Oliver’s Army

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 those who 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 handed until 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 bedside teaching,

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 or departmental 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.

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 She tried to initiate them into critical appraisal of the relevant literature, to get them to understand the role of community and social services 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 accepted dogma 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 that documentation 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 her young 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 small house 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 reading and 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:

Alun Michael

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.

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:

  • Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

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.
Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

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.

Tory child abuse whistleblower: 'I supplied underage rent ...

 

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.

There is a whole website dedicated to Issy and his work www.kolvin.psych.net
and an extensive account of his work is provided there, as well as biographical information.
Extracts from the website:
About Israel Kolvin:

Prof. Israel Kolvin

Issy Kolvin was one of the leading psychiatrists of his generation. Having qualified in medicine in South Africa, he came to the United Kingdom… His contribution was recognised early when, aged 35, he was appointed head of the Nuffield Unit at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, transforming the unit into an international centre of excellence…His work there included the direction of the seminal 1,000 Family Study, a long-term study of Newcastle families, which enhanced understanding of the transmission of deprivation, criminality and mental illness across generations. 

Issy was profoundly affected by his early life experiences. The loss of a father and consequent poverty was compensated for by a loving mother and sisters, who fought hard to ensure that he completed his education. The notion of “protective factors”, the reasons why people are able to cast off the shackles of their deprived backgrounds, underlay much of his later work. 

At the age of 61, when most professionals are winding down, Issy was appointed to a Chair at the Royal Free Hospital and the world-renowned Tavistock Clinic in London…While building a new academic department of child psychiatry he directed key research on the benefits of psychotherapy for depressed and sexually abused children, and established links between being abused and becoming an abuser.

This work of Issy’s proved very useful to gangs like Dafydd’s. Because Everyone Knows that kids who’ve been abused Become Abusers, kids who have dared to make complaint or have Been Helped, either as children or adults, can very easily be accused of Abuse. Their denials simply serve to show how Very Guilty they are. Everyone knew that this game was being played in north Wales. It’s why two Empowered Service Users whom I knew were too frightened to report serious crimes that they had witnessed: one knew of a policeman in Bethesda who was battering the living daylights out of his wife and another knew about the abuse of a child in Holyhead. Both of these people told me that they would not report the matters because ‘they’ll accuse me and say that because I was abused, I have turned into an abuser’.

Patient F did report child abuse, on three occasions. He was denied access to his own baby on a permanent basis after reporting the abuse. There was no evidence at all that F had ever abused any kids, so he had to just be spoken of as a ‘possible risk’, rather than a real risk. ‘Possible risk’ serves all purposes, no evidence at all is needed or nothing even approaching evidence. A malicious smear will serve the purpose nicely. Not that F had ever been abused himself, goodness knows what would have happened if he had have come from a difficult background. His baby was still placed with a family containing two people who were known to be abusers…

Issy. The Children’s Champ. It isn’t as if Issy didn’t know that this was the result of his Ground-Breaking Work On Abused Children. The reason for the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal were allegations that hundreds of children had been anally raped by people who had never been in trouble in their lives. See previous posts. The allegations were made by Top Docs and social workers who were part of a network of corrupt professional people facilitating an international trafficking ring, a number of whom were colleagues of Issy…

This work continued for nearly 8 years after his official “retirement” and even through a long battle with leukaemia. His service in London resulted in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London some weeks before his death.

There are many links between UEL and the Tavistock. Some of them have arisen from the presence of Professor Michael Rustin, who has been at UEL and its predecessor colleges since 1964. Rustin was Head of the Department of Sociology, 1974-88 and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, 1991-2001. Rustin was also a Visiting Fellow at the School of Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1984-85.  Rustin’s current role at UEL is mainly in research and research supervision and as academic link between the University and the Tavistock Clinic where there are over 20 UEL-accredited postgraduate courses.

Michael Rustin founded the journal ‘Soundings’ in which Brown and I have published and I like a lot of Rustin’s work. One of Rustin’s colleagues at UEL also provided Brown and I with invaluable advice on a draft of a book some years ago. Michael Rustin however must know at least some of what some of his colleagues at the Tavi have been party to. Rustin will be in the same position as anyone who works in the mental health or social services in north Wales; what is going on in so bad that people working in the system, even those who are definitely not abusers themselves in any way, will not have been able to avoid knowing the scale of the problem.

I had no idea that one of Dafydd’s partners in crime from Newcastle had taken up residence at the Tavi in later life…

He was a man who gave unstintingly to his profession, both at home and internationally, working with many professional and governmental organisations and editorial boards of learned journals. His service to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in particular extended over 30 years, for which he received an Honorary Fellowship.

Dafydd’s mates and former colleagues from the Maudsley dominated the Royal College of Psychiatrists. See eg. ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’ and ‘The Study Of a Whole New Galaxy’. Professor Issy might be the key to a mystery which I blogged about in my post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection?’. Soon after it was established, Sir Martin Roth wanted the Royal College of Psychiatrists to have a Really Impressive Building as its HQ because the other Top Docs were laughing at psychiatrists. The derision had not stopped even after the psychiatrists had a Royal College all of their own, so Roth declared that a suitable Office was needed for Top Docs of Stature. Sir Martin Roth had his eyes a grand palatial building in Belgravia with Nice Neighbours, but he was told by the rest of the Royal College that they had no dosh at all and moving into the Nice Area would bankrupt them. There was quite a row but Roth had his heart set on the Nice Bungalow and incredibly enough he somehow raised the money for the lease via a loan on favourable terms from Marks & Spencer. It wasn’t a secret, the world knew that M&S had lent the dosh to the Royal College and it was Martin Roth who single-handedly thrashed out the deal.

It ended in tears eventually because of course the Royal College couldn’t afford to live in Belgravia and they had to move out and over to the wrong side of the tracks, but I have not been able to find out why M&S did such a huge favour for a third rate bunch of people traffickers who were held in contempt by Top Docs from other disciplines. The widow of one of the Lord Sieffs of M&S fame has been involved with various initiatives of Dafydd’s wider circle (see previous posts) but I am mystified as to why M&S, sharp businessmen, lent Roth the dosh.

I am very weak on the politics of Israel but I know that the Sieff family had/have involvement with the Israeli state and previous posts have discussed Prof Stuart Stanton, one of Geoffrey Chamberlain’s colleagues at St George’s, who was known to be doing something big and terrible which was somehow linked to Israel but no-one knew what.

Martin Roth was the Prof of Psychological Medicine at Newcastle, 1956-77; he established the child psychiatry unit there, although Roth himself was known for his work on Alzheimers and other dementias. Could Issy have had anything to do with that M&S loan to the Royal College? Lord Goodman, Harold Wilson’s crooked solicitor friend and fixer who constantly extracted Wilson from troubled and facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring (see previous posts), played a major part in the deal to bag that Belgravia building for the Royal College and it will have been something to do with the Westminster Paedophile Ring; everyone was so desperate to conceal it that they would do anything for anyone…

Martin Roth was born in Budapest and moved to England when he was five years old. He was educated at the Davenant Foundation School, Essex and trained at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and qualified in 1941. So he will have known the crazed violent alkie and Top Doctor to the Royals, Arthur Dickson Wright, who’s daughter Clarissa built a career for herself as a celebrity chef despite being too drunk and too much of a liability to gain other employment, on the back of what she knew was happening to me and others in north Wales and at St George’s. See post ‘Arthur Dickson Wright – An Appreciation’.

Roth learned neurology from Lord Brain at Maida Vale Hospital and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley, with Dafydd’s pals, where Roth met Eliot Slater, who became a lifelong friend.

Eliot Slater was part of the 1939 plan on behalf of Eliot and his mate Desmond Curran, who was the founding father of the Dept of Psychiatry at St George’s, to ask King George VI – Lilibet’s dad – if he would be willing to donate his sperm in order to impregnate a ‘Jewess’, who’s husband had been deemed to be a bit below par for the purposes of fathering the next generation by the eugenicists who dominated so much of polite society at the time. See post ‘The Case Of The King’s Sperm’.

Roth spent two years at the Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, where he came under the influence of the distinguished refugee, W Mayer-Gross and then became Director of Clinical Research at Graylingwell, an asylum at Chichester, Sussex. In 1956 Roth was appointed Professor at Newcastle, then part of the federal Durham University. There, Roth established units for child psychiatry, neurosis and psychogeriatrics and embraced the discipline of clinical psychology within his Department, which became one of the main centres of clinical research in Britain.

By 1959 Roth was consulted by the WHO. In 1964 he became a member of the clinical research board of the MRC and Director of an MRC research group in psychiatry in Newcastle. During 1965-75 Roth sat on the Ministry of Health’s advisory committee on mental health. Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson was appointed Minister of Health in 1964 by Harold Wilson, so Roth rocked up soon afterwards. Roth remained as an adviser through the Westminster Swinger Richard Crossman’s time at the DHSS, throughout the Ted Heath years when Keith Joseph was at the DHSS and appointing people who facilitated abuse to senior positions at the DHSS, including Sir Douglas Black (see post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’) and Barbara Kahan and hung around until after Wilson had been elected as PM once more and Babs Castle was at the DHSS.

Barbara Castle

Roth was involved with Sir Keith Joseph in the Heath Gov’t’s plans to replace mental hospitals with units in district general hospitals and community care. Previous posts have discussed how successive Gov’ts told the Top Docs, from the early 1960s onwards, to prepare to close the asylums and build community facilities to receive the patients. The Top Docs just would not do this. Funding was given to them again and again for the purpose and it was spent on other things, with the Gov’ts knowledge. See post ‘The Great Stink’. The Gov’t couldn’t reign the Top Docs in because the Top Docs knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and anyway the asylums were useful prisons for people who were the witnesses to the Westminster Paedophile Ring, so I suspect that those hopeless, corrupt politicians didn’t quite know what to do…

In 1971 Martin Roth became the first President, elected by ballot, of the newly formed Royal College of Psychiatrists, which superseded the Royal Medico-Psychological Association. In 1977 Roth became the first Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Roth joined the institution which produced so many gay spies and a few double agents, as well as lots and lots of security services officers who concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Including those who were at Trinity College when Carlo was a student there, 1968-71. There was an elite sex abuse ring in Cambridgeshire which was propped up by Cambridge University. See previous posts.

Ollie Brooke bagged his Chair at St George’s two years before Roth was given his Chair at Cambridge.

Roth was knighted in 1972 and elected FRS in 1996, the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry. Roth was also a Trustee of the Schizophrenia Research Fund, a charidee founded by Miriam Rothschild. See previous posts.

Here’s the old monster, look at those hands, carefully posed in the best You Can Trust Me I’ve Got Time To Listen To You manner:

Someone else used to have hands carefully positioned in exactly the same manner – I expect they taught it at the Maudsley, but as he became increasingly elderly and increasingly discredited, a new sham with the hands was introduced:

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

Caring Hands for an old gentleman!

Prof Mark Williams of the massive research fraud which is Mindfulness (see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’) is part of the Cambridge/Newcastle/Bangor/Oxford network…

Issy Kolvin was a modest man and a team player, a key aspect of his success being his willingness to allow others to take credit for work he originated. He quietly promoted the careers of junior associates, and fostered their talents, acting from a deep human warmth and respect for others. As a result, he was widely liked, respected and admired within his profession.

So like the psychiatrist Professor Michael Shepherd, who carefully cultivated the loyalty of students and junior docs and gave their careers a huge helping hand in return for them keeping quiet about the organised abuse and criminality and then sent them out to fill senior posts across the world (see post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection?’), Issy was a career builder and thus protected himself and his partners in crime and expanded their influence. Paediatricians in Ollie’s network did the same…

Issy’s website contains a section entitled ‘Tributes’, in which loyal fans have penned words of admiration for Issy:

Tribute by Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss DBE
Professor Israel Kolvin made an invaluable contribution to the field of psychiatry and in particular child psychiatry. I first met him professionally in 1987 when I chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry.  The remit of the Inquiry was to look at the manifest deficiencies in the response of the relevant disciplines to the allegations of child sexual abuse and in particular the removal of over 120 children from their homes in connection with these allegations.
View the tribute to Professor Kolvin by Right Honourable Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss DBE

Tribute by Right Honourable Lord Justice Thorpe
In my view Professor Kolvin, of all the many child and adolescent psychiatrists who have contributed to the protection of children through the family justice system, has made the outstanding contribution.  For many years he took on difficult cases during his Newcastle appointment and subsequently after his move to London.  Almost invariably his recommendation laid the foundation for the judge’s order.  
View the tribute to Professor Kolvin by Right Honourable Lord Justice Thorpe

Inaugural memorial lecture by Professor Julian Leff
The inaugural lecture for Israel Kolvin at the opening of the Kolvin Conference Centre on 13th March 2012.
View the full lecture by Professor Julian Leff

Retirement article in The Bridge
During his three years as Chair Professor Issy (Israel) Kolvin has witnessed and presided over major changes in the Association and is due to retire at the Annual General Meeting.  Born in Johannesburg in 1929 Professor Kolvin was the youngest of five children.  His father died when he was only six but the loving nature of his family which extended to others less fortunate proved a lasting influence.
Download the full retirement article from The Bridge

Festschrift
In 1994, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust held a Festschrift to honour Professor Kolvin’s work. Download tributes to Professor Kolvin by Professor Rory Nichol and Professor Philip Graham.
Download tributes to Professor Kolvin by Professor Rory Nichol and Professor Philip Graham

Conference to Celebrate the Clinical and Academic Achievements of Professor Issy Kolvin (1929-2002)
On 6th March 2003 a conference celebrating Professor Kolvin’s achievements was held at the University of Newcastle on 6th March 2003, organised by the North East Branch of The Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry in collaboration with the University of Newcastle. View Dr. Heather Borrill’s notes of the conference.

View Dr. Heather Borrill’s notes of the conference

 

Professor Israel Kolvin received an Honorary Doctorate from the
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and University of East London on
26th January 2002. Issy’s old pal psychotherapist and facilitator of abuse Dr Dora Black was present and provided the citation.

Dora’s citation on the occasion of Israel Kolvin receiving an honorary doctorate:

Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Graduands, Faculty, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have pleasure in presenting to you for an honorary doctorate in education, Israel Kolvin, Bowlby Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Mental Health at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University College, London and the Tavistock Centre.

If I were to tell you all Professor Kolvin’s personal, academic and professional achievements we would be here till tomorrow, so I want to concentrate on his achievements in the educational sphere as befits the honour about to be conferred on him, but also to say a little about his personal virtues.

Professor Kolvin is one of the small band of child and adolescent psychiatrists in his generation who have made a substantial contribution to the mental health of children.  He has done this by his research work which has enhanced our understanding of the nature, causes and effective treatment of the psychological problems of children and young people.  He has taught generations of undergraduates at the University of Newcastle medical school and at the Royal Free Hospital school of medicine, and has taught and supervised countless post-graduate students.  Through his published work, (nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, 5 major books and over one hundred book chapters), and international visiting professorships and lecturers, he has reached many more.

Born in South Africa, the youngest of five children, his father died when he was 6 and there was too little money for him to finish his education.  He took various jobs whilst gaining his first degree in psychology and philosophy before he was able to return full-time to medical studies, supported (as he has been throughout his life) by Rona, his wife.  They left South Africa in 1958, so Issy could pursue his post-graduate studies in psychiatry in this country.  He trained as a psychiatrist in Newcastle and was appointed to a personal chair there in 1977.  His research output has been prodigious from the earliest days – he produced 10 papers in his two years in Oxford, for instance demonstrating clearly the difference between autism and schizophrenia.  He built up an outstanding team of clinicians and researchers in Newcastle, and inspired them to heights of creative productivity.  Their influence is to be found all over the UK and further afield.

His evaluation of school-based psychotherapy published as a book, “Help Starts Here” bridged the until-then seemingly unbridgeable gulf between psychotherapy and academic research and was instrumental in enabling Dr Trowell, then chairman of the children’s department of the Tavistock Clinic, and myself, then head of the child psychiatry department of the Royal Free Hospital to persuade the Tavi that Issy was the right person (in fact the only person) able to fill the newly-created Bowlby Chair and Child and Family Mental Health of the University of London, based in our two institutions.  Fortunately, Issy was persuadable too!  So in 1990 he moved south.  He took on a hard task.  He had almost no resources, little space and no staff.  Child psychiatry was a Cinderella specialty within the Royal Free Medical School, and the Tavistock Clinic was wary of someone not schooled in psychoanalytic thinking.

Professor Kolvin transformed both institutions in a relatively short space of time.  He only had 4 years to go before he reached the usual retiring age. By the time he ‘retired’ he had built the Tavistock into  a serious and prolific research institute, whilst respecting their important and unique clinical work, and had influenced a major charity to contribute funds for housing the academic department at the Royal Free Hospital and for providing medical and non-medical academic posts to support the Chair which by that time, his successor would occupy.  I say ‘retired’ in inverted commas, because Issy has continued in his emeritus role in the 7 years since then, working full-time and continuing to preside over huge research teams, though in the last years he has struggled with major ill-health which has meant long periods in hospital.  Even in hospital he continues to work – completing no less than 14 papers in the last few months, including the results of a study with the late Dr Glasser of the Portman Clinic published last month in the British Journal of Psychiatry showing the high incidence of sexual abuse experienced in the childhoods of adult sexual abusers.

He has carried out research on the evaluation of mental health service provision for children, the transmission of deprivation and disadvantage, depression in adolescents, sexual abuse of children, hyperactivity, elective mutism, enuresis, psychosis in childhood, child development and childhood epilepsy to name but a few subjects in which he has been involved.

Academics in the field of medicine have not only to carry out research, teach undergraduates and post-graduates, publish prolifically, give papers at conferences, nationally and internationally, and contribute to the smooth running of their department and university etc as all academic do, they have also to be clinicians – seeing and treating patients, supervising junior staff, and contributing to the smooth running of their hospital or clinic and their professional bodies.  To do all this successfully, they have to be nearly superhuman, needing little sleep, and enjoying few of the family and leisure activities that mere mortals consider essential to their physical and mental health.  I can tell you that Issy has managed to be a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a wonderful friend, and a dab hand at bowls.  He also devours several detective novels a month and finds time to go to the ballet and theatre.  He has achieved all that I have told you about today and much more (I have not mentioned his major contributions to the running of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his Chairmanship of several professional bodies and committees, his editorial work, his work for governments here and abroad and WHO, the prizes, honours and medals he has been awarded), he has achieved all this through ability and hard work of course, but also because he has a rare talent – he is able to bring the best out of all who come in contact with him – he is able to stimulate and inspire so he can collaborate with colleagues from many disciplines, and by doing so to enable an at least doubling of production!  He has the rare ability to enhance self-esteem in others, and to enable those who work with him to discover resources and abilities within themselves which they did not know they had. He is immensely kind yet will not let those who work with him get away with sloppy work.  His standards are of the highest.  For his outstanding contribution to education, Vice Chancellor, I invite you to confer on Emeritus Professor Israel Kolvin an honorary doctorate in education.

Dr Dora Black, MB., BCh., FRCPsych, FRCPCH, DPM

Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Traumatic Stress Clinic, Gt Ormond St Hospital for Children, and Royal Free Hospital. 

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The Times: 02 April 2002

Professor Israel Kolvin, child psychiatrist, was born on May 5, 1929. He died on March 12, 2002 aged 72.

Psychiatrist who investigated the ‘cycle of deprivation’ which afflicts some children and the factors that make others resilient.

Issy will have liked the cycle of deprivation, it was an old favourite of Keith Joseph’s and was closely linked to the Malthusian-esque horror of the explosion of the lower orders because they breed like rabbits whereas Sensible People limit their families to two, or at most three, children.

I go rather Malthusian myself when I read the obituaries of all these Top Docs who helped Dafydd and the gang. I just look at the comments along the lines of ‘he and his charming wife, who was also a paediatrician, have three children, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. All of the grandchildren followed their parents into medicine, except for one who is a High Court judge’.

Oh please, give me a council estate, this is a nightmare…

Israel Kolvin was one of a small band of child and adolescent psychiatrists of his generation who made a substantial research contribution to the health of troubled children, not only in Britain but in many less privileged parts of the world. A respected clinician and university teacher, his major contribution was through his research into the causes of many childhood psychiatric disorders and how to treat them.

His first research paper, on aggression in adolescent delinquent boys, was published in 1967 and his last, an evaluation of psychotherapy for sexually abused girls, in 2002.

Many of the ‘delinquent boys’we now know were abused, either before they were labelled delinquent, after, or both. Issy worked with delinquent boys when Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth were abusing them at Axwell Park. Because they were delinquent, as was demonstrated in north Wales, they could be gang raped on a regular basis and all complaints were ignored. In the most favourable circumstances they could be arrested and charged with sexual assault themselves. Well Issy had Proved that abused kids go onto become abusers…

The ‘psychotherapy for sexually abused girls’ will have been with a view to coercing them into sex with the therapists and the therapists’ mates and then into working in the sex industry. In the event of complaint, notions of transference, counter-transference and projection will be bandied about and if possible, an innocent person will be named as the ‘real’ abuser, particularly if they have spilt the pints of the therapist or their wider circle.

He showed that childhood deprivation can affect future generations, that there is continuity across generations in the commission of criminal offences,

It’s called socio-economic disadvantage and the continuity across the generations re criminal offences is as likely to be a result of people being fitted up and good old bigotry on the basis of the criminal justice system as much as anything else.

that dynamic psychotherapy can make a real contribution to improving the functioning of children with psychiatric problems,

Then why are the outcomes of those who are Helped so negative?

that autistic children do not grow up to be schizophrenic, and that we can identify what makes children resilient in adversity and chronic illness, to name but a few of his studies.

No such factors re resilience have been identified, that is why everybody is still desperately trying to identify them.

He was chairman of the Second Opinion Panel at the Cleveland Inquiry in 1987 – the inquiry into social work and paediatric practices where intra-familial childhood sexual abuse was suspected, which was influential in changing the criteria for taking children into care and incorporated into the new Children Act 1989. When the mistreatment of institutionalised children and young adults with severe learning difficulties on the remote Greek island of Leros was exposed by British newspapers, Kolvin was invited by the EU and Athens University in 1991 to chair the committee of inspection and evaluation. He was influential in helping to bring about changes in the well-being of the inmates and an end to the admission of children to institutions there.

I remember that fuss about the abuse of the learning disabled on the Greek island. All I kept wondering was why no-one had mentioned the Denbigh Dungeon, because it was still in operation and I had written letter after letter after letter… As had Alison Taylor… At the time, the North Wales Police were conducting their investigation into the possible paedophile ring in north Wales…

The security services had undercover footage of violent and sexual assaults on children and psych patients in north Wales, they had recorded evidence of witnesses being threatened and bribed and they knew about Stephen Bagnall’s murder at Denbigh as well. See post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’ They could have released all that footage and put a stop to it but instead Issy and the rest of Dafydd’s mates were allowed to colonise the media and give the Greeks a good telling off.

In the spring of 1991, Tony and Sadie Francis took me to the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, on the basis of their perjury in an attempt to have me imprisoned. Their lawyer Ann Ball and the MDU knew that they had perjured themselves and that I had provided details of the serious abuse of patients in letters but it was all ignored. I had provided Ann Ball with the details of the gang’s crimes myself, over the phone in 1990. Ann told me that the Drs Francis knew nothing about the abuse of patients. Documents in my possession demonstrate that they did and that they were involved; their signatures are all over highly incriminating documents. See previous posts.

When I appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice, St Helena of the Kennedys was acting in a neighbouring Court in a Landmark Case re Abused Wimmin. The Wimmin protesters who were demonstrating outside of the Royal Courts asked for my support as I left the building.

Er, hello Helena??? Can you hear me? Or were you too busy working with Professor Nigel Eastman of the St George’s Dept of Psychiatry, whom you thanked for helping you on so many cases in your book ‘Eve Was Framed’? The Nigel Eastman who in Jan 1991 was sent a letter from his St George’s psych Top Doc colleague Robin Jacobson telling Eastman that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and that Jacobson thought that Tony Francis was as well?? A couple of weeks later, Eastman told me to go back to north Wales because Dafydd was my doctor and they knew me there. See previous posts eg. ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ and ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’.

Was there ever such a bunch of prize hypocrites as the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the Mansfield Community?

St Helena is married to Top Doc, surgeon Iain Hutchison.

Israel “Issy” Kolvin was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the youngest of five children of Jewish parents who had settled in South Africa from Poland and Germany, and showed early his intellectual gifts…the University of the Witwatersrand to qualify as a doctor, supported by his wife, Rona, whom he married while still a student.

He was very much moved by the results of the childhood deprivation he saw as a junior doctor at Baragwanath Hospital…Training opportunities in psychiatry were sparse in South Africa…and he came to Britain in 1958, first to Edinburgh and then Oxford, where Kit Ounsted, then one of the few researchers in the field of child psychiatry, spurred him on to his first research work…The events at Sharpeville persuaded Kolvin and his wife that they could not return to South Africa under apartheid.

Appointed physician in charge of the Nuffield Psychology and Psychiatry Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1964, Kolvin transformed an ordinary small department into one of the leading research and clinical centres in the North. Many young researchers sought to work with him and went on to become distinguished professors.

Dear old Bob Woods, who educated so many clin psychs using training placements at Dafydd’s Denbigh Dungeon.

In 1977 he was appointed to a personal chair in child psychiatry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. A colleague recalls the atmosphere in Newcastle then: “There was a sense of purpose, with everyone working together. Issy had an innate senseof respect for people and never criticised them in front of others. He was able to involve and motivate people from a wide range of disciplines.”

This was exemplified by one of his major projects there – a study of therapeutic interventions within school for troubled and troublesome children. It was published as a book, Help Starts Here. Thanks to Kolvin’s ability to persuade reluctant headteachers and politicians to lethis therapeutic team work directly with the children, they were able to establish the effectiveness of different kinds of psychotherapy in a school setting. This was the first such study to bring the rigour of a controlled trial to the evaluation of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and it continues to generate further research carried on by those trained by Kolvin in Newcastle.

Inspired by Sir Keith Joseph’s famous 1972 speech on the “cycle of deprivation”, Kolvin and his colleagues started in 1979 to trace the families from the Newcastle 1,000 Family Study, begun in 1947 by Spence and continued by Miller and colleagues. Originally, this had made a prospective study of the health of every child born in Newcastle during a two-month period that year. Data were available on each child throughout his or her childhood, and there had been a particular interest in the families of deprived children – those who had lost parents, or who lacked adequate food, clothing or housing, or those who were dependent on social and welfare services.

Kolvin’s team studied nearly 300 of the original subjects, then aged 34, whose families had been considered deprived in the initial study, many now with children of their own.

Dafydd’s partners in a ring of international traffickers had access to the personal data and medical histories of thousands of people… That data will not have been used for any constructive purpose.

While identifying many of the factors leading to the cycle of deprivation throughout the generations, the team was also able to examine protective factors that give resilience: an equable temperament, scholastic ability, social competence, and parents who plan and provide good physical and emotional care and close and appropriate supervision. Known still as the “Red-Spot” children (from the mark on their files),

Being a Red Spot child will have been the end for them There’s your target abusers in professional positions!! It’s a Red Spot child, we’ve got all the data on them and everyone who’s had contact with them, it’s open season…

this cohort, now aged 55, are part of the culture of the North-East and many have just given permission for their own children to be interviewed, so the study, still on-going, can venture into the fourth generation.

The Red Spots have no idea at all that they had so many unpleasant encounters because their data was handed over to a gang of traffickers and now their kids have been targeted. Any complaints will be dealt with by the usual methods… cycle of deprivation… chain of abuse…transmission of criminality across the generations…

In 1996 Kolvin collaborated with Farrington at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge in a study looking at Home Office records of the criminal careers of two generations of family members from the 1,000 Family Study, showing the high prevalence of convictions in the young adult children of the Red Spots who had criminal convictions.

The same phenomenon was noticeable in north Wales. Furthermore, people who had been Patients Of Dafydd found that their children were as well!!! Whereas the children of the Top Docs and social workers in north Wales who were members of the gang found that their children also became Top Docs and social workers and members of the gang!

