation), 1968-72 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, 1973-78. See previous posts.
At the Royal Hospital for Sick Children she ran an excellent clinical service, mentoring many young psychiatrists, such as Issy Kolvin and Steve Sharfstein, and social workers, such as Lorraine Waterhouse, who later made major contributions to their subjects.
After years of running the collaboration with Dafydd’s gang from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Issy began a new life at the Tavi in 1990, when he had reached standard retirement age. Issy’s criminal circle explained that this was yet another sign of Issy’s Marvellousness, although Issy decided that the Tavi needed his Scientific Rigour when questions were being asked of the Tavi and all those investigations into organised abuse of kids in care were beginning.
Her meticulous research made her one of the founders of modern British child psychiatry.
She was precise in her thinking and did not let sloppy statements pass without questioning.
Do ewe mean mari-jew-ana?
Her writing was exceptionally clear, spare and elegant. In particular, in 1969 she published Children Under Stress: Understanding the Emotionally Disturbed Child, an account aimed at all professionals concerned with children, as well as at the general public.
This book was translated into all major and several minor languages and resulted in numerous invitations to lecture abroad.
She played an active part in national meetings, where I [Philip Graham] met her as a colleague and later as a friend.
She and Henry, who was appointed professor of psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, became a well-known couple in the city. Together they created a home in Blacket Place that housed an amazing art collection. From the time they arrived in Edinburgh in 1962 they collected modern Scottish paintings, including many by Joan Eardley. Soon their collection spread to include French impressionists and American abstract art, including paintings by Frank Stella and Hans Hofmann.
Is everyone wondering what I am wondering?
They commissioned editions of graphic art works from a series of British artists, among them Alan Davie and John McLean. These prints were sold to benefit the charity Paintings in Hospital (Scotland), which later changed its name, at Sula’s suggestion, to Art in Healthcare.
They were doing it for the Poor!
Their Japanese colour print collection was shown in many cities throughout the country in an exhibition mounted by the Scottish Arts Council. When they moved into a flat, only three months before Sula’s death, they donated virtually all their priceless collection to the National Gallery of Scotland; it required five van-loads to transport.
I will expand on this shortly…
Their marriage was exceptionally happy, Sula’s quiet demeanour complementing Henry’s exuberance. They entertained generously in their beautiful home, but their treasures there did not prevent them travelling abroad, where they had many good friends and colleagues.
It was an international trafficking network…
Sula was indeed a delightful, sensitive and compassionate friend and doctor.
In the last few weeks of her life it happened that other colleagues we both knew were also grievously ill. When I communicated with her she had thoughts only for them, none for herself. Such was her nature.
She is survived by her husband; they had no children.
Sula Wolff (Walton), child psychiatrist, born 1 March 1924; died 21 September 2009
The Indie also published an obituary for Sula:
The eminent child psychiatrist Sula Wolff has died aged 85. She was one of the founders of modern child psychiatry in post-war Britain, helping to bring a rigorous scientific engagement to augment clinical practice.
She had a unique ability to bridge the professional divide. I [Lorraine Waterhouse] was one of countless professionals worldwide – doctors, psychologists, social workers, teachers and nurses – whose development was profoundly shaped by her exceptionally clear writing, her encouragement and absolute commitment to the families she treated.
The whole family were Under Sula then, not just the Loner.
Her writing captures the essence of her clinical encounters, always with carefully observed behaviour and openness to the world of the child.
For the expert, nonspecialist and layman, her writing, a happy combination of the scientist and the clinician, is the most instructive and disciplined introduction to the study of children experiencing difficulties.
She made the child’s point of view come alive. This was due to her remarkable ability to comprehend and to communicate with children.
Even the Loners in their Fantasy Worlds.
It is easy to forget how radical this perspective was when children’s interests were not as central to the legal and political agenda as they are now.
Not with our Children’s Commissioners, as recommended by Ronnie Waterhouse So That It Can’t Ever Happen Again. Not that very much did happen, the Loners were all Lying To Get Compensation.
She introduced a language in which to speak of children that avoided stigmatising them.
Loner and Schizoid displaying Abnormal Aggression and Criminal Behaviour. When being forced to have sex with eight elderly Councillors/magistrates/police officers/social workers/MPs/peers/judges/Top Docs and then a St Bernard, while being filmed for the child porn market.
This might be taken for granted today. The very title of her book Children under Stress brought a new perspective to the psychiatric treatment of children and their families.
She took children’s anxieties and problems seriously, and taught never to underestimate the importance of seeing the world through the child’s eyes. From my own observation as her co-worker, she always had children’s welfare at heart and she never blamed parents for the behavioural difficulties of their children. She could be direct, though, because of her translucent honesty.
The children of people who as children themselves had been Loners, Aggressive and Disturbed and had therefore ended up Under Sula along with their kids, were treated exactly as the art collectors of Edinburgh’s social elite were with whom Sula went to dinner.
It was from her base in Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children that she undertook the greater part of her research, writing and clinical practice.
She was the author of three highly influential books: Children under Stress, which had two editions (1969 and 1981) and was frequently reprinted; Childhood and Human Nature: the Development of Personality (1989); and Loners: The Life Path of Unusual Children (1995). She published earlier papers in the medical journals on this subject and translated from the German A Short History of Psychiatry (Erwin Ackerknecht, 1968). Her books were also translated into all major languages.
She was widely recognised as an authority on childhood autism and Asperger’s syndrome. She was one of a small group of psychiatrists who together set up the Child Psychiatry Research Society to promote the scientific study of child and adolescent treatment. She was also the first psychiatrist to be awarded a Medical Research Council grant in the subject of child psychiatry.
At the core of her work was a longstanding interest in unusual children. She identified from her first 200 consecutively referred children a small group who had a particularly puzzling clinical picture and who were not responsive to standard treatments.
The deficit could just have easily been on Sula’s part.
This early observation led her to carry out a longitudinal study of a cohort of children and adolescents seen in the course of her everyday clinical practice who were socially withdrawn with unusual interest patterns, and who oftenhad difficulties fitting in at school and making friends. Her research defined, with exacting behavioural detail, what the precise difficulties of the children were and established that their particular personality constellation endured well into adult life.
Suggesting that Sula adhered to therapeutic nihilism and was writing off children at a very young age.
Her pioneering work, identifying the differences in children’s personality development, is a forerunner of what today would be viewed as Asperger’s, “schizoid” children, falling within the broad autism spectrum.
The autistic spectrum is a goldmine which is why it is becoming broader and broader. There are a great many people on that spectrum now.
She established ahead of her time that children may differ in personality because of inbuilt, constitutional factors, not derived from their life experiences.
There is a degree of controversy in such a theory.
These children, who she called loners, needed specialist help, even when mildly affected, to avoid emotional and behavioural difficulties and to help fulfil their individual potential.
Children who received Help from Sula and her colleagues usually experienced such dreadful outcomes that it suggested that in no way was the individual’s potential fulfilled after Sula’s Specialist Help. This was such a consistent finding from even the ‘mildly’ affected children that we can only marvel at the lack of a major investigation into what exactly Sula et al were doing that harmed children so badly. But then Dafydd’s mates Sir Kenneth Robinson and Richard Crossman were running the show so that is why the layers and layers of Sulas became deeper and deeper and the kids went madder and madder.
Sula Wolff was born in Berlin in 1924. She grew up as an only child. Her father was a patent agent and her mother the daughter of a farmer. As a young child she relished playing on the pavements. As she said, “I had an active street life”. At the age of four she was treated in hospital for a broken thumb by a woman doctor, her aunt, and she determined then to become a doctor. She never wavered from this childhood resolve.
So the Top Doc who so impressed Sula and fired her up with determination to become a Top Doc herself was Sula’s aunt…
In 1933 her father was taken briefly into Nazi custody. He saw the writing on the wall and soon thereafter the family left Germany as refugees. Her father came on ahead to England to find a home for her and her mother who stayed with relatives for a year in Rotterdam.
William Asscher’s family took the route through Rotterdam…
Wolff, her parents and their furniture were reunited in London when she was nine years old and speaking only German. Educated at South Hampstead High School, she won a school prize for English the following year. She was evacuated during the war, from 1939 to 1944, with her school to Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire – an experience that catapulted her into social interaction with a wide cross-section of British society, which she found intensely liberating. Wolff subsequently studied medicine at the University of Oxford.
I suspect at Somerville, it was a popular choice and I’m not sure that there were many other Oxford colleges for women.
From 1947 to 1955 she held various appointments in paediatrics at prestigious teaching hospitals in England. In 1955 she changed direction and began her training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. Here she met her future husband, Henry Walton. Following their training she joined him in Cape Town at the Groote Schuur Hospital where she became the first child psychiatrist in South Africa, treating children of all races.
Another one of the crowd from South Africa…
Because of the continuing apartheid regime they both left South Africa to take up research fellowships in New York.
A number of traffickers known to Dafydd were sensitive about apartheid. Mervyn Susser and Zena Stein ended up in the US. Wilfred Abse emigrated to the US at quite a young age and his sister settled in New York. See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
In 1962 they both took up posts in Edinburgh, where she began her long association with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, first as senior registrar and, from 1966, as consultant child psychiatrist, retiring early from the NHS in 1984 to concentrate on her research.
The organised abuse in Edinburgh extended to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, which was kind enough to let the former Bay City Roller Derek Longmuir volunteer there before Longmuir trained as an Angel. When Longmuir was later convicted for the possession of a mass of child porn, he was allowed to return to nursing. No-one mentioned that Tam Paton, the Rollers’ manager, was a well-known gangster and that there had been complaints of serious sexual assault made against him, including by young men who’s musical careers he was managing. See post ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’.
Sula retired in the Panic of 1984 then…. Gwynne… the GMC… Brown’s letter…Prof Eric Sunderland…
Wolff and Henry pursued many cultural interests, especially in the visual arts, and were avid collectors, their pictures now in the National Galleries of Scotland. With their many contacts in the art world they were able to commission striking works of art for hospitals in Scotland. With her particular affinity for 20th-century Scottish painting, Wolff had an Anne Redpath in her consulting room. She is survived by her husband, Professor Henry Walton, and greatly missed by a wide circle of friends.
Dr Sula Wolff, child psychiatrist and author: born Berlin 1 March 1924; consultant child psychiatrist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh 1966-1984; Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, Department of Psychiatry; married 1958 Henry Walton; died 21 September 2009.
This obituary for Sula was written by Lorraine Waterhouse. I will be making the obvious enquiries.
‘The Scotsman’ also paid tribute to Sula in Jan, 2010:
SULA Wolff was an eminent and widely loved Edinburgh child psychiatrist known worldwide for her work on children’s emotional disorders…During a long and rewarding career, she taught medical students, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, her books becoming basic texts for all these professions, and bringing fresh perspectives to the psychiatric treatment of children and their families. Wolff promoted the idea that children’s problems and anxieties should be taken seriously. She was one of the first to urge liberal visiting hours for parents of children in hospital.
A great many of Dafydd’s network made this claim. Not only could they all not have been the one who did it but visiting hours in the majority of hospitals for children didn’t become more liberal until well after Dafydd’s circle claimed to have caused the revolution.
She was born in Berlin in 1924; her father, Walther, was a patent lawyer and her mother, Friedl, was known for her stylish looks. An only child, she often remarked on her good fortune that she had an “urchin self”, playing in the streets with the neighbourhood children… As the Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in 1930s Germany, a brief apprehension by the Gestapo in 1933 convinced Walther that his family had to be moved for their prolonged safety. He relocated to London, with Sula and her mother living for a short time in Rotterdam until they joined him in Hampstead, north London, where Walther and Friedl would live for the rest of their lives…
With the Hampstead lot, which did not only include the Grand Old Bags like Peggy Jay, but a vast collection of Top Docs and analysts and also a good smattering of people who were part of the network of the Welsh Bloomsbury Set who had second homes or visited Cwm Croesor. See previous posts.
Her remarkable academic aptitude earned her a place at Oxford, where she took her degree in medicine before becoming a postgraduate at the Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and then in the burns unit at Liverpool,
Dafydd’s network colonised both of these cities.
before transferring to Whittington Hospital in London to begin her training as a paediatrician.
Treating seriously ill children in a burns unit and a tuberculosis ward helped her identify her real passion in medicine, to do more for damaged children… She started her training in psychiatry under the renowned psychiatrist Sir Aubrey Lewis at the Maudsley Hospital in south London.
Aubrey Lewis has attained the same status in medicine as William Sargant: so mad and dangerous that medicine does its best to pretend that he never existed and if Top Docs did work with him, it is usually stressed that they thought that he was a terrible old git. See previous posts for info on Aubrey.
Also in further training there at the time was the South African psychiatrist Henry Walton, who would eventually become professor of psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, and, well before that, and more pertinently to Sula, her husband. When he returned to South Africa as head of psychiatry at Groote Schuur Hospital of Cape Town University (he was heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard’s best man),
Christiaan Barnard made history but a great deal of controversy surrounded his work; as with IVF years later the old farts were never going to support it, but even now when one looks at archive footage from the time, it is clear that Barnard was a sort of showman, that there were many more problems both ethical and practical with his work than are widely remembered.
My post ‘The Creme de la Creme’ discusses a vintage clip of ‘Tomorrow’s World’ in which the Top Docs of the day – Lord Platt and others featured on this blog as having colluded with the gang – interrogate Barnard. They give him a real grilling and are hostile to him. Yet when a lay person – Malcolm Muggeridge – questioned Barnard in exactly the same way, the Top Docs become very angry at Muggeridge’s temerity.
Muggeridge infuriates the Top Doc by daring to ask Barnard if he had used a ‘coloured person’ in his experimental work because in South Africa the lives of coloured people are deemed to be worth less. The Top Docs snapped ‘don’t answer that’ and there is outrage. Yet medicine is littered with experimental procedures being carried out on darkies; even very recently, the controversial injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was and still is given far more frequently to black women, as well as of course to young women (girls) and poor women. It is accepted that it was/is not given to more privileged professional women. There has always been concern re the prescribing profile of Depo-Provera, but I have only recently clicked that the women receiving it are also the women targeted for trafficking purposes…
Wolff joined him and they married in 1957. She was South Africa’s first child psychiatrist.
Child psychiatry in South Africa was off to a flying start then
The realisation that apartheid was steadily intensifying led the Waltons to leave South Africa for New York, where both held research fellowships, with child psychiatrists Stella Chess and Alex Thomas, focusing on innate, constitutional attributes of the child’s personality as well as characteristics derived experientially in the family.
When Walton was invited to Edinburgh University in 1962, where he became professor of psychiatry (and later of international medical education), Wolff was appointed to the Sick Children’s Hospital. Over time, she established a glowing reputation there as one of the two main founders of child psychiatry in Britain.
Not only was Sula running an international paedophile ring, but she had founded the discipline which supplied the Expertise and Theory demanding that the targeted kids should be handed over the the gang of sex offenders, so the parents of the kids – those targeted were usually low-income with a limited education because they are far less likely to be listened to and are more easily accused and pathologised – didn’t stand much of chance really. Particularly as the medical and legal establishments had become so corrupted that they were in on Sula’s business and the political establishment had been invited to join the party.
Always mindful of the welfare of the children she observed, Wolff carried out a great range of behavioural studies on her charges, from those who were simply troubled to those with serious conditions such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome. She wrote books, and published her seminal work, Children Under Stress: Understanding the Emotionally Disturbed Child (1969, 1981), which was translated into all major languages, and several minor ones.
She left the NHS she so loved to pursue her research interests, which led to Loners: the Life Path of Unusual Children (1995), a book about Asperger’s syndrome, now also a classic of its kind (and to her private delight also an e-book).
Her achievements were recognised worldwide. She was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. She held the highest office on many national boards and committees and helped found the Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists. Her clinical work, writing and research brought her wide national and international renown.
Apart from her profession, she was a lover of the arts and adored cooking, referring to her kitchen as her “laboratory”.
During their long marriage the Waltons collected a celebrated art collection spread throughout their Edinburgh house, which was photographed in situ for the National Galleries of Art by Antonia Reeve. When they moved to a smaller flat, just months before Wolff’s death, they donated the collection to the National Galleries of Scotland. It allegedly took five vans to transport the works.
Sula Wolff was loved and respected in her field and by those who knew her outside of her working environment. Distinguished geneticist Veronica van Heyningen of Edinburgh University wrote: “Sula was always self-possessed and firm but amazingly modest. Her voice was physically and metaphorically clear and commanding even while it was low and harmonious. Sula’s demeanour was also amazingly complementary to Henry’s flamboyance, which she clearly simultaneously loved and encouraged and gently curbed. Sula will forever remain in our minds as a powerful analytical thinker and an elegant, witty, delicate individual who always got every nuance exactly right.”
Sula Wolff is survived by her husband.
Sula’s husband, Professor Henry Walton can be found on the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh website:
MB Cape Town 1946, MD Cape Town 1954, PhD Edin, DPN Lond 1956, MRCP Edin 1966, MD Uppsala 1984
(Contributed by Norman Kreitman)
Norman Kreitman (July 5, 1927 – December 15, 2012) trained as a Top Doc at the Westminster Hospital, as did Wilfred and Dannie Abse. Like Dannie, Kreitman styled himself as a poet as well as a Top Doc. He also worked for a time as a TB doc, as Dannie Abse did. Kreitman trained at the Maudsley at about the same time as Dafydd and they knew the same circle of Top Docs. Kreitman moved to Edinburgh in 1966, where he was Director of the MRC Unit for Epidemiological Studies in Psychiatry. See previous posts for info on Kreitman.
Henry Walton was born and raised in a farming district of South Africa to an English-speaking father and an artistic, Afrikaans-speaking mother. After schooling and university study he qualified in medicine in 1945 from Cape Town University and subsequently trained as a neurologist but was actually directed by the authorities to become a psychiatrist. This he did, and his work attracted the attention of Sir Aubrey Lewis at the Maudsley Hospital in London, who invited him to come to Britain. Here, over the next few years, he divided his time between further training, holding a Research Fellowship at Columbia University and periodic returns to South Africa as head of the psychiatry department there. In 1967 he joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, which thereafter became his main base, and where in 1967 he was appointed professor.
One of Henry’s main contributions to clinical psychiatry was his work in an inpatient unit for alcoholism, which became a major training centre, attracting students from many disciplines and in remarkably large numbers. He also wrote, in collaboration with Neil Kessel, ’Alcohol and Alcoholism’, a semi-popular text which became a best-seller in its field.
Dafydd declared himself a specialist in alcoholism in the 1970s; Dafydd boasted that his Treatment was based on the work of David Davies, one of his former colleagues at the Maudsley, Davies having based his Pioneering Work With Alcoholics on a sample of seven patients, not all of whom were alcoholics. An Alcohol Education Centre was opened at the Maudsley on the back of the Pioneering Research which later died a death. See post ‘Hearing Voices’. Nonetheless, Dafydd’s mate John Tilley, once he was elected the MP for Lambeth Central, robustly for Dafydd to be given lots of Gov’t dosh to Help Alcoholics because Dafydd was just so successful…
Closely associated was his work on inpatient psychotherapy; his second unit developed and disseminated a wide range of techniques, most with a psychoanalytic orientation, though his special pursuit was phenomenology in which he maintained a keen interest throughout his life.
Dafydd told everyone at St George’s that he had treated me in a psychotherapeutic community. So that’s the description of a ward with such a bad reputation that it ended up being closed, where one stayed after one was wrongfully arrested and unlawfully imprisoned. The thug of an Angel Steven Rose must have been one of the most experienced therapists there when he dragged me down a corridor and told me that it was tempting to beat me up. It wasn’t as if anyone at St George’s actually believed a word that Dafydd said, they were just so corrupt that they didn’t bother to challenge it.
Although he never lost touch with psychiatry altogether, Henry resigned his chair in 1986 to take up a professorship in international medical education. He was the founder of the World Federation for Medical Education and organised a two-stage international conference that produced a set of guidelines for medical schools which were widely adopted and remain highly influential to this day. For his work in this area he received honorary degrees from universities in Sweden, Portugal and Argentina and was honoured in various ways by academic bodies in no less than seven foreign countries. He played a leading role in relation to the Association for Medical Education as President and was editor of its journal for more than a decade.
Isn’t it touching how the most serious offenders had their paws on the controls of International Training and Education.
Yet for many of his innumerable friends Henry was regarded not as a psychiatrist but as an art connoisseur and collector. His passion for collecting began in his student days and continued throughout his life. Sustained by no more than an academic salary allied to a critical eye, he built up a collection which became renowned, mostly of modern paintings but also a great variety of other kinds of artwork. Late in life he bequeathed the entire collection to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art where it will be permanently displayed as the Henry and Sula Walton Collection and is supported by a large bequest for future acquisitions. Even after retiring Henry continued to collect and to advise a wide range of institutions at home and abroad on their acquisition policy, as well as securing commissions for promising artists.
A notable feature of Henry’s activities was how, for so many of his friends, he would rapidly come to occupy a guiding, almost charismatic, role in their lives which ceased only with the onset of his terminal illness (due to renal carcinoma), a few months before he died peacefully in his home on 13 July 2012. His many acquaintances will be much saddened, and his many friends deeply grieved, by the passing of this remarkable man.
The Scotsman also published Professor Henry’s obituary in 2012:
Professor Henry Walton, psychiatrist and art connoisseur. Born: 15 February, 1924, in South Africa. Died: 13 July, 2012, in Edinburgh, aged 88.
Walton was born in a rural district of South Africa to an English-speaking father and an artistic, Afrikaans mother. He had a twin who did not survive, and was followed in the family by a sister. After schooling and university study he came to Britain and eventually settled in Edinburgh, where the greater part of his life was spent.
There, his activities centred on art connoisseurship. His passion for collecting began in his student days and continued throughout his life. Sustained by no more than an academic salary, allied to a critical eye, he built up a collection which became renowned, mostly of modern paintings but also including many artworks on paper, exquisite Oriental pieces and examples of African carving.
He bequeathed his collection to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where it will be known as the Henry and Sula Walton Collection.
Perhaps not all his acquaintances were aware that the always elegantly dressed figure with benign expression and a slight formality of speech was also a distinguished psychiatrist. He had qualified in medicine in 1945 from Cape Town University and subsequently trained as a neurologist, but was directed by his superiors to become a psychiatrist, a change of direction which he never regretted. In 1958 he submitted to London University a dissertation which was read by Aubrey Lewis, and on the strength of it he was invited to join the Maudsley Hospital in London. Here he became a senior registrar, and also met Sula Wolff whom he later married (and who became an internationally recognised child psychiatrist). He returned to South Africa in 1957 for a spell as head of the department of psychiatry at Cape Town University, went on to a research fellowship at Columbia University, and eventually came to the Department of Psychiatry in Edinburgh, headed by Morris Carstairs, where in 1967 he was appointed professor.
One of Henry’s main contributions to clinical psychiatry was his work in an in-patient unit for alcoholism, which became a major training centre for students across many disciplines. He also wrote, in collaboration with Neil Kessel, Alcohol and Alcoholism, a semi-popular text which became best-seller in its field. Closely associated was his work on in-patient psychotherapy – this being in those far-off days when there was little pressure on beds. His unit developed and disseminated a wide range of techniques, most with a psychoanalytic orientation, though his special pursuit was phenomenology, in which he maintained a keen interest throughout his life.
Although he never lost touch with psychiatry altogether, Henry resigned his chair in 1986 to take up a professorship in International Medical Education. He was founder of the World Federation for Medical Education and organised a two-stage international conference, which produced a set of guidelines for medical schools which were widely adopted and which remain highly influential to this day. For his work in this area, he received honorary degrees from universities in Sweden, Portugal and Argentina, and was honoured in various ways by academic bodies in no fewer than seven foreign countries. He played a leading role in relation to the Association for Medical Education, as president and editor of its journal for more than a decade. After retiring, Henry continued to build his collection, to advise and serve organisations concerned with art, such as Paintings in Hospitals, the Edinburgh Printmakers and the new Medical School of Edinburgh University, to guide many institutions at home and abroad on their acquisitions, and in procuring commissions for many artists both established and unknown. Similarly, he remained active in counselling various medical schools on their educational programmes. Henry was of a very sociable and affectionate disposition, attracting a large circle of friends for many of whom he came to occupy a guiding, almost charismatic role. The gift for friendship never failed, and he remained highly active right up to the onset of his terminal illness (due to renal carcinoma) a few months before dying peacefully in his home. His innumerable acquaintances will be much saddened and his many friends deeply grieved by the passing of this remarkable man.
‘An extraordinarily generous friend’ Patrick Elliot, senior curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA), said there was no discernible pattern to the Waltons’ collection: it was simply pieces that they really liked, whether it was a Joan Eardley bought for £15, Picasso or Rembrandt prints or some early Chinese pottery. “It was compulsive, collecting – where some people collect books or CDs, he collected art,” he said. Walton was a funny, off-the-wall and quite eccentric individual – sartorially he was fond of Topman, drainpipe jeans and Gucci winklepickers. He was also absolutely passionate, displaying a mix of intellectualism and emotional response to his collection of artworks. “He knew everything about them,” explained Elliot. “Once he had bought a picture he would buy all the books about it so he knew everything there was to know about these things, and he would debate in great detail. He loved having people over to the house and to talk about the works.”
He also saw art as therapeutic, believing it could be something of a saviour, and was involved in Art in Healthcare, originally Paintings in Hospitals Scotland. John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “Professor Henry Walton was an extraordinarily generous friend and supporter of the National Galleries. “Together with his late wife Sula, he formed an outstanding collection not only of modern art, but also of Japanese prints, oriental ceramics, and African and Oceanic sculpture. “We were privileged to show highlights from the Henry and Sula Walton Collection at the SNGMA in 2010 and the range of work on show not only reflected the connoisseurship of this amazing couple but also demonstrated their boundless passion and enthusiasm for the world of art.“
This obsequious tribute to a couple who made a fortune from an enormous international trafficking ring and who inflicted untold misery on so many people was penned by Alison Shaw.
The Herald Scotland published an obituary for Henry Walton on
Emeritus professor and art collector; Born: February 15, 1924; Died: July 13, 2012.
Henry Walton, who has died aged 88, was a world-renowned psychiatrist and medical educationist and outstanding art collector.
He was once a young medical student who toyed with the idea of becoming a painter. In the end his passion for psychiatry overtook his love of art, at least in his professional career. But the two remained intertwined. Art, he believed, was a necessity in everyone’s life.
While he went on to achieve an impressive reputation as a psychiatrist and medical educationist, he also fostered the notion of art for its therapeutic value, helping to create Paintings in Hospitals and Art and Disability Scotland while amassing an extraordinary private collection.
Gathered over a lifetime with his late wife, the renowned child psychiatrist Sula Wolff, it ranged from early Chinese pottery to a £15 Joan Eardley painting, Picasso and Rembrand prints, and is possibly the best collection in the country.
While at one time 300 paintings would cover the walls of their Edinburgh townhouse, today they are, in keeping with Prof Walton’s ethos, accessible to all as a bequest to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Born in South Africa, he studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, where he spent the holidays painting and considering which road to take. Medicine won and he qualified in 1945, later training in neurology and psychiatry before being invited to the UK as a senior registrar at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the mid-1950s. There he met Dr Sula Wolff and the couple married in 1957.
That year he returned to South Africa, as head of Cape Town University’s department of psychiatry, but by 1962 was a senior lecturer in psychiatry at Edinburgh University where he became professor until 1985.
In 1986, in a world first, he was appointed professor of international medical education by Edinburgh University and travelled the world lecturing, presiding at medical education conferences and working closely with bodies including the World Health Organisation, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the World Bank.
An NHS psychiatrist who, on a UK academic’s salary, without inheriting money, built up an art collection worth millions, including Ming vases and Rembrandts. The WHO, United Nations and World Bank didn’t notice anything unusual.
He was a founder of the UK’s Society for Research in Higher Education and chaired its council in the 1970s.
‘Educational research’ has often been criticised for being flaky. I had been naive enough to attribute this to the same reason as to why ‘nursing science’ is so often flaky: it was often carried out by people who were ‘practitioners’ rather than academics and who lacked a solid grounding in theory. It seems that there was a far bigger problem. I mentioned in a comment after my post ‘International Women’s Day! Let Us Celebrate With Jane…’ that Bangor University library contained books written by ‘educationists’ of the 1960s and 70s who were often interested in SEN/’troubled’ children. We know now that there was massive abuse of those kids in institutions during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Not only did the authors of those books know that, but the author of one such book in Bangor University library was the man who ran the notorious unit in Aycliffe in Durham, where abuse of children almost on the scale of Bryn Estyn was later revealed.
As with mental health, one could not work in the field without knowing that serious organised abuse was happening and that some of one’s colleagues were perpetrating it.
He served as president of the World Federation for Medical Education, initiating and promoting major programmes for the reform of medical education worldwide, and founded the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) of which he was honorary life president from 1986.
A trafficker and launderer of the profits was leading the ‘research’.
Widely honoured for his work in medical education, he held honorary doctorates from numerous universities, edited the journal Medical Education for many years, wrote or co-authored various reports and books including the best-selling paperback ‘Alcoholism’, and in 2009 was presented with the AMEE’s life achievement award in recognition of his contribution to medical education across the world.
Having first become interested in art as a teenager – Oriental rugs initially – and bought his first painting, an image of boats by a German artist, his travels across the globe allowed him to build up a truly eclectic collection of work. While attending a conference, for example, he would pop out to the nearest auction house or print dealers in his lunch break.
For Prof Walton, visual art was hugely important, and he believed it had the power to benefit existence, resulting in him being the driving force behind Paintings in Hospitals Scotland, now Art in Healthcare, and becoming founding chairman of Art and Disability Scotland. He also collected to expand his own knowledge.
Though he did not necessarily spend huge amounts on pieces, collecting art became a compulsion and he needed to know all he could about each piece, buying every available book on the subject of each artwork.
But he only bought what he liked. At one time he had a huge collection of Japanese pieces, other works included those by Picasso, Goya, Rembrandt and Hockney, African and Oceanic sculpture and Oriental ceramics. The collection centred on printmaking and he was a past chairman of the Edinburgh Printmakers’ board of governors.
A snazzy dresser, his wardrobe ranged from Topman to drainpipe jeans and fabulous ties, he was quite the showman and the perfect foil to his wife’s more restrained designer elegance.
They were supposed to be helping troubled children.
While he would prefer to have a room plastered with 33 paintings, she would advocate a minimalist hanging of three or four. Yet they fitted together very well as a couple.
Amusing and entertaining, they often threw parties where their broad circle of friends would find everything beautifully presented.
All for the Children. As well as the Poor no doubt.
Alongside the Waltons’ art, they would also find shelves packed with books of poetry.
An ardent reader, the charismatic Prof Walton could recite reams of poetry, performing something of a party trick. If someone threw out a line of Shakespeare he would effortlessly complete the stanza and could generally be relied upon to come up with a few lines of poetry corresponding exactly to any particular situation.
Together, he and his wife were an amazing couple with a boundless passion and enthusiasm for art, whose collection reflected their connoisseurship, said John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland. “Prof Henry Walton was an extraordinarily generous friend and supporter of the National Galleries.”
Mr Walton was predeceased by his wife Sula and a celebration of both their lives is planned following his private funeral.
The list of people colluding with Henry and Sula’s money laundering is seriously impressive. Previous posts discussed Professor Robert Bluglass’s sideline Compton Verney, one of the finest art galleries in Europe.
So this is why so many of Dafydd’s network were Arty, whether they dabbled themselves on a local level in north Wales and its various Arty organisations – that won’t have been part of the laundering but it will have been useful PR – or were the Big Umbrellas, such as Lord Kenyon and Prof Eric Sunderland, occupying positions as Directors or Chairman of big galleries and museums.
Previous posts have explained how Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson served as Chair of the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977-82 and discussed many others who occupied high office with the Arts Council, or were Ministers of Arts or Heritage who were all linked with Dafydd’s wider circle. Patient F always assured me that the art world ‘stank’, that it was based on ‘champagne and cocaine’ and young people selling sexual favours. The potential for money laundering had never occurred to me until I discovered Compton Verney…
Why did no-one ask how NHS Top Doctors acquired this sort of money and why they were so often found to be hanging out with the Fine Art elite of serious money and privilege?
Susan Calman often jokes about her traumas a child when her parents dressed her up in velvet knickerbockers and took her to ‘posh art exhibitions’ and how traumatic it was for the little Scottish lesbian with cats. It was because your dad’s mates were into serious organised crime Susan; you just had to dress up as Little Lord Fauntleroy, your dad’s friends’ young patients were gang raped, sold for sex and used to make child porn.