As Pierre Bourdieu would have said, Reproduction, Reproduction, Reproduction…

The stars of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, as junior researchers had found out exactly what was happening re the organised abuse of Dafydd’s network as well as the Westminster Paedophile Ring. They kept quiet about it and are now Fellows Of All Souls who sit on Home Office Committees and as advisers on the Death Penalty in Hot Countries. Their heyday was when Woy Jenkins was Home Secretary and funded so much of their work so generously. The Woy who was a Westminster Swinger himself, was Chancellor of the Exchequer when Richard Crossman and the DHSS was swinging and who later became Chancellor of Oxford University when those bright young things whom Woy had funded decades earlier bagged senior roles, including at Oxford University…See post ‘Rab, High Table and the Founding Fathers’.

In 1990, when he was nearly 61, Kolvin was appointed to the newly created Bowlby Chair in Child and Family Mental Health at the University of London, based at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic. He took on a hard task. The Tavistock Clinic, renowned internationally for psychodynamic psychotherapeutic work was wary of a senior academic without an analytical training. He was able, though, in the four years before his retirement, to transform it into a prolific research institution…

The Tavi and psychotherapy were looking a bit flaky before the reinforcements arrived.

The move south gave Kolvin new impetus and he led a series of international collaborative research projects: looking at psychopathology and resilience in children from families with B-thalassaemia and haemophilia in London, Milan and Athens,

QUE??? The psychopathology of blood disorders??? Is haemophilia part of the Cycle Of Deprivation?? Is that why Queen Victoria was a carrier?? You can’t show resilience to haemophilia, if you inherit it no amount of Resilience will clot your blood. Or even Mindfulness. Oh pass me a Bach’s Flower Remedy and quickly, I need an antidote to Issy.

obtaining a grant from Biomed, the European Research Council, for the first study in Europe comparing systemic family therapy and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for the treatment of childhood depression in London, Athens and Helsinki; and a cross-cultural study of mother-infant patterns of behaviour which involved researchers in Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. Inthe eight years after his retirement he continued his research collaboration with colleagues worldwide, and completed some 16 papers in the few months before he died, despite severe ill-health.

Kolvin was dedicated to his data. He was generous in his willingness to share it with others and work collaboratively.

Anyone for confidentiality and data protection?? What’s the betting that the data ended up in the hands of Dafydd’s gang in order to identify Children In Need Of A Placement In North Wales?? Don’t believe that this doesn’t happen. When I finally extracted my files from the Arfon Community Mental Health Team – I was one of their Red Label clients, a Big Red Label was stuck on my file to indicate that I was Dangerous – I discovered mountains of personal data about me, both true and untrue, to which the Arfon Mental Health Team should never ever have had access. They shouldn’t have even have had a file pertaining to me, because I have never been one of their clients, but I was tipped off that they had this mountain of illegally gathered material. They had details of my career, people with whom I’d worked, my friends and colleagues, all sorts of stuff. They had details of physical medical conditions and blood test results, quite extraordinary.

Fascinating but completely illegal and actually er disgusting really wasn’t it Keith Fearns?

Fearns had refused to hand this file over, so his line manager, Thomas Merfyn Hughes, physically went to Fearns’s office and removed the file in 2005. In 2011 Mr Hughes was found dead in someone else’s garden in Llanfrothen. His body had been hidden and lay undiscovered for some time. The corrupt Coroner at Caernarfon, Dewi Pritchard Jones, came out with a corker, even by Dewi’s standards: Mr Hughes had fallen down a steep embankment in the middle of the night when on his way home from the pub, landed in the garden and decided to have a nap. It was in the middle of the winter and Mr Hughes froze to death while having forty winks. Then hid his own body, obviously. See post ‘A Particularly Worrying Death’. Mr Hughes was the former election agent for barrister, Plaid MP and member of Dafydd’s network, Elfyn Llwyd. See previous posts. Thomas Merfyn Hughes had lived at Croesor, along with Eric Hobsbawm and the Welsh Bloomsbury Set.

Eric’s daughter Julia – who knows Croesor well – was the business partner of Sarah Macaulay in their PR company Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications. Sarah and Julia went to school together. Hobsbawm Macaulay took on a lot of work for the trade unions and the Labour Party. Sarah married Gordon Brown and when Thomas Merfyn Hughes was found dead in someone else’s garden, Gordon had recently been deposed as PM and Cameron was PM. Merfyn had stepped down as VC of Bangor University and was Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Gwerin was openly discussing their campaign to hound Merfyn out of public life and the Top Docs and others hatched a conspiracy to withold crucial info from the Board in order to create a scandal and a crisis and force Merfyn’s resignation. It happened and in 2013, in the wake of a C. difficile outbreak which led to patient deaths, Merfyn resigned. See post ‘The Point Is To Change It’.

Merfyn grew up in Croesor and some of his family were still living there when Mr Hughes was found dead.

Anyone up for arresting Merfyn for the murder of Thomas Hughes?? ‘Ooh I saw him that night, he was carrying a body in a sack’. I’m sure that the Cunning Plan will work, it can’t possibly be more ridiculous than so many of the other lies told about the Enemies Of The Paedophiles.

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I reckon that it was Ed, he was Gordon’s mate AND his dad Ralph was mates with Eric Hobsbawm AND Julia Hobsbawm is mates with St Helena; I think that Ed did it For Uncle Harry, because Thomas Merfyn Hughes was a witness who could have Talked Down the NHS, he needed to be Taken Out.

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Back to Issy:…Royal College of Psychiatrists, which made him an Honorary Fellow last year. Many other honours were conferred on him too, including visiting professorships and invitations to lecture worldwide. He was also an adviser to the World Health Organisation…

‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Issy on 3 May 2002.

Professor Israel Kolvin…was one of a small number of child psychiatrists, who, over the last 40 years, established an academic base for the subject…His choice of a career was influenced by the deprivation and malnutrition he saw in children at the Baragwanath hospital, Soweto, where he worked as a junior doctor, as well as by the severe psychiatric conditions he met in the emergency room.

Kolvin came to Britain in 1958 to train, first in Edinburgh, and then in Oxford…One of the major studies to come out of Kolvin’s time at Newcastle was a scientifically rigorous project to evaluate the effectiveness of psycho-therapeutic interventions in schools, with emotionally disturbed young people. Published as Help Starts Here (1981), the study showed that it was possible to make a difference to schoolchildren’s wellbeing by the use of various forms of psychotherapy.

This work continues to have great significance in the modern NHS, where the emphasis is on evidence-based practice. In addition, providing psychological services in schools is often more acceptable to young people than attendance at a child mental-health service, partly because it is less stigmatising…

The educational psychology service in north Wales and Somerset offered a full service of collusion with organised abuse and no doubt it did in Newcastle as well…

In 1987, Kolvin was appointed to chair the Cleveland Inquiry second-opinion panel, set up to re-assess a large number of cases where intra-familial child sexual abuse had been alleged. His evidence to the inquiry, chaired by Lady (now Dame) Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, consisting of the panel’s report, together with a review of the field of child sexual abuse, was regarded as a significantly important contribution. The inquiry had far-reaching effects on child protection practices, and influenced the development of the 1989 Children Act.

In 1990, Kolvin was appointed to the newly-established Bowlby chair in child and family mental health, at the Tavistock clinic and Royal Free hospital medical school, London; from 1994, he was emeritus professor of child psychiatry…

Kolvin was also committed to the work of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where he held many offices, including that of chair of the child and adolescent faculty, vice-president and honorary treasurer. In these roles, he contributed to the development of modern psychiatric training and practice. He supported the college’s opposition to the misuse of psychiatry for political purposes, and was made an honorary fellow in 2000.

Dafydd’s and Lord David Ennals’ crazy Top Doc mate from the Maudsley, Jim Birley, took a very big interest in the Abuses Of Soviet Psychiatry when the police investigations and Inquiries began springing up in north Wales and elsewhere. See previous posts.

A humane and compassionate man, Kolvin was unstinting in the support he gave to those who worked and trained with him. Supported by Rona, and his son and daughter, he faced his terminal illness with courage and the determination to survive for as long as possible, in order to complete his task.

Issy died in March 2002, in the aftermath of the Waterhouse Report. In the autumn of 2002 I was charged with ‘threatening to kill’ as the result of a bit of long-term planning on the part of Dafydd’s gang. Issy missed the highlight of me being arrested and charged, but he’ll have been around to advise when the plan was first mooted.

The British Medical Journal’s obituary:

Israel (“Issy”) Kolvin
Bowlby emeritus professor of child and family mental health Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust (b Johannesburg, South Africa, 1929; q Witwatersrand 1955), died after a long illness on 12 March 2002.

During his medical training his funds ran out and he had to leave and work in various jobs, taking a BA in psychology in 1951, before completing his studies…His unit became well known for the quality of training and clinical service it provided,

We’re back to Bob Woods and Neil Davies again. Issy and his pal Martin Roth will have known Gwynne the lobotomist as well, no wonder they were always ready to Lend a Hand.

as well as the range of significant research that was carried out. This included a systematic attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic techniques with children, one of the largest studies in the world…

his list of publications gives some indication of the breadth and scope of his research and clinical interests.

He was a very caring person, and an excellent teacher and supervisor to the many young child psychiatrists he trained and who have come to occupy senior positions in this country and overseas. He was always ready to help and he often offered and provided help to friends and colleagues. He worked extraordinarily hard at everything he did, and was single minded and persistent in his examination of research data.

Issy knew exactly what was going on and who could be targeted.

He was passionate about injustice, whether to children and parents, or to colleagues who had been persecuted in other countries.

Greece! Japan! The Soviet Union!

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He was a great doctor, who contributed much and personally gave a lot more. He will be missed.

These lies in tribute to the deceased Issy were penned by Lionel Hersov.

The Jewish Chronicle, 19 April 2002:

One of the leading child psychiatrists of his generation, South African-born Professor Israel (Issy) Kolvin embarked on a research career in Britain which generated 240 learned articles and five books across the whole field of child psychiatry. His talent and drive were recognised early, with his appointment in 1963, at the age of 34, as head of the Nuffield Unit at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His work in transforming the unit into an international centre of excellence led to a personal chair in child psychiatry…

Professor Kolvin was profoundly affected by his own early life experiences. The loss of a devoutly Orthodox father, and consequent poverty, were compensated for by a loving mother and sisters, who struggled to ensure that he completed his education…

He quietly gave free professional advice whenever needed to a Jewish day school in Gateshead, and to Jewish schools in London. He also lectured at Gateshead yeshivah and, later, at Hendon Reform Synagogue in London. A member of the scientific committee for Soviet Jewry, he took books to refuseniks in the USSR in the 1970s.

Axwell Park Approved School, Gateshead; until 1973, the employer of Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth.

At 61, when most professionals wind down, he was appointed to a chair at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic in London. Here he found the scope to achieve his goal of marrying his scientific approach and expertise in quantitative research with the pioneering psychotherapy work of the Tavistock.

Questions were being asked about the ways of psychotherapists…

While building up a new academic department of child psychiatry, he directed key research on the benefits of psychotherapy for depressed and sexually abused children, and established the chain through which an abused child could become an abusing adult. This work continued for nearly eight years without salary after his official retirement, and during a long battle with leukaemia.

Like Dafydd, Peter Higson, Keith Fearns and the rest, Issy couldn’t afford to retire, there could be a few revelations if anyone else had access to the right data, the documentation etc

In 1991, he led an academic study tour to Israel, organising and lecturing at an international conference in Tel Aviv on the cycle of childhood poverty and depression and the role of psychotherapy.

His was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London, the Tavistock’s academic partner, only weeks before his death…

A modest man and team player who was widely respected and admired within his profession, he was content to see others earn credit for work which he had originated…

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The Psychiatrist (2002) 26: 396-397:
Israel Kolvin, Previously Emeritus Professor, The Tavistock Clinic, London
By Ian Goodyer

Israel Kolvin was one of a small group of medical practitioners who, in the late 1950s, decided to specialise in child and adolescent psychiatry… Issy was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the youngest of five children of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany… He undertook his postgraduate education and clinical training in the UK and, in 1958, went to Edinburgh where he gained valuable experience in general psychiatry and psychodynamic child psychiatry. At that time, there were no formal training schemes in child and adolescent psychiatry, so Issy obtained a senior registrar post in Oxford under Christopher Ounsted, Medical Director of the Park Hospital for Children, which was then one ofthe few places in the UK with an academic child psychiatry unit. It was here that Issy conducted his first two research projects: a description of aggression in adolescent delinquent boys…His work laid the foundations for considering classicalKanner autism as a biological disorder…

In 1964, he was appointed Physician-in-Charge of the Nuffield Psychology and Psychiatry Unit in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Lecturer in Child Psychiatry at the Department of Psychological Medicine, headed by Sir Martin Roth. He remained in this consultant post for the next 27 years, turning the Nuffield into one of the foremost university departments of child and adolescent psychiatry in the world. His work was recognised with one appointment in 1977 to a personal chair.

Three of his many research and clinical successes over this time stand out. First, and perhaps the most remarkable, was the unique study of psychological interventions in the maladjusted child in schools, published as a book in 1981, Help Starts Here. This, the first controlled trial of psychological treatment in primary schools, proved that skilled conversational treatment was effective in ameliorating emotional and behavioural difficulties. The second was the longitudinal epidemiological investigations of the intergenerational transmission of psychological disadvantage, carried out through the 1000 families first identified and recruited in 1947 by Sir James Spence at the Department of Child Health, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Kolvin and colleagues traced a sub-sample of 300 families, then in their early 30s, and identified continuities in the risk for deprivation in the offspring of the original cohort, as well as protective factors against such a negative outcome. These positive characteristics included a flexible behavioural style in the face of adversity, social competence, parents who planned ahead and provided physical and emotional care in spite of privations this may have meant for themselves. These broad categories of psychosocial resilience have subsequently been replicated with remarkable robustness in many other similar studies worldwide. The third important success was in the clinical and political challenge of chairing the Cleveland Inquiry into child abuse. This most difficult task was carried out with a fairness and thoroughness that brought him the respect of many in the community and led to significant recommendations to central government regarding the roles and practice of professionals and parents concerned in child protection.

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He was Chair of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1994-1996. The photograph was taken in 1996 at the Association’s 3rd European Conference in Glasgow…

A lovely snap of them all in the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry! The Experts! They’d be needed to comment on  Psychotherapy For Sexually Abused Children after Ronnie’s Report was published. Therapy will be needed and we can Offer Our Services!

Addendum by Henry Rollin
As an addendum to Professor Goodyer’s obituary of Professor Israel Kolvin, allow me to emphasise his invaluable services to the College. He was, inter alia, a man of business: under his stewardship the finances of the College (he was Treasurer from 1993-1999) prospered. Further, his annual financial reports were so presented that the simplest mind could understand them.

As obituary for Issy was also published in The Bridge, the Newsletter of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry as well…

 

The Kolvin Service is a specialist Tier 4 community team for young people with mental health difficulties and offending behaviour.The service is based in the North East but offers services on a regional and national level. The service is for children and young people up to the age of 18 years who exhibit serious and/or persistent person-centred antisocial and criminal behaviours and who are suspected of suffering from or have an identified mental or neuro-developmental disorder.
The Community Team is part of a wider provision of Children and Young People’s Forensic services delivered by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust that includes an in-reach service working into two secure estates in the North East and an Inpatient Adolescent Medium Secure Service, Alnwood that caters for children and young people with mental disorder with or without neuro-disability.The Community Forensic Team provides:Consultation, Assessment and Specialist interventions for serious sexual, fire or violent offending behaviour.

 

Issy’s son Philip delivered an eulogy at a service for his father which included:

I remember once my father telephoning me and telling me that he was in trouble, having given expert evidence in Court. What happened Dad? Well, the Judge, who is the leading family Judge of his generation, had delivered a judgment in which he called my father’s evidence magisterial. It was intended as a great compliment to his erudition and good judgment, but my father had assumed it must be a rebuke for haughtiness. Such was my father’s humility in his adopted country, he utterly mistook the praise meted out to him. 

When I started running an environmental campaign, my father was deeply worried. Here I was taking on the politicians, demonstrating, going on telly, sailing close to the wind. But as the years went on, my father expressed his pride in what I was doing. His pride was that of a father who had given his child a secure footing in this new country, liberty to spread his wings, and the self-belief to do things his way, whether that way is right or wrong.

Issy’s son is Philip Kolvin QC, the Head of Cornerstone Barristers, London. The ‘environmental campaign’ which Philip Kolvin was running was covered by Sara Wheeler in the Torygraph on 31 March 2001, the year after the Waterhouse Report had been published, when there was still a lot of noise about the cover-up.

Rage among the ruins

Bromley council can’t bear Philip Kolvin. He is the leader of a campaign by furious local people to fight plans for a vast leisure complex where the Crystal Palace once stood, in one of London’s greatest green spaces. From the council chamber to the law courts, he knows how to beat the planners at their own game. By Sara Wheeler

ON a bleak Tuesday evening three years ago, a 39-year-old barrister stood in a hotel basement in the London suburb of Upper Norwood preparing to address 600 restless locals. He regularly faces High Court judges and argues with top QCs, but that night Philip Kolvin was sweating with fear.
 The son of Issy the people trafficker became an environmental campaigner in 1998, just after the former residents of north Wales children’s homes had given evidence in public about the beatings and the gang rapes. Some of them collapsed while giving evidence. Fortunately, Ronnie, the lawyers at the Inquiry and the world’s media simply yelled that they were a bunch of lying criminals with mental illnesses.

Some months previously, Kolvin had learnt of Bromley council’s plans for the 200-acre Crystal Palace Park. A developer was to raze the tree-lined ridge at the top – the highest point in the capital – to make way for an 18-screen cinema complex with amusement arcades, pubs, restaurants and the country’s largest rooftop car-park. Kolvin was aghast. ‘So we just bunged some posters up, saying we were angry at what was happening to our park and calling a public meeting. We weren’t even sure if anyone would turn up.’

Environmental campaigning was a foreign land to Kolvin, whose previous eco-principles didn’t extend far beyond visits to the bottle bank. But he barged right in. If a park needs to be planned, he suggested to the packed room, let people plan it, not accountants. A lingering cheer swelled through the crowd. In 10 minutes the atmosphere in the characterless function room resembled that of a revival meeting. Kolvin told the gathering that he needed £25,000 in cash and pledges in five days, in order to fight for their park in court. When he had finished his barnstorming address, an elderly woman approached him. ‘I really believe, in what you are doing here,’ she said quietly. Then she handed him a cheque for £1,500. Others followed. He had his money in 50 minutes.
The hastily planned meeting attracted a few wealthy people then and wealthy people who were happy to hand substantial sums of money over to a stranger at that.

At that time Kolvin was living in Gipsy Hill, on the west side of the park, and from his bedroom window he could see the ridge. As a planning barrister who acts for local authorities, he was well placed to understand the issues and to unravel the procedures that allow a council to build on green space while paying lip-service to consultation.

The Torygraph means ‘inside information’

Shortly before that meeting, he had become chairman of a campaign to save Crystal Palace from the multiplex. Since then he has accumulated 65 lever-arch files on the subject, sacrificed his blues guitar hobby

Philip Kolvin QC is just an old chiller at heart

and acquired a battalion of enemies.

Kolvin was brought up in Newcastle, proceeding south from the grammar school to read law at Oxford. He lives in a large Victorian terrace house with his wife, a Canadian academic, and their young daughter. Last year they moved three miles from the park, so Kolvin can hardly be accused of nimbyism.

But he’s not exactly Swampy

So where does the passion come from? ‘The root of what’s upsetting people,’ he says as we stroll round the park, ‘is that something so homogenous should be built on land that resonates with such historic individuality. Secondly, what about democracy? The issue here is, who decides?’

Did Philip ever have a conversation about this subject with his father, who Spoke For So Many For Their Own Good?

Above his head the Crystal Palace television transmitter vanishes into the clammy gloom, and to the right, as the grass slopes away, the North Downs glimmer faintly above the urban disorder. He looks like a typical Establishment figure, but he isn’t quite: the Geordie accent, the uncompromising attitudes volubly expressed, a mild capacity to irritate.

The wealthy barrister who had built his career on defending the interests of wealthy, establishment people who were not always on the right side of the law (as we shall see shortly), who’s father was er an Eminent Psychiatrist Who Gave Expert Evidence In Court who just happened to be very close some very unpleasant gangsters… It’s OK, he Speaks Geordie, there’s his credentials.

Friends didn’t anticipate the transformation to environmental white knight.

No, if any of them thought that the transformation was genuine, they probably would cut Philip off.

Nor did he. ‘I remember roaring, “We’re on a roll!” into a mike in that Norwood basement, and thinking, “Christ, I sound like Neil Kinnock in Sheffield.”

One reason why Philip’s dad and his colleagues were never publicly exposed and subject to the full force of the law was that the Windbag, his wife and in-laws were personal friends of one of the people traffickers in north Wales who were in partnership with Philip’s dad and had spent years colluding with the rest of the gang. Then there were all those Labour MPs in the North East who’s careers were dependent upon no-one finding out what was happening to those kids but instead believing the rubbish from Issy’s dad about the cycle of deprivation and abuse and the success of the psychotherapy with delinquent boys and sexually abused girls…

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It was tremendously exciting to be involved in the genesis of a popular movement. I watched a community decide to stand together.’

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Sir Joseph Paxton’s original building, containing nearly a million square feet of glass and dubbed ‘The Crystal Palace’ by the editor of Punch, was conceived to house the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. It was inaugurated by an immensely moved Queen Victoria, who later likened it to fairyland. At the opening ceremony the breathless Times correspondent spoke of wonder and mystery, ‘a glittering arch far more lofty and spacious than the vaults of even our noblest cathedrals’.

Three years later, the palace was dismantled and relocated to a hill between the genteel suburbs of Sydenham and Norwood. Unlike the flat-roofed original, the modified structure was barrel vaulted and boasted a triple rather than a single transept. But it remained glass-clad, like its progenitor. Set among landscaped gardens, Italianate terraces and life-size models of dinosaurs, it was used as a national centre for the ‘enlightenment andeducation’ of the people. Sixty-two thousand Londoners watched the country’s first hot-air balloon float up from the park,

They watched another one when Issy’s son did his eco-hippy bit just when Ronnie Waterhouse forgot to mention the hundreds and hundreds of kids that Issy and his mates sent into the arms of a vicious paedophile gang in north Wales, as part of civic corruption on a massive scale perpetrated by local authority officials, corrupt professional people and Councillors and politicians from Newcastle, only a small part of which was exposed as a result of the trials of John Poulson, T. Dan Smith and Andy Cunningham… See previous posts eg. ‘Error Of Judgement?’.

the first moving picture show was screened in the palace and an astonishing 81,000 people crowded into the glasshouse over three days to listen to a vast orchestra and choir performing Handel’s Messiah. It was one of the greatest buildings in British history, and in 1936 it burnt to the ground. Churchill happened to see it go up, and as he stood watching the flames he wept, mourning ‘the end of an age’.

Since the fire, the site has been empty, the granite eyes of Paxton’s huge carved head gazing sightlessly over his gently decaying neoclassical alcoves and crumbling sphinxes. In 1986, with the abolition of the GLC, ownership passed to the Kent borough of Bromley, and the council immediately looked for ways to profit from its new acquisition. Planning was obviously a sensitive issue, considering both the status of the park as Metropolitan Open Land (the urban equivalent of green belt), and its Grade II* listed protection. A succession of schemes were put forward which prompted new legislation, allowing Bromley wider latitude. But although the 1990 Crystal Palace Act permitted development of the 12-acre ridge on which the palace once stood (now called the top site), it stipulated that any new building should ‘reflect the architectural style’ of Paxton’s original structure.

In 1996, the prizewinning architect Ian Ritchie designed a scheme proposed to Bromley by London & Regional Properties Ltd, a low-profile company based in the West End. Ritchie’s £58 million, 600,000sq ft multiplex included two flyover-style concrete ramps capable of carrying 950 cars to the roof. The cinemas, restaurants, takeaway outlets, themed bars and pubs were to be accompanied by three ‘leisure boxes’, each big enough to accommodate a music venue or a ‘family entertainment centre’. (In the arcane language of developers, an amusement arcade is classified as a family entertainment centre.) In addition, roads, roundabouts and a car tunnel were to be built in the park.

In March 1997, London & Regional submitted a planning application for Ritchie’s scheme. When locals called for a public inquiry, the planning decision was frozen until the scheme was considered by John Prescott and his officials at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

For decades Prezza had colluded with the ring in Yorkshire which overlapped with the ring run by Issy. Philip will have known that and he’ll also have considered Prezza thick enough to be outwitted. Or of course Prezza may have been part of the charade; he won’t have been the Brains driving it, that will have been Miranda, assisted by the Mansfield Community who’d been colluding with Issy and the Top Docs for their entire careers.

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To widespread astonishment, Prescott refused an inquiry on the grounds that the plans complied with all legal requirements: the council, Prescott said, ‘may determine this application as it thinks fit’. Bromley immediately granted outline planning permission; the multiplex was to open in 2000.

In April 1998 the campaign sought a judicial review of Bromley’s decision on the grounds that Ritchie’s multiplex failed to ‘reflect the architectural style’ of Paxton’s original. Tory MP Ian Bruce, chairman of the Commons committee which drafted the 1990 Act, said the design could not remind anybody of anything other than a poor example of a football stand. Campaigners also argued that the proposal ignored government policy for Metropolitan Open Land, which states, ‘Land of this importance should not be used for developments which compromise its open character and value to London’s green setting.’

‘Bromley is often seen as a leafy, well-off part of south London,’ says council chief executive Dave Bartlett, ‘but around Crystal Palace we have some of the most deprived areas in the country. Unemployment is high, and so is crime.’

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The multiplex is part of an ambitious £152 million regenerationpackage conceived by the council to transform both the park and the surrounding areas. Funding from the Government’s Single Regeneration Budget forms the hub of the package, and Bromley promised to deliver private funding for the top site in return for SRB money. In other words, the multiplex enabled the council to attract government funding for the surrounding area. Therefore, as Bartlett categorically asserts, ‘If the top site failed, it would throw the future of the regeneration package into question.’

Is it wise to squander green space in order to regenerate? Don’t people need parks more than the cultural detritus towed in the wake of multiplexes, neon emporiums of tat aimed at children and teenagers and open until 2 am every day of the week? Campaigners ask why ‘regeneration’ should be contingent on cinema screens and car-parks.

The entertainment for the kids whom Issy sent to children’s homes in north Wales included group sex with gangs of men, sex with animals while being filmed for the purpose of the production of child porn in the UK and in Europe and large quantities of class A drugs. They also went on a few Outward Bound courses, Wales being full of people offering wholesome activities such as mountaineering, canoeing etc. When the kids in care went on such courses, they were molested. Disadvantaged kids from inner-cities enjoying themselves in Snowdonia or the Brecons was brilliant PR for a gang of sex offenders who genuinely enjoyed such pursuits themselves being all a bit butch and often ex-forces men and it generated a lot of business for the Outward Bound centres as well, some of which had links with the gang. The bill for the whole scam was footed by the endemically corrupt local authorities who were thrashing out the dirty deals with the crooks.

The rate/poll tax payers had no idea that this was where their dosh was disappearing as people puzzled over why local authorities with the highest local taxes in the UK failed to provide even adequate public services. The money wasn’t all being spend on anti-nuclear groups or consciousness raising for black lesbian single parents no matter what the Daily Mail alleged, they just netted enough to shut them up about the en masse abuse of kids and vulnerable people.

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The Crystal Palace protest draws support from a broad band of residents, not just toffs in big houses. Dulwich grandees and neo-hippies with pink hair and names like Ferret have marched side-by-side to save their park. Besides the campaign headed by Kolvin, other protest groups have sprung up to oppose Bromley’s plans. Ecowarriors built tree houses on the top site and rechristened it ‘Big Willow Eco Village’. Bromley got very cross about that.

When 78-year-old Joan Yaxley took a bread pudding to the ecowarriors, the council served her with a High Court writ, claiming she was a squatter. Eventually police and security guards arrived in a quasi-military operation to secure the ridge at a cost of £2.7 million – almost half the proposed saleprice.

The media loves tree-dwelling ecowarriors like Swampy. Their disregard for convention appeals to the rebel in us all. But environmental protests inwhich people chain themselves to trees before being carted off by tight-lipped policemen in front of the cameras have a poor record.