If you see bling, don’t bother to give the police a ring, they cannot possibly have missed ill-gotten gains on this scale, they are simply not interested in pursuing the culprits. Dafydd is probably in possession of a few Van Goghs that he picked up in the second hand shops in Menai Bridge.
Mind How You Go Sir!
The Waltons’ art treasures featured in a BBC News report on 27 March 2014:
A rare cubist drawing by Pablo Picasso has been bought by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. ‘Head’, a charcoal drawing bought using money left by Henry and Sula Walton, has gone on display for the first time. Dating from 1912, it measures 64.9cm x 49.5cm (25in x 19in).
Henry Walton was an Edinburgh University professor of psychiatry. His wife, Dr Sula Wolff, was a consultant child psychiatrist. Not only did they bequeath their art collection to the gallery, but they also established the Henry and Sula Walton Charitable Fund, specifically to help the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art make new acquisitions.
The couple were particularly passionate about Picasso’s work, assembling a collection of more than a dozen prints by the artist. Picasso’s cubist work dates from about 1907 to 1915. Picasso was interested in recreating nature by pulling it apart and recomposing it.
Simon Groom, director of the Gallery of Modern Art, said part of the impetus behind cubism came from the desire to view an object from different sides, and re-compose the different views in a single picture. He said: “I think Henry and Sula Walton would have been thrilled by this acquisition. “They were passionate about art, passionate about the gallery, and passionate that the very greatest artworks should be available for our visitors to see.”
He added: “This drawing lies right at the start of modern art. “It is bold, dramatic and hugely inventive, with works such as this Picasso completely re-wrote the rules on art. “There are comparable drawings in museums in Paris and New York, but nothing like it in any UK public collection”.
“I think Henry and Sula would have been proud to change that.” Picasso hoarded huge numbers of his drawings, and on his death in 1973, most of them passed to the French state and in turn became part of the new Musee Picasso in Paris.
‘Head’ belonged to Picasso’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso, from whom it was purchased by Jan Krugier, one of the world’s leading dealers in modern art who kept it for his own collection. His collection of drawings was offered for sale at a Sotheby’s auction in London in February.
The Herald Scotland published an article about the Waltons’ treasure on
Eminent professor leaves art fortune to museums
AN art-loving professor who was known across the globe for his work in psychiatry has left the bulk of a £5.2 million fortune to the nation’s art museums. Henry Walton was a world-renowned psychiatrist and art collector. He died in July, aged 88, having built up a massive private collection with his late wife, the renowned child psychiatrist Sula Walton. Their collection ranged from early Chinese pottery to Picasso and Rembrandt prints. Mrs Walton died aged 85 in September 2009.
The Waltons were well known in Edinburgh and further afield and regularly hosted parties at their home in the capital. The walls of their home were adorned with 300 paintings, with most later given to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for display.
Mr Walton’s published will has now revealed the extent of the couple’s generosity to art and cultural institutions in Scotland.
He left orders for a trust fund to be set up to support and buy works of art for the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art in Edinburgh, asking that the first purchase be acknowledged as having been gifted from himself and his wife.
The Royal Museum of Scotland has been allowed to choose any items of the Waltons’ African or Oriental art works to hold on display, and the National Gallery has been gifted any artworks in the collection made before 1900. The Waltons’ total estate was valued at £5,277,764.42 and included a large stocks and shares portfolio worth more than £2.1 m. Their extensive art collection – including a £200,000 Picasso and works by Paul Cezanne, Goya, George Braque, and David Hockney – was valued at over £1.8 m. Their investments included £58,000 in Scots firm Aggreko and £75,000 in drinks giant Diageo.
Born in South Africa, Mr Walton studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, where he spent the holidays painting and contemplating which interest to pursue as a career. Medicine won and he qualified in 1945, later training in neurology and psychiatry before being invited to the UK as a senior registrar at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the mid-1950s. There he met Dr Sula Wolff and the couple married in 1957. He returned to South Africa as head of Cape Town University’s department of psychiatry, but by 1962 he was a senior lecturer in psychiatry at Edinburgh University, where he became professor until 1985.
In 1986, he was appointed professor of international medical education by Edinburgh University and travelled the world lecturing, presiding at medical education conferences and working closely with bodies including the World Health Organisation, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the World Bank. He was a founder of the UK’s Society for Research in Higher Education and chaired its council in the 1970s.
He held honorary doctorates from numerous universities, edited the journal Medical Education for many years, wrote or co-authored various reports and books including the best-selling paperback Alcoholism.
Mr Walton became a driving force behind Paintings in Hospitals Scotland, now Art in Healthcare, and was the founding chairman of Art and Disability Scotland.
A National Galleries of Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are delighted to be receiving a major gift from the estate of the late Professor Henry Walton.
“The Galleries will also be the beneficiaries of the Henry and Sula Walton Fund. The intention of the fund is to benefit the arts, through the purchase and display of works of art for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.”
Psychiatrist Henry Walton, above, gifted works by, from left, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso and Hockney. Main picture: Gordon Terris
The Edinburgh News reported that:
AN ART-LOVING psychiatry professor has left the bulk of his £5.2 million fortune to galleries across the Capital. World-renowned psychiatrist Professor Henry Walton, who died in July aged 88, has bequeathed much of his extensive £1.8m art collection – which boasted a £200,000 Picasso and works by Paul Cézanne, George Braque, and David Hockney – to the Scottish National Gallery. The Scottish National Museum of Modern Art will gain from a trust to buy other pieces according to the academic’s will. And, though it will benefit art-lovers for generations to come, Professor Walton, right, only asked that the first purchase bought with it was acknowledged as having been bought by himself and his wife. His wife, the renowned child psychiatrist Sula Walton, died aged 85 in September 2009. The pair – who lived in Marchmont – used their academic salaries to fund their love of art.
The will also reveals how the Royal Museum of Scotland will be allowed to choose items of the Walton’s African or Oriental art works, pictured left, to hold on display. Any art works in the collection that were made before 1900 have been gifted to the National Gallery. A spokesperson from the National Galleries of Scotland said they were “delighted” to receive this “major gift”. The spokesman said: “Following Henry Walton’s death in July, the collection – which includes outstanding prints by artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, Cézanne, Picasso and Howard Hodgkin, and paintings by Joan Eardley, Leslie Hunter and Anne Redpath – was bequeathed to the National Galleries of Scotland. “The Galleries will also be the beneficiaries of the Henry and Sula Walton Fund. “The intention of the fund is to benefit the arts, through the purchase and display of works of art for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.” Picasso work among those in Walton’s collection the final details of which pieces galleries will receive are yet to be released, but parts of their impressive collection, exhibited before and bound to be on any curator’s wish list, include the Pablo Picasso line cut Toros en Vallauris 1955. The piece Grey Horse Head by Elisabeth Frink has also been shown by the couple before. Frink, a major British painter and sculptor, would use the forms of men and birds to convey complex and violent emotions. The Waltons sourced art from across the globe and had an extensive collection of Oriental and African art, of which the African Kota figure is a good example.
By the time that Henry pegged out leaving the proceeds of crime to the UK’s finest galleries, I had been threatened at gun point. The war on Merfyn had reached a truly impressive scale. Merfyn had become Chair of the Betsi Health Board and those we know and love hatched a Cunning Plan to allow patient deaths, keep crucial information from Merfyn, cause a scandal and force him out of public life. Merfyn resigned as Chair in June 2013. No-one came forward to admit that there had been a conspiracy on the part of people traffickers to allow patient deaths. See post ‘The Point Is To Change It’.
Dr Peter Higson was appointed Chair of the Betsi by Mark Drakeford after Merfyn resigned. Higson had written the critical report blaming Merfyn for events at the Betsi. Higson worked as a clinical psychologist with Dafydd at the North Wales Hospital, then was the manager of Denbigh, then the regional manager for the mental health services in north Wales and then Chief Exec of HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales). Throughout it all, Higson assisted the gang and failed to investigate serious complaints. Higson’s sister is Dr Ruth Hussey, who served as Chief Medical Officer for Wales. See post ‘Topsy and Tim’.
While I was reading Sir Henry’s obituary online, an advert popped up advising me to: ‘Experience a completely new feeling of freshness and cleanliness with Geberit AquaClean: the toilet that cleans you with water.’
The Geberit AquaClean is a de luxe updated version of previous popular models of toilets that clean people with water, such as the ever popular ‘BMA’, the reliable ‘GMC’, the upgrades ‘MDU’ and ‘MPS’ and the whole range of ‘Royal Colleges’. There is a model for those with a social conscience, the ‘Socialist Health Association’ and, for the ladies, the ‘Medical Women’s Federation’ (available in pink only).
The Arts Council is the toilet that cleans you with champagne.
Henry Walton was Editor of the journal ‘Medical Education’ for 21 years.
Traffickers had control of every aspect of work re Helping Troubled Children. They acquired yet more responsibilities and established more organisations which they then led with the advent of every investigation and inquiry into child abuse.
We should not forget that Sir Anthony Blunt, the KGB double agent who has been named as a member of the VIP paedophile ring based at Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast, was the curator of Lilibet’s art collection. See previous posts. Professor Dai’s son Owen was SPAD to Paul Murphy. Paul Murphy was N Ireland Secretary, 2002-05. When Murphy was Welsh Secretary in 2000, he took delivery of the Waterhouse Report, declared that he was delighted that the matter had been investigated thoroughly, transparently, that there had been no cover-up and that it had now been dealt with.
Paul Murphy served as Welsh Secretary twice; between 1999-2002 and then again when Gordon Brown appointed him, 2008-09. Murphy was Chair of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, 2005-08.
Paul Murphy succeeded Leo Abse, member of the Westminster Paedophile ring and mate of Dafydd and George Thomas, as the Labour MP for Torfaen. Murphy spent years as a Torfaen Councillor while Abse was the constituency MP.
Paul Murphy is a Roman Catholic Bachelor who has not been blessed with children. See previous posts.
Lionel Hersov was one of those who wrote a tribute to Dafydd’s mate Prof Issy Kolvin (see post ‘Oliver’s Army’) when Kolvin died. Professor Lionel Hersov (19 November 1922 – 11 March 2018) was a South African born child psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital from 1968 to 1984. His research revealed new information about school truancy and the treatment of the “anxious child”.
Lionel’s own obituary appeared in ‘The Guardian’ on 24 Apr 2018 and was written by Sebatoan Kraemer:
His research in the 1960s on children who stay away from school was the first to show systematically the difference between truancy, which is delinquent, and school refusal, which is due to the child’s severe anxiety, in some cases due to the child’s fear that harm will befall their mother if they are not at home. Only when this was understood could plans for a return to school – with collaboration from parents and teachers – be attempted.
Now I know who was the driver behind the lack of understanding shown toward kids from less privileged backgrounds who did anything they could to avoid schools where they were systematically beaten up and abused and the kids who’s parents were teachers themselves or knew a teacher who flatly refused to go near the place… I always wondered why no-one asked themselves why any of the kids at all were reacting to schools in that way.
This was one of the first scientific observations of anxious attachment in children, later cited by the renowned child psychiatrist John Bowlby in his trilogy on attachment theory. Lionel was also an early British practitioner in the subtle but crucial craft of psychiatric liaison with paediatrics, devising with his colleagues more positive methods of treating quite disabling conversion disorders, at that time, in the 70s, still called “hysterical”.
As senior editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry [JCCP] for more than 20 years from 1963, he steered it into pole position as one of the world’s leading scientific mental health journals. With Michael Rutter, he was the joint editor of the classic textbook Child Psychiatry: Modern Approaches (1977), contributing chapters on school refusal and adoption.
Michael Rutter is a very big name and has been relied on by Gov’ts to provide advice re children’s welfare. Sir Michael Llewellyn Rutter (born 15 August 1933) was the first Professor of Child Psychiatry in the UK and has been described as the “father of child psychology”. Currently he is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley, a post that Rutter has held since 1966. So Rutter bagged a Chair with Dafydd’s mates just after Dafydd was given a job as a consultant at Denbigh and not long after Dafydd ‘trained’ at the Maudsley himself with Rutter’s colleague Bob Hobson who was facilitating a network of sexual exploitation in the name of community psychiatry and psychotherapy. Rutter was a Prof at the Maudsley when Tony Francis arrived there a few years later to do his ‘training’.
Rutter attended the Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey, USA. Later he attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and then Bootham School, York. Rutter studied medicine at Birmingham University.
Rutter set up the MRC (UK) Child Psychiatry Research Unit in 1984 and the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre 10 years later, being Honorary Director of both until October 1998. He was Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, 1999-2004 and was a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, 1992-2008.
The British Journal of Psychiatry credits Rutter with a number of “breakthroughs” in psychiatry. Rutter is recognised as contributing centrally to the establishment of child psychiatry as a medical and biopsychosocial specialty with a solid scientific base.
Rutter has published over 400 scientific papers and chapters and some 40 books. He was the European Editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1974-94.
In 1972, Rutter published ‘Maternal Deprivation Reassessed’, which ‘New Society’ – the journal for social workers that carried adverts for vacancies in children’s homes in north Wales – described as “a classic in the field of child care”, in which Rutter evaluated Bowlby’s 1951 maternal deprivation hypothesis.
It is now accepted that huge swathes of work of this nature was rooted in the most extreme gender stereotyping and judgemental attitudes towards women… It was about as credible as the female primates in ‘Planet of the Apes’ being obsessed with their make-up and hair.
After the end of Ceausescu’s regime in Romania in 1989 – some years after Lilibet had hosted Ceausescu at Buck House, given him an honorary K and ensured that the poor dear didn’t have to clap eyes on protesting Romanian exiles who were going apeshit at this murdering bastard having a high old time at the Palace – Rutter led the English and Romanian Adoptees Study Team, following many of the orphans adopted into Western families into their teens in a series of substantial studies on the effects of early privation and deprivation. At the time, the Maudsley, St George’s etc were busy facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Ollie Brooke was out of prison and publishing with his mates at St George’s once more, who had offered me a job while conspiring with Dafydd et al to force me out of medical research. See post ‘Too Many Pills’.
Meanwhile, in north Wales:
In June 2014, Rutter was the guest on Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’ in which he described himself as a Nontheist Quaker.
Among Rutter’s research topics was his extended interest in maternal attachment theory as studied in his book The Qualities of Mothering from 1974. In this book, Rutter studies the emergence of several disorders in growing children including antisocial personality disorder and affectionless psychopathology.
One of the principal distinctions which Rutter makes throughout The Qualities of Mothering
is the difference between intellectual retardation in the child and the impairment of the emotional growth of the child as the non-development of healthy emotional growth.
Rutter has honorary degrees from the Universities of Leiden, Louvain, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Chicago, Minnesota, Ghent, Jyväskylä, Warwick, East Anglia, Cambridge and Yale. He has remained in practice until late into his career and the Maudsley named their Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescence after him.
Rutter is an honorary member of the British Academy and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academia Europaea and the Academy of Medical Sciences and was knighted in 1992. The citation for his knighthood reads: Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London.
In 1983 Rutter gave the annual Swarthmore Lecture to a large gathering of British Quaker, attending their Yearly Meeting, later published as A Measure of Our Values: goals and dilemmas in the upbringing of children.
In 2004 Rutter was awarded the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Distinguished Career Award.
After [Hersov’s] return from the US in 1990 he was for several years honorary distinguished visiting scientist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in north London.
Hersov joined the Tavi in the same year that Dafydd’s mate Issy Kolvin relocated from Newcastle to the Tavi. See post ‘Oliver’s Army’. The same year in which Dafydd and the gang repeatedly perjured themselves in the High Court in an attempt to have me imprisoned in trials presided over by judges linked to the gang, who ignored the perjury and were presented with my letters detailing the most serious crimes on the part of the gang, including names of perpetrators, dates, times, venues, names of witnesses etc, as evidence of my ‘harassment’ of this ring of people traffickers. See post ‘The Bitterest Pill’.
Lionel was born in South Africa to May (nee Goodman) and Charles Hersov, who were of Russian-Jewish heritage. He began studying medicine at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, but when the second world war broke out served as a South African Army medical orderly in the Middle East and Italy. His non-combatant status did not protect him from danger. On one occasion in Italy he was ordered to enter territory covered by enemy guns to check whether a fallen soldier had been killed or was lying wounded.