No, the media hate tree-dwelling ecowarriers. The people whom the media love are establishment figures like Kolvin who Lend Their Support to a Campaign that appeals to middle class people ie. a campaign to prevent the building of a multiplex that will be accompanied by fast food joints designed to appeal to chavs who won’t be welcome at Crystal Palace. The vile molesting Tory MP Alan Clark received acres of positive coverage when he joined in the protests against carting livestock from the UK thousands of miles across Europe in conditions of great cruelty to be slaughtered; before Clark joined their ranks, the protesters were lampooned as nutters lying down in front of lorries or middle aged female Guardian readers Who Liked Animals.

Establishment figures who feel the need to conceal serious wrongdoing are often keen to Support Protesters even if they’re a bit hippyish because ooh you know the protesters might have a point here. In the early 1990s, a group of English in-migrants to Bethesda protested in the strongest terms about the proposed by-pass that was going to be built through the oak woodland behind Bethesda. The local big wigs, Councillors, politicians etc were in favour of the by-pass and a great many local Welsh people were as well. The divide wasn’t exactly Welsh/English, but it was very obvious that the protesters and activists were virtually all English. The campaign was led by Neil Crumpton, a Friends of the Earth activist, who saw the light after his previous career in the nuclear industry no less.

Neil and his mates were gobsmacked to find that the Tory MP for Conwy, a pal of Thatcher’s, Lord Wyn Roberts, supported them! Ecowarriers, hippies, Labour voters, CND protesters, they could hardly believe it. The by-pass was never built. The protesters could hardly believe that they’d won in the face of furious locals, led by Dafydd Orwig, a Gwynedd County Councillor and a retired lecturer from the Bangor Normal College. Orwig said what went in Bethesda, he had run the town for years, but Orwig’s fury was ignored for what must have been the first time ever.

I knew Neil Crumpton. He was one of the people who did the building work on my house in Rachub just before he organised the anti-by-pass campaign. Neil was very friendly with the people who knew what was happening to me at the hands of Dafydd and the gang. The gang of whose members Wyn Roberts was a personal friend, whom Roberts had been colluding with for years and then took his duties particularly seriously once he became a Welsh Office Minister. See post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’. Neil knew that I had written to Keith Best, the MP for Anglesey, then to Dafydd Wigley, the MP for Caernarfon and er to Lord Wyn Roberts…

After the Successful Campaign led by Neil, Neil bagged a salaried job with Friends of the Earth and began appearing on TV!

Neil: I’ll let the readers of the blog know that your success as an Eco Campaigning Role Model was achieved not only on the back of what Lord Wyn Roberts’s mates did to me but on the back of what Dafydd Orwig and the gang of sex offenders with whom he conspired did to F. If that wasn’t bad enough, just before, or at the beginning of the Waterhouse Inquiry, Martin, someone who had witnessed the framing of F, was found dead in the road in Bethesda.

By the way Neil, which one of the Bethesda builders stole that box of documents from my attic in about 1996? I know it wasn’t you because you didn’t help with that bit of building, but your mates did, so how about telling me who seized the documents, thousands of them, with evidence of what happened to me AND F at the hands of the gang? I’ve been told that they found their way to News International and probably to George Carman.

Few have achieved anything like as much as Kolvin,

Although Neil Crumpton did quite well

who has steered the Crystal Palace Campaign (CPC) to the House of Lords and on into Europe.

Lord Wyn Roberts would have done the same, but the corruption was so great that he was able to stop the building of the Bethesda bypass very quickly and very easily.

He’s done it all by the book, patiently, relentlessly and, above all, legally.

Those kids from Newcastle were sent into the arms of a gang of paedophiles ‘above all, legally’. They were handed over to the traffickers under the Children Act or the Mental Health Act; the legislation had been written by people who were literally friends of the traffickers and the colluding idiots in Parliament asked no questions, not even further down the line when they began receiving complaints that people in care settings were being seriously abused. They simply appointed Issy and pals as members of every body with responsibility for Safeguarding, Protecting, Upholding Standards, Training, Evaluating and Regulating. It was foolproof. In the wake of the mushroom cloud that went up over the North East as a result of the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal, Parliament asked Issy to Advise On The New Legislation, to ensure That It Never Happened Again.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

The Children Act 1975 was the result of Leo Abse, a member of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and friend of Dafydd – as were Leo’s Top Doc brothers, Drs Dannie and Wilfred (see post ‘O Jones, O Jones’) -virtually single-handedly blackmailing and bribing people like Jim and Audrey Callaghan and Dr Death to help him get that legislation through. See post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’.

The Mental Health Act 1983 resulted from the scandal of Mary Wynch being illegally imprisoned by Dafydd. The new Act, which reassured everyone That It Will Never Happen Again, was written by Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Bluglass and the code of practice to accompany it was written by Dafydd’s mate William Bingley. When Dafydd illegally imprisoned me three years after the new Mental Health Act was implemented, it was Bluglass and William Bingley who concealed Dafydd’s criminality. From what I saw when I was unlawfully imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, every other patient on Bryn Golau Ward was also held there illegally. Legislation, as far as that gang were concerned, was window dressing. They broke any law whenever they felt like it knowing that there would be absolutely no effective action and no comeback.

Issy and Dafydd were not going to worry about the small print re the legislation when they were handing kids over to people whom they knew would gang rape them at gunpoint, break their bones, rupture their anuses and take them to Europe ‘for a holiday’.

‘Many, many times,’ he says, ‘I’ve sat up all night dreaming up the points over cups of tea, despite the fact that I had to be in court the next day. It’s been constant graft and research, trying to make sure we cover every angle.’

The High Court refused permission for a judicial review, but the CPC won leave to appeal – a process underwritten by an insurance company. But when the Court of Appeal rejected the protesters’ plea that the multiplex was in breach of the Crystal Palace Act, Kolvin had to think hard. The failed High Court action was a turning point. ‘I realised the law is a blunt instrument,’ he says. ‘We needed to go down the economic route.’ Lawful direct action soon became a vital part of campaign strategy, and protesters turned their attention to potential occupiers of the multiplex.

The American-owned cinema company, UCI, signed up as anchor tenant at the outset, and so every Monday night for the past two years, members of the small Boycott UCI splinter group have peacefully protested outside the firm’s flagship cinema, the Empire Leicester Square. Battling the weather, the local drunks and the pulsing beat of the Equinox nightclub next door, protesters hand out leaflets, direct punters to rival screens and hold placards reading ‘Parks are for Children, not Cinemas’.

‘Children, Children, I care about Children’ as Dafydd used to tell us all.

One day last year campaigners simultaneously picketed 35 UCI cinemas from Clydebank to Poole. Is UCI listening?

‘We don’t like the negative publicity,’ says vice-president and acting managing director Steve Knibbs,

Neither did Issy and Dafydd, it’s why Philip Kolvin QC became an eco-warrier for the sake of Children.

‘but we can’t rescind our lease at Crystal Palace. The scheme has become very controversial, but it wasn’t when we signed up for an early version of it 10 years ago; we weren’t aware of the campaigners’ issues until after we had committed ourselves legally.’

Despite opposition from all quarters, last October Bromley gave plans the final go-ahead. Then came the greatest triumph of the protest so far. The CPC challenged the developer’s application for 14 liquor licences at the multiplex. The court received 600 letters of objection, a raft of heavyweight witnesses spoke against the scheme, and the campaign hired top licensing QC Richard Beckett.

Was it a friend whom Swampy knew from the Garrick who put the campaigners in touch with Top Licensing QC Richard Beckett?

Although Bromley was not a party to the action, it too hired a QC, and even tried to stop London’s Mayor, Ken Livingstone – an outspoken critic of the council’s handling of the multiplex issue – attending on the grounds that he had no place to be there. (‘Madam,’ Livingstone’s counsel told the magistrate, ‘if the mayor of Skegness wished to attend this licensing application to object, he would be entitled to do so.’)

Red Ken as Leader of the GLC oversaw the placement of huge numbers of kids from inner London Boroughs in children’s homes in north Wales. In 1990, in the face of proposals by Gwynedd County Council to close down Garth Angharad, a hospital for ‘mentally abnormal criminals’, Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid MP, tabled an Early Day Motion opposing the closure on the grounds that the facilities provided by this wondrous institution were unparalleled. Red Ken signed the EDM. Garth Angharad was not a hospital for mentally abnormal criminals or anyone else. It was an isolated building hidden away in the woodland near Dolgellau and it served as a prison for victims of Dafydd’s gang. Garth Angharad was owned by Paul Hett, a solicitor who was subsequently struck off for embezzling his clients’ money. Hett featured in the Waterhouse Report as the ‘owner and Headmaster’ of two schools/children’s homes in which children had been abused. Even Ronnie Waterhouse admitted that Hett was not a suitable person to be managing such facilities for children. See eg. post ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’ and ‘Further Information On Garth Angharad Hospital’.

I’m still waiting for Red Ken to explain  his interest.

It was a tense week in Bromley Court House. Hundreds of police were deployed. Developer Geoffrey Springer had security guards for his personal protection. Afterhours of impassioned speeches (‘our lives are in your hands’, one man told the court), magistrates allowed a single pub licence and a further 12 alcohol licences with stringent conditions attached.

It was a heavy blow for London & Regional, who will have difficulty letting space without pub licences. ‘We’ve emasculated them,’ Kolvin told the South London Press after the hearing. ‘No, correction: we’ve cut their balls off.’

I heard the Kind Angels who Looked After kids in care who then became psych patients using this sort of expression – and very threateningly as well – to those whom they were paid to Look After. However when those kids/psych patients used such expressions themselves, it was written down in triplicate and used as Evidence by Issy and the Top Docs that they had Threatened Staff and were Dangerous.

Determined to deploy every weapon in his arsenal,

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

Kolvin had also been mugging up on European procedures. Last November, following an 18-month investigation instigated by Kolvin, the European Commission sent a formal notice to the Government concerning Bromley’s failure to conduct an environmental impact assessment. The decision effectively accused John Prescott of being in breach of European law by not insisting that Bromley should have carried out such an assessment. The case might now proceed to the European Court of Justice.

Unlike any of the litigation mounted against Issy and the Top Docs. Before I and someone who made a witness statement in support of me were threatened at gunpoint, my lawyer scarpering and then me having to flee Wales as well, I discussed the possibility of taking my own case to Europe if the fuckwittery and intransigence continued.

I’m glad that the lawyer ran away and it never happened now that I have had a closer look at what happens to people who did win against that lot, Mary Wynch being the outstanding example. Even in the event of them winning every part of their case, as their funding runs out, the Powers That Be break the law again and offer them 30p compensation to fuck off now that they are destitute, can’t bring any further cases and are elderly and beyond working age. Mary Wynch was a competent, fairly wealthy woman who was unlawfully attacked by a gang of provincial crooked solicitors and Top Docs. She ended her days penniless, in hiding and branded a loony, although it had been admitted by the Master of the Rolls that no, Mary wasn’t a loony and never had been. Dafydd himself then admitted that er no she wasn’t…

In the late 1980s a psych nurse known to me who was working in Friern Barnet Hospital in London and very worried about the level of abuse to which she was seeing patients subjected, told me that every bit of Human Rights legislation specifically excludes patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I double checked; she was right. At present, there are thousands of people in the UK subject to eg. the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, children’s legislation etc. Anything can happen to them and it often does. There are deaths of such people constantly at the hands of those Caring for them and there is not usually even an investigation.

Occasionally a case reaches the media, usually because the parent of the target is a professional person and will not shut up and there is publicity which shocks the nation. Such as the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, Dr Sara Ryan’s son, or the daughter of the man who popped up on the ‘Today’ programme a few weeks ago, a young woman with learning disabilities who has been held in a cell aka ‘seclusion’ in a ‘hospital’ for over a year now, with no human contact and her meals pushed through a hatch in the door by a Trained Angel. The young woman is a self-harmer and some months ago shoved a bic pen into her arm where it remains. John Humphrey’s listeners were gobsmacked that this could ever have happened in the UK at present. Well it does and there will be other cases equally as dreadful which have not made it into the media, in some cases because the Top Doctors have secured a High Court order preventing anyone from making the details of the case public. There have been at least three people imprisoned after having broken such orders in an attempt to draw attention to what is going on. There may be many more, no-one knows, because there are now Court orders being served to prevent the reporting of such cases. This blog was served with one last year.

All this is the result of years of widespread ill-treatment of people on the part of the welfare services and the systematic removal of whistleblowers from the system. As Geoff Lees, who used to lecture on the social work course at Coleg Menai once observed to me in 2000 about the Life Of Social Workers, ‘the training is crap, the qualifications are crap, the supervision is crap and the management is crap’. Geoff is qualified as a psych nurse as well as a social worker and he is the former manager of a psych hospital in the US. Geoff is bright enough to know what a nightmare it all is. Sadly he never says it in public.

However, Geoff has provided ‘consultancy’ for the north Wales mental health services which resulted in a learning disabled woman who’s only living relative was a learning disabled brother being handed over to Dafydd under the Mental Health Act for Her Own Protection after allegations of Satanic Abuse were made and when Gov’t began handing contracts over to Third Sector organisations and private businesses to deliver welfare services, Geoff bagged a job as the Director of Clwyd MIND which works in partnership with Dafydd and Dafydd’s mates. Furthermore Geoff’s wife owned and managed a Care Home for young mentally ill people in Llandudno and might still do so.

On the day after the publication of the Waterhouse Report in Feb 2000, Geoff walked into his class of students at Coleg Menai in Bangor, most of whom later became social workers and said ‘one thing that will not be discussed today and never will be is the Waterhouse Report. OK? There will be no discussion at all’.

Indeed there never was by Geoff, although one of his colleagues, a woman who had worked as a social worker in north Wales for years, began her lecture on the verge of tears and said ‘I know that I took children to that home myself [Ty’r Felin in Bangor] and although I thought that Nefyn Dodd [the manager of Ty’r Felin] was a rather uncaring man, I had no idea about these allegations’.

No-one knew. Just as No-One Knew About Dafydd, who was a friend of Nefyn Dodd’s. Dodd was the subject of dozens and dozens of complaints to the police, yet Dodd faced no charges at any point. When I and others made formal complaints about Dafydd, backed up by witnesses, there were either flat denials that the events had ever happened or the complaints were never investigated. A great many people worked long and hard for many many years to ensure that they Didn’t Know and neither did anyone else.

 

Bromley had now spent more defending the multiplex than the £6.1 million it stood to gain from the sale of a 125-year lease of the top site. As Kolvin was plainly the most powerful figure in the battle for the park, the council turned on him. Besides threatening legal action over statements he had made, it sent a letter to his head of chambers, Anthony Scrivener QC, saying he ought to ‘be concerned about a member of the Bar in your Chambers making such unsubstantiated allegations in a public manner’.

 See previous posts for the links between Anthony Scrivener and those we know and love.

A man who has defended Shirley Porter and Asil Nadir was not likely to be frightened by a bunch of Bromley councillors.

Shirley Porter I really don’t think can be defended by anyone. I’m not sure over which matter Philip Kolvin defended Shirley Porter, whether it was the matter of her and rest of Westminster City Council facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring via their unstinting support of St George’s Hospital, or whether it was with regard to the other matter of the massive corruption in Porter’s capacity as Council leader, which resulted in Porter buggering off to Israel to avoid being jailed. See previous posts. It’s OK now though, she’s back in the UK. Dunno whether Philip knows about the other little matter, the Top Doctor who was a Westminster City Councillor being found dead in suspicious circumstances just as the shit hit the fan, perhaps Philip could act for someone or other over that.

Asil Nadir, the other example given of someone who called upon the assistance of Philip Kolvin QC, was a famously serious international criminal of an even more impressive magnitude than Shirley Porter. Asil ran away to Cyprus to avoid prison and also received a bit of help from Top Docs in the form of Expert Witness Reports as to why he had to be Let Off Lightly. See previous posts.

Anyway, Kolvin says he’s used to battling: he gets paid to do it every day. ‘I keep focused on the goal,’ he adds with a rueful smile. Exposure to the legal profession from the other side has opened his eyes. ‘I feel so much more vulnerable as a litigant than I do as a barrister. I realise now that we in the law can never really understand how a litigant is feeling until we’ve been in their shoes.’

This is the barrister’s equivalent of ‘I’m doing it for the Poor’, ‘I’m not one of those doctors who thinks that I’m God’ and ‘I never go private I always use the NHS’. Dr D.G.E. Wood and Tony Francis employed all of these, as did many other members of the gang.

  • Kolvin feels there are many more legal battles to be fought – and there is as yet no sign of the project starting. Bromley council might still pay a very high price for underestimating the strength of local opposition.
  • Or rather ‘might still pay a very high price for tangling with Dafydd’s gang after they saw a much needed PR opportunity’.

The ecowarriors advocate that nothing should ever be built on the site. Bromley claims the multiplex is the only way forward. Philip Kolvin and the Crystal Palace Campaign take the middle ground, suggesting that the area be regenerated as a leisure space for the community. Above all, they plead that it remain what it has always been: a park. They ask if councillors and civil servants can really look into their hearts and assert that a giant rooftop car-park and a string of bowling alleys, cinemas and takeaway outlets reflect the spirit of Paxton’s magisterial Crystal Palace.

They probably don’t, but then I doubt that an international trafficking ring did either.

 

Info about Philip Kolvin from the internet tells us that:

Philip is a nationally renowned legal expert in licensing work. He became a barrister in 1985 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel for his licensing work in 2009.

He is Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which is one of the top barristers chambers in London specialising in licensing, planning, property and regulatory law.

Philip is a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing which is the professional body for licensing practitioners.

He has written and edited a number of leading licensing books:

  • Licensed Premises, Law, Practice and Policypublished by Bloomsbury Professional. This is a leading textbook on law and policy about the licensing of alcohol, pubs, nightclubs, off-licences, restaurants, takeaways, cinemas, theatres, music venues and festivals.
  • Sex Licensing  published by the Institute of Licensing. This deals with the law relating to sex shops, lap dancing and gentlemen’s clubs – known as Sexual Entertainment Venue or SEV licences – and sex cinemas.

Philip is a board member ofthe Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the Government body concerned with stadium safety.

He is on the Advisory Board of theNight Time Industries Associationand is an adviser on licensing to the British Pub Confederation.

Philip was the Chairman of Purple Flagwhich is a national scheme promoting safe and diverse night time economies, run by the Association of Town Centre Management. Purple Flag recipients include Heart of Londonthrough to Stockton Heath. The scheme now also operates in Ireland.

He is a past Chairman of Best Bar Nonea national scheme promoting safe bars, run by the British Institute of Innkeeping.

Philip acted as a co-opted expert on Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 for the Olympic Games, dealing with licensing issues.

So ecowarrier Philip who never experienced such nervousness as he addressed the citizens of Crystal Palace who was New To All This Campaigning Lark and who was seriously impressed when Top Barrister and Licensing Expert Richard Beckett QC, assisted with the campaign against the mighty Bromley Council and their vulgar chavvy plans for a multiplex and associated MacDonalds, is a Licensing Expert himself, including the licensing of sex clubs, gambling dens and anything that wants to flog booze.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Philip is one of those people who brought up huge cannabis plantations overseas in expectation of the legislation of mari-jew-ana.

Philip was educated at Oxford University, where he graduated in law, and at the Bar Vocational College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

On 16 Dec 2016, Philip was in the news again:

Mayor appoints Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of the Night Time Commission

  • Top licensing lawyer Philip Kolvin QC heads up the Mayor’s Night Time Commission​​​​​​​
  • Sadiq Khan extends the work of the Night Time Commission to protect London’s venues and safeguard the night time economy

The Mayor Sadiq Khan today (15 December) announced he is appointing top lawyer Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of the Night Time Commission. Philip will preside over a revamped Night Time Commission, bringing together stakeholders from across the night-time economy including local authorities, the Metropolitan Police, club and venue owners, and residents.

Philip Kolvin QC is head of Cornerstone Barristers and a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing. He is also on the advisory board of the Night Time Industries Association.

Philip recently acted on behalf of Fabric nightclub and played a pivotal role in securing an agreement between the world-famous venue and Islington Council to regain its licence and reopen with stringent new conditions to protect the safety of clubbers.

Philip is widely regarded as the UK’s top expert on licensing. He is the editor of several books about the leisure economy, licensing, planning and regeneration and recently published a Manifesto for the Night Time Economy.‎

He has acted for many of London’s local authorities, the police and the industry and has recently taken the first licensing case to the Supreme Court and European Court.

I’m glad that I didn’t bother to give the European Court a go myself. Or the police either.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

Starting on Monday 9th January, Philip will work alongside the newly appointed Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to develop and implement a vision of London as a 24-hour city.

His appointment demonstrates the Mayor’s commitment to the capital’s night-time economy, which includes safeguarding the future of clubs and live music venues.

Since 2008, the capital has lost 50 per cent of its nightclubs and 40 per cent of its live music venues and the Mayor has made a manifesto commitment to protect these vital cultural spaces.

The Night Time Commission was established to review the capital’s night-time economy. The Commission seeks to understand the challenges faced by night-time businesses, authorities and residents and develop way to balance these as London’s night-time economy grows.

It has worked with Westminster University’s Music Tank to carry out research into London’s night-time economy and this will be published in the coming months. The Commission brings together people from across the night-time industries, including local authorities, business operators, Metropolitan Police and Government departments.

Recent research shows that the night-time economy contributes £26.3bn to London’s annual GDP, equivalent to ‎40 per cent of the equivalent figure for the UK. This figure is expected to rise to £28.3bn by 20294.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our city’s flourishing nightlife attracts millions of visitors from the UK and abroad every year. However, with the loss of so many clubs and venues from around the capital, we cannot afford to be complacent. That’s why I’m delighted to appoint Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of a revamped Night Time Commission. Working alongside my newly-appointed Night Czar Amy Lamé, Philip’s expertknowledge in the field of licensing, regulation and policy will be crucial in ensuring that our live music venues and nightclubs are protected from closure and that they are recognised as a distinctive part of our cultural heritage.”

New Chair of the Night Time Commission, Philip Kolvin QC said: “At the heart of every great city is a great night-time economy. London’s night life is internationally renowned and forms a key reason for people wanting tolive, work and invest here. As the capital grows, we must plan for a growing night-time economy for the whole of Greater London – something that can only be achieved through proper partnerships with stakeholders, strategic planning, and investment in infrastructure.

“It’s vital that we ensure that everyone benefits from a thriving night-time economy – from those who want a great night out, to those who want a good night’s sleep. I look forward to working with the capital’s new Night Czar, Amy Lamé, so that we can develop the role of London as the global leader of the night-time economy.”

Night Czar, Amy Lamé said: “I’m delighted that I’ll be working alongside Philip to develop the capital’s night-time economy. Together, we will make it our mission to ensure that London thrives as a 24-hour city. We understand the need to protect night clubs, pubs and live music venues, but we’re also keenly aware that the capital’s night-time economy needs to work for everyone – including those who simply want to sleep at night.

Perhaps Amy could also provide a Social Theory Library for someone like me as part of her 24-hour city, should I ever be insane enough to drop in on London now that it is being run by Dafydd’s mates.

“I look forward to meeting members of the public in my forthcoming Night Surgeries, and will ensure that we strike a fine balance between the needs of revellers, residents, local authorities, the Metropolitan Police and developers.”

A fine balance that will be achieved with assistance from Legal Advisers To Dafydd.

The Commission’s work has been expanded beyond the original end date of October 2016 and it will continue to advise on measures to support the night time economy. The findings of the Commission’s research, carried out by Westminster University’s Music Tank, will be published in 2017.

Quotes from spokespeople across the Night Time Industries:

Alan D Miller, Chairman, Night Time Industries Association: “PhilipKolvin is one of Britain’s treasure troves of knowledge, experience and insight when it comes to the *night-time economy*. Having been Chairman of both Purple Flag and Best Bar None initiatives, Philip understands the complex and critical issues facing local councils, the police and the night time industries and is passionate about finding ways these relationships can improve for the benefit of all. A lifetime of practising licensing law has made him a reference point for many when thinking about how to best manage and enhance the benefits of nightlife while mitigating costs. Philip’s energy and enthusiasm for developing vibrant and sustainable night time economies will bring enormous dividends to The Night Time Commission, as he leads this assembly of all stakeholders to ensure London’s future as a truly leading global city.”

Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam: “Philip’s Manifesto for the Night Time Economy is the perfect starting point for creating a balanced and successful strategy to support London as a 24-hour city. I recommend cities follow Amsterdam and co-create a manifesto with all the night-time stakeholders. Philip working alongside Amy will make a cracking team!”

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Chief Executive Kate Nicholls: “The Mayor has made some very positive moves since taking office and we are pleased to see him taking the issue of London’s night-time economy seriously. It is vitally important that we have an effective Night Time Commission to complement the work of the Night Czar and we would like to congratulate Philip on his appointment.

“Philip has always been a passionate advocate for licensed hospitality and the UK’s night-time economy.

When he isn’t being an ecowarrier and Protecting Green Spaces that is.

He has extensive experience working with all stakeholders

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

including hospitality businesses, local authorities and the police. Philip has the nous and the credibility to lead the Commission and his experience will be key to the success of the Mayor’s plans for London.

“We look forward to working closely with Philip and the Night Czar to promote London’s valuable and crucial night-time economy.”

Metropolitan Police Service Assistant Commissioner Territorial Policing Martin Hewitt said: “We welcome the appointment Phillip Kolvin QC as the Chair of the Night Time Commission, and we look forward to working with Philip to support London’s world-renowned night-time economy, and ensure that Londoners, those working here and all visitors to the capital can enjoy it safely. Philip’s wide-ranging experience in licensing will be very valuable as we work together, alongside businesses and partners, as part of the Commission.”

Marianne Fredericks, Past Chairman, City of London Licensing Committee and Founder of the London Licensing Forum, said: “As founder of the London Licensing Forum I know what can be done to boost the night time economy when people work together. Philip Kolvin QC brings a 360 degrees perspective on this issue having represented councils, businesses and the police. His insight and vision has been invaluable for my work at the City of London. With his experience the whole of London could start to realise the huge potential which exists for our residents and businesses through growing the night time economy.”

John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, said, “Embracing the 24-hour economy will mean a more vibrant and thriving London. We look forward to working with Philip, alongside the new Night Czar Amy Lame, to tackle issues from planning and licensing through to freight, deliveries and road use, to help create the right conditions for the capital to prosper and grow.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor who commissioned Philip’s expertise to Grow London’s 24 Hour Economy, spent years as the Labour MP for Tooting, on the patch of St George’s Hospital and the paedophile ring. Sadiq has never whispered a thing about it. Prior to that, Sadiq was a Councillor for Tooting; he didn’t mention the ring then either. Sadiq will know about the ring and may have known something about it before he got near local politics, because Sadiq grew up in er Tooting. Before Sadiq was an MP, he was a Radical Lawyer. Sadiq took one famous case re the abuse of an Empowered Service User, that of David ‘Rocky’ Bennett, who was killed by Angels and police officers when they Restrained Him. Sadiq became quite a champ with the Official Spokespeople For People With Mental Health Problems, such as Socialist Feminist Service Users’ Champ, Dr Rachel Perkins. The police took most of the blame for Rocky’s death and Sadiq very wisely ignored the rapes and murders that were taking place in Springfield Hospital in Tooting, the Mental Health Unit attached to St George’s, of which the Clinical Director was Dr Rachel Perkins.

Rocky’s death only ever received the attention that it did because his sister was a Top Doctor. They murdered the wrong patient on that occasion, she wasn’t going to believe any of the usual guff…

Sadiq has campaigned against racial discrimination in the NHS and has represented NHS staff.

Some time after Sadiq hired the Legal Adviser to Dafydd’s mates to put a rocket under London’s Night Time Economy, Sadiq and Philip fell out in a major way and allegations and counter-allegations flew. I have not had time to get to the bottom of it.