After the war he resumed his studies at Witwatersrand, qualifying as a doctor in 1948. Following junior psychiatric posts in Johannesburg and Pretoria he moved to Britain in 1952 to train at the Maudsley hospital, where, after successive consultant posts at the Child Guidance Training Centre and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, he became a consultant in 1968.
I first met Lionel when I was a medical student in the 60s, then again some years later as his trainee in child and adolescent psychiatry. He was a perfect model of the clinical child psychiatrist, urbane and with a gentle sense of irony.
He never showed off his phenomenal knowledge and always made one feel a useful member of the multidisciplinary team.
He is survived by his wife, Zoe Menell, whom he married in 1952, four children, John, Gregory, Isabelle Mary and Martin, and five grandchildren.
This was posted on June 21 2018 on the website of:
Prof. Lionel Hersov, Editor of JCPP 1963-83, passes away
Prof. Lionel Hersov, who was editor of JCPP from 1963-1983, passed away recently. In his role as its editor, which spanned two decades, he was the driving force behind the development of the journal. The JCPP team fondly remembers his great contribution.
Prof. Patricia Howlin, King’s College London, recalls, “I had the pleasure of working with Lionel over many years. I first knew him by reputation due to his pioneering work on school refusal but later we were both involved in a home-based intervention study for children with autism. This was conducted at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London during the 1970s, a time when almost all children with autism were treated as in-patients in psychiatric units, with little if any involvement of their parents.
Thus, a focus on practical solutions that would help not only improve the child’s condition but also family life generally was very novel. Lionel’s input to that study, in terms of his knowledge of the challenges faced by families and the support they needed, was invaluable.
Later, as member of his clinical team at the Maudsley, I continued to be greatly influenced by the empathy, understanding and support he offered to families, and his ability to engage with them equally sensitively, whether they were wealthy and articulate or socially very deprived. His capacity for encompassing many different strands of psychiatry was evident from the fact that, in addition to his post at the Maudsley, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Tavistock Clinic and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He used to tell me that he only went to the US because they promised him a parking space but clearly his clinical and academic expertise was valued as greatly in America as in the UK.”
The year in which Dafydd was given a job as a consultant at Denbigh
and he continued in this role over the next 20 years, during which time he played a vital role in ensuring its long-term financial stability and its exceptional academic reputation. In 1997 he was joint editor of the first edition of Child Psychiatry- Modern Approaches (now in its 6th edition).
The Waterhouse Inquiry opened in Jan 1997
This textbook rapidly became essential reading for anyone involved in child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry and for many years was simply known as Rutter and Hersov”.
“After Lionel’s retirement from the Maudsley we maintained contact through our involvement with ACAMH and the journal. Even when he was no longer actively involved with the editorial board it was always a delight to meet him at the ACAMH conferences which he regularly attended and contributed to. It is a testimony to his humanity and warmth, as well as his clinical expertise, that participants involved in our early 1970’s autism study still remember him fondly. The same is true of the very many trainee psychiatrists he mentored over the years and, on my part, it is no exaggeration to say that he was one of the kindest and most supportive people I have ever worked with throughout my career.”
Prof. Fred Volkmar, Yale University, affectionately recalls, “A wonderful friend and senior mentor, Lionel’s many contributions to the field of child psychiatry will long be remembered. I am deeply grateful to him for his guidance when I was editing the Annual Research Review. He will be tremendously missed.”
Prof. Edmund Sonuga-Barke, the current Editor-in-Chief writes “The JCPP is highly regarded the world over as the premier source for cutting-edge science in the field of child psychology and psychiatry.
Researchers and clinicians trust it because of the high ethical and scientific standards that now come as second nature to those of us privileged to work for the journal.
During his twenty years as JCPP editor, Lionel set these standards, established the tradition of scientific rigour in the search for evidence-based practice
and by doing this provided the platform from which it has grown. It is impossible to over-estimate the role he has played in the JCPP specifically and through that the influence he has had on science and practice.
Lionel Hersov can be found littering the internet for readers who want to know more about him.
The following book was published on Dec 1993, shortly after the North Wales Police closed their investigation into a possible VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, declaring that there was no evidence for this:
In the late summer of 1993, I had to cough up £60 after I was convicted of ‘staring at a social worker’ (Jackie Brandt) in Safeways by Bangor Magistrates Court after she admitted in the witness box that her original statement to the police that I had screamed and sworn at her and made preparations to violently attack her were untrue. See previous posts. Brandt had previously unlawfully detained me in Ysbyty Gwynedd and perjured herself twice in the High Court in attempts to imprison me. She also made allegations to the police and to the High Court that she had given her pet dog away lest I harm it to upset her. I had no knowledge that Brandt had a pet dog and I have never damaged anyone’s dog in an attempt to upset them or for any other reason. There was no response to any of my complaints about Brandt. Towards the end of 1993, I wrote to Michael Mansfield about my experiences with Gwynedd Social Services. I received a one line reply… See previous posts.
Professor Eric Taylor who coauthored the above volume with Rutter and Hersov has a strong internet presence for those who wish to discover more about him.
The website of ESCAP (European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) tells us that:
Dr Eric Taylor is emeritus professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry and is an honorary consultant at the Maudsley hospital.
Dafydd’s mistress was Lucille Hughes, Director of Gwynedd Social Services throughout my encounters with Brandt. Documents in my possession demonstrate that Lucille was micromanaging every complaint that Brandt made about me and that the affidavits sworn into the High Court by Brandt and her colleagues were not made by them and had not even been seen by them before they were ‘sworn in’. See eg. post ‘The Bitterest Pill’.
He has developed specialist clinics for child neuropsychiatry and higher training for child and adolescent psychiatry. His research has included longitudinal epidemiology, nosological distinctions within the ADHD spectrum, neuropsychology and neuroimaging, molecular genetics and treatment trials. Prof Taylor has chaired the NICE guidelines development group for ADHD, was senior author for the various European Guidelines from EUNETHYDIS and also a Trustee of the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners and a Non-Executive Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a Board Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Place2Be (providing mental health services to schools). Professor Taylor’s publications include more than two hundred empirical scientific papers and several reviews, chapters, editorials and several books.
On Oct 27 2008, the website of King’s College London published this:
Professor Eric Taylor rewarded for outstanding achievement in ADHD research
Leading child psychiatrist and retiring head of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at the Institute of Psychiatry at King”s, Professor Eric Taylor, has been awarded the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research by NARSAD, a world leading mental health charity dedicated to research into mental health disorders. Professor Taylor was given his award earlier this month to acknowledge his groundbreaking research on conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children which has led to new understanding of these conditions and improved criteria for their diagnosis and treatment.
Professor Taylor has headed the child psychiatry department at the Institute for 15 years, as well as chairing an interdisciplinary research group on the childhood problems that lead to poor adult mental health. His interest in childhood hyperkinesis, psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatric conditions has led Professor Taylor to research the clinical nature and the longitudinal course of attentuion deficit/ hyperactivity disorders and to participate in collaborations involving neuroimaging, experimental psychological studies and molecular genetics. His goal has been to track the development of impulsiveness and inattention in children so as to intervene effectively. His research has resulted in identifying a subtype of ADHD that has led to improved diagnostic criteria, understanding failures of response control by the brain as a key part of the cause, and clarifying the distinction of hyperactivity from conduct disorder. His longitudinal epidemiological studies have set targets for treatment, and his treatment trials and reviews provided the basis for European treatment guidelines and a recent NICE guideline on the diagnosis and managemtn of ADHD.
Commenting on this award, Professor Taylor said: “I was delighted to receive this award from NARSAD – which has done tremendous work to support research and develop the careers of young researchers. It is an honour not just to me but to all the scientists and clinicians who have developed the work with me, and , to the Institute’s strong commitment to using research to improve clinical practice.”.
A total of six Outstanding Achievement prizes were awarded by NARSAD at their 21st annual New York City Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria to recognise major advances in the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and addiction as well as Professor Taylor’s child psychiatry category. The 2008 prize winners were selected by NARSAD’s 109-member scientific Council, a volunteer body of leading experts in mental health research.
The other five prize winners included:
• Irving I. Gottesman, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, a pioneer nearly half a century ago of the genetic study of mental disorders, particularly schizophrenia, who will receive the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research;
• Charles L. Bowden, M.D., of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, whose research has focused on the symptomatic and biological characterization of bipolar disorder, as well as the effectiveness of mood-stabilizing drugs, and Mark S. George, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina, one of world’s leading experts in the use of brain imaging and stimulation to understand depression and to devise new antidepressant treatments, who will both receive the Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research;
• Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center, whose basic research studies in animal models have elucidated fundamental processes in brain development and disorders such as depression and drug abuse, who will receive the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience; and
• Angus W. MacDonald, III, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, an early-career scientist who is conducting promising research on the genetic and neural causes of schizophrenia, who will be awarded the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Schizophrenia Research.
Since NARSAD began funding research in 1987, it has distributed more than $238 million in grants to over 2,700 scientists at 431 universities, medical centers and research institutes in the United States and 27 other countries. In 2008 alone, NARSAD administered a record level of grants, supporting 799 scientists who are conducting clinical and basic research relating to depression, anxiety disorders, including PTSD and OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, childhood mental disorders, including autism and ADHD, and many other conditions.
For more information about NARSAD and its annual New York gala and symposium, please call (800) 829-8289, or visit www.narsad.org.
A newer edition of ‘Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Modern Approaches’ by Rutter, Taylor and Hersov was published in Dec 2017:
Prof Philip Graham wrote and obituary for Lionel Hersov in the British Journal of Psychiatry and another of Hersov’s obituaries was written by his colleague Sebastian Kraemer:
After a first degree in philosophy, Sebastian Kraemer qualified in medicine in 1970. He trained in paediatrics in Glasgow, Manchester and London, then in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, London. From 1980 he was a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic (until 2003) and in the Paediatric Department at the Whittington Hospital London (until 2015). Sebastian is an honorary consultant at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust and continues to write, teach and work with staff in NHS and children’s services.
Professor Rory Nicol was another Top Doc from Issy Kolvin’s stable. ArthurRoy Nicol died in Nov 2009 and the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online carries a tribute to him:
b.3 November 1938 d.27 November 2009
BSc Lond(1960) MB BS(1963) MRCP(1967) MPhil(1970) MRCPsych(1972) FRCPsych(1981) FRCP(1985) FRCPCH(1996)
Rory Nicol was introduced at his inaugural lecture as ‘the red rocket’, a nickname he earned by dint of his dynamism, capacity for hard work and red hair. Rory served with distinction as senior lecturer and consultant child psychiatrist at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and as the foundation professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Leicester.
After working with Dafydd’s partner gang in Newcastle, Rory set up shop in Leicester, where the city’s infrastructure was assisting Greville Janner, Frank Beck and their gang linked to Dafydd…
Rory was born in Highgate, London, the son of Arthur Wyllie Nicol, an architect, and Phoebe Helen Desyllas, a designer. Towards the end of the war, the family moved to Barbados, giving Rory his first taste of a non-white, albeit colonial, society.
Back in post-war London, Rory attended school in Fortis Green, before being sent to St Christopher School in Hertfordshire, a vegetarian boarding school with Quaker leanings. Here he proved popular, being elected head boy by his fellow pupils, and played in a jazz band. However, the school had its shortcomings – Rory didn’t actually pass any exams. Fortunately, he swiftly acquired his A levels at North London Polytechnic, before studying medicine at University College Hospital.
I do keep telling everyone that these Brilliant Doctors didn’t have to be in the least bit capable, let alone brilliant, before the mid-1970s. The North London Poly was one of those institutions which churned out social workers who facilitated abuse. During the 1980s, the North London Poly became so troubled that in 1984 there were demands in the Lords for the ILEA to close it down. See previous posts. The debate in the Lords on July 2 1984 starred those we know and love, including Lord Max Beloff – friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, the then Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council – the Windbags’ friend Lord Cledwyn, Baroness Caroline Cox, Lord Noel Annan and the Earl of Swinton aka David Cunliffe-Lister. Lords both for and against closure were drawn from those assisting Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
On 17 May 1984 Jeremy Corbyn was leading the contributions to the debate re the North London Poly in the Commons. Havoc had broken out because a student who had enrolled, Patrick Harrington, was a member of the NF and the North London Poly was known for its leftist students. There were riots and hundreds of police were called onto the campus; Jezza was in the thick of it and had tried to enter the campus but the police stopped him. Jezza is recorded in Hansard as having said:
During this morning’s incidents outside the college where the police had a command post, a number of riot vehicles and policemen with riot equipment, they refused admission to the college to myself, the regional organiser for the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education, Mr. David Triesman, and the chairman of the NATFHE branch, who is also a governor of the college, Miss Pat East. We were refused admission to the grounds of the college to observe what the police were doing and we were refused admission to the building when the police had entered it. It appeared to me the police had taken control of it.
David Triesman has starred on the blog before; Miranda appointed Triesman as General Secretary of the Labour Party in Sept 2001 after the unfortunate business of Lord Levy being arrested in relation to the Cash for Honours scandal. Triesman had been employed as a Research Officer in Addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry, 1970-74. So Triesman worked at that farcical centre of ‘expertise in addiction’ that was based on laughable research and was run by people who concealed the crimes of Dafydd and many others. When Triesman worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, it was still part of the Maudsley. See post ‘The Bloody State We’re In’ for the full background on David Triesman.
Perhaps David Triesman and Pat East – and of course Jezza – would like to explain why they found the presence of a supporter of the NF so distressing, yet were happy for the North London Poly to play a substantial role in an international trafficking gang with child porn and class A drugs as a sideline.
I followed the saga at the time and even a bumpkin like me in north Wales realised that Harrington was an agent provocateur; he had enrolled at the North London Poly back in 1982. I now know that he was working for the security services.
I know someone who withdrew from the social work course at the North London Poly in the 1970s because the course tutors were colluding with the abuse and neglect of clients by social workers employed by Haringey and Islington Councils. He reported abuse, was told by the tutors that he was not allowed to criticise the Councils and his life was made so difficult that he left the course.
So the security services, under Thatch, sent in a man to Expose Leftist Activity, after years of student protests about the poor quality of the courses at the North London Poly and social work students withdrawing after blowing the whistle, rather than to expose the collusion with the neglect and abuse of clients, which involved an international trafficking gang linked to Dafydd.
While Mr Harrington caused riots in London, the security services recorded us at UCNW being propositioned and threatened by the Gwynne the lobotomist and his mates. Brown and I subsequently came under fire from the gang and in April 1986, my friend Anne was killed by them.
How about assassinating the gangsters next time M or C or MF (Massive Fuckwit), rather than the witnesses?
Here, Rory’s interest in psychiatry started to take root. Rory trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley, and was then recruited as a senior lecturer and consultant at the human development unit of the University of Newcastle. There he helped write an influential book, Help starts here (London, Tavistock, 1981).
Yet another volume brought to the world by the Experts in Troubled Youth who doubled up as international criminals.
Rory combined hyperactivity at work with a busy family life, spending weekends on innumerable visits to the Northumbrian countryside and coast or helping with his children’s teenage pursuits, however eccentric, including the keeping of pedigree dairy goats.
In 1986, when he became the first professor of child psychiatry at the University of Leicester he established an entirely new child and adolescent psychiatry service for the Leicestershire Health Authority, in which he served as clinical director.
In May/June 1986 I moved into a shared house in Leicester with Brown and others. Frank Beck and Greville Janner’s activities had come to the attention of the police by then and an investigation had begun. In the summer of 1987 James Earp, a forensic psychiatrist in Leicester employed by the NHS colluded with Dafydd and the gang’s criminality. See post ‘An Expert From England’. Following Frank Beck’s imprisonment for numerous sexual assaults on children in care in Leicestershire over a period of many years, Andrew Kirkwood QC Chaired a Public Inquiry. Kirkwood concluded that there had been an inexplicable dereliction of duty on behalf of the Leicestershire Police as well as the City and County Councils. See previous posts. Kirkwood didn’t mention the Top Doctors – the child psychiatrists of Leicestershire had not treated children per se, they had instead provided supervision and advice for the social workers who had abused the kids or colluded with the abuse – and Kirkwood also had an agreement with Greville Janner not to mention him in the Report, although Greville had been interviewed. Leicester University and the criminal justice system as well as the local schools were very helpful to Frank Beck and his associates as well, but they went largely unmentioned. See previous posts.