 

 Issy’s chum Kit Ounsted is also remembered by the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online, the contribution having been written by Top Doc Janet Lindsay, Kit’s colleague:

b.8 August 1921 d.7 October 1992
BM BCh Oxon(1945) MA(1950) DM(1951) DPM(1956) MRCP(1966) FRCPsych(1971) FRCP(1972)

Christopher (Kit) Ounsted was born in London, the second son of Laurence John Ounsted who, after retiring from the City, trained for the Clergy at the age of 73. Father and son were Freemen of the City of London and Liverymen of the Mercer’s Company. Kit was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and University College Oxford, where he was a War Memorial scholar. His medical training was at the Radcliffe Infirmary where he won the Theodore Williams Prize in pathology. After house jobs in paediatrics in Sheffield and London, he spent two years in the RAF. Later he returned to paediatrics and the Radcliffe Infirmary as registrar to Victoria Smallpeice. He became research assistant in paediatric neurology with support from the regional hospital board for seven years, from 1948-55, and subsequently trained in psychiatry with Ian Skottowe at the Warneford Hospital, while also holding the Ernest Hart scholarship of the BMA for research in paediatric neurology. By 1957 he was appointed consultant physician and medical director of the Park Hospital, formerly a neurosis unit, which he launched as the Park Hospital for Children and which he was to make internationally renowned.

The hospital served as the base for child and adolescent psychiatry for much of the Oxford region and the sole inpatient facility. It attracted the more severe and arcane conditions in patients, who became the subjects of a wide variety of research endeavours across the range of developmental neuropsychiatry. ‘Developmental medicine’ was Kit’s favoured description of his work if he was obliged to expand beyond ‘physician’. This clever euphemism for areas of medicine subject to fashionable changes in nomenclature was also, for him, the best way of referring to the study of individual biographies as subjects for science.

Kit Ounsted’s professional colleagues, in all disciplines that worked at the Park Hospital, benefited from the enthusiasm and novel thinking of a consultant physician who recognized and valued their work and their worth. He helped realize the potential in teachers, paediatricians, occupational therapists and psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, nurses and technicians. Equally, he valued and facilitated his patients’ development which he would nurture over many years.

It was the unfolding of the biographies in his patients with temporal lobe epilepsy which was the key element in his two, jointly authored, monographs on that topic. His studies of epilepsy, founded in his years with Victoria Smallpeice, also informed his other collaborative work on sex differences in diseases and infantile autism. His collaborators benefited from Ounsted’s attachment to the descriptive work of Darwin and that of the ethologists Lorenz and Tindenberg. Naturalistic descriptions of children’s behaviour was, to his mind, a proper science. His paper on ‘The hyperkinetic syndrome in epileptic children’ was a brilliant vindication of this approach.

Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tindenberg were zoologists who’s work was on imprinting in baby geese, it cannot be transferred onto humans and I’m not sure that Lorenz and Tindenberg had any interest in doing this themselves, they were interested in animals…

From the moment of establishing the Park Hospital for Children, collaborative work became his major concern and he placed his ideas in the hands and minds of his many colleagues. He thus came to realize the evident fact of the deliberate abuse of children and it was he who bore the burden of the management of these children and their families which enabled the important research of his colleagues. The burden of the hurts and duplicity, and the administrative work involved, were painful to him yet from these collaborative studies fundamental observations about ‘gaze aversion’ and ‘frozen watchfulness’ came into being.

Ounsted’s successful clinical work at the Park Hospital for Children led to the setting up of a separate adolescent unit and his work with epileptic children and their families was recognized when it became the National Centre for Children with Epilepsy. He was also able to help his wife Margaret become prominent in her own right in the field of foetal growth and early infant development.

To understand Kit Ounsted it is necessary to appreciate the prodigious scale of his intelligence, the speed of his reading and his extraordinary capacity for problem analysis. His interests outside medicine lay in nature and in words. He favoured zoos such as that in Jersey, and books such as Jeremy Taylor’s Holy living (extracts) London, Marcus Ward & Co, 1884. He read poetry extensively, and the works of Jane Austin throughout each year. His family relations led back to Nelson yet his reading of history confirmed him as a devotee of Wellington. He taught that some doctors at least must be available to pause and work reflectively with people who had problems and what he gave unstintingly to patients and colleagues alike was his time.

Margaret, also a physician, died in 1988 and Kit lost not only his devoted companion and mother of his four children but also an attentive and supportive professional colleague. Two of their children are physicians.

Two of Kit’s children did indeed qualify and work as Top Doctors, but they are no longer practising. Christopher Martin Ounsted qualified in 1974 from London University. He is no longer registered as a Top Doctor, having relinquished his registration. This only ever happens when a Top Doc is in serious shit and Robert Bluglass took advantage of this service offered by the GMC. It is a useful service because if a Top Doc relinquishes their registration, the GMC can no longer take disciplinary action against them, they keep their pension and goodies and as the GMC stresses, the Good Name of the Top Doctor Remains Untarnished.

Kit’s daughter Jean Mary Ounsted is categorised by the GMC as ‘registered without a licence to practise’. Jean also qualified from the University of London in 1974. I wonder if Christopher and Jean are twins?

 An obituary for Kit also appeared in 1993 in ‘Child Abuse Review’, which mentions that Kit died ‘peacefully, although unexpectedly’. Kit died in Oct 1992, during the North Wales Police investigation into his associates. The tribute to Kit was written by Jacqui Roberts, ‘Project Head, Polepark Family Counselling Centre, Dundee’. Jacqui stated that ‘It is important to celebrate Kit Ounsted’s contribution’ and ‘he was ahead of his time in his devotion to children’s rights’.

Dafydd’s gang reached as far as Dundee. The Dundee NHS was staffed by graduates of St Andrews, of which many, such as Robert Bluglass and his wife Kerry, were members of Dafydd’s network. St Andrews is a University that trains Posh Top Docs and it is such a magnet for Posh Docs that Top Docs who aren’t St Andrews graduates often relocate there or even just join the Poshest Golf Club On Earth, the Royal and Ancient at St Andrews, to get pissed in the same clubhouse as Those Who Matter. See post ‘Remember Girls! Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger’. Dr Andrew Black, the son of the Sir Douglas Black, one of the Dons Of the Mafia, served an apprenticeship with the Top Docs of Dundee. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.

It has become a standing joke among cynics that the ‘children’s rights’ movement which gained momentum in the late 1960s and 70s and was driven by Top Docs and their colleagues working in the fields of paediatrics, psychiatry and the social sciences, was actually a movement working on behalf of the rights of adults to have sex with children. There is a lot of truth in that and the issue received a bit of an airing in the media some five years ago when the world suddenly woke up to the fact that people holding office in the NCCL, including Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt and Little Nell’s husband Sir Henry Hodge, actively campaigned for paedophiles’ rights. In their defence, Harriet et al spun the line of ‘we were duped by these Very Clever paedophiles, ooh they are Cunning’.

The paedophiles’ rights movement of that time aligned itself to other causes that many people supported, included gay rights and rights for people with mental health problems. There was also a genuine debate with regard to reducing the age of consent for girls to 14; historically in the UK the age of consent has been lower than 14 and it was virtually by accident that it was subsequently established at 16. There were cases of girls of 15 who’s stable, non-abusive boyfriends of 18 were prosecuted for having consenting sex with them. I knew of one such case in Somerset; the boyfriend was a policeman and it finished his career. It was not rape or sexual exploitation and the complaint was made by the girl’s mother who did not get on with her daughter and did not like the girl’s boyfriend. It was malice all the way, bugger all to do with protecting a 15 year old from exploitation. The problem was that those debates were hijacked by organised traffickers and the gangs were being facilitated by professional people including the Top Docs, lawyers and others discussed on this blog.

This has blown up in the face of so many UK politicians because it all kicked off when they had just finished their student politics bit, had not yet become MPs, but were desperate to be selected as candidates, particularly for the Labour Party. They were unthinking, unscrupulous dickwits who put their name to any Campaign if they thought that it would enhance their reputation as Radical People Of Action. Someone sent me loads of archive material last night with regard to these Campaigns in Scotland and indeed the signatures of those we know and love are everywhere, Gordon Brown, Robin Cook, all the best of the arrogant tossers who had just graduated and Wanted To Be PM one day. Some of the more excitable blogs re organised abuse have used this to state that ‘Gordon Brown GANG RAPED NINE CHILDREN’ and such. There is no evidence that he did any such thing, but there is plenty of evidence that Gordon and the Scottish contingent were involved with the Scottish Minorities Group, who, like the NCCL, did have people who were child molesters involved with it. See previous posts. Many of them were even convicted of sexual assaults on children and quite young children as well.

The problem that those in the House have created for themselves results from their repeated cover-ups of the crimes of their fellow travellers when they were, as my grandpa used to say, Young And Foolish. Instead of holding their hands up and doing an ‘I’m really sorry, we were idiots and we will now do everything possible to get to the truth’, it has just been for years one enormous

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They created an even bigger rod for their backs by cravenly toadying to the professional people, including Issy and Dafydd, whom they eventually realised were doing some terrible things; they were Councillors or MPs by then and they dealt with the problem by refusing to investigate the most serious of complaints and screaming as loudly as possible that they Loved The NHS. It just snowballed after that and then when the demands for Public Inquiries could be deflected no longer, people like Butler-Sloss and Ronnie Waterhouse were called upon to Get To The Truth.

Now we have Professor Alexis Jay Chairing the IICSA. Alexis spent a career as a social worker in Scotland, where she and her husband concealed the organised abuse of children and vulnerable people. Alexis was the person responsible for the disaster which was the Orkney Satanic Panic. Yet after that, Jack McConnell, as FM of Scotland, appointed Alexis as Scotland’s most senior social worker. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In the World – The Scottish Play’.

Lord Jack McConnell climbed his way up the Scottish Labour Party after having met two of my closest friends when they were all at Stirling University together, found out what was happening to me and to them as well because they were supporting me (see post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’) and ruthlessly used this to advance himself by gaining favour with the big wigs, including one Gordon Brown. See previous posts. Brown, my friends and I gave up Labour politics because it was saturated with these absolute wankers who are now yelling as loudly as they can that they Didn’t Know. They did, we told them and our friends told them. Some of them, including Lord Jack, Harriet and Harriet and Gordon’s Little Helper Ed, even knew the detail of what was happening to us.

There is a further factor. While that lot are not blessed with brains and integrity – even the ones whom the rest of them think are geniuses eg. Gordon and David Miliband have only acquired such reputations because the others are as thick as yak shit – a great many of them had parents and family members who were colleagues of the professional people who were facilitating/concealing organised abuse. I have mentioned the names Dr John Harman, Lord Longford and Ralph Miliband many times in previous posts… They were just the high profile ones; there were legions of such folk, teachers, doctors, social workers, lawyers, Ministers of religion, academics, who had children active in CND, anti-apartheid, the women’s movement, the Labour Party, the Liberal Party, gay rights, the far left groups and even, like Ronald Fairbairn dad of the dreadful Nicholas Fairbairn and Michael Young dad of Toby, sometimes the Tory Party.

Nearly everyone in this corrupt selfish professional and political class knew something of the en masse sexploitation of vulnerable people and the sometimes horrendously serious crime accompanying it. As far as they were concerned, Brown, my friends and I were the idiots for not shutting up and joining the party and we were told this many times.

As the Radical Offspring aged, they married colleagues of the abusers. Miranda and Cherie, Robin Cook and his Top Doc wife Margaret, Gordon and Sarah, the PR lady for Dafydd’s gang…

I’m so busy on the blog that I’m barely following the news, but people are e mailing me all sorts about David Steel being suspended and being placed under investigation by the Lib Dems and Vince Cable announcing that he’s standing down. People are asking if it’s anything to do with me and whether I’m about to blog something about Vince. Well I’m not planning to, I do have a few things lined up but they don’t include Vince, at least at the moment. I don’t know why Steel has been suspended or why Vince is off, because they aren’t any more guilty than the mass of unprincipled fools that are sitting next to them in Parliament. The whole bloody lot of them screamed ‘Children, Children, Children, No To NHS Cuts’, every time that the BMA told them to do so. Why pick on David Steel?

There is of course one man who was directly involved with the abuse of vulnerable people in the course of the day to day duties of his job before he made a Forbidden Alliance with Shirl and the Boy David.

David Owen

Dr Death was the research registrar for William Sargant, what on earth did the House think that Dr Death was doing over at Tommy’s??? Sargant killed his patients with his ‘experiments’, Sargant’s psychiatrist colleagues ran Sex Therapy clinics, others sold class A drugs to the Royal Family and carried out illegal abortions. None of this was a Secret, every Top Doc in London as well as the minions knew about it. The Tommy’s Top Docs were friends with Dafydd, it wasn’t classified information, Dr Death knew Dr D.G.E. Wood and the Windbag knew Tony Francis. Support from the gang was far more important to the vain loonies in the House than support from Empowered Service Users.

Kit Ounsted and his eccentric ways are considered to have founded paediatric neurology in the UK. When Top Doctors Invent Something, they like to have an Association or ideally a Royal College for it. I am therefore glad to be able to introduce readers to the the British Paediatric Neurology Association, the BPNA. The BPNA has a website with much information on it, so much that I cannot do justice to it here. However, here is an extract from the BPNA’s website, with info and the names of some of those who have been involved with it, as well as other Important People with whom members of the BPNA have had dinner, drinks etc. Can anyone see a few paedophiles’ friends hidden in the picture?
The BPNA Archivist is Dr Neil Thomas (Southampton) who can be contacted via the BPNA Secretariat.
History of the BPNA
The pattern of interdisciplinary meetings organised by Dr Ronnie MacKeith as Director of the Medical, Educational and Information Unit of the Spastics Society was a meeting in Oxford every two years, and at some other location in the UK during the intervening years. There had been a meeting in Oxford in 1970 during which a “European Study Group on Child Neurology” had been discussed.
Then in January 1971 Dr MacKeith organised a meeting of doctors particularly interested in paediatric neurology at The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. Fourteen doctors came from the UK and Eire (Bax, Brett, Gordon, MacKeith, Neville, O’Donohoe, Ounsted, Roberts, Robinson, Schutt, Stephenson, Taylor, Tizard, Wilson).
Four doctors attended from the Royal Alexandra Hospital (Cree, Hatcher, Mann, Nash), and five guests came from France and Luxembourg (Aicardi, Attal, Lyon, Metz, Theiffry). This custom of inviting doctors from other European countries to meetings of the British Paediatric Neurology Association continues to the present day. During this meeting there were several discussions on the organisation of paediatric neurology in the UK. Tea and cucumber sandwiches were served on the Saturday afternoon, but the other custom of an “entertainment session” during the meeting was started at a later date.
In March 1972 a meeting was held in Manchester arranged by Neil Gordon with the full support of the MEIU of the Spastics Society. Twenty-seven doctors attended, including 7 from Manchester. There were further discussions on the future of the group, but it was decided to remain under the wing of the Spastics Society for a further year. The meeting in 1973 was in Oxford in January, organised by Ronnie MacKeith, with invited guests from Germany and Switzerland.
The meeting in January 1974 was held in London, at the invitation of John Wilson and Edward Brett, and it may be of interest that the conference fee for this meeting, including accommodation and all meals, was £10. The guests on this occasion were from Scandinavia, and 54 doctors participated in the meeting. By that time the Academic Board of the British Paediatric Association had suggested that there should be a sub-group of Paediatric Neurology. The UK group welcomed the idea of an association with the BPA, while maintaining their independence, and agreed that the group should organise a special session at the Annual Meetings of the BPA starting on April 1975, when a number of papers on neurological subjects were given (Gordon, McCarthy, Ross, Stephenson).
During 1974 discussions took place at a meeting in Harrogate in April (Bax, Bower, Brown, Dubowitz, Gordon, Green, Mac Keith, Ounsted, Roberts, Stark, Stephenson, Tizard), and at the MEIU Meeting in Oxford in September. It was decided that the UK Group of Paediatric Neurologists, as it was then called, should form an autonomous group. Points from the discussion included:
(1) Paediatric neurology was taken to include the care of children and adolescents with acute, recurrent and chronic disorders of the nervous system.
(2) Members were expected to have training in paediatrics and/or neurology, and considerable experience in the practice of paediatric neurology, and to have made contributions to the knowledge of the subject.
There were 27 foundation members (Bower, Brett, Brown, Corbett, Drummond, Dubowitz, Gardner-Medwin, Gordon, Green, Ingram, Johnston, MacKeith, Mellor, Neville, Noronha, O’Donohoe, Ounsted, Purves, Roberts, Robinson, Schutt, Stark, Stephenson, Stores, Taylor, Tizard, Wilson). These were proposed by a liaison committee (Gordon, MacKeith, Stephenson, Wilson), who were also invited to prepare a constitution. A note was published in the Lancet (1974, ii, 1092) outlining the development of paediatric neurology in the UK, and Europe.
The meeting in Bristol in January 1975, organised by Werner Schutt, was the first meeting of the British Association for Paediatric Neurology, the title used at that time.
At the Business Meeting in Bristol, Neil Gordon was elected Chairman, and it was decided that there should be a Secretary (MacKeith), Treasurer (Wilson), and two further members of the Committee (Stephenson, Taylor). Relations with other bodies were discussed, particularly the European Federation of Child Neurology Societies, and links with the BPA. Efforts were made to also establish a relationship with the Association of British Neurologists but these have not developed as had been hoped.
A number of members of the BPNA were also members of the ABN. In 1975 there were 9.
At the time of writing (1998) the BPNA forms one of the six groups constituting the European Federation, which up to the present, has no individual members, and it has two of our representatives on its Council. Several members of the BPNA are also members of the International Child Neurology Association. This maintains links between the two organisations, although their functions and aims are somewhat different.
The Constitution of the BPNA was approved on 4 January 1975, and subsequently circulated to all members. A policy of gradual expansion of the Association was accepted, and qualifications for membership were debated during 1975, previous presentation of a paper at either of the annual meetings of the Association being regarded as a necessary, but not sufficient, requirement for membership. It was also decided that membership should include doctors from other disciplines, such as Child Psychiatry, Mental Handicap, Epileptology, Developmental Paediatrics, etc who had made a special contribution to the field of neurology. During this year the Title of The British Paediatric Neurology Association was accepted.
The meeting in January 1976 was held in Durham, organised by David Gardner-Medwin. There were 53 participants, with guests mainly from Scandinavia. At this time discussions were taking place on the training of paediatric neurologists, and these continued over several years. A draft produced in July 1976 suggested a six-year period of training with some aspects of experience being obligatory (Paediatrics, Adult Neurology, Paediatric Neurology), and some desirable (Developmental Assessment, Child Psychiatry, Mental Handicap, Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry etc). A plenary session was organised by Neil Gordon at the BPA Meeting in York in April 1976 on “Recent Advances in Paediatric Neurology”.
Edinburgh was the site for the January meeting in 1977, organised by Keith Brown. David Gardner-Medwin became Secretary, and the custom of sending an occasional newsletter to members was started. Ronnie MacKeith became the first honorary member of the BPNA.
In 1978 there were 46 members. The meeting was in Liverpool, organised by John Roberts. It was decided to found an annual lecture in honour of Ronnie MacKeith, who died on 30 October 1977, to be given at the January meeting. In fact the guest speaker at this meeting was Joest Martinius who spoke on “Accident proneness in children, cerebral trauma and late neuropsychological findings”, so can be regarded as the first Ronnie MacKeith lecturer. The neurology session at York in April was arranged by Keith Brown, the special theme being “Acute Emergencies in Paediatric Neurology”.
In 1979 the BPNA’s proposals for training had been accepted, without significant changes by the Specialist Advisory Committees in Paediatrics and Neurology of the RCP of London, and had been submitted to the Committee for Higher Medical Training.
During this year Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology became the officially designated journal of the BPNA, and steps were taken to ask the DHSS to recognise paediatric neurology as a separate specialty, negotiated in particular by Ronnie MacKeith, with support from the Royal College of Physicians. David Taylor was elected Treasurer of the BPNA, with Greg Stores as Deputy Treasurer in 1979 when David Taylor was to be in Canada. The BPNA met in January 1979 (Richard Purvis), and this has been the only January Meeting which has had to be cancelled (at three days notice) owing to a severe snow storm which blocked all road and rail transport. It was held in February, and it said much for the enthusiasm of members, and guests from the German-Speaking Group, that in spite of these troubles it was very well attended. Peter Tizard was elected Chairman of the BPNA at this Meeting. Kit Ounsted gave the Ronnie MacKeith lecture on “The Developmental Medicine of Temporal Lobe Seizures”. During 1979 Paediatric Neurology was recognised by the DHSS as a specialty in its own right.
In 1980 the Meeting was in Canterbury (Brian Neville), and members of the Dutch and Benelux Group were guests. David Clark gave the Ronnie MacKeith lecture on “Neuropathology, and the Training of Paediatric Neurologists.” At this Meeting the custom was started of having a session on a special subject related to paediatric neurology. On this occasion it was Neurosurgery. Brian Neville was elected as Secretary of the BPNA. The session in York at the BPA Meeting was on Neonatal Neurology, and was organised by Peter Tizard.
Manchester was the venue for the 1981 Meeting (Neil Gordon), with the Scandinavian Group as guests, and the Ronnie MacKeith lecture being given by Bengt Hagberg on “The Epidemiology and Etiology of Severe and Mild Mental Retardation”. Medical Genetics was the special subject. Keith Brown became Treasurer. By this year there were sixty members of the BPNA, and the constitution of the Association was brought up to date. The session at the BPA Meeting in April was organised by Brian Neville. In September 1981 the Meeting of the European Federation of Child Neurology Societies was held in Oxford. In this year the post of chairman was changed to that of President.
The Meeting in January 1982 in Birmingham (Stuart Green) was again beset by snow, but although some members were delayed, all arrived safely. The Dutch and Benelux Group were the official guests, and Jean Aicardi gave the Ronnie MacKeith lecture on the “Benign Epilepsies of Childhood”. The special subject was Orthopaedics. There was a most enjoyable piano recital given by Stuart Green’s wife, Margaret. In January 1982 it was agreed that the BPNA should award a prize, called the Ronnie MacKeith Prize, for anyone under the age of thirty five whose published work was thought to have made a major contribution to paediatric neurology. Stuart Green also organised the session at the BPA Meeting at Aviemore, which was combined with the community Group of the BPA. Dr David Clark was elected to honorary membership in 1982, and John Wilson became President for two years, to be followed by Keith Brown for two years, as there were an equal number of votes for both candidates.
In 1983 the Meeting was in Oxford (Peter Tizard and Judith Hockaday), with members of the Dutch Group as guests. The Ronnie Mac Keith lecture was given by Professor Paul Polani on “The Genetics of Sex Determination: a Modern Synthesis”. The special subject for discussion was “Neuro-ophalmology”. David MelIor was elected secretary. The session in York in April was organised by David MelIor, and the special subject was “Neuropharmocology”. Dr. Jean Aicardi became an Honorary Member, and by this year there were 65 ordinary members. During 1983 the Report of a BPA/BPNA Working Party on “Neurological Services for Children in the United Kingdom” was published (Tizard: Convenor; Addy, Gordon, Bolt, Smithells). This made a number of recommendations, including the appointment of additional consultant paediatric neurologists to any region in the NHS without one, and a second to any region at that time served by one. It was suggested that University Boards and Faculties of Clinical Medicine should be encouraged to establish lecture posts in Paediatric Neurology, and funds should be sought to set up a Chair in Paediatric Neurology. The duties and responsibilities of the Consultant Paediatric Neurologist were defined in terms of service commitments, teaching and research.
Glasgow, with good weather, was the site for the 1984 Meeting (John Stephenson and Ruth Day). Ninety-six attended, and the guests were from the French Speaking Group. The special session was on Child Psychiatry. Professor Michael Rutter gave the Ronnie Mac Keith lecture on “Developmental Neuropsychiatry: Concepts, Issues and Prospects”. Sheila Wallace was elected Treasurer. The subject of “Common Problems in Paediatric Neurology” was chosen for the special session at the BPA Meeting, and this was organised by Ian McKinlay. Neil Gordon was elected Archivist in 1984; hence this paper. Professor Bengt Hagberg became an Honorary Member.
In 1985 the January Meeting moved to Sheffield (Gwilym Hosking). Guests were from Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia, and Professor Colin Blakemore gave the Ronnie MacKeith lecture on “Post-Natal Development of the Visual System: Basic Research and Clinical Implications”. The special session was given by invited speakers on “Imaging Techniques”. Michael Noronha agreed to analyse questionnaires on Paediatric Neurophysiology Services sent to members of the BPA. Professor Werner Isler was elected to Honorary Membership. The BPA session in April was arranged by Richard Robinson, with the theme of “Appropriateness of Certain Investigations in Paediatric Neurology”.
The Meeting in 1986 was organised by Sheila Wallace in Cardiff. Guests were from the East European Group, and the Ronnie MacKeith lecture was given by Dr Susan Iverson on “Neuropeptides: Novel Neurotransmitters”. The special subject for discussion was “Disorders of Metabolism Affecting the Nervous System”. Brian Neville became President, and Richard Robinson, Secretary of the BPNA. At the BPA meeting in York the BPNA was given a whole day for their meeting, and the sessions were organised by Dr David Gardner-Medwin, the special theme being “Disorders of Communication”. The recommendations of a report on Paediatric Neurosurgery (MelIor and Robinson) had been discussed with representatives of the Association of British Neurosurgeons with virtual complete agreement. The report of the BPA/BPNA working party on “Chronic Disability in Childhood and Adolescence” had not yet been finalised. In 1986 there were four honorary members (Aicardi, Clark, Hagberg, Isler), three senior members (at the age of retirement with no voting rights: Gordon, Lorber, Tizard) and 81 ordinary members. One hundred and two people attended the Cardiff Meeting and 45 members were at the Annual General Meeting.
The Meeting in January 1987 was in Nottingham (David MelIor), and was attended by 123 people. Dr Brian Meldrum was invited to give the Ronnie MacKeith lecture on “Common Mechanisms in Epileptic and Hypoxic/Ischaemic Brain Damage”. The German speaking group was asked to send guests, and the special theme was Paediatric Pathology. Hamish Young was elected Treasurer, and was the organiser for the BPA Meeting.
In 1988 there were four honorary members, five senior members (+Ounsted) and 90 ordinary members. The January Meeting was held in Liverpool (Dr Roberts), and the Ronnie MacKeith lecture was given by Dr Peter Barth on “Peroxisomal Disorders”. The special guests were from Scandinavia. The special session at the BPA meeting at York was on “Neonatal Neurology”, Convener Edward Brett.
The BPNA met in Leeds in January 1989, and the organiser was Roddy MacFaul. The special theme was “What is New in Neuro-Oncology”, and the Ronnie MacKeith lecturer was David Taylor on “Hysteria, Belief and Magic”. Linda de Vries gave the MacKeith Prize Lecture on “An Integrated Approach to Leukomalacia”. Invited guests were from Italy. David Gardner-Medwin was elected President, and Edward Brett the Secretary. The latter organised the neurology session at the BPA Meeting, with a
special lecture on “New Developments in Meningitis”. During this year Brian Neville was appointed to the first chair of Paediatric Neurology in the UK at London University. The report on Paediatric Neurophysiology (Michael Noronha) was accepted.
Dr Niall O’Donohoe organised the Meeting in January 1990 in Dublin. The special theme was on Epilepsy Surgery, and the Ronnie MacKeith lecturer was to be Professor David Marsden, but due to his flight being cancelled at the last minute he was unable to reach the meeting. The subject was to be the “Dilemma of Dystonia”. Douglas Addy
was elected as Treasurer. The invited guests were from the German Speaking Group. The subject of Audit for the use of Members of the BPNA was discussed at this meting, and a sub-committee set up (Gardner-Medwin, King, Robinson, Smyth, Ross). One hundred and nineteen people attended this meting. Stuart Green organised the session at the BPA Meeting, the special theme being “New Light on Old Subjects”.
The Meeting in January 1991 was organised by David Gardner-Medwin in Durham. The special theme was “Diseases of the Neuromuscular Junction and Mitochondrial Oxidation Defects”, and the Ronnie MacKeith Lecturer was Professor Pasco Rakic, and his subject was “Mechanisms of Cortical Development: Implications for Paediatric Neurology”. The Ronnie MacKeith Prize Lecture was given by Janet Eyre, who had recently been appointed to the Chair of Paediatric Neuroscience at Newcastle University. The invited guests were from the French-Speaking Group. There were further discussions on Medical Audit. Peter Tizard and Neil Gordon were elected to honorary membership.
Stuart Green again arranged the session at the BPA Meeting, with special reference to genetic topics.
In January 1992 the meeting was at Bath, organised by John Osborne. The Ronnie MacKeith Lecture was given by Victor Dubowitz on “Exciting New Developments in Neuromuscular Disorders”, and the Ronnie MacKeith Prize Lecture was given by Dr J Poulton on “Mitochondrial DNA and Genetic Disease: Recent Advances”. The special session was on “Problems of Neuro-Oncology”, and invited guests were from the Eastern Mediterranean Countries. At this meeting Professor Victor Dubowitz
was elected as President, and Stuart Green as Secretary. The future of the EFCNS was discussed, especially if there should be individual membership of this Society. David Garner-Medwin was to report to the EFCNS. Stuart Green arranged the BPA session at the Warwick Meeting.
In 1993 Professor Brian Neville organised the January meeting in London. The Ronnie MacKeith Lecture was given by Professor J J Volpe on “Brain injury in the premature infant-a radical review”, and the MacKeith Prize Lecturers were Dr R Surtees and Dr P M SharpIes. At the AGM Chris Verity was elected Treasurer. The special session was on Neuroimaging, and the special guests were from the German-speaking Group. The BPA Session at Warwick was organised by Richard Robinson.
In 1994 the January Meeting was organised by Stuart Green in Birmingham. The Ronnie MacKeith Lecture was given by Professor Philippe Evrard, on “Environmental determinants of brain development”. The special guests were to be from the Scandinavian Group, but owing to a clash of meetings only one member was able to come. However, there were numerous guests from other European countries. The special session was on “Scientific Aspects of Paediatric Neurology”. Members and guests
attending the meeting numbered 197. The session at the BPA meeting was again be organised by Richard Robinson.
The meeting in January 1995 was in Cambridge, organised by Chris Verity. Professor Anita Harding gave the Ronnie MacKeith Lecture on “Mitochondrial DNA in Human Disease”. The Ronnie MacKeith Prize was given to both Helen Cross and Francesco Muntoni; as no prize had been awarded in 1994. Several guests attended from other European groups, and the total number registered was 164. The special session was on problems of genetic diseases and their treatment. During this meeting
Richard Robinson was elected President, and Colin Kennedy was elected Secretary. It was decided to alter the Constitution so that an Assistant Secretary could be appointed, in view of the greatly increased work of the Secretary’s post. There was no session at the BPA Meeting, as during the same week in March the European Paediatric Neurology Society met in Eilat.
In future membership of this society was to be by election. In January 1996 the meeting was held in Southampton, organised by Neil Thomas and Colin Kennedy. Unfortunately, Colin was unable to be present owing to his mother’s illness, and Neil Thomas ably took his place. There were a number of guests from other European countries, and 201 delegates were registered. A number of invited speakers gave papers on various topics (Trinucleotide Repeat Diseases, Current Therapies in Cerebral
Palsy, and Trends in Neurological Diseases). The Ronnie MacKeith Lecture was given by Professor Alan Cowie on “Consciousness”. At the AGM Richard Newton was elected Treasurer. On the Saturday evening there was an excellent dinner on HMS Warrior.
At the BPA Meeting in York in April there was a special symposium on paediatric neurology arranged by Shiela Wallace, taking advantage of the fact that the Board of ICNA was meeting in the UK at this time. It was therefore possible to ask a number of international paediatric neurologists to give papers. The Group Session was organised by John Livingston, and included guest lectures on “The Diagnosis and Management of CNS Tumours in Children” by Dr D A Walker, “Neural Rehabilitation
for the Brain Injured Child” by Dr R E Appleton, and “The Use of Botulinum Toxin in the Management of Childhood Neurological Disability” by Mr A T Cosgrove.
There was a return to Oxford for the Meeting in January 1997, organised by Michael Pike and Tony McShane at Keble College. There were 226 participants listed. Professor John Newsom-Davis gave the Ronnie MacKeith Lecture on “Autoimmune and Genetic Disorders at the Neuro-muscular Junction”, and Dr Charles Newton won the MacKeith Prize. There were again a number of guests from other European countries, and 7 invited speakers were asked to review special subjects (Visual Development in Primates, Functional Neuro-imaging; Linking Pathology and Disability, Maternal Antibodies in Arthrogryposis: a Paradigm for other Neurodevelopmental Disorders?, Current Insights into the Pathophysiology and Prevention of Bacterial Meningitis, The Molecular Genetic Investigation of Idiopathic Mental Retardation, Molecular Genetic Approaches to Craniostenosis, and possibilities for Gene Therapy in Muscular Dystrophy).
At the Meeting of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath in York the Paediatric Neurology Session was organised by John Livingston. There was a joint meeting with the British Paediatric Cardiac Association, and a symposium “District Epilepsy Services”, Chaired by Ian McKinlay.
In January 1998 the meeting was held in Manchester, organised by Richard Newton and Pam Tomlin. This was the year of Neil Gordon’s eightieth birthday; and this was acknowledged, especially at the dinner at the Manchester Town Hall (where Brian Neville played the great organ), to the great pleasure and gratitude of the octogenarian. There were guests from Scandinavia and Rumania; and invited speakers gave papers on a variety of subjects, including “The Molecular Aspects of
Dysmorphology and Development” by Professor Donnai, “The Genetic Approach to the Management of Metabolic Diseases” by Dr Wraith, “Malignant tumours in Infants” by Dr Lashford, and “Community Care for Disabled Children” by Dr McKinlay. The Ronnie MacKeith Prize was awarded to Colin Ferrie, who gave his Prize Lecture on “The Childhood Epileptic Encephalopathies: New Insights from PET and Other Studies”. The MacKeith Lecture was given by Dr Charles French-Constant on “Brain Repair-Lessons from Developmental Biology”. At the Annual General Meeting Stuart Green was elected as the next President of the BPNA, John Livingston as Secretary, V Ramesh as Assistant Secretary, and Michael Pike to the Committee.
At the Meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at York in April the Paediatric Neurology Session was held jointly with the Perinatal Group. There was also a symposium “Paediatric epilepsy: a practical guide”.
It is hoped that this survey of the development of the BPNA has shown that it is based on firm foundations, and that there is every reason to suppose that it will continue to develop satisfactorily in the future. Apart from the two annual meetings being an important forum for the exchange of scientific information, and therefore a means of maintaining high standards and improving service commitments, the BPNA must be a focus, which encourages teaching and research.
Ronnie MacKeith, more than any other person, is responsible for this Association, and it does embrace many of his ideals. It is hoped that it will continue to be a lasting tribute to his memory.

 

 

Donald Hugh Paterson: b.11 May 1890 d.12 December 1968
BA Manitoba(1912) MB ChB Edin(1916) MRCP(1921) MD(1928) FRCP(1929) FRCPC(1947) 
Donald Hugh Paterson was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, the son of a grain exporter. He graduated from Manitoba College, Winnipeg, in 1912 and then came to this country to study medicine at Edinburgh University. He qualified MB ChB in 1916, took the Membership examination of the College in 1921, and his MD in 1928. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1929 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1947.

I first met Donald Paterson when I was a medical student in the early 1920’s, on a visit to Great Ormond Street. He was medical registrar, handsome and immaculately dressed, complete with cravat, and had a train of admiring Royal Free girls in his wake. I would like to concentrate on the man himself, an uncomplicated, shrewd, kindly, outspoken extrovert. Ponton spoke of him as ‘the homo ferox’, particularly when he was denouncing the folly of those who disagreed with him over some new and somewhat revolutionary policy. But events proved that his judgment was usually correct.

In the frontispiece of Hector Cameron’s book on the British Paediatric Association is a drawing by Dorothy Paterson of her husband, Donald, endeavouring to persuade a doubtful Dr Still that a BPA must be founded. Standing beside them is James Spence, smilingly about to join in with some philosophical argument. It certainly needed Paterson’s driving force, wild enthusiasm, determination and uninhibited advocacy to sweep all opposition aside. The BPA was inaugurated at 28 Queen Anne Street, Still’s house, on 2 February 1928. This historic occasion proclaimed the man who was to do more than anyone in his time to advance paediatrics in this country.

One of the objects of the BPA is the promotion of friendship among paediatricians.

And to provide protection and a soft landing in the event of a paediatrician being convicted of child abuse, as well as to reassure the world that this was a matter of One Sad Apple and Of Course He Never Abused His Patients, We Can Absolutely Reassure Everyone, That Did Not Happen. Ever!!!

This he always had in mind, partly because at times his manner and methods alienated some of his colleagues for a while.

Did Paterson pass the port in the wrong direction or goose the Lady Doctors, in particular Victoria Smallpeice?

And yet it was really his idea that there should be a Great Ormond Street Dining Club, so that the unique spirit of the hospital would be maintained by its annual gatherings.

I noticed from my time at St George’s that medicine really is all about dinners and fine wine. But when I tell that to the young people of today they don’t believe me.

In many ways he was before his time. Postgraduate teaching is a good example. He tried to introduce weekend courses; hundreds attended, but the breaking of the Sabbath was too much for some of the older physicians and the idea had to be abandoned.

The creation of a Dining Club usually goes down well on the part of everyone, it doesn’t involve extra work but everybody can pretend that it is work related and it sounds a great deal better than just another piss-up in the medical school bar.

On the other hand, the famous ‘circus’ remains as a traditional feature of the teaching programme. Here Donald was the ringmaster and his ‘juniors’ the performers with acts which had to be short, snappy, and were never allowed to exceed the allotted time. This brings me to Donald and his housemen. His enormous drive and energy have already been mentioned, but he could be impatient and critical. There were times when Donald Paterson and his house physician communicated entirely by notes, but it was only a temporary rift, which was soon mended.

Dreadful treatment of junior doctors by their senior colleagues was routine and led to very serious errors and not infrequently patient deaths. Junior docs were almost worked to death, given no support or supervision and were left to flail. The intimidation and isolation was huge and was undoubtedly the cause of the high suicide rate among junior docs. The brutalising process transformed those who survived into complete shitbags and the few who survived that part of Medical Training but did not become shitbags knew that they would be finished if they breathed one word about the grim reality. Every obituary of an old bastard who terrorised the junior docs subscribes to the same narrative: ooh they were loved and respected really, they did it to turn out excellent doctors, they were very shy under the carapace.

It is nonsense, they were deeply unpleasant sadistic people who should have been told to change career because working with anxious vulnerable people when you hate the rest of the human race is not a good idea.

Wilfred Sheldon recalls, as Out-Patient registrar, a delightful letter from Donald which read: ‘I greatly appreciate your help in Out-Patients between noon and 1 pm, but would prefer it between 9 and 10 am.’ 

No, the junior docs were there for over 130 hours per week, as all patients noticed: ‘Gosh are you still here, I think you’ve been the doctor on call since Monday haven’t you and it’s always you, even when I’ve needed someone at 3 am’. Understandably after a few years of that, a voice inside them screamed ‘When I have got through this near lethal drudgery, I am going to demand a huge salary, plenty of time off, the best of everything and no-one is ever going to tell me what to do again’. The worst of them also spent the rest of their career torturing junior colleagues and patients.

Inexperienced Angels who are observant always ask each other ‘What on earth happens to doctors? They are lovely when they are students, but by the time they are SHOs they are the must unpleasant shits that we could ever meet’.

They’re tortured, it’s that simple. The torture used to be much worse than it is, but it is still quite serious. Not many people, after being tortured, deliver the steel toed hob nail boot to the groin of the people who did the torturing. They deliver it to someone else to ensure that the grossly dysfunctional system continues.

As a houseman, trying to comply with his demands for six months was a stimulating and exhausting experience, but it paid dividends. Those who found themselves on his wavelength and had worked hard became his lifelong friends, and he would unsparingly help them in their careers.

Even when they were up in Court on charges of kiddie porn.

Looking back on the year we were on the staff of Great Ormond Street together, there is no doubt that Donald Paterson succeeded in shaking the hospital to some extent out of what might have become a reactionary lethargy.

So that is how this happened.

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The same can be said about his other hospital, the Westminster, where he created a flourishing Paediatric Department. Outside, he was always promoting the claims of paediatricians in relation to the Ministry of Health, the Royal College of Physicians, and other bodies. When the College failed to fall in entirely with his ideas, he tried to establish a College of Child Health.

That is so often the reason for the establishment of a Royal College. The Top Docs have been scrapping, so they make a Royal College all of their own. Or that the Top Docs are being Mocked by others in the Royal College so to improve their standing, they create one of their own in which they are Top Dogs. That is why Sir Martin Roth et al fought like mad for their very own Royal College of Psychiatrists (see post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection?’) and it was why Baroness June Lloyd went to war on behalf of a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (see post ‘Too Many Pills’).

I have been told that the same reason lay behind the numerous chapels in Wales; three or four in each small village. There was a scrap so everyone built their own chapel.

This was in 1947 and it did not obtain general support, but since then paediatrics and the objects for which it is striving have been increasingly upheld.

The grandiosity and lunacy snowballed and thus a Royal College was created.

The advent of a National Health Service and the possibility of bureaucratic control of the medical profession were too much for him and he decided to return to his native Canada and begin afresh.

What a relief that someone is honest enough to say that this Top Doctor left the country rather than work in the NHS, instead of We Did It For The Poor. Most Top Doctors opposed the creation of the NHS which is why Nye Bevan gave them so much money to agree to work for it and left them in control of their own pay and conditions and professional regulation. This was the result:

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

He was then 57, but that meant nothing. Returning to the Examination Hall he obtained all the necessary degrees to practise in that country.

That may not have been the arduous process that is implied.

With the same energy, he set up a Health Centre for children and a Registry for those handicapped by chronic disease. These were only two of his schemes for the development of child care in Vancouver, and in recognition of his services he was appointed Clinical Professor of Paediatrics in the University of British Columbia.

In the autumn of his life he donated a substantial sum to the BPA to establish a Prize Essay. Commenting on this project he wrote that ‘it seemed to [him] that the next generation might swing to the extreme of not writing at all… it might be said that the previous generation wrote too much and [he] would not argue about that’. From one who was responsible for four books and some 60 articles, this was a curious but not unreasonable remark.

In 1923 he married Dorothy Reed, daughter of a stockbroker of Toronto. It was a supremely happy marriage, and Dorothy was a gifted and gracious companion. They had four sons. And in spite of all Donald’s interests and activities there was always time for golf, fishing or sailing, and for the generous entertainment of visitors.

So by definition he was not working the hours of a junior doc.

He was also continuously available to his residents.

Even those whom he hated so much that he would only communicate by notes.

In many ways he was a King of Paediatrics. We owe him a great tribute for all his achievements, and he will remain a lovable personality in the memories of many people.

Here’s Donald, handsome, lovable, although not wearing his cravat:

This toadying tribute to an intimidating scumbag was written by paediatrician Bernard E. Schlesinger. Bernard has a famous son, but not of a Top Doc variety. Bernard’s son was film director John Schlesinger, the eldest of Bernard’s five children, who died in Palm Springs, USA, July 2003.

‘The cornerstones of John Schlesinger’s oeuvre are a lifelong preoccupation with gender relations, particularly homosexuality, a distinctive intellectual middle-class outlook, an interest in other cultures and races, and a commitment to film making as entertainment’.

I think I get the jist.

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John Richard Schlesinger 16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was a film and stage director and actor. Schlesinger was born in Hampstead into a middle class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) and Bernard Edward Schlesinger. After St Edmund’s School, Hindhead and Uppingham School, John went to Balliol College, Oxford.

Ronnie Waterhouse’s son went to Uppingham and just a few of the many Balliol stars were Ted Heath, Denis Healey and Woy Jenkins. Who all concealed/were involved with organised abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts.

At Oxford, John Schlesinger was involved in the Oxford University Dramatic Society.

Schlesinger’s acting career began in the 1950s and consisted of supporting roles in British films such as The Divided Heart and Oh… Rosalinda!!, and British TV productions such as BBC Sunday Night TheatreThe Adventures of Robin Hood and The Vise. He began his directorial career in 1956 with the short documentary Sunday in the Park about London’s Hyde Park. In 1958, Schlesinger created a documentary on Benjamin Britten and the Aldeburgh Festival for the BBC’s ‘Monitor’ TV programme, including rehearsals of the children’s opera Noye’s Fludde featuring a young Michael Crawford.

The man behind ‘Monitor’ was Huw Wheldon, who came from north Wales, went to Friar’s School in Bangor, became Rich n Famous at the BBC and helped Dafydd and the gang out for the rest of Huw’s life. See previous posts.

In 1959, Schlesinger was credited as exterior or second unit director on 23 episodes of the TV series The Four Just Men and four 30-minute episodes of the series Danger Man. He also appeared in Col March of Scotland Yard as “Dutch cook” in Death and the Other Monkey” 1956.

By the 1960s, Schlesinger had virtually given up acting to concentrate on a directing career, and another of his earlier directorial efforts, the British Transport Films‘ documentary Terminus(1961), gained a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. His first two fiction films, A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963). A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962. His third feature film, Darling (1965), tartly described swinging London in the 1960s. Schlesinger’s next film was the period drama Far from the Madding Crowd (1967).  Both films (and Billy Liar) featured Julie Christie as the female lead.

Julie Christie was one of the 60s stars who moved to Wales…

Schlesinger’s next film, Midnight Cowboy (1969), was internationally acclaimed and it won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. Midnight Cowboy was the film which made Jon Voight famous:

Schlesinger also directed Timon of Athens (1965) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the musical I and Albert (1972) at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. From 1973, he was an Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre, where he produced G.B. Shaw’s Heartbreak House (1975). He also directed several operas, beginning with Les contes d’Hoffmann (1980) and Der Rosenkavalier (1984), both at Covent Garden.

John Schlesinger also directed that notorious 1992 party political broadcast for the Tories which featured John Major being filmed while being driven around Brixton where he had grown up saying things like ‘I wonder if that’s still there?? Ooh yes, yes it is, I used to next door’.

As PM, John Major appointed William Hague as Secretary of State for Wales and William subsequently organised the massive cover-up of the crimes of Schlesinger’s dad’s friends and colleagues which was the Waterhouse Report.

William went on to greater things, here he is in his capacity as Foreign Secretary, with Angelina, a UN Special Envoy with a particular interest in Wimmin:

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  • Angelina is an oncology expert as well and had a number of perfectly healthy organs surgically removed because she was probably going to die as a consequence of Carrying A Faulty Gene. Angelina was held up as a Role Model and other Wimmin too were encouraged to Get Tested For The Faulty Gene. A lot of them found that they were carrying it, so they had healthy parts of their bodies surgically removed just like Angelina. It was later admitted that the Faulty Gene wasn’t as lethal as everyone had been told and that the extensive surgery had not been required. See previous posts. I have not heard Angelina’s view on the matter, or indeed William Hague’s, or the UN’s or the lying Top Doctors who started the madness off.

Here’s Angelina with her dad, actor Jon Voight, who was made famous by er John Schlesinger, Bernard’s son…

When John Schlesinger made that PR piece for a Gov’t that was concealing the trafficking ring and the serious crime of which Schlesinger’s dad and his colleagues were the key facilitators, my career and the careers of at least three of my friends who had witnessed/knew about Dafydd et al had been wrecked.

I could do a return tour of north Wales. Ooh let’s see, is the North Wales Hospital still there?? Ooh yes, there it is, shall we excavate the grounds and recover the bodies, the evidence of exactly what Bernard Schlesinger and his colleagues were up to?? Oh look it’s Bryn Estyn, ah there’ll be so many with such happy memories. Now for a pilgrimage to the graves of so many who concealed the whole bloody lot, I have a great deal of dancing on top of them to do…

John Schlesinger admitted to having voted for all three main political parties in the UK at one time or another. They did all collude with his dad and the trafficking gang, it’s not as if it will have mattered for whom he voted.

Schlesinger was appointed CBE in the 1970 Birthday Honours for services to film. In 2003, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Star was dedicated to him.

Schlesinger underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1998, during the middle of the Waterhouse Inquiry, before suffering a stroke in December 2000. He was taken off life support at Desert Regional Medical Centre in Palm Springs on 24 July 2003 and he died early the following day at the age of 77. Schlesinger was survived by his partner of over 30 years, photographer Michael Childers. A memorial service was held on 30 September 2003.

Academy Awards

BAFTA Awards

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Director (1966) (Darling) – Nominated
  • Best Director (1970) (Midnight Cowboy) – Nominated
  • Best Director (1977) (Marathon Man) – Nominated

Feature films

Television films

Documentary films

Note to Michael Grade:

I’ll let my friend know who John’s Schlesinger’s dad and his dad’s friends were Michael, my friend who refused to do a fiddle for your mate Sam because Sam didn’t book a ticket and an hotel for the Fringe in time, my friend who’s husband was SACKED BY THE BBC WHEN HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT A BRIBE, my friend who’s FILM SCRIPT WAS PLAGIARISED BY STEPHEN SPIELBERG.

It’s the revenge of the sheepshaggers Grade and the Little Welsh Men, you big pillock you really should not have done any of it.

Anyone else want to laugh at my friend BIGGUS???

John Schlesinger’s long term partner Michael Childers is:

‘A renowned and highly respected film, dance, and theatre photographer for forty years. Since 1996, he has been working solely with fine art photography and on book projects.

Born in North Carolina, Childers graduated from UCLA Film School where he directed student films and began his photography career by studying with Robert Heineken and Edward Teske. Childers created the mixed media work for the record-breaking run of the hit off-Broadway musical “Oh Calcutta” for Kenneth Tynan. It was Tynan who subsequently invited Michael to work for Sir Laurence Olivier’s National Theater in London. He remains the only American photographer invited to photograph the National Theater’s productions. He went on to become a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines. For Dance magazine, he produced many covers including those featuring the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as co-authored a book Bejart: The World of Dance.

From his Melrose Avenue and Venice Beach studios Childers photographed over 200 magazine covers including GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Paris Match, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, and both English and Italian Vogue. He created more than 100 film posters for major motion picture studios. In 1988, Michael won the award for “Best Poster of the Year” from the New York Art Director’s Circle for the film Siesta. He has also worked as a special photographer on many films including Grease, Marathon Man, The Year of Living Dangerously, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Pennies from Heaven, Hammett, and Endless Love. Michael’s work in feature films extends beyond photography. Starting as a production assistant on the Academy Award winning Midnight Cowboy, he worked his way up the production ranks on such films as Day of the Locust and Marathon Man before going on to co-produce The Falcon and the Snowman and The Believers.

Childers is finishing work on a new project Passionate Moves: Contact Yoga for Couples, a lavishly illustrated photography book of beautifully toned prints featuring nude couples practicing yoga positions. He has been selected as one of the 100 most important photographers of erotic art in the world by Graphis Magazine. His work was featured in Masterpieces of Erotic Photography (1999), Femmes (2001), and Adonis (2001) by Carlton Books London. His work is also featured in Dream Boys I and II, by Studio Books Australia and Male Nudes Now (2002), by Rizzoli publications. Recent exhibitions include The Sensual in Photography (2002) at the BGH Gallery Santa Monica, The Lost Warhols, a collection of previously unpublished portraits of Andy Warhol, which debuted in Los Angeles at the Stephen Cohen Gallery and at the Lew Allen Gallery in Santa Fe. He also exhibited in the group show Dogs and Cats at the Stephen Cohen Gallery Los Angeles.

Other exhibitions include the solo shows, Hollywood Voyeur and Famous – 40 Years of Celebrity Photography at the Erickson Gallery in Palm Springs; American Artist in Paris at the Louis Stern Fine Arts in Beverly Hills and the French Consulate in Los Angeles; Distortions in My Mind at the Jerry Miller Gallery in Palm Springs and St. Louis (April 2002) and at Louis Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood (July – September, 2002); Icons and Idols – Gays and Lesbians in the Arts at the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach (June 2002). Trinity Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia with Connie Imboden, August 2002. In 2000, Michael published his first collection of photographs in the book, Hollywood Voyeur, with a forward by Gavin Lambert and an introduction by David Hockney.

Michael’s work was featured at the APEX Gallery Los Angeles group shows entitled Tinsel with Eve Arnold, Sid Avery, Bob Willoughby and Loomis Dean; and Artists as Art with Harry Benson, Horst, Alfred Eisensteadt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Steichen and Phillippe Halsman. Other group shows in 2002 include City of Angels…Gates of Hell at the Advocate Gallery in Los Angeles; I Shot Andy Warhol at the Fahey-Klein Gallery Los Angeles; and Photo LA, a photographic print exhibition at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (shown through Louis Stern Fine Arts). Solo Show, “Distortions in My Mind” at the Louis Stern Fine Arts Gallery, August, 2002. Michael’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Marion Museum of Photographic Studies in Santa Fe, the University of California Riverside photographic collections, the Palm Springs Desert Museum photographic collection, the Chiat Day Collection in Santa Monica, the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts in New York, and the Laguna Art Museum. Upcoming exhibitions are scheduled for the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg in September 2003 and a retrospective at the Palm Springs Desert Museum in June of 2004.’

Andy Warhol, David Hockney, they’re all there, no wonder Dafydd had Patient F fitted up for arson and illegally imprisoned for a year… See previous posts.

  • As well as ‘Do ewe mean mari-jew-ana?’, F’s other impersonations of Dafydd included ‘I think that ewe’d better stay a little longer…’ Yeh well F had been to school with Francis Rossi from Status Quo, his mate lived at St George’s Hills next to one of The Beatles and F had a great deal of shit on the sort of people with whom John Schlesinger hung around, no wonder it was a case of ‘I think ewe’d better stay a little longer’.

When I was doing teacher training, F decided to look up a few old friends as it were. Very old friends. He wrote to Francis Rossi and to his old art school tutor, who was a friend of celebs living in central London and to an old friend from art school, Annabel. Francis Rossi didn’t write back, but Ernie Trowel, F’s old tutor did and so did Annabel. Annabel was living in I think Norfolk and was married to a banker. Ernie was still in London. They wrote F short but sympathetic letters commiserating with him that he had had so many difficulties in life.

I’ve been told that the jungle drums knew about those letters – F told his key worker, the grossly negligent Louise Ingham, about them – and the distress flares went up…

Ernie and Annabel, F has been witness to some very serious crime, including a possible murder when he was in Risley Remand Centre. F’s initial problems with the gangsters of north Wales are linked to what he witnessed when he knew you at Farnham Art College…

Just after F sent those letters, I was forced out of my teaching job at Hillgrove School (see eg. post ‘Thought For The Day’) and was then the subject of a conspiracy by the gang to fit me up for ‘threatening to kill Alun Davies’. The case collapsed and there was no investigation, although at least eight NHS staff and a police officer perjured themselves and the corrupt presiding judge, Huw Daniel, Dafydd’s mate broke the law in Court himself. Days after the charges were withdrawn, someone illegally accessed the PNC and entered crimes for which I had never been charged let alone found guilty against my name. A forged certificate of indictment stating that I had pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder was found in the possession of Chester Crown Court. A forged document purporting to be a letter from me was found in the possession of the GMC, dated to suggest that I’d written it shortly after my arrest. See post ‘The General Medical Council – And Yet Another Forged Document’.

There is also a Sarah B. Schlesinger on the web, who founded what is now the Schlesinger Group, in 1966. The Schlesinger Group is a rather weird international company which offers Global Solutions in the form of questionable Consultancy Services which sound as though they were once based on social science and healthcare research, but somewhere along the way Schlesinger have become distracted by large consultancy fees and the sort of thing that sounds Medical And Scientific to anxious people who don’t know anything about medicine or science. Schlesinger aren’t actually offering to realign anyone’s chakras, but their services sound the equivalent but designed to appeal to affluent professional people.

 

A previous post also named Sir Kenneth William Cross as one of the mentors to Oliver’s Army. Kenneth Cross (26 March 1916 – 10 October 1990) was a physiologist, principally known for his contributions to the physiology of newborns. Kenneth Cross was educated at St Paul’s School, London, 1930-35 and then at St Mary’s Hospital, London, where he won a Moran Scholarship.