In 1986, Patient F was framed for the possession of class A drugs and arson, punched in the face by a senior police officer and wrongfully imprisoned in Risley Remand Centre and then detained illegally in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh for a year by Dafydd. Prior to that, F had witnessed the mistreatment of boys in a children’s homes in Bangor and challenged social workers and other people about it. When he was in Risley he witnessed serious assaults by staff on other prisoners in the ‘hospital wing’ and possibly a murder of a prisoner by staff as well. In the North Wales Hospital he witnessed Dafydd’s drug detox patients openly flogging class A drugs to other patients with the knowledge of Angels. In Denbigh F was visited by an employee of Release, the charidee which offered assistance to people convicted of drug offences, who told him that there was nothing that they could do to help him; Release shared an address with PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange). Ollie Brooke, the Prof of Paediatrics at St George’s was under investigation for his role in a pan-European paedophile ring by 1986 and was jailed in Dec 1986; Dafydd had had me unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in Denbigh 2-3 days before Ollie appeared in Court. See posts eg. ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Hey, Hey, DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’.
While F was in Risley, a detective from London visited him, demanding info about crime in London of which F had no knowledge. F’s father-in-law at the time loathed F and I have been told recently that he was involved with the framing and imprisonment of F. F’s father-in-law was a society dentist in Surrey who was mates with Harley Street Top Docs.
This was one of the first clinical directorships in psychiatry in the country. Here he developed a multidisciplinary service for learning disabled children and their families in the community. This initiative came to be regarded as a model for others, and has since been extended into a major multi-agency community service. In the same role, Rory attracted funds to set up the Greenwood Institute of Child Health at the University.
Rory also played a major role in a number of clinical innovations, including the development of family therapy techniques and training. He was the author of numerous books and papers. Panos Vostanis, his successor at Leicester, writes: ‘Professor Nicol made substantial contributions to academic child psychiatry across the world, in particular in understanding the links between deprivation and child mental health problems, as well as on the mental health needs of young offenders and children with learning disability.’ He was chairman of the child psychiatry section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 1990 to 1994.
Which were the years which covered the North Wales Police’s investigation into Rory’s mates in north Wales/Cheshire and the first part of the Jillings Investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council, 1974-95. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’ Rory was Chairman of the Royal College while his colleagues in north Wales lied about me, perjured themselves, forged documentation and planted evidence in an attempt to secure convictions against me.
In early 1993, fallacious allegations were made about F as a result of a conspiracy between some local people in Bethesda, Dafydd Orwig (a Gwynedd County Councillor), Gwynedd Social services, the Hergest Unit, the Arfon Community Mental Health Team, the Bangor solicitor Elwyn Jones – who at the time shared a practice with David Jones who is now the Tory MP for Clwyd West – the North Wales Housing Association and WPC Jo Bott (the child protection officer). As a result, F was denied all access to his own baby, who was placed with a family contained two people who were known to have abused kids. A witness to the conspiracy was found dead in the road near Bethesda just before or during the Waterhouse Inquiry. See previous posts.
Throughout his career Rory was also deeply involved in psychiatric education. He made an influential contribution to developing the skills and knowledge of various professionals across the different disciplines in child and adolescent mental health, including nursing, psychology, paediatrics, social work and education. In addition to medical undergraduate teaching, he supervised an array of theses, and had nine students, all of whom achieved first class honours in their BSc by research. He also had an active programme of MSc, MD and PhD students.
In the 1990s Rory came to play an influential role in Russian child psychiatry. Responding to requests by child and adolescent psychiatrists and mental health practitioners in St Petersburg, Rory made frequent trips to St Petersburg over a period of years to set up teaching and training programmes. He published a Russian-language book on child and adolescent mental health for the Russians, the second edition of which was published a fortnight before his death. Rory was keen to involve his British colleagues in the Russian project and was delighted that several of them actively participated. He was fascinated by the Russians, their culture and language. He became passionate about helping the Russians to learn the best of our techniques, and about learning from them.
Members of Dafydd’s gang developed a keen interest in matters Europe and the former Eastern bloc at the same time and hitched a ride on collaborative research projects with European universities carried out by Bangor University. One person who was a frequent flyer to St Petersburg was the Buffet Slayer aka Aled Griffiths, who’s sister is the one-time Director of Gwynedd Social Services and who’s twin brother Huw was one of the bent lawyers who sat in the Courts in north Wales and watched the gang fit up their targets. See previous posts eg. Local Accessories’.The Slayer’s sister, Joanne Griffiths, was the Director of Social services for Conwy, while kids and vulnerable people in the care of Conwy County Council were abused and when Conwy County Council registered highly abusive care homes, including Prestwood Homes Ltd, which appeared to be some sort of people trafficking business. See eg. post ‘A Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’.
Rory particularly enjoyed clinical practice and at the end of his career he took a locum post in Dartford, Kent, where he relished being a clinician once again.
Throughout his career Rory believed passionately in the NHS. He campaigned against cuts and later against the bringing-in of the private sector. Rory regarded the NHS as the jewel in our crown, in which profit-taking should play no part.
Rory’s unassuming style of leadership and the support, which he displayed in his relationships with colleagues and friends, was of particular note. He was greatly respected for his warmth and generosity by those who knew him and worked with him. He had a relaxed way of engendering positive teamwork.
He was much missed by his wife, Frances, children (Danny and Sophie) and grandchildren (Marc and Gina).
Danny Nicol and Trian Fundudis wrote this obituary for Danny’s dad Rory.
Danny Nicol is Professor of Public Law at Westminster University. The University’s website tells us that:
Danny Nicol is Professor of Public Law. He is presently completing a monograph on the political, legal and constitutional aspects of the BBC’s longest-running drama series “Doctor Who”, focusing on such issues as globalised law, war crimes, the construction of national identity, corporate power and the distance between leaders and the led.
He was appointed Professor of Public Law in 2006 having previously been Reader in Law at London Metropolitan University. He holds a BA in Jurisprudence from Wadham College, Oxford and an LLM in European Law from University College London. He was awarded a City Solicitors Educational Fund studentship in order to pursue his doctoral studies at Brunel University, and in 2000 obtained his PhD for a thesis investigating the understandings of British MPs of the constitutional law implications of membership of the European Economic Community. He has written monographs on EU membership and the British constitution, and on the relationship of capitalism to the British constitution. He has also published widely on the UK’s Human Rights Act. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Public Law.
Leicester University website announced the death of Rory Nicol:
We have learnt, with regret, of the death of Professor Rory Nicol, formerly of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The Division was founded in June 1986 with the appointment of Professor Nicol, who was Foundation Professor of Child Psychiatry.
Professor Panos Vostanis said, “Arthur Rory Nicol was appointed as Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Leicester on 1 April 1986, having previously been employed as Consultant Child Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He left the University on 31 January 1998 to take up a Consultant position in Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry at Maudsley Hospital in London, before retiring two years later.
“Professor Nicol made substantial contributions to academic child psychiatry across the world, in particular in understanding the links between deprivation and child mental health problems, as well as on the mental health needs of young offenders and children with learning disability. He was instrumental in establishing the Greenwood Institute of Child Health and the Leicestershire Child Mental Health Service. During his time at the University of Leicester, Professor Nicol developed a number of international links, in particular with mental health services in Russia, where he travelled tirelessly until after his retirement.
“He is extremely respected and fondly missed for his personal attributes as much as his academic and clinical contributions by his patients, students, academic and clinical staff.”
Professor Nicol’s funeral is to be held at 1pm on Monday 14 December at St Marylebone Crematorium, East End Road, London, N2 0RZ. The funeral directors are the Co-Operative Funeral Service, telephone number: 020 8444 2396. Flowers welcome.
Click hereto read a tribute to Professor Nicol from Professor Panos Vostanis.
Another offering from the ‘events’ archive on Leicester University’s website:
Dr Abhay Rathore of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Professor Panos Vostanis of the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess.
Greenwood Institute pays tribute to former colleague
Memorial held for Professor Rory Nicol
Professor Rory Nicol, who sadly passed away last December, was the Founding Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Leicester between 1986-1997.
His lasting impact on child mental health services, practice, research and teaching over several decades reflected his multiple skills and vision in integrating all these clinical and academic components to the benefits of children and young people.
These have influenced numerous students, researchers and practitioners who were fortunate to work with him at different times; many more across the world who read his work and followed his ideas and models; and, most importantly, the children and families who benefited from the implementation of these ideas.
His research on the impact of deprivation on child mental health remains classic in this field.
On 21st May 2010, we paid our tribute to this gifted man, together with his wife Frances, their family, friends, and colleagues.
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess named the Seminar Room at Westcotes House (Leicestershire NHS Child Mental Health Service), with its upgraded teaching facilities, and the Library at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, in Professor Nicol’s memory. This is a timely reminder of his immense contributions to the next generation of child mental health researchers, teachers and clinicians.
The event was concluded with presentations from academic and clinical colleagues on Professor Nicol’s achievements in teaching (Dr N. Dogra), research (Prof P. Vostanis), service development (Mr R. Johnson and Dr K. Bretherton), and international collaboration (Dr M. Hodgkinson), and how these are linked with the current activities and future objectives of the Greenwood Institute of Child Health.
Professor Panos Vostanis, Director of the Greenwood Institute of Child Health:
Professor Ian GoodyearFMeDSci was another one of Dafydd’s pal Issy Kolvin’s proteges. Professor Goodyear can be found on Cambridge University’s Cambridge Neuroscience webpages:
Professor Ian Goodyer FMedSci is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students; he is based in the Dept of Psychiatry at Cambridge, in the Institute of Developmental Psychiatry
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based at Cambridge University pursuing research into the connections between human development and psychopathology. My studies are centred on adolescents in the community as well as current patients. Our research programme uses experimental and neuroimaging approaches embedded in longitudinal designs to measure the effects of genes and the social environment, on cognition and brainstructures. We use these methods in epidemiological cohort studies of adolescent development and randomised controlled trials of treatment for depression and conduct disorders.
Another protege of Issy’s was Stuart Fine, who is affiliated to the University of British Columbia as an Emeritus Professor:
Issy Kolvin’s good friend Dora Black is featured on the Medical Women’s Federation website:
Dr Dora Black Interview – MWF Autumn Conference
27 November 2015
We were lucky enough to be joined by the wonderful Dr Dora Black at our Autumn conference this year Qualifying in medicine at the University of Birmingham she went on to train in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, London. Dr Dora Black specialised in child and adolescent psychiatry and worked in several child and adolescent psychiatric clinics and hospitals part-time whilst bringing up three children, before being appointed to a full-time post as consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and head of department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the university hospital, the Royal Free Hospital in London. After retiring from the Royal Free Hospital, Dora founded the Traumatic Stress NHS Clinic, in central London for psychologically traumatized children and became its first director. Since retiring from NHS clinical practice in 1997 she went on to advise the courts of law in matters pertaining to children, acting as expert witness in cases which involve contested contact or residence, personal injury, or medical, educational and social service negligence concerning children and adolescents. Dr Dora has particular expertise in cases involving bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder in children, and where children have witnessed or been affected by intra-familial violence, especially when one parent kills the other. Dora relinquished her licence to practice in November, 2014 and is now fully retired.
During the ever increasing chaos of Miranda’s years at the helm, after the fiasco with the Millennium Dome ‘Private Eye’ used to remark that what was needed for the finishing touch of any expensive disaster was PY Gerbeau. May I suggest that PY is given the job of President of the NHS.
Previous posts have discussed the enormous support that Professor Oliver Brooke, the paediatrician from St George’s Hospital Medical School who was jailed for child porn offences in Dec 1986, received from his Top Doctor colleagues. An enormous number of Top Docs wrote to Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane in support of Ollie when Ollie appealed against the length of his prison sentence in May 1987. Lane cut Ollie’s sentence, not because Ollie was wrongly convicted, but because Ollie had suffered enough and prison was not the place for a Top Doc like Ollie. Geoffrey Lane compared Ollie’s collection of child porn to a collection of cigarette cards. The portrait of Ollie painted in the media, as well as by his Top Doc colleagues, was of a sad man who had been tripped up by temptation. No-one was told that Ollie was the key figure in an international paedophile ring and was dealing in child porn on a huge scale, importing and exporting it. His colleagues knew that although Ollie had only been charged with the possession of a small number of images, he had kept a huge collection of child porn in two different offices and labs in the Medical School. A technician discovering cupboards and cupboards full of child porn had led to Ollie being charged. Ollie was also procuring the making of child porn. None of this was ever made public. The story was of a dedicated Top Doc and a scientific genius to boot who had endured a terrible trauma by being imprisoned. See post ‘Oliver!’.
My post ‘Too Many Pills’ discusses Ollie’s less than impressive contribution to academia, how virtually the only contribution that he did make once he was given a Chair was co-authored by Top Docs – who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring along with Ollie – after he was charged and published by a friendly journal Editor the month before Ollie’s Court appearance, to enable everyone to hear about Ollie’s cutting edge research. Furthermore, although Ollie was sacked after he was convicted and – it is assumed – struck off, after Ollie was released from prison, he published a number of papers until some three years after his release with his former Top Doc colleagues and he gave his affiliation as being St George’s Hospital Medical School. I was working at St George’s at the time, with the people with whom Ollie was co-authoring and no-one was told that this was happening. Ollie was discussed, but as a tragic figure from the past who had long gone.
In ‘Too Many Pills’ I discussed Baroness June Lloyd, the paediatrician who was appointed as Head of the newly created Dept of Paediatrics at St George’s in 1975, who appointed Ollie. June Lloyd and a whole constellation of her colleagues were facilitating organised abuse and it was no coincidence that she had appointed Ollie or indeed that Lloyd was appointed as Head of that Dept herself. St George’s had been facilitating serious criminal activity for decades – St George’s had the distinction of being the hospital at the centre of the Lord Lucan case; while St George’s were accusing Lady Lucan of insanity, despite that head wound, there was a dead nanny in her house and her husband fled the country (see previous posts) – the Dept of Psychiatry there was the hub of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and had been since the early 1960s. Professor Desmond Curran was involved with organised abuse and Curran appointed other psychiatrists who were also involved with organised abuse; it was Curran who ‘treated’ Norman Scott, when Norman as a young man had a breakdown after being on the receiving end of Mr Thrope’s excesses. See post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’. The Dept of Obstetrics at St George’s was also facilitating organised abuse; the Head of Dept Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain was a good mate of Ollie’s, wrote to the Court in support of him and coauthored with Ollie after Ollie was released from prison.
My post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ discussed yet more Top Docs who worked with Ollie and other abusers, were possibly abusers themselves and undoubtedly facilitated abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. They were all very, very big names with international reputations and many had held senior posts in universities overseas. They circulated around the UK’s most famous hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, St George’s, UCL and Guy’s and Tommy’s. I have discussed the facilitation of organised abuse at the Maudsley many times and in ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ I named yet more Top Docs at the Maudsley and at the London Hospital as well as in private practice who played a major role whom I had not named in earlier posts.
Neither was this just a problem with Top Docs of Ollie’s generation; it had been going on for at least the two previous generations and because nothing at all was done to stop it, by the 1970s, most of the UK’s biggest names in medicine were either directly involved or knew about it and kept quiet. The abusers held the most senior posts and were training everyone else; obviously a lot of docs will have been appalled but their careers would have come to a stop if they had blown the whistle. Then, because they had colluded as junior docs they couldn’t challenge it when they reached senior positions, they were culpable themselves and everyone would have gone down together.
I was discussing Ollie’s incredible bounce back after prison and international disgrace with Brown and he observed that ‘the well-connected are often aided by their social networks even after they’ve fallen from grace; people including them on publications and inviting them to dinner even though they haven’t got the fancy job or title any more. Not for them the benefit-level life in a hostel interspersed with periods of homelessness and repeat court appearances that characterises the lives of most ex-offenders.’
It is of course Ollie’s psychiatrist colleagues who supply the Court reports recommending how offenders and ex-offenders should be managed. I have mentioned before that after concealing the criminality of Dafydd and the gang, Professor Robert Bluglass and Drs Colin Berry and David Mawson were appointed as members of the Parole Board. Lay people might find this hard to believe, but every psychiatrist in the UK is aware of organised abuse that they are not challenging, a great many are actively facilitating it and more than a few are sexually exploiting/abusing people, including patients, themselves.
I mentioned on a comment following ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ that I didn’t think that I would have time to blog about some more Top Docs of interest who are viewed as some of the Founders Of Paediatrics, but having read their biographies, these Top Docs are just so wonderful that I decided to do them justice on this additional unplanned post.
‘The Logic Of Medicine’ mentioned Dr Dr Pamela Davies, the paediatrician who was a member of one group of paedophiles’ friends who were at loggerheads with another group of paedophiles’ friends, but who all managed to remain united in their support of colleagues, including Ollie, who were abusing or facilitating abuse and the associated crime.
Dr Pamela Davies was the Top Doc behind the unlikely career move on the part of Anne Diamond, from that of someone who sat on a sofa conducting mind-numbing interviews with celebs which were broadcast on daytime TV, to Medical Expert Who Saved Babies Lives with her ‘Back To Sleep’ campaign. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’. The assistance of Top Doc Pamela was almost certainly the reason why the Top Docs establishment didn’t have Anne Diamond for breakfast when she made public that Top Docs’ advice to place babies on their bellies to sleep was raising the risk of cot death; Pamela knew about Ollie, the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dafydd’s gang and much else and Pamela knew that all the other Top Docs with whom she worked knew as well.
Diamond’s stated interest in cot death was the death of her son Sebastian in 1991. I’m sure that it was deeply distressing for her, but Ann is the sort of journo turned celeb who would use anything to advance herself. Ann, a former journo on the ‘Bridgwater Mercury’, had already used her knowledge of what had happened to a girl from Bridgwater at the hands of Dafydd’s gang to bag herself a job on breakfast TV when she was otherwise indistinguishable from the myriad of boring not very bright young female journos who smiled in an anodyne fashion for the camera, so when Sebastian died and the shit re the girl from Bridgwater and her friends had just become deeper and deeper and the Top Docs were by then doing anything at all to cover it up, Anne took her chance. See post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’.
How Anne Diamond was tipped off that Pamela Davies would play ball I haven’t yet found out.
Pamela Davies learned at the knee of ‘formidable lady doctor’ Victoria Smallpeice (see post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’) and wrote Smallpeice’s biography for the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:
Gwladys Victoria Smallpeice, b.27 May 1901 d.21 September 1991
MB BS Lond(1928) MA Oxon(1928) MD Lond(1930) MRCP(1931) DCH(1937) FRCP(1952)
Victoria Smallpeice was born in London, the youngest of three children of William Donald and Cicely Smallpeice… She began her education at a school in Rome, went on to an Anglican convent in Warminster and subsequently received private tuition. Her father, a general practitioner, moved from London to a rural practice in East Anglia at the age of 58. During the first world war, the 15-year old Victoria took over the practice bookkeeping from her mother and ‘. . . learned to dread the agonizing climax each quarter-day . . .’ as bills had to be presented to thosewho could not pay.
This Uncle Harryesque discourse of ‘ooh it was terrible when they couldn’t pay’ is now the only one that Top Docs are permitted to use when remembering The Olden Days, but the reality was that most Top Docs saw the transaction in a rather Thatcher like way as the equivalent of a grocer’s shop. If you don’t pay, I’m not treating you and many Top Docs, perhaps most, had no problem refusing to treat people who could not pay. That is why things like workers’ welfare societies were established and why Nye and others were convinced that the NHS would be a vote winner, as long as they could persuade the Top Docs to work in it, which most of them were refusing to until the gobs were stuffed with gold…
There is evidence that on the part of rich patients who were socially superior to Top Docs, the Top Docs would be told what to do, even to the extent of demanding that an organ be removed. As with a grocer’s shop, you put your order in and the Top Doc flogged you what you wanted.
At 17 years she worked with the VAD, nursing Army amputees awaiting artificial limb fitting at Roehampton Hospital. When she began her medical studies at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women in 1923 she was a little older than her contemporaries who were mostly school leavers.
My post ‘Thought For The Day’ discussed the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women and the first/early women doctors. No they were not feminists and they did not have a particularly positive view of The Poor. They were usually seriously posh, often, like Victoria, from medical families and even the suffragettes among them were posh and not very charitable to The Poor.
One of them, Mary Fraser, who was to join her in practice later, remembers how Victoria stood out among them for her ‘. . . experience of the outside world . . .’ and for her obvious ‘. . . integrity and reliability.’ She was a Langton Scholar and acted as student demonstrator in the Royal Free’s departments of pharmacology and anatomy. On her infrequent weekends at home, her father would make Sunday appointments for patients requiring minor surgery so that Victoria could help him and she wrote that it was ‘. . . a very happy partnership.’ Her father died before she qualified. She occasionally spoke in later years of extreme poverty as a student in London.
By definition a female medical student of that era will not have been from a background of extreme poverty. Victoria may not have been given a very generous allowance by her family to sustain herself at university and she might have had to live in the manner of someone from a socio-economic group lower than that of her family while she was a student, but she won’t have been living in the sort of poverty that some people did at that time. Extreme poverty then meant 12 year old girls working as prostitutes to bring in some dosh or people giving their babies to other people because they could not afford to look after them; Victoria Smallpeice would never have lived like that, not even For A Wimmin’s Education at the Royal Free.
Her first post after qualifying was as house physician to the Royal Free’s children’s department.
Where she will have become aware, through various sources, of things like 12 year old prostitutes.
This was followed by a year as resident medical officer at the St Albans and Mid-Hertfordshire Hospital and in 1930 she began general practice in Oxford. Her surgery was in Broad Street, now part of Blackwell’s bookshop, and several well known artists were on her list.
Every Saturday morning she travelled to London, doing unpaid paediatric clinical assistantships successively at the Royal Free, 1930-32, the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, 1933-37, and the Infants Hospital, Vincent Square, 1937-39. Her paper on ‘Dysnopea, with special reference to the acute and paroxysmal forms’ was adjudged proxime accessit for the Hunterian gold medal in 1932. In 1938 she volunteered for full-time duty with the EMS and at the start of the second world war she was detailed to serve as medical officer in charge of the Children’s Hospital at Rycote Park, Oxon, and the children’s wards at the Radcliffe Infirmary. The war years brought a heavy load as the practice was also dealing with evacuee families and the patients of colleagues absent on active service,
Some war time evacuees were treated brutally, used sexually and as free labour. In one of the villages near to where I grew up in Somerset, two girls were evacuated to an horrendously cruel family who starved them, beat them and used them as servants in the house. Their parents were killed in the Blitz and I heard the tales of severe cruelty from a number of older people who remembered it all. There was very little interest taken in the welfare of the girls from any authorities and after their parents were killed there was no interest taken at all. While in Somerset, one of the girls sustained a head injury and subsequently died as a result. There were no questions asked of anyone.
When the old cow who had mistreated the girls died after a long and painful illness when I was about 17, the elderly people in the village remarked that she had been repaid ‘for what she did to those girls in the war’. These were retired Somerset farm workers who had all been thumped at school by the teachers, thumped by their parents and worked hard all of their lives for not much money, yet they remembered the girls all those years later. Those girls must have had a really bad time. No-one, Top Doctor or anyone else, stopped it.
and as Victoria’s reputation as physician and paediatrician grew she travelled long distances beyond Oxford to see patients.
In the 1930s, conditions in hospitals, including in children’s hospitals, were harsh. The parents of children with disabilities and not always severe ones either were routinely advised to institutionalise their children and forget about them. That advice was still being dispensed to the parents of learning disabled children in the 1960s, but some parents had started rebelling by then and refused to follow the advice. The parents who ignored the Top Docs’ words of wisdom usually did so because they had seen the terrible conditions in the long-stay hospitals for ‘subnormals’ and simply wouldn’t entertain the idea of placing their child there.
Richard Crossman’s ‘Diaries’ from his time as Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70, contain passages in which he describes what he remembers of the asylums and hospitals for subnormals in Oxfordshire in the 1930s, when Crossman was an Oxfordshire Councillor. Crossman paints a terrible picture of those institutions such as Littlemore Hospital. When Crossman visited Littlemore, he was surrounded by what he remembers were women with long fingernails and unkempt unwashed hair, a la Gothic horror. Crossman was horrified. See post ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’
Not only would Crossman, as a visiting Councillor, only have been shown the best parts of the institution, but he was a man who decades later in 1968 as Secretary of State tolerated Dafydd’s Dungeon and Gwynne’s lobotomies at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and concealed the extent of the appalling mistreatment of patients at Ely and Cowley Road Hospitals because he feared that the Labour Gov’t would become embroiled in very serious scandal. Crossman politely asked Top Docs to stop the ‘cruelty’ to patients, they told him to sod off and Crossman left it at that and subsequently lied to the high profile whistleblower of the time, Barbara Robb, about having improved conditions. See previous posts.
That was in 1968; Cowley Road Hospital was in Oxford. Top Doctor Rosemary Rue witnessed such serious abuse and staff misconduct at Cowley Road that she was promoted on the back of her concealing it and then climbed higher and higher in Oxfordshire’s NHS as she concealed more and more abuse, including of children. There was an elite paedophile ring operating in the area, involving Oxford University. Rosemary Rue ended up as Dame Rosemary and was promoted to an ever higher level with each NHS reorganisation. Dame Rosemary ended her career as one of the very few Women in the highest echelons of NHS regional management at that time, reigning over Oxfordshire and a few neighbouring counties as well, after Ken Clarke and the Tories had introduced New Structures Of Management in the 1980s. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
As a Lady Doctor, Victoria Smallpeice would have been given responsibility for female patients of the sort whose condition so horrified Crossman in Littlemore Hospital in the 1930s.
In 1947 she was appointed as the first physician in charge and clinical director to the children’s department, United Oxford Hospitals, and as consultant paediatrician to the Oxford regional hospital board; positions she held until her retirement in 1966.
During the 1960s, Richard Crossman’s pal Dame Isabel Graham Bryce was the Chairman of the Oxfordshire Regional Health Board. The Dame was at the top of NHS governance in Oxfordshire for years and Richard Crossman loved her, because she kept a lid on all the scandal which festered away in the Oxfordshire NHS. The only time that Crossman became frustrated with the Dame was when he told her that the DHSS wanted to substantially increase the spending on the subnormal hospitals. The Dame told Crossman that she wouldn’t be wasting good money on subnormals and neither would the Top Doctors. All the other Chairmen of Regional Health Boards and their Top Docs took the same view.
The state of the asylums/subnormal hospitals were so bad that Crossman did want to improve them, although he was happy to lie to whistleblowers and conceal the worst. So Crossman gave the Regional Hospital Boards extra money for the subnormal hospitals. They accepted the money and spent it on something else. Crossman knew that they had done this. No-one was even challenged, let alone dismissed or told to give the dosh back. See previous posts.
The Chairmen of the RHBs when Crossman was Secretary of State were names who had been at the top of NHS governance for decades and they were still there decades later. They were usually aristocrats from local families and were often politicians. Crossman’s two big pals who were Chairmen of RHBs were Dame Isabel and Sir Desmond Bonham Carter, of the famous Liberal family. See previous posts.
In spite of handing the dosh for subnormal hospitals over the the RHBs only to see it spent on other things, Crossman remained a big fan of Dame Isabel, so he was endorsing the serious rot in Oxfordshire’s NHS. Crossman doubled up as one of Britain’s most senior members of the security services. They really were not interested in what was happening to the plebs, not even when the plebs’ kids were gang banged by senior politicians. Crossman was a Westminster Swinger himself, so it was very much the fox in charge of the hen coop.
In north Wales, the equivalent figure of Dame Isabel or Sir Desmond was Lord Lloyd Kenyon, Dafydd’s mate, who held multiple public positions including that of the most senior Freemason in north Wales. Lord Kenyon’s adult son Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was known to be and was subsequently caught sexually abusing a boy in the care of the social services in north Wales in the late 1970s. No action was taken against Thomas, but after Thomas reported the boy for theft, the boy was sent to a detention centre. Among the stolen property were Polaroid porn pics of Thomas with the boy. The police recovered the stolen property and destroyed the photos. Lord Kenyon was a magistrate, a member of the North Wales Police Authority, Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority and President of UCNW… See previous posts. Thomas died from an AIDS-related condition in 1993.
I found out the other day that Lord Kenyon wasn’t the only high ranking Freemason with whom Dafydd was mates. Sir Gerard Vaughan, a psychiatrist who doubled up as a Tory MP for a Reading constituency, 1970-97, had full knowledge of the excesses of Dafydd and the gang and was always most helpful in not mentioning certain things that might expose Dafydd when supplying info in response to questions in the House (see previous posts), was the most senior Freemason in the Commons.
Two other very helpful Top Doctors in Oxfordshire who spent decades concealing the mountain of crap concealed below the Dreaming Spires were Gwynne the lobotomist’s mate Dr John Fisher ‘JOF’ Davies, the Senior Administrative Medical Officer to Oxfordshire Regional Health Board who was seconded to the Ministry of Health in the early 1960s and in terms of being an umbrella for Dafydd and Gwynne became even more effective when he was appointed honorary Top Doc to Lilibet in the mid-1960s and JOF’s colleague Dr John Revans, who held a number of senior roles in regional NHS management and governance which covered Oxfordshire. See post ‘Error Of Judgement?’.
Oxford University’s School of Medicine simply added to the invisibility of people who were targeted by those living high on the hog. The links between the long-standing ring in Oxfordshire and Dafydd’s gang in north Wales was strengthened by Top Doc Sir Charles Evans, who trained at Oxford, served as Principal of UCNW, 1958-84 and allowed Dafydd and Gwynne free reign to use UCNW as a vehicle for their trafficking business.
The numerous influential academics and politicians associated with Oxford University could only assist the organised abusers in their quest to continue their activities unhampered.
[Smallpeice] ran the department single handeduntil 1949, when a second consultant paediatrician was appointed, and to begin with she visited hospitals as far afield as Abingdon, Banbury, Cirencester and Swindon. Further consultant appointments in the region followed only slowly so she elected to buy, as one of her very few extravagances, one of the fastest cars then on the market to help cover the prodigious mileage.
I suspect that as with the living in extreme poverty as a student, Victoria’s obituarist is being economical with the truth here; if she splashed out on the fastest car on the market, Victoria probably treated herself on a few other occasions as well.
Victoria led her department by example: she was an astute clinician and her priority was always a high standard of care for her patients.
So how did Rosemary Rue end up a Dame and at the top of the tree after she witnessed events at Cowley Road Hospital? See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
She achieved an easy rapport with the wide variety of families she met, whether from the poorest parts of the city, from academe, or from the surrounding countryside.
All other descriptions of Victoria suggest that she did not have an easy rapport with anyone.
On the other hand, junior staff members were sometimes in awe of her. She was intolerant of fools
Where’s the easy rapport with the whole spectrum of society from the rich man in his castle to the poor man at his gate gone? Smallpeice will have made it crystal clear that virtually everyone around her were fools and she wasn’t going to tolerate them. Particularly if they were below her in the pecking order.
and any clinical lapses on their part were often publicized by her throughout the department so that the lessons could be learnt by all.
Except for Dr Smallpeice obviously. This pedagogical method was just another example of the easy rapport.
Although this exposure was often to the considerable chagrin of the unfortunate perpetrators they usually came to hold her in affectionate respect and appreciated the worth of her bedsideteaching,
They Respected her…
as well as her disinterested advice on their careers and her generosity to them in times of trouble.
She was renowned for her punctuality, however busy, and for the brevity of her telephone conversations. The latter, when concerned with patients ordepartmental matters, were always short and to the point and she had a tendency to replace the receiver when she had heard or said enough.
Smallpeice had such an easy rapport… I expect that she was ‘warm’, with a wonderful bedside manner and excellent with children
Consultant colleagues in other departments respected her for her integrity and for her knowledge of paediatrics, and entrusted her with the care of their own children.
Although paediatricians didn’t.
She was indefatigable in her teaching of nurses, undergraduates and postgraduates. Medical students were given a subject to explore in depth during their time on her wards. They later presented the fruits of their labours to her, after an excellent meal in her house on the Woodstock Road, and the ensuing discussions often reached a high standard.
She tried to initiate them into critical appraisal of the relevant literature, to get them to understand the role of community and socialservices for children, and the importance of the family and its environment on child health – in its widest sense. She was an original thinker and her many years in general practice had taught her the value of preventive medicine. Her contributions to medical literature were few but never slight and often showed her to be in advance of her contemporaries in her thinking.