The Moran Scholarship was established by Lord Charles Wilson aka 1st Baron Moran, known as Charlie Corkscrew after his twisting of the knackers of Nye Bevan so tightly on behalf of the Top Docs during the negotiations re the establishment of the NHS that Nye just did what the Top Docs told him to do and no other politician since has dared challenge them. Charlie Corkscrew achieved his status by being Winston Churchill’s Top Doc from 1940 until Churchill’s death and was the source of the allegations that Churchill had bipolar disorder. Charlie Corkscrew has been accused of making things up and breaching Churchill’s confidence in his efforts to peddle his ideas for personal gain. See previous posts.

The Moran Scholarship was offered on the basis of a student’s ability at Rugby because Charlie Corkscrew believed that was the most accurate indicator of future Top Doc potential.
After several junior house appointments at the beginning of WW II, Cross served in the emergency medical service. Although ‘considered combative by nature’, Cross was a ‘self confessed pacifist’ by conviction and worked with the Friends’ Ambulance Unit in China during WW II. 

Kenneth Cross married twice. His first wife Joyce Wilson née Lack, was a depressive, who committed suicide in 1970. Cross was also a depressive himself. Cross usually managed to adapt his depression into high spirits which was evidenced by his colleagues, but ‘this resulted in facing many many long hours of misery and gloom’ that was only made bearable by his second wife, Sheila Cross née Lewis, with whom ‘he had a nurturing and fulfilling marriage’.

After returning from China, Cross abandoned a potential career as a physician and become a physiologist at St Mary’s Hospital. In 1948, he started on researching foetal and neonatal physiology for the ventilation of the newborn babies. Through this work Cross became a leading member of a group of physiologists and paediatricians who founded the Neonatal Society in 1959. Cross’s life work became neonatal research.

Cross spent a year in America in 1958-1959 at the Cardiovascular Research Institute located in the University of California, San Francisco. Working with Julius H. Comroe Jr, Cross helped organize and establish the study into neonatal research that later grew into one of the largest paediatric research groups in America. Upon returning from the US, Cross moved to the London Hospital with a promotion to Professor of Physiology in 1960, a post he held until 1981.

The London Hospital facilitated  Dafydd’s partner gang in Tower Hamlets and the East End. Top Doc Wendy Savage was a key member of the gang (see post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’) and she was a good mate of Geoffrey Chamberlain’s, Ollie’s pal at St George’s. Lord Bob Winston trained at the London Hospital and was a source of excellent PR for the gang when he was on the TV constantly. Lord Bob’s day job was at Hammersmith with the Top Docs eg. Prof Huw Bentall who were mates with the gang in north Wales and who’s families were even marrying into the families of members of the north Wales gang. See previous posts.

In 1963 Kenneth Cross became an honorary Director of an MRC group on the respiration and energy metabolism in the newborn. 

Cross as an individual ‘had no time for fools or knaves’, which must have been why he worked cheek by jowl with Top Doctors who assisted this man’s activities:

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

Kenneth Cross was ‘a rather forthright character who didn’t value position, but did value and respect people’.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

This was possibly the reason he was passed over for membership of the Royal Society, a ‘position he clearly deserved’. It can’t even be said that Cross assisting Dafydd and Issy’s network was the explanation for that snub from the Royal Society because they’ve let plenty of other mates of Dafydd’s in.

Kenneth Cross’s contributions to medical science before 1957, specifically to physiology of the newborn, ‘were so many and so fundamental’ that it was a surprise that his first proposal for membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health was not automatic, as were the proposals for membership from Ollie Brooke’s friends. They had all been in the Royal College’s predecessor, the British Paediatric Association and were automatically transferred into the Royal College upon its establishment.

However, when Cross’s name was put forward for election, dissenting voices stalled the proposal as they saw no reason to include a physiologist. When Cross was finally elected on the second proposal, Cross ‘wasn’t having an easy professional life’. ‘Paediatricians were slow to recognise the importance of his work’, which was ironic because when advances in care of newborns and premature babies became sufficient to save the lives of babies who would in previous years have died, paediatricians ensured that film footage of premature babies appeared in time for the BMA pay claim or the planned battle with whichever Gov’t had pissed them off.

The Cuts Will Mean That These Babies Will Die!

Of course parents are very grateful for the neonate units if they have a premature baby and the reason why so many women with high risk pregnancies chose to deliver at St George’s when I worked there was because of the special care baby unit. It was a very good unit, but no-one mentioned that the wider institution was facilitating a paedophile/trafficking ring, research fraud and serious organised crime.

At the time of Cross’s early research, both paediatricians and physiologists found it impossible to believe that the type of fundamental research conducted by Kenneth Cross could be done on the new-born. Indeed, as Professor Otto Wolff, another Founding Father of Oliver’s Army (see post ‘Too Many Pills’) stated in his speech when awarding the James Spence Medal to Cross:

that Cross was told by his professor St Mary’s that now he was turned down by the BPA that it was time he stopped playing with babies and got down to some proper physiology.

Cross’s approach to physiology was simple, once practical solutions were developed, they were turned into a process that could be applied to everyday clinical problems. Cross ‘operated with an exceedingly high standard of approach to ethical standards and used this approach to train a large number of research students, many who would later become neonatologists’.

Cross was awarded the James Spence Medal, the highest award of the British Paediatric Association in March 1979. That doesn’t tell us much about Kenneth Cross, except that he was, eventually, accepted into the bosom of the ring of paediatricians who facilitated organised abuse, even if they had frozen him out for a very long time, because they all gave each other the James Spence Medal. See previous posts.

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The Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online provides the usual contribution for Kenneth Cross:

b.26 March 1916 d.10 October 1990
MRCS LRCP(1940) MB BS Lond(1941) MRCP(1942) PhD(1947) FRCP(1965)

Kenneth William Cross, born in London, was one of the signal successes of Lord Moran’s way of picking likely students of medicine;

going up to St Mary’s from St Paul’s School and passing the membership examination of the College within two years of his qualification in 1940…

It was the prowess at Rugby wot did it. Dafydd’s gang do like a bit of Rugby. Their pal corrupt High Court judge Sir John Kay was the father of a Rugby international and Sir Tasker Watkins, the Greatest Living Welshman and corrupt Deputy Lord Chief Justice was President of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1993-2004. See previous posts for details of Tasker’s many public roles in the field of law and the world of Top Docs.

Sir Tasker Watkins – Statue at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
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The staff at Bryn Estyn were recruited from Wrexham Rugby Club. No-one ever managed to explain why. Ioan Bowen Rees, Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council when the gang ran riot in the Council’s children’s homes, was President of Bethesda Rugby Club.

Someone whom I used to know who was a regular on the gay night scene in Cardiff and who, to use Brown’s expression, ‘peddled his arse’, knew Max Boyce and I was told that Max Boyce is gay. I don’t mind Max, not one bit, but Dafydd’s gang’s links to you are helping to prop them up.

On his return he abandoned what looked like becoming a very distinguished career as a physician to join Huggett’s department of physiology. He took up the study of foetal and neonatal physiology as a kind of intellectual grandchild of Sir Henry Barcroft, becoming a leading member of the group of physiologists, paediatricians and veterinarians who founded the Neonatal Society – of which he subsequently became president when his turn came round…

Cross’ work as a physiologist involved the careful but non-invasive study of human infants: on the management and course of events in birth asphyxia, on the relation between ambient temperature and oxygen concentration on metabolic rate, on the significance of Head’s so-called paradoxical reflex in lung expansion and on cerebral blood flow. To facilitate these studies he invented the phrenic stimulator and plethysmographic methods for measuring oxygen consumption and cerebral blood flow – the famous ‘Cross box’.

His contributions to infant physiology were characteristically simple – once thought of; practical and applicable to everyday clinical problems. They were carried out with scrupulous regard to ethical principles and they led to his training a long series of research assistants in scientific method, many of whom came to be practising neonatologists as the speciality grew into a major component of clinical paediatrics. Nearly all of them ended up as devoted friends and admirers and one of them, Sheila Lewis, became his second wife and is now a paediatrician…

His first wife, Joyce Wilson née Lack, a depressive like himself, committed suicide in 1970. There were no children of the marriage but he was loved by and very devoted to Joyce’s daughter by a previous marriage and her family…

Kenneth Cross’ career provides in itself a justification for the recruitment of medically qualified basic scientists. He deserves much of the credit for neonatology having become par excellence the branch of medicine in which knowledge of physiology has been directly and successfully applied to patient care. It was for this achievement that he was awarded the Sir James Spence medal – the highest award of the British Paediatric Association.

This tribute to Kenneth Cross was written by Professor John Allen Davis, a keen writer of obituaries for members of Oliver’s Army and one of the leaders of the Mafia of Top Docs who circled the wagons in times of anxiety, including police investigations. After passing through St Mary’s Hospital, Oxford and Hammersmith with the other older members of Oliver’s Army, John Allen Davies was appointed Prof of Paediatrics at Cambridge and one of his closest friends was H. J.F. ‘John’ Jones, the Prof of Poetry at Oxford, who had family in north Wales. I think that Professor Janet Jones of London South Bank University and prior to that of the BBC for many years when No-One Knew About Jimmy Savile is the daughter of Prof John Jones. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.

Kenneth Cross also features on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website:

Date of death: 10 October 1990

Year James Spence Medal awarded: 1979

Professor Cross attended St Mary’s Medical School and, after serving in the emergency medical service, returned to St Mary’s in the physiology department. He was the first to apply objective physiological techniques to the problem of resuscitating newborn babies, and continued in neonatal research. While a visiting professor in San Francisco, he initiated neonatal research with a trio of young paediatricians, which became one of the largest paediatric research groups in the USA.

Kenneth became professor of physiology at The London Hospital Medical College, and obtained a Medical Research. He was known for his fairness and concern of all members in his department. He served on many committees, including as Chairman of the Academic Board. In 1978, he was invited to give the annual review lecture of the Physiological Society, and his papers on neonatal respiratory physiology were admired; many of his publications appeared in the Journal of Physiology.

With his colleagues Richard Dobbs, Tony Jackson, and Bertie Webb of Taunton, he also established the registrar rotation scheme in which the registrar spends a year in neonatal research in Kenneth’s department.

Although a physiologist, Kenneth Cross was awarded the Medal due to his fundamental contributions to the physiology of newborns that were so relevant to paediatric practice. His interest in the ethical principles of physiological experiments also made him stand out in his field as he insisted on the strictest ethical criteria.

Kenneth Cross’s colleague Richard Heyworth Dobbs stars in the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:

b.10 May 1905 d.21 Aug 1980
MRCS LRCP(1930) BChir Cantab(1932) MB(1934) MRCP(1936) MD(1941) FRCP(1947)

Richard Heyworth Dobbs was educated at Bedales School, Downing College, Cambridge, and the London Hospital where he qualified in 1930. Enterprisingly, he persuaded the dean of the London to allow him to go for a year of his clinical course to Vienna, which was then living largely on its pre-first world war reputation as a great medical centre. Extraordinary indeed were the scenes he recounted of those times.

They will have been, Freud and his colleagues were involved

When a boy of ten years, Richard had a severe nephrotic illness and Sir Frederick Still was called in. Still asked him what he intended to be when he grew up and Richard replied ‘I want to be a children’s doctor like you, sir’. Their next meeting occurred some 15 years later when Still happened to examine him for the MRCP and was able to recall their earlier conversation.

Richard Dobbs’ paediatric training included a spell in the USA at the Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, and a first assistantship at University College Hospital, before he was appointed to the three hospitals at which he was to work for the next 30 years – the London Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney, and Southend General Hospital. At ‘the Queen’s’ the building of the Hayward block – which opened in 1972 – owed much to his leadership at that time. During the war years he served in the RAMC as lieutenant colonel in charge of a hospital medical division in the Middle East.

For 15 years Richard was editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood, during a period in which the journal was actively expanding in size and scope. He was president of the British Paediatric Association in 1970.

The ‘Archives of Disease in Childhood’ were keen on publishing Ollie’s contributions.

In middle age Richard took up sailing and, despite minimal experience, sailed his 45ft Natasha in ocean races. On one notable voyage he carried a crew of paediatricians to Copenhagen, to attend the International Congress of Paediatrics.

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Largely dispensing with the bothersome mechanics of formal navigation methods, he was surprisingly adept at finding his way about the sea, apparently relying on an inborn talent for recognizing a coastline, allied to a characteristically happy-go-lucky attitude to the kind of lurking hazards that are apt to keep other less intrepid yachtsmen in a state of mild chronic anxiety. He had also learned to ski at the age of five years and represented the University during his time at Cambridge, thereafter managing to get to Switzerland each year until he was 65.

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When he reached retirement age in 1970, it seemed that he might have difficulty finding adequate outlets for his still abundant energies and capabilities. The first requisite for a happy retirement is good health, and with this he was blessed well into his mid-70s. The second is for the individual to define what he enjoys doing and arrange his life accordingly. Richard decided that looking after sick children was what he enjoyed best,

When he wasn’t sailing or ski-ing or both sailing and ski-ing ‘at conferences’.

and he spent six months with the Grenfell Mission in Labrador, where he acquired such skills as how to erect an igloo in under ten minutes,

Did the igloo double up as the clinic in which Dobbs then looked after the sick children perhaps?

before going to Nigeria as professor of paediatrics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. This was to be his and his wife’s home for the next five years, and his enthusiasm and sound judgement of priorities proved just what was needed to build up the recently established children’s unit there. His natural friendliness made him a popular teacher of students, while his many contacts in Britain and elsewhere enabled him to bring in a regular supply of keen young paediatricians at registrar level to enliven and strengthen the unit.

His wife, Phyllis, also a doctor, was his companion for over 60 years, from the time they were school fellows at Bedales and medical students together at Cambridge and the London. Their home, which they built on the summit of Hampstead Hill, was the scene of great hospitality to friends from all over the world. They had a son and a daughter. Richard’s particular quality was his outgoing friendly personality, and this enabled him to get quickly on easy terms with people of all sorts – patients, colleagues, foreigners, the young and the old.

This biography was written by D Gibbs and Sir Gordon Wolstenholme. Gordon Wolstenholme was a Top Doctor who wasn’t so much concerned with doctoring but with using funding from Big Pharma to organise meetings and conferences which brought together reputable scientists, disreputable scientists and criminals, in the guise of the Ciba Foundation now known as the Norvatoris Foundation. See post ‘Too Many Pills’.

Dobbs’s other mate, Dr Anthony Derek Maurice Jackson (1918–2005), also known as Tony, was a paediatrician British recognised for his pioneering work in the management of cystic fibrosis. Jackson was born in Dublin in 1918. He trained at the Middlesex Hospital at approximately the same time as Gwynne the lobotomist and Roger Gilliatt, then served in the RAMC in Holland, Germany, and north Africa.

Jackson later worked as a consultant paediatrician at the London Hospital and in a specialist cystic fibrosis clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. So as well as working with Dafydd’s mate Wendy Savage et al, Jackson worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, which was host to yet more Top Docs who facilitated a vast network of abusers, including John Cleese’s friend the psychiatrist Robin Skynner. See previous posts eg. ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’ and ‘Too Many Pills’.

Tony Jackson served on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and, for ten years from 1984, as Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Research and Medical Advisory Committee. Tony Jackson died on 24 December 2005.

The BMJ published an obituary for Jackson in Feb 2006:

Anthony Derek Maurice Jackson, consultant paediatrician Royal London Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children 1959-83 (b Dublin, Eire, 1918; q Middlesex Hospital 1943; MD, FRCP, FRCPCH), died from pneumonia and peritonitis related to chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis on 24 December 2005.

Tony had a natural flair for organisation and attention to detail. This was evident throughout his life – both in his work and leisure activities. In the days long before rotating registrar appointments were usual he set up a rotation spanning district general hospital paediatrics (Dr Brian Webb, Taunton), research in neonatal physiology (Prof Kenneth Cross) as well as teaching hospital paediatrics. In 1970 he was appointed postgraduate dean at The London Hospital Medical College, a post he held for 12 years.

Tony Jackson was Postgrad Dean of the London Hospital, 1970-82; those years spanned the rapid expansion of Dafydd and John Allen’s trafficking business in north Wales, which was partly fuelled by their partners in crime at the London Hospital, partners in crime who also had responsibility for postgrad training.

When Wendy Savage was suspended from her job after that humdinger of a row with her Head of Dept in the early 1980s, as a result of the huge support that Feminist Socialist Wendy received from Wimmin’s Champs, the natural childbirth movement, the Labour Party and the liberal media, Wendy was eventually reinstated. The one responsibility that the authorities at the London Hospital refused to allow her to resume was teaching. See previous posts. I met docs and students who didn’t like Wendy Savage and made comments such as ‘she takes things too bloody far’ and ‘she’s disgusting’. I wasn’t ever given details of what was being taken too far and in what way Savage was disgusting, but I suspect that her role in the sexual exploitation of girls and women and her solution to simply carry on performing abortions even when she had performed 15 on the same woman previously might have been the reason.

At the request of the dean, his friend, Sir John Ellis, he established a new computerised system of preregistration house appointments between The London and district general hospitals in the south of England. At Tony’s insistence this system gave equal weight to the choices of candidates and consultants – a change that gained considerably more approval from the former than from the latter.

So Tony the Traffickers’ Friend and his friend the Dean of The London Hospital, an institution which facilitated Dafydd’s partner gang for many years, had their hands not only on personal data but on the controls of the appointment of the most junior docs to district general hospitals across the whole of the south of England. The potential for damage there was impressive.

During his time at The London he was a strong supporter of student extracurricular activities and this combined with his paediatric teaching led the students to elect him staff president of the London Hospital Clubs Union. His especially strong support of the students was most evident with the London Hospital Drama Society, of which he became staff president until his retirement.

Tony had fingers in many PIEs then, including those of aspiring luvvies, which are quite common in the student Top Doc population.

In the early 1980s Tony’s strong support of this activity encouraged medical and dental students to have the self belief to take annual shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Edinburgh Fringe from which my friend received grief in 1985 when she worked in the box office and refused to do a fiddle for Leon Brittan’s brother Samuel to acquire a ticket and a hotel for him when the Fringe had been sold out weeks ago and all the hotels were fully booked as well. Sam wrote to his Big Mate Michael Grade, Grade wrote back to Sam promising that he would definitely ensure that Sam Went To The Ball, they BOTH wrote to the Fringe management and my mate ended up in trouble (see previous posts). The friend who knew what was happening to me in north Wales and stood by me.

What I want to know is how did Michael Grade get Sam a ticket and an hotel when THERE WEREN’T ANY LEFT??? What did you do Grade??? Was there a special reserve of tickets and hotels for Arrogant Bastards Who’s Brothers Are Home Secretaries Concealing The Westminster Paedophile Ring held in a secret drawer??

I’m Sam from the FT. My brother is colluding with a gang of paedophiles, just mention my name.

When my friend and her husband used to go to the Fringe as media students and then young media professionals, they met all the Radical Names who weren’t afraid to stick two fingers up to the Establishment. Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, the lot… They’ve all featured in previous posts as being rather compromised…

From left to right the cream of British comedy Stephen Fry Ben Elton Robbie Coltrane Griff RhysJones Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson circa 1990

Having studied Latin and modern languages to Higher School Certificate level at school, a decision to study medicine meant the need to pass the first MB BS examinations. Although his prowess on the rugby field led to a scholarship to St Mary’s Hospital, he chose to go to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, graduating during the second world war. As treasurer of the rugby club he made sure the players all received their train fares to Aylesbury. After a shortened preregistration period at the Middlesex and Harrow hospitals, he joined the RAMC and served in Holland, Germany, and north Africa, where he saw an epidemic of smallpox.

Whilst stationed in Tripoli he met Jess Wilkes, a physiotherapist, whom he later married in 1946. Following demobilisation and a year in general practice, he embarked on a career in paediatrics. He began his training in the children’s department at the Middlesex before moving to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, under the direction of Sir Wilfred Sheldon. As a senior paediatric registrar he worked with Dr Winifred Young in her cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. He returned to Great Ormond Street as lecturer and first assistant to Prof Sir Alan Moncrieff at the Institute of Child Health in 1956

Sir Alan Moncrieff was another Founding Father Of Oliver’s Army. See previous posts.

before being appointed to the staff of the London Hospital and St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, in 1959. In those days there were only two paediatricians on the staff of the London Hospital—his senior and trusted colleague was Dr Richard Dobbs. In 1965 he transferred his St Margaret’s sessions to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, taking on the care of the younger children in the cystic fibrosis clinic. His first case of Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy was diagnosed in the early 1960s, 13 years before Roy Meadow gave the syndrome its name.

The now discredited Roy Meadow who’s invented mental illness and lies in the witness box resulted in a number of innocent people going to prison. See previous posts.

The toddler had been repeatedly poisoned with barbiturates.

He was elected to the council of the Royal College of Physicians and subsequently became chairman of the paediatric committee, an appointment he held for 10 years. When the joint paediatric committee between the three royal colleges and the BPA was set up in 1978 he was invited by Sir Douglas Black

Sir Douglas Black, the Toppest of the Top Doctors who was appointed as Chief Scientist at the DHSS by Sir Keith Joseph and to numerous other roles – including Chairman of the Committee investigating Health Inequalities by Dafydd’s mate David Ennals when Ennals was Secretary of State for the DHSS – because of Douglas’s ability at concealing organised abuse and serious crime is discussed in my post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’, along with Douglas’s friends, family and wider network.

to be one of the two representatives of the London College and served on this committee until its dissolution in 1987. He was made a censor in 1980 and was a member of the part 2 MRCP examining board for 10 years, three of them as paediatric secretary.

He was responsible for encouraging the Royal College of Physicians of London to take over the French course, which until 1975 had been run by the Institut Français at Barts. He continued to attend the course for 21 years under the tuition of M. Henri Orteu until it closed. Although acknowledged by others as an excellent speaker of French, his autobiographical notes describe him “acquiring a sound knowledge of French grammar but not, unfortunately, the ability to speak the language fluently.” His European paediatric colleagues heaped praise upon him not only for his willingness to address meetings in French (and several other languages) but also for the language skills evident within his lectures.

Educating and developing students was a lifelong interest. For a quarter of a century London Hospital graduates remembered Tony’s impressions of a variety of paediatric conditions, most spectacularly that of croup.

In 1981 Tony became president of the section of paediatrics of the Royal Society of Medicine and over a period of some 20 years contributed to the running of the British Paediatric Association (BPA). He held the posts of secretary of the academic board and honorary treasurer of the BPA. He was joint author with Prof Donald Court of the BPA’s blueprint for the future of paediatrics, Paediatrics in the Seventies, and joint author with Prof John Forfar and Dr Bernard Laurance of the diamond jubilee edition of the History of the BPA. His interest in the history of paediatrics led to a contribution to a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) witness seminar at the spring meeting of 2003. His skill as a photographer led to him being regarded as almost the official photographer at BPA meetings. In 1978, the then president of the BPA, Prof Otto Wolff, asked Tony to propose a toast to the health of the BPA at its 50th anniversary dinner. He was proud to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the RCPCH at its inception in 1996, 13 years after his retirement.

In 1986 he was elected president of the Association for Paediatric Education in Europe, having been a member since 1974. In retirement he held the post of medical adviser to the Variety Club of Great Britain for 11 years. In addition he took on the chairmanship of the research and medical advisory committee (RMAC) of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and was awarded the John Panchaud Medal of the trust. His contribution to the transformation of cystic fibrosis from a fatal disease of infancy to a chronic disease of adults was considerable. His application of the developing technology and pharmaceutical developments into everyday practice, his support of families and patients, and, after retirement, his strategic direction of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust RMAC played major roles. His desk at home at the time of his death still contained the photos of cystic fibrosis patients sent to him by grateful parents.

Following a sporting career as a rower and second row rugby forward, he developed a new sporting interest in retirement in the local bowling club. He won trophies from time to time but true to form described himself as a very ordinary bowler. Also true to form he made a major contribution to the administration of the club over many years.

He leaves a wife, Jess; three children; and four grandchildren. Although he developed chronic renal failure four years before he died, he very successfully managed his own peritoneal dialysis, not allowing himself to be restricted in any way. He died from pneumonia and peritonitis complicating chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. [Stephen Jackson, Mark Caulfield]

Tony Jackson’s mate Brian Wykeham Webb was a consultant paediatrician at Taunton and Somerset Hospital. Webb died at the age of 96 some two years ago in the British Legion Dunkirk House. He lived at West Monkton, Taunton. Tony Jackson and his pals facilitated a paedophile/trafficking ring linked to Dafydd’s gang at the London Hospital. Brian Webb was a colleague of Jackson’s based in Somerset and was involved in training Top Docs in Somerset. Junior docs from the London medical schools have been placed in Somerset hospitals for years. I have discussed the paedophile ring in Bridgwater that had links to Dafydd’s gang in previous posts…

Now whoever could have been organising that?? I am only sorry that Brian Webb has pegged out, if the old bastard was still alive and kicking I’d have popped down to West Monkton and asked him a few questions about that ring and about the deaths of Brown’s mum and dad and my friend’s baby… As well as other matters that can be directly linked to the Top Doctors of Somerset, as discussed in previous posts.

I presume that the Stephen Jackson who co-authored Tony Jackson’s obituary is one of Tony’s relatives, possibly his son. Previous posts have mentioned Pete Jackson, who shared our house on Anglesey when we were students and being targeted by the gang. Pete Jackson I have recently been told supplied fallacious statements to Top Doctors about me when asked and doctored as tape recording that he had made one day of my friend Anne and me at home which was then used as evidence of our insanity or crimes or something…

Anne was killed by the gang in April 1986. She and her friend Geoff Johnson were on their way to a friend’s wedding, a girl called Steph. Steph had been studying medicine at Sheffield University but she withdrew and was training as a psych nurse in Oxford…

I’ve received info that Pete Jackson might have been a relative of Tony Jackson’s. Pete Jackson’s family lived in Wednesbury and his dad was the Head of a school in the Wolverhampton area. Pete’s brother was I think an accountant. I don’t know anything else about his family except that his Auntie Joan wrote him quite sweet Auntie-ish letters about his cousin Roger. I think that Auntie Joan might have lived at Shifnal…

 

Mark Caulfield, who coauthored Tony Jackson’s obituary with Stephen Jackson, is Director of the William Harvey Research Institute and Prof of Clinical Pharmacology at Barts and the London Hospitals, part of Queen Mary University of London:

Mark

Mark Caulfield graduated in Medicine in 1984 from the London Hospital

So Prof Caulfield is another graduate of the institution which was in partnership with Dafydd and co. Caulfield graduated in the midst of the massive scrap involving Wendy Savage and the year in which Brown and I made complaints about Gwynne the lobotomist and in which I wrote to the GMC about him. They refused to take action; the President of the GMC at the time was Issy Kolvin’s mate Lord John Walton. The GMC refused to take action against Dafydd some three years later when I wrote to them. Issy’s mate Walton was still President of the GMC. Just before I wrote to them, there had been five complaints about Dafydd in one month, one concerning a death. No action taken.

Wendy Savage, the Socialist Feminist Woman Who Fought The Male Medical Establishment, sat on the GMC, for I think, eight years.

and trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension and translational clinical research.

Previous posts have discussed the ring at Bart’s which was facilitated by Dafydd’s mate Prof Linford Rees, the father of Angharad Rees, 1970s siren who starred in ‘Poldark’. Angharad was married to Christopher Cazenove who hit the big time in ‘Dynasty’ with Joan Collins et al. See previous posts, including ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’. Linford was Prof of Psychological Medicine at Barts and before Linford occupied that role it was filled by Professor Anthony Clare, one of Dafydd’s old network from the Maudsley. Barts had a long and glorious history of people known to Dafydd, the father of Dafydd’s mate Lady Juliet Bingley, Reginald Vick was a surgeon at Barts throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. See previous posts…

In 2007, 2009 and 2011 his research has been independently rated amongst the top ten scientific discoveries in his field. In 2009 he won the Lily Prize of the British Pharmacology Society, in 2015 he won the Genome Valley Award at BioAsia and in 2016 the Bjorn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension. Since 2008 he directs the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Barts. He was appointed Director of William Harvey Research Institute in 2002 and was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and was President of the British Hypertension Society (2009-2011).