Quality not quantity of course. I can only find two articles written by Smallpeice, both published in 1965 and one of which was co-authored by Pamela Davies.
In the late 1940s, beds and a sitting room for mothers of young inpatients were set aside in one of her wards and she initiated day patient care in the late 1950s in order to avoid separating infants and young children from their homes.
This transformation is attributed to a lot of the Top Docs who trained and mentored Ollie’s generation of paediatricians. If they had all put an end to the trauma of the previous regime under which kids were kept in hospital for weeks on end and their parents were told not to visit them because it would only upset the kids, then why was that still happening in so many children’s wards until well into the 1960s and no doubt in a few into the 1970s? Friendly children’s wards with brightly coloured walls are a relatively recent introduction; children’s wards were run on a sort of military basis with little emphasis on the emotional well-being of the kids until Ollie’s generation were in senior posts.
Necessary observation, investigations and treatment were undertaken in a special area of one of the children’s wards. She was aware that neonatal care should be greatly expanded and insisted that very careful figures for perinatal and neonatal mortality rates should be kept. She started regular meetings with a pathologist to discuss possible preventable factors in all such deaths long before this became standard practice. She also challenged the accepteddogma of the day which recommended initial starvation for newly born pre-term infants. She showed that by feeding them soon after birth serious hypoglycaemia, an acknowledged cause of brain damage in young infants, could be largely avoided.
I hadn’t come across this before. I knew about all sorts of other tortures such as not using anaesthetic on children because kids couldn’t feel pain and were only yelling because that’s what kids do, but I was unaware that not feeding very small underweight babies at death’s door was considered a good idea.
Her horror of iatrogenic disease reinforced her belief thatdocumentation should always be made – with dates – of any changes in care made in neonatal units.
Fabrication of documentation, particularly if it looked as though trouble was on the horizon for a Top Doctor or the whole hospital, was routine in those days, indeed it was very common for documentation to simply not be completed even in cases where legislation demanded that it had to be, so Smallpeice was certainly a pioneer if she was keeping accurate records in order to detect iatrogenic problems.
Her joint exposure of the deteriorating social fabric of an Oxfordshire village, and its harmful effect on its child population, led to important changes there.
I hate to think of what Smallpeice did to this village and why.
But her particular fascination was with childhood urinary tract infection and by meticulous documentation of her cases over many years she showed that there could be serious long term implications of infections occurring in infancy and early childhood. Her monograph on the subject Urinary Tract Infection in Childhood and its Relevance To Disease In Adult Life, London, Heinemann, 1968, published after she retired, was impressive yet is rarely quoted or acknowledged.
Which tells us a lot about the regard in which Smallpeice was held in academic circles.
Victoria was very tall and dressed with quiet elegance. Her commanding presence belied her essential shyness
The cow who hung junior colleagues out to dry and when on the phone hung up on patients as well as everyone else was just a lost little girl at heart…
and her shrewd intelligence was often underestimated for she was extremely modest about her own achievements.
She just appeared to be stupid and didn’t enlighten anyone, not wanting to boast
She was generous with her ideas and encouraged research and links with other hospital and academic departments. She knew instinctively when heryoung colleagues’ progress on MD theses, or the arduous collection of clinical data, was flagging and would boost them along with her enthusiasm.
And with the public bollockings, to remind them that she didn’t suffer fools gladly
While she never shirked her share of administrative work, she disliked medical politics intensely. She occasionally admitted that this was sometimes detrimental to the department she ran so well for extra monies and adequate space were rarely allocated.
Such situations tend to arise if a senior Top Doc or academic is either very fair and gets trampled underfoot or is such an absolute bastard that the other bastards unite against them, rather than participate in the usual underhand dealing.
She had no office to call her own until a year before her retirement.
Victoria had really pissed people off then…
She was also wary of seeking financial support from pharmaceutical companies to fund meetings and avoided accepting hospitality or gifts from them, saying that it was morally wrong of doctors to do so.
The bonanza in terms of goodies from drug companies in the direction of Top Doctors came after Smallpeice’s time. It is interesting that she spoke up about that but not about the organised trafficking, illegal imprisonment and even murder of witnesses with which so many of her colleagues were involved.
She was a member of council of the British Paediatric Association, 1959-62, and was elected an honorary member in 1970. From 1965-66 she was president of the paediatric section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
After retirement Victoria retained a keen and critical interest in medicine though taking no further part in it.
Top Docs don’t often retire completely, being a Top Doc is a lifestyle. If they do retire completely it is usually because they have fallen out with their former colleagues in a big way.
An architect nephew designed a smallhouse for her next to the larger one she had lived in for many years. She created a delightful garden there and was generous in sharing its produce with jaded city workers who visited her. She never married, but was devoted to her family circle of all ages, entertaining them, friends, and ex-colleagues, with the help of her secretary-cum-housekeeper and friend, Daphne Jones, who – like Victoria – was an excellent cook.
I wonder if Daphne was what used to be politely called ‘a companion’, which was often a same sex partner?
She enjoyed having more time for the visual arts, for readingand for travel, particularly to favourite haunts in France and Italy. She grew old with grace and enjoyed conversation to the end. On her 90th birthday she was still recovering from broken bones following a fall but delighted in the many cards received from ex-staff. Many of those who worked with her have acknowledged her considerable influence over their medical practice. Victoria Smallpeice was indeed a remarkable woman.
Smallpeice died in Sept 1991, so she was there to contribute to the Save Dafydd And Gwynne effort; there was a long-standing association between the ring in Oxfordshire and the ring in north Wales and she will have been happy to assist old Oxford buddy Sir Charles Evans and his troubled ship.
Victoria Smallpeice features on Oxford University’s website, in the section ‘A History of Paediatrics at Oxford’:
Dr Victoria Smallpeice FRCP (1901–1991) qualified at the Royal Free Hospital in 1928 and became a general practitioner in Oxford. While in Oxford, she still went to London on Saturdays to do unpaid clinical assistant work in paediatrics. Victoria became the first Physician in Charge and Clinical Director to the Children’s Department, United Oxford Hospitals in Oxford and also the first Consultant Paediatrician to the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, between 1947 to 1966. She was a member of council of the British Paediatric Association between 1959 to 1962, and was elected an honorary member in 1970. She was President of the Paediatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1965 to 1966.
Victoria Smallpeice practised long enough to see her speciality infiltrated by paedophiles who then expanded their activities to form an international trafficking ring and some of those whom she trained were fully on board with that ring. Smallpeice lived to see Ollie convicted and the whole profession protect him and remain silent about the serious organised crime in which he played a key role. Smallpeice was still alive when allegations of a VIP paedophile ring operating in north Wales/Cheshire appeared in the media and she lived through the first part of the North Wales Police investigation.
Smallpeice knew the Top Docs in Oxfordshire who were providing big umbrellas for Gwynne, Dafydd and the gang.
Victoria Smallpeice is credited with launching the career of Top Doc Christopher ‘Kit’ Ounsted, the first paediatric neurologist in the UK. Obituaries and biographies for Ounsted leave one with the impression that, like Smallpeice, his academic achievements weren’t quite what they should have been and his interpersonal skills were lacking as well.
Christopher Ounsted, physician, born 8 August 1921, married 1945 Margaret Wilder (died 1988; one son, three daughters), died Oxford 7 October 1992.
IN 1948, when there was no speciality of paediatric neurology in Britain, Dr Victoria Smallpiece, the distinguished paediatrician, launched it in Oxford in the shape of Kit Ounsted. Despite his distaste for self-promotion, the divergent eccentricity of his scientific viewpoint, and the prejudice inherent in the various subjects of his interest, his work won international recognition in each of its phases.
The ‘divergent eccentricity of his scientific viewpoint’ sounds worrying, although because there were no other paediatric neurologists, winning ‘recognition’ won’t have been difficult for Kit.
Ounsted’s core concept of Developmental Medicine as the science of biographies still remains ahead of its time, but through it he altered the thinking and the lives of many people who worked with him and later achieved success in many of its component fields – psychology, social work, occupational therapy, learning difficulties, paediatrics and psychiatry.
These were the disciplines where there was the biggest problem of professionals and academics facilitating organised abuse.
The 1950s and 60s were probably the worst era for ‘research’ on human participants, including children. Ethics and informed consent were non-existent and people like Kit just did what they wanted. No-one even thought to question what was going on unless matters became seriously embarrassing as a result of so many people dying a la William Sargant’s ‘research’ at Tommy’s. Even Sargant was not actually stopped. Top Docs could do pretty much anything to kids with psych/neurological disorders without being questioned. It was why those kids were so often targeted by abusers; no-one was going to ask why they were so distressed and if anyone saw them being assaulted, loyalty to one’s colleagues and the notion that subnormal kids just did not matter won the day. Why else did Jimmy Savile and others like him target them??
Working with Issy Kolvin produced a notable sequence of papers on childhood psychoses as well as important work on forensic child psychiatry. In the late 1960s he realised the potential value of surgical treatment of childhood epilepsy and, with the meticulous records kept by Lindsay, was later able to publish a definitive study. The epilepsies also provided the stimulus for a study of sex differences in disease which allowed him to formulate his brilliant hypothesis on the function of the human Y chromosome years ahead of the structural evidence and a measure of his astonishing biological grasp. At the same time he was assisting his wife, Margaret, with her studies of foetal growth and early childhood development following various sorts of difficult beginnings.
Husband and wife Top Doc teams are invaluable in facilitating abuse. The Top Docs may well be in it together but they will always be treated as independent professionals capable of holding their spouse to account and even acting as second opinions for each other’s patients. Tony and Sadie Francis did this in north Wales; I have mentioned many times previously that the patients had no idea of the degree of wrongdoing with which the Drs Francis were involved, but even if the Drs Francis had not been facilitating serious wrongdoing, there should have been more questions raised about Sadie being asked to provide second opinions on, or take over the care of, patients who had refused to see Tony or whom he had refused to see.
Routine clinical work brought him the burden of child abuse and he was early among those drawing attention to it. He used the Mother’s House, which he had had built adjacent to the hospital to provide accommodation for mothers of patients, to investigate the many tragedies of human bonding failure which appeared but always in the spirit of therapy. Even his brilliance in giving evidence in court he saw as a potential basis for reconciliation. He launched several research endeavours and it was Ounsted who described ‘gaze aversion’ as a symptom in the children and as a response by authorities.
This thinking is all now usually considered to be deeply flawed stuff. Top Docs’ are often spoken of showing ‘brilliance’ in Court; although Top Docs usually in public admire the brilliance of each other, they are at an advantage when being brilliant in Court in that usually no-one else in the Court, except for other Top Docs giving evidence, has no knowledge at all of their subject. Barristers can be very good at taking apart arguments but again and again one can read the evidence provided by Top Docs in Court and not just by idiots like Dafydd either and conclude that no-one else in that Court knew that a minority opinion was being expressed or work that was seriously flawed was referenced. As with Roy Meadow when he invented a mental illness, got his stats very badly wrong in the witness box and innocent people were jailed as a result (see previous posts), no-one questions even the biggest idiocies.
Ounsted returned to his study of temporal lobe epilepsy and completed,with Lindsay and Richards, the follow-up of patients, whom he had cared for beginning in the late 1940s, never losing sight even of one of those 100 biographies.
He always insisted on describing himself as a ‘physician’. He saw further specialisation as essentially divisive in medicine. His role as one of the most important investigators and teachers of his generation he regarded as merely contained within his obligations as a doctor. He was apt to appear brusque with those who thought otherwise. This, together with a general disinclination to join in the rituals of medical life and an unwillingness to explain himself beyond a certain limit of simplification, kept him from the honours that his worth commanded.
I am very critical of the careers of Top Doctors being underpinned by dinners, fine wines and their clubbability, but a description like this in an obituary suggests that Kit had serious communication problems.
He was intensely private, shy, with poor skills in trite discourse.
This is probably code for ‘he could not talk to people especially his patients’.
His communications were allegorical, lateral, derived from a vast knowledge of literature.
Evan a very bright child is going to find that hard to cope with.
Indeed he regarded the serious study of a decent novel as a better preparation for a psychiatrist than learning the contents of a textbook.
The literary classics can say more about human emotions than the DSM Check List For Nutters, but Kit was Doing Neurology, which is a rather different matter.
Only those who were Kit Ounsted’s students or patients truly understood his worth, recognised his endless capacity to perceive their human needs, to realise their strengths and release their potential.
In Kit’s day the views of students and patients were given even less value than they are now and while members of those groups will be very frank about Top Docs to each other, they don’t tend to be to Top Docs themselves. Even now, a mention of even very serious misconduct on the part of a Top Doc to another Top Doc usually results in a tight-lipped expression and a comment of ‘Well we don’t need to talk about this anymore do we?’ Top Docs really cannot cope with being faced with the evidence of the failures of their profession and when it becomes so glaringly obvious that it cannot be avoided the solution is for the patient to fuck off to another planet.
Kit’s colleagues John and Corinne Hutt were child psychologists, who specialised in autism and the study of play. After his death, the magazine of the British Psychological Society, ‘The Psychologist’, published a tribute to John Hutt, written by ‘James Hartley and Keele colleagues’.
Professor John Hutt, 1935-2017:
Professor Sidney John Hutt, holder of the 2nd Chair in Psychology at the University of Keele from 1973-1995, died on 9 January, 2017.
Keele University is located in Staffordshire and by the 1970s it had become clear that Keele was employing staff who had concealed the big abuse ring in Staffordshire as well as organised abuse in other areas of the UK. The scale of the problem at Keele became evident when the institution employed Peter Righton, the notorious paedophile who was also a social work academic publishing work explaining how beneficial to children sex with adults was. Righton worked in many capacities with others who abused or concealed abuse, including the senior social worker and Gov’t adviser Barbara Kahan who, along with her husband child psychiatrist Vladimir Kahan, facilitated abuse in Oxfordshire and concealed the extent of abuse in Staffordshire. See post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children?’
Olive Stevenson, who pushed all the boats out in order to conceal abuse, held a Chair in Social Work at Keele before taking up a Chair at Nottingham University. Stevenson’s close friend/partner Phyllida Parsloe trained as a social worker at St George’s and was someone else who spent a lifetime facilitating organised abuse. Parsloe held Chairs at Aberdeen and at Bristol Universities and in retirement Chaired an NHS Trust in Bristol. See post ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’
Keele offered a home to people who denied the dreadful extent of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Jane Tunstill, who served on the Jillings investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council, 1974-93, was given a Chair at Keele. The Jillings panel famously admitted that the abuse of kids in Clwyd had been serious and inexcusable but they did not dare admit how serious and neither would they comment when they were asked if a paedophile ring with links to other parts of the UK was in operation. Very wise, particularly as John Jillings, the Chairman, was the former Director of Social Services for Derbyshire and the gang in Wales exchanged staff and paedophiles with Derbyshire. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Charlotte Williams, who spent most of her career as a social worker in north Wales, was also given a Chair at Keele. The Gwerin hated Charlotte and gave her a very bad time but she was kind enough not to grass up the whole lot of them nonetheless. Charlotte grew up in Bethesda and spent years and years of her working life as a social worker in practice in north Wales. She could not have not noticed what was going on, her colleagues were legendary, particularly in Bethesda, their brutality and serious neglect of the most needy was commented upon on a daily basis by the neighbours. See previous posts for info on Charlotte.
Keele graduates of note include Michael Mansfield:
And dear old Alun Michael, Wales’s first FM upon the creation of Wales’s National Assembly, which is packed to the rafters with people like Alun who have spent decades ignoring the serious organised crime in every direction in which they look:
Paedophiles’ friend Jane Hutt has of course played a starring role in the Welsh Assembly since the day that it opened its doors and Jane is the social worker daughter of Prof Michael Hutt, a pathologist at Tommy’s. See previous posts. I have not been able to find out if John Hutt of Keele is anything to do with Jame the Wimmin’s Friend, but it is certainly possible. If anyone can clarify, do let me know…
John initially studied psychology as an undergraduate at Manchester University (where he met his first wife, Corinne)
Manchester University heaved with Top Docs, psychologists and other academics who were colleagues and friends of Dafydd and Gwynne and their associates. See eg. posts ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’, The Science of Animal Behaviour’, ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ and ‘The Logic Of Medicine’. A number of Dafydd’s gang, including Tony and Sadie Francis and Tony Roberts, trained and/or worked at Manchester University.
and he then completed his national service at RAF Farnborough. He and Corinne then joined forces in Oxford (where he was a member of the faculty of the Experimental Psychology Department and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College)
Experimental Psychology in John Hutt’s day at Oxford had little to do with human beings, let alone children in distress. Even in 1980, the psychology degree at Oxford was what Brown described as ‘rats in mazes’, which was what put Brown off going there. St Catherine’s College Oxford was the domain of the Oxford bigwig Professor Alan Bullock, who pre-St Catherine’s College, had been a colleague of Richard Crossman’s at New College, Oxford. Like Crossman, Bullock worked and recruited for the British security services. It was probably Bullock who recruited Peter Mandelson, when Mandy was at St Catherine’s. Bullock and Crossman interpreted their duty to national security in the same way: to conceal a mass of sex offenders who occupied high places. Bullock’s network extended to many of those we know and love. See post ‘A Study In Tyranny’.
and together they embarked on research into childhood autism and play.
John and Corinne joined the psychology department at the University of Keele in 1973, when he took up the second professorial appointment in psychology (after Ian Hunter). At Keele John and Corinne lead several large grant-funded research teams which resulted in numerous publications – chief among which were: Direct Observation and Measurement of Behaviour, Behaviour Studies in Psychiatry, Early Human Development, The Young Child at Home, and Play, Exploration and Learning. Unfortunately Corinne died suddenly in 1978 and – largely as a consequence of this – John devoted the last fifteen years of his academic life mainly to teaching.
John was a keen footballer (he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers before going to Manchester University) and musician. His wit, talent and enthusiasm for psychology is already sorely missed. John leaves behind two sons, Simon and Mathew, and 5 grandchildren – Samuel, Daniel, Bryony, Lily and Findlay.
Matthew is now a consultant clinical psychologist and so the good work continues.
Matthew is flying the flag and Helping People no matter what evidence emerges re his dad and mum and their colleagues.
Dr Matt Hutt can be found on the website of something called Newbridge, which boasts that it is the National Centre for Eating Disorders concerned with eating disorders in young people. Newbridge appears to be an assortment of bungalows and Wimpey houses and has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
The bungalows of Newbridge tell us that:
Dr Matt Hutt is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 year’s experience within the NHS, university and private sectors. He has taught extensively on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both in the UK and abroad and was previously director of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT with Staffordshire University.
Dr Hutt qualified as a clinical psychologist at Sheffield University in 1994 and has been a Chartered Clinical Psychologist since 1996. He worked in Child and Family Services in Lincolnshire before moving to a post within the Eating Disorders Service in Stafford. Dr Hutt continued his work with young people on a sessional basis, before taking the opportunity to work with the world renowned Eating Disorders Research groups at Oxford and Leicester Universities. Whilst in Oxford, Dr Hutt undertook his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.
On his return to Staffordshire in 2004, Dr Hutt managed locality psychology services whilst developing a nationally recognised CBT training course. He has continued to further his own clinical skills at centres of excellence in the UK and USA and has expertise in treating eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and low self- esteem with CBT. Dr Hutt has been working in private practice since 2004. He is a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and was awarded Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society
Dr Hutt has been an editor and contributor to the European Eating Disorders Review
Dr Hutt is an accredited CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Dr Matt has passed through many of the hubs of the Westminster Paedophile Ring then, but he seems to have missed St George’s. Perhaps he can spend some time with them soon.
Dr Matt can also be found on the net advertising his private CBT practice at Midland Psychiatry and Psychology, Rugeley. Dr Matt caters for many people at his private practice, services are offered for problems re emotional and physical abuse, PTSD, body dysmorphic disorder, low self-esteem, anxiety and stress etc, the same range as offered by Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Furthermore Dr Matt is advertising his membership of BABCP, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
The BABCP caused much entertainment in north Wales when it was discovered that the abusers of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team were not only members but also held all the offices of the North West Wales branch. Someone asked me if I knew about this ‘dodgy organisation that is pretending to be a real psychotherapists association, but it’s just the gang’. I did know about it, I discovered the joys of the BABCP years ago.
The Arfon abusers were organising BABCP seminars on Compassionate Therapy, it was quite something, particularly as Keith Fearns had a go at intimidating me on the day of one of the Compassionate Therapy events. Then Fearns and the gang started holding joint events with other branches of the BABCP in England. That was after Fearns and co had finally been sacked for the severe neglect of their clients and I was told ‘that lot are going to set themselves up as private therapists now that they’ve been sacked’. That is just what they did. BABCP accredited! Compassionate Therapy from a gang of paedophiles and perjurers! Huw Edwards on BBC News even interviewed Fearns about the ‘need for more people like you Keith’. I received a phone call asking me if I had just seen the BBC News and what the fuck was going on…
See previous posts for info on the BABCP, which has deliberately confused itself with the BACP to mislead people and of course for info on the people traffickers of north Wales who joined the BABCP.
The Plaid MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams, attended one of Keith’s BABCP one day conferences on Therapy. Held in memory of the abusive people trafficking bitch social worker Shelia Jenkins, mother of Sarah Jenkins, who was on the psychology degree at Bristol University with Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah. See previous posts.
It goes without saying that John, Corinne and Dr Matt will almost certainly have some sort of connection with the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Dafydd’s network, Prof Fergus Lowe’s network, Prof Mark Williams’s Mindfulness practitioners and the rest of the merry crowd who have built empires upon the bodies of the kids in care and Empowered Service Users of north Wales.
‘Males and Females’ is a book by Corinne Hutt; the first edition was published in 1972.
‘Early Human Development’ by Sidney John Hutt and Corinne Hutt was published by Oxford University Press in 1973.
This is one of Corinne and John’s more well-known contributions:
John and Corinne were busy during Dafydd and the gang’s Peak Paedophile Years…
Kit Ounsted’s colleague Issy Kolvin was Professor Israel Kolvin. Issy’s obituary was published in the Indie in
Israel Kolvin, psychiatrist: born Johannesburg 5 May 1929; Professor of Child Psychiatry, Newcastle University 1977-90; John Bowlby Foundation Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London 1990-94, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry 1994-2002; married 1954 Rona Idelson (one son, one daughter); died London 12 March 2002.
Child and adolescent psychiatry entered a new phase of its short existence in the early and mid-1960s. The subject, previously dominated by psychoanalytic theories, especially those formulated by Sigmund and Anna Freud as well as by Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott, then became open to empirical research studies aiming to investigate the nature, extent and causes of emotional and behavioural disorders in the general child population. The findings of these epidemiological and clinical studies have had an important impact on policies for children and for the development of services. For at least two decades, the UK led the world in this approach and still plays a major role. For four decades, Israel Kolvin was right in the forefront among those who pioneered such work.
Kolvin’s early life was not easy. He was born in Johannesburg in 1929; his father died when he was six years old and subsequently his family suffered significant financial hardship. He went early to the University of Witwatersrand, but had to take some years out of his medical studies to earn enough money to continue. During those years out, he successfully completed a BA degree in Psychology and Philosophy before he returned and qualified in medicine.
As a young doctor in the mid- and late 1950s, he worked on the wards and in the admitting room of Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The malnutrition on the children’s wards and the severe psychiatric conditions presenting in the emergency room both made a profound impression on him. As an undergraduate, he had read much Freudian psychology, so it was natural that he should consider a career in psychiatry. With few training opportunities open to him in South Africa, Kolvin obtained a place on a psychiatric training scheme in Edinburgh. Attracted by the approach of one of the consultant child psychiatrists there, Margaret Methven, he decided to specialise in this subject and went to Oxford to work with the brilliantly original Kit Ounsted.
It’s certainly a small world if you’re a member of Oliver’s Army. Member of Oliver’s Army Professor David Hall, a St George’s graduate who later became Prof of Paediatrics at Sheffield University, popped over to work at Baragwanath Hospital with his wife Top Doc Susan Hall after they retired. David Hall’s colleague with whom he published is Expert on autism Dr Gillian Baird of Guy’s and Tommy’s. I have been told that Gillian is the sister of the notorious Professor Mark Baird, a chemist at Bangor University who achieved high office under a former Bangor VC, Prof Roy Evans.
Roy Evans promoted all paedophiles’ friends to senior positions and Baird ended up as a PVC. Baird took the opportunity to bully my PhD supervisor and his wife out of their jobs and handed over responsibility for a sizeable Dept of which my PhD supervisor had built up and was Head, to Meri Huws, former social worker and colleague of a gang who trafficked kids in care from Bangor to Dolphin Square and other places. Meri ran the Dept into the ground, the University faced a number of cases of unfair dismissal and complaints of disability discrimination thanks to Meri and after destroying everything that she touched at Bangor, Meri moved on. Along the way Meri had affairs with AMs Alan Pugh and Andrew Davies and is rumoured to have been a bedfellow of Rhodri’s as well. Meri is now the Welsh Language Commissioner and she can’t do that either. See eg. ‘People With Energy’.
Mark Baird had not finished after he forced my PhD supervisor and his wife out of their jobs. Baird provided much help for the career of a young postdoc at Bangor after realising that this young man, as a child, had been a neighbour of mine and that his parents and the rest of the family had been witnesses to the serious criminality of the gang. Baird bought his silence with a career but then the Top Docs made damn sure that this young man’s his mum and dad did not receive timely diagnoses and treatment for serious conditions and they both died years before they should have.
Read about the adventures of David and Susan Hall and Mark and Gillian Baird in ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.
Kolvin was highly productive in research in Oxford, carrying out a particularly important study comparing children with autism and those with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Prior to this work there had been considerable confusion about the status of autism as a psychotic or a developmental disorder, and Kolvin’s work, still quoted, clarified the issue considerably and, with other studies, firmly established autism as a developmental condition.
He was appointed consultant in charge of the Nuffield Psychology and Psychiatry Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne in the mid-1960s. Child psychiatry was a Cinderella speciality throughout the whole of the north of England at that time, but Kolvin’s leadership enabled him to establish a strong academic department, carrying out excellent research.
Newcastle. The centre of the big ring in the North East of England which fed Dafydd’s gang staff and children. Newcastle University was the academic centre of the ring. Newcastle University supplied Dr Neil Davies and Prof Bob Woods to Dafydd’s gang, who were essential cogs in the north Wales machine. Neil Davies was a Top Doc who only recently retired and Bob Woods ran the clin psychology course in north Wales for decades and got rid of the whistleblowers. Bob Woods is also a UK Expert on Dementia Care – that’s gone well hasn’t it Bob?? – and in his spare time Bob is a lay preacher. Bob used to be a neighbour of Meri Huws and Knew All About The Goings On Next Door.
The ring in Newcastle also supplied Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth to Bryn Estyn in 1973, the year that Dr Matt’s mum and dad published their Famous Book on Play and Learning. Arnold and Howarth had worked in Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead. The abuse of kids there and at other locations in the Newcastle area was concealed at Gov’t level by Ernest Armstrong, who in the 1960s was a Sunderland Borough Councillor and Chair of the Education Committee. Ernest later became a Labour MP for a Durham constituency and was the man who ensured that Miranda bagged the safe seat of Sedgefield. Ernest’s daughter Hilary succeeded Ernest in his seat. Baroness Hilary was a member of Miranda’s inner circle. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.
It was all pretty watertight up in the North East in Miranda’s fortress. Chris Mullin, Mo Mowlam, Mandy, Alan Milburn et al, they all stood shoulder to shoulder.
Mr Big who oversaw it all at Newcastle University was the Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Dafyd and Gwynne’s mate, Top Doc Lord John Walton. Walton was a psychiatrist, neurologist and neurosurgeon. He knew Issy…
[Issy] seized the opportunity of the existence of a cohort of children born in the city in 1947, the so-called Thousand Family Study, to study the effects of social deprivation and disadvantage from one generation to the next. He was able to show significant movement over time towards improved social conditions in a number of individuals, demonstrating that children living in deprivation could overcome their disadvantages, but that there was also significant inter-generational continuity.
Another of his achievements in Newcastle was an evaluation of the effectiveness of different forms of psychotherapy delivered in schools. This was groundbreaking work, published in an influential book, Help Starts Here (1981).
Lord John Walton, giving every indication that Help will be starting soon:
Many believed psychotherapy was not capable of evaluation, but this study demonstrated not only that it was possible, but that meaningful results with significant implications for practice could be obtained.
Kolvin had been appointed to a personal chair in Newcastle in 1977 to become one of the first chair holders in child psychiatry.
Neil Davies and Bob Woods arrived in north Wales in the late 1970s/early 80s. Issy will have worked with them. By the time that Issy was given that Chair, masses of kids from the North East were being sent to children’s homes in north Wales. Some of John Allen’s biggest customers were the local authorities in the North East. Dafydd and John Allen seemed to have a hotline to a number of Directors of Social Services up there, particularly Brian Roycroft, who advertised the services provided by John Allen’s establishment Bryn Alyn to other senior officers in local authorities in the North East. See previous posts.
There were complaints of serious abuse of the children in north Wales made to the local authorities in the North East, but still the children were sent. John Allen had already served his first prison sentence for the abuse of children by the time that he established Bryn Alyn. He served another prison sentence for child abuse in the 1990s and is in prison at the moment for er child abuse. John Allen will probably be appointed Children’s Commissioner when he comes out. Or become a people’s peer and serve as Minister for Children.
In 1990 [Issy] made a bold late career move when he was appointed to the John Bowlby Chair of Child and Family Mental Health jointly held at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic in London.
In 1987-88, the excesses of the ring in the North East had led to the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Culprits Were Named’). In 1990, the North Wales Police launched their investigation into a possible VIP paedophile ring in north Wales and Cheshire. I had begun working at St George’s and was gradually being forced out of my job there and at the same time was being repeatedly taken to the High Court on the grounds of the perjury of the gang in north Wales, who were trying to have me imprisoned. Thatch appointed Sir Peter Morrison, who was abusing kids in north Wales, Chester and elsewhere, as her PPS in July 1990 days after I had escaped imprisonment and Morrison subsequently served as Thatch’s campaign manager when Thatch was challenged for the Leadership of the Tory Party towards the end of 1990. Edwina Currie confirmed in her ‘Diary’ that during 1990, the Tories were very very frightened that Peter Morrison’s activities were going to become public. See ‘The Bitterest Pill’ for the chronology of events in 1990, the judges and politicians involved and their links to each other.
No wonder Issy was sent to HQ in London, reinforcements were needed. The Royal Free and the Tavi were already host to pals of the gang in north Wales. Tony Francis knew people at the Tavi very well but I don’t know who.
This was quite a challenge. The Tavistock Clinic, though productive in theory and in the development of psychotherapeutic approaches, had not previously shown itself to be particularly sympathetic to empirical, hypothesis-testing research. Kolvin’s combination of modest persuasiveness, doggedly applied over time, produced highly positive results and a significant number of empirical studies were launched under his guidance. A multi-centre (London, Athens and Helsinki) study of the effectiveness of psychotherapy in depressed children, and a comparative study, published only a fortnight before Kolvin’s death, of two types of psychotherapy applied to sexually abused girls, are particularly notable.
Throughout his career Kolvin was supportive to young researchers. A number of his staff, including Rory Nicol, Ian Goodyer, Marnie van der Spuy and Stuart Fine went on to work productively in senior posts in the UK and abroad.
Expanding the net…
He shouldered major responsibilities in his field, holding senior positions, including the Treasurership, in the Royal College of Psychiatrists and acting as Chair of the Second Opinion Panel of the Cleveland Inquiry in which accusations of sexual abuse were rigorously tested.
The extent of the scandal was concealed by the Chair of the Inquiry Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss. See previous posts.
Butler-Sloss was the sister of Lord Michael Havers, who when Attorney General was known to have blocked the prosecution of members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including that of Sir Peter Hayman, the diplomat. Michael Havers was the Tory MP for Wimbledon, where Geoffrey Chamberlain and many other Top Docs and senior staff lived. Sir Cecil Havers, the father of Michael and Elizabeth, concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring in a previous generation. See previous posts.
Issy Kolvin was a serious workaholic who always had difficulty leaving his desk. He was dictating research papers until a couple of days before his death. But he was, in addition, a warm, compassionate man, immensely concerned about the children and families under his clinical care. With Rona, a greatly supportive wife for over 40 years, he built a wonderfully happy family life. His close family helped him to face, with bravery and stoicism, the test of a dreadful, prolonged final illness.
Prof Philip Graham wrote that heartfelt tribute to Issy.