He is an NHS consultant in the Barts Blood Pressure Clinic within the Barts/William Harvey European Society of Hypertension Centre of Excellence. He raised £25m toward the William Harvey Heart Centre which created a translational clinical research centre and was the academic leader that created the Barts Heart Centre bringing 3 hospitals together in 2015 to create the UK’s largest heart centre (includes UCLH Heart Hospital, the London Chest Hospital and Barts). He served on the 2011 NICE Guideline Group for hypertension and leads the Joint UK Societies’ Working Group and Consensus on Renal Denervation. Since 2014 he has been one of the top 200 most highly cited researchers in the world in genomics according to Thomson Reuters. In 2013 he became an NIHR Senior Investigator.

In 2013 he was appointed Chief Scientist for Genomics England, charged with delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project on whole genome sequencing in rare disease, cancer and infection. As chief scientist Mark leads on all scientific activities for Genomics England. He engages with NHS scientific teams and the general public to promote, explain and enthuse about the 100,000 Genomes Project. He also oversees a coalition of 2500 researchers which comprise the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership.

Mark Caulfield’s LinkedIn Profile tells us that he is:

  • Director of the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London

     – Present 15 years 8 months

    Since 2003 I have directed the largest Pharmacological Institute (350 clinicians and scientists) in the UK focused on translational Cardiovascular, Inflammation and Endocrine Research.

  • Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

     – Present 20 years 2 months

    Professor Caulfield has held a senior academic post with the crooked Top Doctors of Barts and the London Hospital for a long time. Since the year before the publication of the Waterhouse Report…

    I lead a Centre for Clinical Pharmacolgy including Vascular Pharmacology led by Prof Amrita Ahluwalia, Molecular Genetics co-led by Profs Patricia Munroe and Shu Ye and Transplant rejection pharmacology led by Atholl Johnston. I co-lead The European Society for Hypertension Centre for Excellence at Barts and the Willliam Harvey and Cardiovascular Clinical Research with Dr David Collier and Mel Lobo.

  • London Hospital Medical College

    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine

     – 

  • Bishop Douglass RC Comprehensive School

     – 

Mark Caulfield’s colleague Dr David Collier’s details are provided as:

Centre: Clinical Research Centre

Email: d.j.collier@qmul.ac.uk 
Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 5666

Profile David is interested in recruitment and patient engagement and ran the successful “Future of Clinical Trials in the UK?” meeting in 2008 and “Everything you wanted to know about clinical trials but were too afraid to ask” for PCRN and Barts NIHR Cardiovascular BRU in 2011. Clinical Trials- Sharing Our Stories in July 2013 included trials patients, U3A members and co-ordinators, health psychology undergraduates from Florida State University, and sixth form students from a wide area under the banner of Trials Connect.

He is co-holder of an MRC programme grant examining recruitment methods for clinical trials (START) with the NIHR PCRN Research Recruitment Methods Group (ResRecMG), and is part of the NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Barts and The London.

David founded the East London spoke for the Primary Care Research Network for Greater London (PCRN-GL).

Renal Denervation with Dr Mel Lobo was a UK first in 2010 which yielded both a front page banner headline in the Daily Telegraph and National TV news on News at 6 O’clock and News at Ten for Dr Lobo and Fred Quatromini.

The first case in the world of renal sympathetic nerve denervation to bilateral renal arteries was done here as part of this study cohort.The subsequent publication in the Lancet for Dr Lobo and Professor Caulfield for Symplicity 2

Patients presented with David to the audience at both of the National Symposia on Renal Denervation – the first in October 2011 (Fred Quatromini), the second in 2012 (Sheila Milson and Anthony Henry), both at the Royal College of Physicians.

After the First UK Symposium on Renal Denervation in 2011, there was an initial meeting of the Joint British Societies to develop guidelines for renal denervation. Subsequent meetings developed a consensus statement and two of our patients, John Bold and Anthony Henry, contributed to meeting discussions and provided comments on the statement, especially with reference to the suggested patient information sheet for the procedure.

Research: Dr David Collier is Research Fellow and Joint Clinical Director of the William Harvey Research Institute Clinical Research Centre. Now based at the Heart Centre at Barts, David ran the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcome Trial (ASCOT) team for Professor Caulfield at Barts/London, which broke the national record for recruitment into such a trial (recruiting 1157 patients). As top academic recruiters for several studies across over a decade, this team has contributed to high-impact work such as ILLUMINATE, with 148 patients (NEJM 2007 Barter, Caulfield et al ).

ASCOT became a landmark trial and precipitated the development of joint NICE/BHS guidelines for hypertension after the publication of the Blood Pressure Lowering Arm (BPLA) in the Lancet in 2005 (prior to this time there had been separate NICE and BHS (British Hypertension Society) Guidelines on the treatment of hypertension in the UK- which had been unhelpful.

ASCOT impacted the lipid guidance from NICE on statin use in primary prevention of ischaemic heart disease and stroke- bringing routine use of statins for people at elevated absolute risk, regardless of starting levels of cholesterol.

The experience of ASCOT and local GP’s reactions to it such as “what did you do with Mrs Smith that I hadn’t done- you got her pressure down?” led David to obtain initial funds as unconditional educational grants from rival pharma companies Pfizer and Merck and to design HiLo, a health services intervention trial. Having designed the trial interventions with Dr Catherine Will (then Cambridge, now University of Sussex) and piloted them at Chrisp Street in Limehouse, the design was developed with Dr John Robson and Prof Sandra Eldridge.

I am wondering if Dr David Collier is anything to do with Joe Collier, who worked as a pharmacologist at St George’s Hospital Medical School for most of his career. Joe Collier trained at St George’s as well. Joe Collier liked to think of himself as a leftie, he wrote letters to ‘The Guardian’ and published a book called ‘The Health Conspiracy’ in 1990, in which he critically analysed the effect that Big Pharma and right wing Gov’ts were having on the NHS and universities. A lot of people really did not like Joe Collier publishing that book and then a few years later it was Joe Collier who flagged up that the computerised admissions system for applicants to the medicine degree at St George’s was programmed to discriminate against ethnic minority applicants and women. Joe Collier had never been popular but the knives began to be sharpened in earnest then.

Joe Collier remains quite a hero in the eyes of the We’re Doing It For The Poor contingent. I imagine that Uncle Harry’s nephew is quite fond of him.

Joe Collier’s book ‘The Health Conspiracy’ was very good and a lot of what he predicted happened. However Joe Collier knew about an equally big conspiracy and he has never said a word about it. He knew that St George’s was facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and had been since he was a medical student there. He knew that the institution was riddled with corruption, that patient harm and even deaths were being concealed and that research fraud was rife. Joe, the man who exposed the in-built discrimination of the St George’s admissions system, rejected a young woman who had applied to do medicine at interview because she ‘wasn’t feminist enough’. Joe Collier also knew that I was unlawfully forced out of my job at St George’s and that someone in his own Dept had broken my equipment, that everyone ignored my requests for it to be fixed and I was ordered by my PhD supervisor to work with broken equipment. Joe’s colleague Patrick Vallance found me working with broken equipment, gave me a bollocking, told Joe and neither of them spoke to me again. They were supposed to be assisting with my supervision.

Joe and Patrick were a double act, Patrick was Joe’s junior colleague and protege. Like Joe, Patrick was a leftie and Spoke Out against Big Pharma. So imagine everyone’s surprise when, a few years later, after Patrick had become a very, very big name in clinical pharmacology, Patrick left academia after being headhunted by er Big Pharma. A lot of people were very angry and stated that Patrick had Done It For The Money. Patrick, when interviewed a few years ago on ‘The Life Scientific’ on Radio 4, stated that he didn’t do it for the money, he did it because the research facilities in industry were so much better than those in universities. He might well be right there, at least he won’t be ordered to work with broken equipment.

Patrick made it as far as being President of Research and Development at GSK – on a global basis, not just of GSK’s sub-branch in Basildon – which is seriously impressive. Last year Patrick was made yet another offer too good to refuse. He was appointed the British Gov’ts Chief Scientific Officer. He is still there.

Eeh I remember Patrick when he was Joe’s minion and he used to work in’t lab, well I say lab but it were more like garden shed really, eeh and Patrick and I would always be first in in’t morning, except for the Japanese men in’t lab along corridor, they’d usually be in by 6-30 am and eeh by the time we got in, they’d have already killed and cut up a few rabbits and Joe would turn up at about 10, having cycled in from Hampstead on’t mountain bike and eeh then there were that time when the Top Docs on’t labour ward nearly killed woman with eclampsia because they didn’t know what to do so they rang Patrick him being one Top Doc wit’ brain and they were in’t right panic because they’d killed woman wit’ eclampsia only two year previously because they didn’t know what to do so eeh Geoffrey Chamberlain, Cilla’s friend, he wrote Report blaming t’ midwife eeh because they couldn’t blame one of Chamberlain’s team, Chamberlain being friends wit’ Royal Gynaecologist who delivered William and Harry, eeh oo’d have thought that Patrick would now be sitting there drinking Chateau de Chassolais…

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It’s called a shit bomb Theresa. You should never have appointed so many people to high office on the basis of them having taken part in the kicking of me and my friends all those years ago while you were a Councillor for the Borough of Merton, just down the road from St George’s, when the ring that they facilitated operated in er Merton. You were Chair of the Education Committee when I was hounded out of my job by Patrick and his friends. It has now exploded in your face.

The icing on the cake Theresa you pig ignorant fool, is that your Gov’t Chief Scientist spent years working with Salvador Moncada, now Sir Salvador, introducing him to people as a ‘Spanish pharmacologist’. Moncada is a former guerilla leader who took part in the civil war in El Salvador. His guerillas murdered innocent civilians as well as the soldiers whom they were at war with. Moncada is really called something else but I’m not sure what and to avoid a lengthy prison sentence in El Salvador, he somehow escaped to London where he was given sanctuary and a job as a pharmacologist. I don’t know how or why, because Moncada hadn’t done much medicine or science, having been very busy organising a guerilla movement. Furthermore he didn’t speak any English but was somehow writing academic publications within six months. As Brown once observed, ‘I don’t know who is writing Moncada’s publications but it isn’t him’. Read all about it in my post ‘The Trabant That Wants To Be A Ferrari’.

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Is there anyone as stupid as a politician who wants to be PM and who has done favours for the Top Doctors on the way up??

Patrick bagged a knighthood last year as well:

Sir Patrick Vallance
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My post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ discussed Ollie’s fellow soldier Professor David Baum and his Arty wife Angela; Baum was Prof of Paediatrics at Bristol University. Now for the Top Doc who was Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University at a lightly earlier time, while Dr D.G.E. Wood, who subsequently facilitated the gang in north Wales, was a medical student at Bristol University. Wood’s father was a Top Doc based in Bristol, so he’ll have known this man as well. Introducing Neville Butler.

‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Neville in March 2007, written by Harvey Goldstein:

The paediatrician Neville Butler, who has died aged 86, was professor of child health at Bristol University from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was particularly well known for pioneering longitudinal studies. This work started in the 1950s, when, with Dennis Bonham, through the National Birthday Trust, he set up the perinatal mortality survey, a study of all the 17,000 births in Britain during one week in March 1958, together with all the stillbirths and neo-natal deaths that occurred in the following three months.

Jeffrey Archer worked as a fundraiser for the National Birthday Trust after he graduated from Oxford; immediately after that, Tuppence worked as a fundraiser for Dafydd’s mates at the UNA. Tuppence of course grew up in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, just south of Bristol. See post ‘Tuppence And His Fragrant Wife’. John Cleese grew up in Weston and went to school at Clifton College…

In the early 1960s, the Plowden committee, which was studying primary education, decided to fund a follow-up of the perinatal mortality survey, when the children involved were aged seven. This study, located at the National Children’s Bureau and jointly directed by Butler and Mia Kellmer Pringle, became known as the national child development study, and continues to this day at the Institute of Education, with the “children” being followed up into maturity.

The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) was one of the many children’s organisations that was colonised by paedophiles. Peter Righton and Barbara Kahan were both involved with the NCB. Sir Paul Ennals, son of Dafydd’s mate David Ennals, was appointed Chief Exec of the NCB in 1988.

Together with Kellmer Pringle and that other pioneer James Douglas, who was responsible for initiating the 1946 birth cohort study, Neville achieved something quite unique in creating studies that could track the complete life course of children and families.

In 1970 he was the driving force behind the British cohort study, which also still continues to provide information, and in retirement he remained indefatigably active, giving immense support to the establishment of the Millennium cohort study, which was begun in 2000.

These projects have been emulated around the world and are generally accepted as unsurpassed providers of crucial data about the growth, education, employment and life histories of the general population. They are used by social and other researchers, and are much in demand by policymakers. Butler himself provided evidence for three royal commissions (Plowden, 1967; Court, 1976; and Warnock, 1978).

Dame Josephine Barnes who, along with her husband Sir Brian Warren (Ted Heath’s close friend and personal physician) facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring, was a member of the Warnock Committee. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’ Baroness Mary Warnock, who Chaired the Committee, was completely out of her depth, but that was the point: Warnock was the dummy in the Chair, a Lady Professor of Philosophy from Oxford so ooh we’re not taking orders from Vested Interests such as Top Docs and fertility scientists. Who’s on the Committee? Josephine Barnes who will have barked orders at Warnock. Warnock herself knew about the organised abuse in Oxfordshire from her earlier roles in civic life in Oxford. See previous posts.

For his achievements, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and of the Royal College of Physicians.

To ensure the continuity of this work, in 1983 he founded a charity, the International Centre for Child Studies, of which he was director until his death. A major emphasis of the centre’s work is to support multidisciplinary, longitudinal studies in Britain and worldwide, and in 1997 a sister organisation was established in the US. Most recently, Butler provided inspiration and support for a new think tank, Longview, directed by another of his long-term collaborators, John Bynner, and dedicated to carrying forward the development and use of life-course longitudinal studies.

Born in Harrow, the son of a GP, Butler was educated at Epsom college, before attending Charing Cross hospital medical school. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (1942-44), and his career as a paediatrician began soon after the end of the war at University College hospital. He moved rapidly to Great Ormond Street hospital for sick children, and, after a spell in Oxford, returned to Great Ormond Street, where he began to consolidate his reputation before settling in Bristol.

Josephine Barnes worked at Charing Cross as a Top Doc while the Gender Identity Clinic there facilitated abuse (see post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’) and then after seeing a market flogged gender realignment surgery on demand (see post ‘R.I.P. Julie Grant – and Many More). Lord Max Rosenheim, a friend of Harriet Harman’s Top Doc dad, reigned supreme at UCL and was responsible for the career success of people like Josephine Barnes who had spent their early careers at UCL and GOSH was ridden with organised abusers from at least the early years of the middle of the 20th century. See previous posts.

My own collaboration with Neville, as a statistician, began in 1965 and continued up to his retirement; we remained friends until his death. He introduced me to his extensive international work and contacts, especially his wide-ranging studies for the World Health Organisation. One of the most important of his projects was in Cuba, where he inspired a highly successful birth cohort study in 1972. This was modelled on the national child development study and, meticulously implemented, it provided a textbook example of how to design such projects. We continued to work in Cuba throughout the 1970s, both on this study and on an equally impressive child growth study.

Top Docs involved with the abuse network were often magnetically attracted to Cuba eg. Professor Patrick Pietroni (see ‘Error Of Judgement?’).

At home, one of Neville’s most lasting achievements was his work on smoking in pregnancy, using the 1958 survey data. Despite initial reservations – and even opposition – from within the profession, his work was eventually instrumental in persuading the research community and, most importantly, the then Health Education Council, to institute smoking cessation campaigns aimed at pregnant women.

The Health Education Council was established by Richard Crossman, who then appointed his friend Alma Birk as Chairman. Crossman like Alma because she was ‘A Great Girl For Birth Control’. The Great Girl for Birth Control was a former journo and Labour peer – Harold Wilson made Alma a Baroness after she failed to get elected to the Commons to enable the Labour Gov’t to give Alma Gov’t posts – who was married to Ellis Birk, a lawyer and TV executive who was Mr Big at the Mirror. See post ‘International Women’s Day! Let Us Celebrate With Jane…’ The Health Education Council finally died a death at the hands of the Tories some years after Thatch was elected as PM.

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As a colleague, Neville was both charismatic and totally demanding – physically and mentally. He would happily spend 24 hours at a time engrossed in writing up or reviewing research, and emerge ready for more work or meetings. His charisma meant that it was difficult to say no, but the intellectual challenges and rewards made the sacrifices worthwhile. He was an inspiration to more than one generation and his passing will be mourned by many.

Professor Neville Butler, a General in Oliver’s Army:

He is survived by his daughters Claire and Fiona.

Neville Roy Butler, paediatrician, born July 6 1920; died February 22 2007

Neville features of the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:

b.6 July 1920 d.22 February 2007
MB BS Lond(1942) MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1946) DCH(1949) MD(1949) FRCP(1965) FRCOG(1979) Hon FRCPCH (1996)

Neville Roy Butler, professor of child health at the University of Bristol, was a pioneer in the use of longitudinal studies of children in the UK. Born in Middlesex, he was the son of Cuthbert John Butler, a medical practitioner, and Ida Margaret Butler née Soman. He was educated at Epsom College, and then Charing Cross Hospital Medical School.

After qualifying in 1942, he held house posts at Charing Cross Hospital. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and then, following his demobilisation, he was a house physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Later that year, in 1950, he moved to University College Hospital, where he was a paediatric registrar and then paediatric first assistant. In 1954 he returned to Great Ormond Street as a senior medical registrar. Three years later, he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician to the Oxford and Wessex Regional Health Board. In 1963 he returned once again to Great Ormond Street, as a consultant and senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health. He finally settled in Bristol, where he was professor of child health from 1965 until his retirement in 1985.

Neville was at the wheel when the more disadvantaged parts of Somerset were hit by a sex abuse ring during the 1970s with links to Dafydd’s gang.

It was during the 1950s that, in collaboration with Dennis Bonham through the National Birthday Trust, he set up the 1958 Perinatal Mortality Survey, a study of all 17,000 births in Britain during one week in March 1958, together with all the stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the following three months. In the early 1960s the Plowden Committee, who were studying primary education, decided to fund a follow-up of the Perinatal Mortality Survey when the children were aged seven. This study, located at the National Children’s Bureau and jointly directed by Neville Butler and Mia Kellmer Pringle, became known as the National Child Development Study (NCDS), and still continues to this day.

These members/colleagues of a trafficking ring were gathering data on thousands of children without the knowledge, let alone consent, of the children or their parents. The data was shared with a huge network of abusers and used to target potential victims. The victims were tracked for years and if they had not fallen for various methods to snare them when they were at school, they were tracked when they were young adults, via colleges, universities, Top Docs, hospitals etc. I was told weeks ago that those we know and love tracked me – and others – thus, which is why Wood targeted me when I was at UCNW. It was known at Gov’t level that this was happening, but then the Top Docs in the DHSS, such as Sir Douglas Black and Dr – later Baroness – Elizabeth Shore – were members of the gang.

Everyone knew that all the teams carrying out ‘research’ on children, their health, their education etc had been infiltrated by organised paedophile gangs. The security services watched as they targeted certain people and then they watched when, as  young adults, Brown and I stood up to the gang and our friend was murdered.

Does ANYONE have an explanation for this? There are thousands of people who were being pursued by this network and the targets were usually forced into sex work and either dead or in a ropey way by the time that they were 40. I am fortunate in that I lived and acquired an education which has enabled me to find all this out. Now, I would like someone, of the many whom are now reading this blog, to explain why it was OK for us to be targeted by a gang of sex offenders.

I have received a communication about yet another girl with whom I went to school, asking me if I remember an incident… I do. She was my friend but a bit older than me. When she was 14 she was attacked by a group of young men in Bridgwater Lido. There were about five of them and she was violently sexually assaulted. I sat with her afterwards and the incident was reported to Wendy Harris, the French teacher at Chilton Trinity School.

It was reported to Harris because the blokes who attacked my friend were French and they had intermingled with our group because we had our French pen pals with us on a school exchange visit. They weren’t part of the school exchange, they were much older, they had literally targeted our group and when they saw my friend on her own for a few minutes away from the rest of us, they assaulted her. Wendy Harris was hopeless, utterly hopeless. My friend was in a terrible state, she was crying and shaking BUT she pointed the young men out, she identified them, they were still hanging around. That incident really should have been reported to the police, it was serious. No, just another awful thing that happened to a kid from Bridgwater so it was ignored…

Because my friend was older than me, she left school before I did and we lost touch. I remember being surprised when she told me that she wasn’t sitting any O levels, because she was academically very able and at the time of the French exchange visit, she was the best at French out of all of us, very, very good. I have been told now that her life really fell apart after that assault and she had great difficulties.

Never mind the IICSA and the denouncing of Boris Johnson for his ‘crass language’, there seems to be a great many people with a lot of explaining to do.

Well??

It has also occurred to me that those in Gov’t knew which unscrupulous, criminal Top Docs to commission for these large scale population surveys in which most people would have refused to participate and created uproar if they had an inkling of what was going on. In the wake of it dawning on the world in the late 1980s that AIDS was not simply a Gay Plague, the UK Gov’t wanted to find out how prevalent the HIV virus was in the general population. It was decided that a a good way of gathering data would be to test all women attending an ante-natal clinic in a UK hospital over a period of time. There were huge ethical problems in that many citizens’ groups opposed it because those who were found to be HIV + weren’t going to be told and a lot of people wrote to MPs etc stating that they would not give blood to a Top Doc under any circumstances until there was a reassurance that this plan would not go ahead.

The Gov’t did go ahead with the plan, on the advice of the Top Docs. But they stopped discussing it in public fora. No-one actually said that the plan had been abandoned, they just let the public forget about it. I found out years later which hospital had been used: it was St George’s. While I worked there. Every woman who dropped into the antenatal clinic had their blood taken for what they were told were the bog standard antenatal tests and it was tested for HIV without their knowledge.

Because of the effect of AIDS at the time, I can understand why some Top Docs thought that the testing programme was justified. I’m not quibbling about that. But I am interested that it was St George’s that was selected. The Head of the Obs and Gynae Dept was Geoffrey Chamberlain, who was a Top Doc facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Chamberlain and the Dean of St George’s, Sir William Asscher – Asscher was also facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring – would do anything, anything at all. That was why St George’s was selected.

So what other secret Gov’t research took place at St George’s then? Can Sir Patrick Vallance the current British Gov’t Chief Scientist tell us, because he was working there at the time…

In 1970 he was the driving force behind a further birth cohort study, the British Cohort Study, which also began with a perinatal survey of 17,000 babies. Surveys at 10 and 16 followed – the second managed by a charitable foundation, the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS), which he established in 1983. Subsequent surveys took place at ages 26, 30 and 34 and, replicating the NCDS, half the cohort members’ children were also studied.

Finally, Neville gave his immense support to the setting up of the Millennium Cohort Study, which began in 2000. With hypothecated funding from the Labour Government via the Economic and Social Research Council, the study comprised a whole years’ births (amounting to 20,000 babies) and, by increasing the sample size in electoral wards with known demographic characteristics, boosted the representation of ethnic minority and disadvantaged families. Individual government departments supplemented the study’s initial budget for their own policy purposes, and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments also offered additional support. Such developments can be seen as one of Neville’s crowning achievements – government signing up to the research agenda that he had pursued throughout his professional life.

Internationally, Neville Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint and source of knowledge for both developed and developing countries overseas. A sister organisation to ICCS was established in the USA in 1997. Either by invitation, or as a technical adviser and consultant to the maternal and child health and international classification of diseases (ICD) sections of the World Health Organization, Neville advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to other countries. One of the most important of his projects was in Cuba, where he inspired a highly successful birth cohort study in 1972. Modelled on the National Child Development Study and meticulously implemented, it provided a textbook example of how to design and implement such studies.

After retiring from his role of director of ICCS, Neville’s commitments continued unabated. He helped pave the way for the collaboration between the Institute of Education, University College, Institute of Child Health, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and ICCS that formed the Joint Centre for Longitudinal Research. Through co-sponsorship between ICCS and NatCen, the establishment of the think tank Longivew followed, devoted to promoting and improving longitudinal and life course research.

In all these ventures Neville Butler was a guiding influence. The birth cohort studies, which he did so much to pioneer, have been emulated in many other parts of the world and are now generally accepted as unsurpassed providers of crucial data about the growth, education, employment and life histories of the general population. They are used by social and other researchers, and are much in demand by policymakers at all levels. It is a tribute to his stamina and dedication that these studies are now accepted as essential tools both by researchers and policymakers.

He was a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1984 he gave the Cuthbert Lockyer lecture at the RCP.

His wife, Jean (née Ogilvie), whom he married in 1954, predeceased him in 1998. He was survived by his daughters, Claire and Fiona.

This account of Butler’s life and career was written by his colleagues Harvey Goldstein and John Bynner.

‘The Times’ published an obituary for Neville Butler:

Neville Butler’s research into human development over time improved the lives of children and families throughout the UK and around the world. Through his tireless efforts he produced priceless information about the health, development, social wellbeing, education and lifestyles of thousands of British families.

He initiated and sustained two of Britain’s world-renowned research resources, namely the National Child Development Study (1958) and the British Cohort Study (1970). Where others concentrated efforts on only one aspect of child development, he pioneered a multidisciplinary approach. His example and publications are used by researchers all over the world.

The ultimate objective of these observational and interventional studies is to improve health, education and family life for future generations. Important medical, social and developmental indices arising from the data are of immense value to both practitioners and policymakers in medicine, education and social science.

It is the longitudinal aspects of these two unique continuing studies that gained Butler a national and international reputation. Many studies have produced valuable cross-sectional information, but this cannot compare with the complete picture of a generation which ensues from longitudinal work.

Without Butler’s dedication spanning nearly 50 years it is difficult to see how these studies could have survived. His charismatic leadership brought together teachers, medical officers, health visitors and nurses to carry out the national fieldwork voluntarily.

Butler liaised with policymakers in both Houses of Parliament and presented evidence based on his work to various select committees in the Commons, including the Social Services Committee. In addition the work was an important source of evidence for three royal commissions. (Plowden 1967, Court 1976 and Warnock 1978).

Remarkably, he embraced all this national and international work entirely voluntarily and in parallel with full-time clinical duties within the NHS.

Neville Butler was born into a medical family in 1920 and educated at Epsom College and Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. In the 1950s and 1960s he had two spells at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, before moving to Bristol in 1966. Here he was consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol until retirement in 1985. He was awarded the highest NHS merit award (A+) for his clinical achievements.

Those NHS merit awards -a salary bonus scheme, the A+ award doubled a consultant’s salary – caused massive bad feeling among Top Docs. It was alleged that they were allocated on the basis of cronyism and nepotism and were unrelated to one’s performance at work. A number of Chamberlain’s colleagues had A+ awards, as I am sure he did himself.

Butler helped to bring together obstetric and newborn care after his original national perinatal mortality survey, carried out for the National Birthday Trust Fund. This was the first in the world and still serves as a model. The results, which have been used widely by obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives and general practitioners, emphasised the need for careful selection of high-risk mothers, better care in labour and for more postmortem examinations on babies dying around the birth period. It was also one of the forerunners of the widely used clinicopathological perinatal conferences.

Butler’s definitive work on antenatal care has done much to change the way birth is managed in Britain and forms a basis of current perinatal care. For these achievements he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians. Other medical honours included the Harding Award for Services to Handicapped Children and an invitation to present the Cuthbert Lockyer Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.

In order to ensure the continuity of multidisciplinary longitudinal studies in the UK and worldwide, Butler founded the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS) in 1983, which he continued to direct until his death. This led in 1997 to the establishment of a sister organisation in the US, the International Centre for Child and Family Studies, of which he was president. He was also a trustee of Longview, a foundation dedicated to putting the results of longitudinal studies at the heart of public policymaking. Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint for both developed and developing countries, and forged links with more than 40 countries. As a consultant with the WHO, Butler advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to many other countries.

Recognising the value of these studies, the Economic and Social Research Council underwrote support for the foreseeable future. This national resource is housed in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education at London University, where Butler was a visiting professor.

The research resources now include the new Millennium Cohort Study, comprising a study of more than 19,000 babies (with added representation for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), with which Butler worked closely from inception. The centre has provided information for the Government on social exclusion, problems of literacy and numeracy, and also on medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma.

Butler’s vision of using longitudinal studies to understand human lives was ahead of its time. Through the advances in modern information and communications technology this vision is now being realised on an ever widening scale.

Butler is survived by his two daughters.

Professor Neville Butler, paediatrician and social researcher, was born on July 6, 1920. He died on February 22, 2007, aged 86

The University of Bristol website  offered its contribution:

28 February 2007

Neville Butler, Emeritus Professor in the Division of Child Health, died recently. Dr Diana Pomeroy reviews the life, career and legacy of a man who was ‘tireless and dedicated in pursuing his passion for understanding human lives’.

Neville Butler achieved something quite unique to improve the lives of children and families throughout the UK and beyond. Through his tireless efforts he produced priceless information about the health, development, social well-being, education and lifestyles of thousands of British families.In this context he initiated, and was the prime mover in establishing and continuing, two of Britain’s world renowned research resources, namely the National Child Development Study (1958) and the British Cohort Study (1970). Where others may have concentrated efforts on only one aspect of child development, he pioneered a visionary multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development. Testimony to this is available in over 130 books and publications used by researchers all over the world.

The ultimate objective of these observational and interventional studies is to diminish or prevent in future generations adverse factors in health, behaviour, education and family life. A range of important medical, social and developmental indices arising from the data are proving of immense value both to practitioners and to policy makers in the fields of medicine, education and social science. Neville Butler has liaised with policy makers in both Houses of Parliament and has presented evidence based on his work to various Select Committees in the House of Commons, including the Social Services Committee. In addition the work has been a major source of evidence for three Royal Commissions (Plowden 1967, Court 1976 and Warnock 1978).

Remarkably, he has embraced all this important national and international work entirely voluntarily and in parallel with full-time clinical duties within the NHS. He was Physician to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and then Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol. For this alone he was awarded the highest NHS Merit Award (A+) for his clinical achievements.

Another exceptional achievement was in establishing and continuing to accrue knowledge of perinatal medicine and bringing together under one umbrella obstetric and newborn care. His original national Perinatal Mortality Survey, carried out for the National Birthday Trust Fund, was the first and most comprehensive in the world and still serves as a model. The results, which have been used widely by obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives, general practitioners and others in the field, stressed the need for careful selection of high-risk mothers, better care in labour, and more post-mortems on babies dying around the birth period. It was also one of the forerunners of the widely used cliniopathological perinatal conferences. Neville Butler’s definitive work on antenatal care, smoking in pregnancy, foetal growth, postmaturity and optimum place of delivery have done much to change the way birth is managed in Britain and form a basis of the present perinatal care. For these achievements he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians. Indeed, he has been honoured by his medical colleagues on a number of occasions, including the Harding Award for Services to Handicapped Children and a special invitation to present the Cuthbert Lockyer Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.

It is the ongoing longitudinal aspects of these two unique continuing studies that gained Neville Butler a national and international reputation. Many studies have produced valuable cross-sectional information, but this cannot compare with the complete picture of a generation which ensues from longitudinal work. It is remarkable that in an entirely honorary capacity he has devoted nearly 50 years of his life to planning and progressing these studies.

Without such dedication it is difficult to see how these studies could have survived. Through his charismatic leadership and foresightedness he managed to enthuse and inspire his colleagues and facilitated those from various disciplines to work together harmoniously. It is indeed a prodigious feat in itself to bring together teachers, medical officers, health visitors and nurses to carry out voluntarily the national fieldwork throughout the first two decades of the lives of both cohorts.

In order to ensure the continuity of this work he founded in 1983, and continued to direct, the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS), a registered charity, until his death. A major emphasis of the ICCS is to support multidisciplinary longitudinal studies in the UK and worldwide.This led in 1997 to the establishment of a sister organisation in the US, the International Center for Child and Family Studies, of which he was president.

This sister organisation in the US has been carrying out research parallel to that being done on the British National Cohort Studies and has opened up new fields of collaborative study between the two countries.

Through Neville Butler’s previous work and via the charity he has played a major role in raising over £1 million in research funds from industry, commerce, charitable trusts, foundations, Government departments and Research Councils.

Internationally, Neville Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint and source of knowledge for both developed and developing countries overseas. In fact the national work has achieved such acclaim that links have been developed with over 40 countries. Either by invitation, or as Technical Adviser/Consultant to the Maternal and Child Health and ICD Sections of the World Health Organisation,  Neville Butler advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to many other countries. He also initiated, for the Pan American Health Organisation, an ongoing national longitudinal study in Cuba, which also formed a model that other countries are following.

The complete data gathered so far in these two British Cohort Studies is now housed in a computerised databank at Essex University where it is available for bona-fide research workers all over the world. Considerable use has been made of this for secondary analysis in the US.

Bona-fide?? What does one do if the bona-fide research workers are sharing the data in the pursuit of serious organised crime?

Recognition of the value of the studies is shown by the fact that the Economic and Social Research Council is underwriting support for the foreseeable future. This national resource is now housed in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education, London University. CLS was established in 1998 following the move from the Social Statistics Research Unit at City University and before that the National Children’s Bureau. Neville Butler played a significant role in the development of the new Centre in his role as Visiting Professor.

The research resources now include the new ‘Millennium Cohort Study’ comprising follow-up of over 19,000 babies with added representation for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with which Neville worked closely from inception. The aim is to undertake vital intergenerational, intragenerational and intercohort studies on the cohort members and their offspring. The Centre has provided information for the Government on social exclusion, problems of literacy and numeracy, and medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Neville Butler was also a Trustee of a new venture, Longview, established with colleagues in the Institute of Education, University College and the National Centre for Social Research, along with other experts in longitudinal research. Longview is dedicated to the development of longitudinal study and to ensuring that its findings are at the heart of the policy process.

Neville Butler was tireless and dedicated in pursuing his passion for understanding  human lives and finding solutions to the problems of growing up in changing times. His vision of using longitudinal studies to build the knowledge needed was ahead of its time. Through the advances in modern information and communications technology, this vision is now being realised on an ever-widening scale in Britain and across the world. Neville’s foresight and commitment was inspirational and rewarding, personally and scientifically, to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His contribution to the science of human development forms a legacy of huge benefit to all of us.

The Radio 4 programme ‘Last Word’ featured Neville Butler and the write up of the programme said re Butler:

Professor Neville Butler
Paediatrician who has died aged 86.

The concept of researching the lives of large numbers of people from the moment of their birth to adulthood is now taken for granted. These so-called longitudinal studies – which tracked thousands of participants – were pioneered by Professor Neville Butler who has died aged 86. Professor Butler began his career as a paediatrician at University College Hospital in London. He later moved to Great Ormond Street before becoming professor of child health at Bristol University – a post he held for twenty years. In the 1950s, Neville Butler saw the potential of longitudinal studies for revealing a wealth of important medical and social information. He set up two major pieces of research – in 1958 and 1970 – which are still in progress today. The influence of his work was seen in the TV series Seven Up which tracked the progress of a cohort of children at seven year intervals.

Matthew Bannister talks to Professor Butler’s daughter Claire Satow and to Heather Joshi who succeeded him as Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Professor Neville Butler was born July 6th 1920. He died 22nd February 2007.

 

Neville Butler’s friend and colleague Harvey Goldstein (born 30 October 1939) is currently Professor of Social Statistics in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the University of Bristol. From 1977 to 2005, he was Professor of Statistical Methods at the Institute of Education of the University of London. Butler was elected a Fellow of the British Academy Academy in 1996, the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry.

Professor Harvey Goldstein
Qualifications:
1961 BSc Honours in Mathematics Manchester University
1962 Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics University College London
Current Appointments:
2005- Professor of Social Statistics,
University of Bristol (0.3FTE)
2004- Professor of Statistics,
UCL Institute of Child health (0.2 FTE)
2004- Visiting Professor,
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1992- Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia
Past Appointments:
1977-2005: Professor of Statistical Methods, London University Institute of Education
1972-1977: Senior research officer, National Children’s Bureau, London.
1964-1972 Lecturer, Institute of Child health, London
Awards and Honours:
2001 Honorary Doctorate, Open University
1996- Fellow, British Academy
1991-1999 Fellow, Royal Society of Arts:
1988 Guy Medal in Silver, Royal Statistical Society
2006 Declined CBE in New Year Honours list
Research interests:
Multilevel modelling: developing methodology, software and training materials.
Educational assessment, international comparisons, and performance indicators.
Development and application of missing data techniques, especially in record linkage.
Recent grants :
Multilevel Multiprocess Models for Partnership and childbearing Event Histories
01/10/02 to 30/6/05 ESRC H33250044
Developing multilevel models for realistically complex social science data.
1/10/03 to 28/2/07 ESRC RES-000-23-0140
LEMMA2: Learning Environment for Multilevel Methodology and Applications”, ESRC (NCRM node), £688,942,
April 2005 – September 2008
LEMMA 3: Longitudinal Effects, Multilevel Modelling and Applications”, ESRC (National Centre for Research
Methods node), £1.4m, October 2011-September 2014

Professor Goldstein is a chartered statistician, is currently joint editor of the Royal Statistical Society’s Journal, Series A, has been a member of the Society’s Council and was awarded the Society’s Guy medal on silver in 1998. He was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1987, and a fellow of the British Academy in 1996. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in 2001.

 

Another colleague of Butler’s was Professor John Bynner:

Professor Bynner was Director of Longview from 2005-2010. Before that he was Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute for Education, University of London, 1998-2003, leading the Centre’s work on the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort study (BCS70).

Previous posts in the Institute of Education include Director of the Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies; Executive Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, and first Director of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).

John Bynner

John Bynner; UCL, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences

Readers who concentrated hard while reading this account of the Top Doctors who did everything possible to assist a gang of paedophiles and international traffickers, might have noticed that this post has mentioned the name of a few paedophiles’ friends whom I have not followed up, including a very big one. I haven’t gone to sleep while blogging, it is just that they are so splendid that I want to do them justice in another post…

The Logic Of Medicine

Earlier posts have discussed Top Doctor Sir Douglas Black, a recent towering figure in UK medicine. In my post ‘Too Many Pills’ I mentioned that Black served as Chief Scientist for the DHSS, 1973-77, while Gwynne the lobotomist, Dafydd and the gang and the Westminster Paedophile Ring not only continued to do whatever they wanted but expanded on their activities. While Douglas Black was Chief Scientist, the problems of the en masse organised abuse of children in care and the use of the psychiatric system to conceal this had reached the level of serious organised crime. The Children Act 1974 which was the handiwork of years of effort on the part of Leo Abse and other members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring (see eg. ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’) resulted in hundreds of kids being taken into care and handed over to gangs like Dafydd’s.

Douglas Black and everyone else at the top of the medical establishment and the DHSS not only knew that this was happening but they actively facilitated it. Black had been colluding with organised abuse and criminality for years which was why he was selected for the Chief Scientist role. Black was seconded to the DHSS from Manchester University where he was Professor of Medicine. A gang in partnership with Dafydd’s gang had existed at Manchester University for a long while. Professor Hugh Freeman and his colleagues were pals of Dafydd’s and Freeman had been the leading light in psychiatry in Greater Manchester and Salford since the early 1960s. Freeman was assisted by his colleagues Professor Mervyn Susser and Susser’s wife Professor Zena Stein (see post ‘The Science Of Animal Behaviour’) and Dr Michael Tarsh, who’s expert opinion played a role in the wrongful conviction of Stefan Kiszko for the rape and murder of Lesley Molseed (see post ‘Theatre of the Absurd’). Before Hugh Freeman got off in the ground in a big way, Dafydd’s other mate Professor Kenneth Rawnsley worked at Manchester with his colleagues, facilitating abuse.

In 1966 Rawnsley relocated to Cardiff where he became Professor of Psychological Medicine, a post in which he remained for many years. In that position Rawnsley was responsible for upholding standards of care and training in psychiatry across the whole of Wales. Not only did Rawnsley collude with criminality in south Wales, including the sex offending of George Thomas, but Rawnsley reassured everyone that there were no problems at all in north Wales and Gwynne’s lobotomies and Dafydd’s dungeon in which victims of a sex abuse gang were illegally imprisoned constituted acceptable standards of care. Rawnsley’s wife, Dr Elinor Kapp, was a child psychiatrist who was a leading light in George Thomas’s medical charidee work. See post ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’

The Top Docs were not the only people at Manchester University who gave Dafydd’s gang a helping hand. Dorothy Emmet, a philosopher who was friends with Bertrand Russell and his circle – from 1955 Russell lived at Penrhyndeudraeth, was friends with Sir Clough and Lady Amabel Williams-Ellis at Llanfrothen and the Welsh Bloomsbury set who used the services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd themselves – worked at Manchester and Isabel Emmett, a social anthropologist based at Manchester, married a man from Cwm Croesor and was well aware of the reign of terror exerted by the gang over local people. Their colleagues at Manchester University, some of them very big names in their fields eg. Profs Max Gluckman and Bill Mackenzie, also provided scaffolding for Dafydd et al. See eg. ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’.

Douglas Black had been at Manchester long enough to know them all or at least what they were doing. Black worked at Manchester University from 1946-77, becoming Prof in 1959. From 1977, Black was Emeritus Prof.

In 1974, just after Black had been seconded to the DHSS, Dafydd’s old mate and former boss Dr Bob Hobson relocated from the Maudsley, where he had run an organised abuse ring, to Manchester University, where he expanded the ring already there. See post ‘The Mentor’.

My post ‘International Women’s Day! Let’s Celebrate With Jane…’ discussed the career of Welsh Angel Baroness Jean McFarlane who was party to substantial crime and, proving a useful idiot, was rewarded by high office in the RCN, places on Gov’t committees etc. In 1974, Baroness Jean was appointed as the first Professor of Nursing in England, at Manchester University. McFarlane had completed a sociology degree at Bedford College, where Bertrand Russell’s son Conrad, the 5th Earl Russell, taught.

These developments must have been an initiative from the senior management at Manchester University, or as it was called then the Manchester Victoria University. The VC of Victoria Manchester University, 1969-80, was Sir Arthur Llewellyn Armitage. Armitage also served as President of Queen’s College, Cambridge, 1958-70 and VC of Cambridge University, 1965–67.

Born in Marsden, West Yorkshire, Armitage was educated at Hulme Grammar School and Queen’s College, Cambridge. He went up to Cambridge in 1933 where he gained a degree in Law. After graduation, Armitage spent two years at Yale on a  Commonwealth Fund Fellowship and was called to the Bar in Inner Temple in 1940. Armitage became a Fellow and Tutor of Queen’s College, Cambridge  in 1947.

Lord Michael Havers and Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who both concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well as the crimes of Dafydd’s gang (see previous posts), were members of Inner Temple. It has been admitted that when Havers was Attorney General, he blocked the prosecution of the diplomat Sir Peter Hayman over child porn offences, as well as other high society child sex offenders. Sir Cecil Havers, the High Court judge who was the father of Michael Havers and Butler-Sloss, was also a member of Inner Temple, as was Mr Thrope.

Ioan Bowen Rees, Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council while the paedophile ring was given carte blache to operate within Gwynedd’s child protection services, was a graduate of Queen’s College, Cambridge. See post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ Prior to running Gwynedd County Council, Ioan ran Dyfed County Council; a paedophile ring operated via Dyfed’s Social Services, which had a direct link with the gang in north Wales.

Armitage served for five years in the British Army during WW II.

Armitage’s appointment in 1969 as VC of the Victoria University of Manchester caused over 3000 students to occupy the main University building in protest over the lack of consultation on the appointment. Armitage later served as Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors.

In his later years, Armitage Chaired a series of Gov’t committees under  Callaghan and Thatch, including the Social Security Advisory Committee; the Armitage Committee, set up to review the rules governing the political activities of civil servants; and an independent Inquiry into lorries and their effect on people and the environment.

Armitage was President of Cambridge University Cricket Club, 1965-70.

Armitage was knighted in the 1975 New Year Honours List, as the rumours about Mr Thrope’s behaviour swirled and those with the more sensitive antennae realised that something might eventually come of all this. 1975 was also the year in which the Children’s Act was passed, which resulted in hundreds and hundreds of children being removed from their families and passed over to the ‘care’ of gangs like Dafydd’s. Previous posts have described how those we know and love very obviously prepared for the bonanza…

 

Sir Douglas Black was appointed as Chief Scientist to the DHSS when Sir Keith Joseph was Secretary of State for the DHSS. Joseph was an MP for a Leeds constituency on the manor of Jimmy Savile’s crime empire and had been in the Tory party for many years, since before the Profumo Affair; Joseph had concealed much wrongdoing. See previous posts.

Prior to Douglas Black being appointed as Chief Scientist, Joseph had appointed Barbara Kahan as his children’s social work adviser. Barbara Kahan had colluded with abuse for a very long time, as had her husband child psychiatrist Dr Vladimir Kahan. The Kahans had been the facilitators of the ring in Oxfordshire and a number of social work managers who were later named as abusers trained under Barbara Kahan, including Louis Minster, who later became the Director of Social Services for Richmond-upon-Thames. Once Babs had been appointed by Keith Joseph, she remained as an adviser to Gov’t, children’s charidees and other bodies, long after Joseph was a busted flush. See post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’.

The combined actions of this crowd produced such catastrophic results that it cannot have been accidental and neither could people at senior levels have ‘not known’.

As someone who could be relied up to facilitated abuse and criminality, Sir Douglas Black was of course given other senior roles, including that of President, Royal College of Physicians 1977-83 and President of the BMA, 1984-85. Black was President of the Royal College while Mary Wynch was illegally arrested and imprisoned by Dafydd and the gang and was President of the BMA when Brown and I were on the receiving end of blatant threats and demands to withdraw our complaint about Gwynne and when Mary Wynch won her case against Dafydd and the gang and appeared in the London broadsheets.

The Secretary of State for the DES, Sept 1981-May 1986, who presided over the havoc at UCNW caused by Gwynne, Dafydd and the gang, including when Brown and I complained about them, was Sir Keith Joseph. Not only did I find that when we were undergrads, Joseph had information about Brown and me that we had never given him or any of his colleagues, but Joseph left the DES approx one month after my friend and house mate Anne, a PhD student at UCNW, was killed by the gang in a car crash.

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Sir Douglas Andrew Kilgour Black (29 May 1913 – 13 September 2002) was born in Delting, Shetland in 1913, educated at Forfar Academy and studied medicine at the Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews, graduating in 1933.

Norman Lamont, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1990-93 and was a member of the Tory Gov’ts who concealed the criminality of Dafydd’s gang and linked gangs, grew up in Shetland, where his father was the Islands’ surgeon. Lamont’s father would have known Black’s father, a Minister of religion. See previous posts for details of Norman’s biography, including the events involving Miss Whiplash aka Lindi St Clair, who was doing business in a property rented from Lamont. Lamont was friends with Woodrow Wyatt, who was a friend of Bertrand Russell and the Williams-Ellis’s, which suggests that Lamont’s father could well have known Gwynne the lobotomist.

Dafydd’s friend and partner in crime Professor Robert Bluglass who concealed Dafydd and the gang’s criminality in 1989 (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’), trained at St Andrews. Bluglass was an enthusiastic member of the St Andrews alumni association. St Andrews was a magnet for the toppest of the Top Doctors and those who didn’t train there were often associated with the University or town, even if they were simply members of the grandiose golf club there, the Royal and Ancient and used it as a networking opportunity, such as Lord Robert Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick kept the lid on Top Docs crimes in Scotland when he worked at Edinburgh and Dundee and in England, when he was Dean of Medicine at Sheffield and then at Leicester. After years of loyal service at Leicester, in 1989 Kilpatrick was headhunted to become President of the GMC. See post ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’ Kilpatrick was at the GMC in 1995 to ensure that Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, someone who concealed criminality in north Wales and facilitated the linked abuse ring at St George’s Hospital Medical School, didn’t come to any harm when Chamberlain was caught in a research fraud scandal. See eg. post ‘Now Then…’ Once Chamberlain was safely off the hook, Kilpatrick stood down as President.

In 1977, David Ennals, Jim Callaghan’s Secretary of State at the DHSS, asked Douglas Black to Chair an expert committee to investigate health inequalities and the resulting Black Report was published in 1980. The Black Report was loved by Top Docs and the Labour Party and was used as evidence of Ah the doctors they are wonderful and are Doing It For The Poor. By the time that Douglas had published his Report, Thatch was PM and her Gov’t did everything possible to suppress it, including producing only 260 photocopies of the Report and distributing them on a Bank Holiday Monday. Patrick Jenkin, the Secretary of State for the DHSS, who, like Ennals before him, concealed Dafydd and the gang’s wrongdoing, refused to implement any of Black’s recommendations. Patrick Jenkin was a barrister and member of Middle Temple, like Ronnie Waterhouse; they knew each other quite well. Jenkin had served as a Councillor for Hornsey in the early 1960s, before Hornsey Labour Party was taken over by Jeremy Corbyn and The Loony Left but when it was still facilitating organised abuse. There was a reason why Jezza and his mates were able to take over Hornsey Borough Council, one only has to look at the corrupt old farts who were in situ previously…

Patrick Jenkin’s son Bernard and Bernard’s wife Anne are both Tory peers. See previous posts.

Thatch’s hostility towards the Black Report was used to fuel the arguments that Fatcher Wouldn’t Listen To Medical Advice and would Cut The NHS. Brown was told in 1983/84 that the Social Science Research Council was probably abolished by the Tories because of their hatred of the Black Report and their fears that social scientists might start applying for research funding to produce work that confirmed Black’s findings.

What no-one mentioned and what Brown and I certainly didn’t know was that not only was Black a pal of Gwynne and the gang, but David Ennals was an even bigger friend of Dafydd et al and was part of the Westminster Paedophile Ring himself. Ennals was the Labour MP for Norwich North, 1974-83 – he entered the Lords after that – and facilitated abuse in Norfolk as well as elsewhere. Ennals had numerous links with Dafydd and the gang, including via his work with the UNA, with MIND, as a Home Office Minister and then during his years in the DHSS as a Minister under Richard Crossman, when Crossman ran the whole of the DHSS for the benefit of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and then as Secretary of State. See post ‘The Science Of Animal Behaviour’.

Another reason why people on the left believed that Douglas Black was an OK bloke was because of his ‘uncompromising stand against the apartheid regime in South Africa’. Dafydd’s accomplices Mervyn Susser and his wife were South African and founders of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. David Ennals was Chairman of the AAM, 1960-64. David Ennals’ brother Martin was Secretary General of Amnesty International, 1968-80 and a founding member of the AAM. Martin also become Secretary General of the NCCL, which famously disgraced itself by campaigning for paedophiles’ rights in the 1970s. John Ennals, David and Martin’s brother, also served as Chairman of the AAM, 1968-76, as well as Vice President of the World Federation of the UNA; Secretary General, World Federation of UNA, 1946-1956; and Director, UNA of UK & N Ireland, 1966-1970. Dafydd and some of his close friends have been involved with the UNA for years and Jeffrey Archer worked for the UNA after he graduated in the 1960s. See previous posts. John Ennals also served as Vice-Chairman of Oxfam and was appointed Director of the UK Immigrants Advisory Service in 1970.

John Ennals was a member of the ASTMS, the union lead by Lord Clive Jenkins, who was probably the worst advert for the trade union movement that there has ever been. Jenkins boasted that his hobby was ‘organising the middle classes’ and that was what underpinned his success. ASTMS was a union of professional people, including many who worked for the NHS. They knew about the criminality and neglect on the part of the Top Doctors and used their knowledge to further themselves. ASTMS evolved into MSF and the same game continued to be played. The MSF reps at St George’s Hospital Medical School were corrupt and did very nicely out of keeping quiet about the paedophile ring which the Top Docs were facilitating. Clive Jenkins is credited for having been the person who ensured that the Windbag become Leader of the Labour Party. See previous posts.

John Ennals was General Secretary & Tutor in International Relations, Ruskin College, Oxford University, 1956-1966. Matt Arnold, who later became Head of Bryn Estyn and Peter Howarth, who was given a job at Bryn Estyn by Arnold, met at Ruskin in the mid-1960s, when Arnold was a tutor and Howarth a student. Arnold and Howarth worked at Axwell Park Approved School, Gateshead, where there were complaints that boys were abused and both relocated to Bryn Estyn in 1973. Howarth was jailed for 10 years for the abuse of boys in care in north Wales in July 1994. Arnold died of an ‘unspecified blood disease’ four days before Howarth’s trial began.

Sir Paul Ennals, David Ennals’ son, was/is Chief Exec of the NCB (National Children’s Bureau), with which Barbara Kahan was involved.

There was no shortage of Radical Anti-Apartheid activists who were in the thick of facilitating and/or concealing organised abuse and the Westminster Paedophile Ring.

Janey Buchan, the Labour MEP for Glasgow, 1979-94 and wife of Norman Buchan, the Labour MP for West Renfrewshire (which evolved into Paisley South), 1983-90, was on first name terms with Nelson Mandela. Janey Buchan was a big name in Scottish Arts n Culture and served as a Strathclyde Councillor during the 1970s. She knew about the organised abuse in Glasgow and the appalling mental health services there. Doris Heffer, Eric Heffer’s wife, worked as Norman Buchan’s secretary, as well as her own husband’s secretary. Heffer and Doris were part of Dafydd’s Merseyside branch – Doris had good links with the Top Doctors, having worked as a medical secretary – and did Dafydd and the gang many favours. See post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’.

Janey and Norman Buchan will have known Alexis Jay, who is currently Chairing the IICSA. Jay was a social worker for Strathclyde and her husband was a social work manager. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’.

Mr Thrope was an keen supporter of the AAM and there were complaints about Trevor Huddlestone’s  improper conduct towards children, but because he was Trevor Huddlestone it didn’t get very far, although Huddlestone conceded that the two boys who’s parents kicked up a fuss were not lying. See previous posts

Professor Debra Skene was an anti-apartheid activist who left her home country of South Africa and pursued her career in the UK because she was so unhappy living under apartheid, although being from an affluent white family, Debra was one who benefited from it. Debra has spent most of her career at the University of Surrey working with Professor Vincent Marks’s team. Vincent is the brother of the former BMA President Dr John Marks, who for years was the key co-ordinator in the BMA’s efforts to conceal the criminality of Dafydd, Tony Francis et al and wreck my career into the bargain. In the course of this, John Marks’s criminality almost equalled that of Dafydd et al and Vincent Marks became involved in plagiarism and research fraud, with which some of Debra’s colleagues assisted. See previous posts eg. ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’.

There were many other such anti-apartheid activists who colluded, it was inevitable when so many on the left who were involved with causes such as CND -Bertrand Russell was THE leader of the CND movement for years, no-one was going to say a word about him and his mates – concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring and associated organised abuse every bit as much as people on the right did.

Douglas Black didn’t have any principles, so we cannot read anything into his stance against South Africa. He could just as easily have been returning a few favours for Dafydd’s mates. As for others, of course people like Debra Skene didn’t like criminal pompous Top Docs, but they weren’t prepared to take a stand against them if it meant losing their jobs. It was easier to fight apartheid because other people were doing that as well and would help you. It also gave one a lot more kudos with certain big wigs than did supporting Mary Wynch, kids in care or psych patients. People did know that something terrible was happening; it was two of Debra Skene’s colleagues who, in 1988, were the first people to tell me that Jimmy Savile was molesting children and had even been warned about his conduct.

 

When Douglas Black died, the Indie published his obituary on 17 September 2002. Extracts included:

Of Douglas Black’s many achievements in medicine…persuading the
profession in the 1940s and 1950s that the National Health Service was a
good thing…

Sir Douglas was one of those complete bastards who had the reputation of a Saint because, like Sir George Godber, another complete bastard who propped up Dafydd and Gwynne and other criminals until the day that he died (see previous posts) and many others, Sir Douglas Helped Create The NHS.

he is best known for his 1980 Black Report, which spelled out the social
inequalities in health and proposed ways of reducing them. In 1977 the Labour Health Secretary, David Ennals, chaired a committee investigating social inequalities in health, and commissioned Black to write a report. The result was published – or, more accurately, suppressed – just after the Conservatives had come to power. It was not to Margaret Thatcher’s liking and was never printed; instead, 260 photocopies were half-heartedly distributed…

The report nevertheless had a huge impact on political thought in the UK and overseas – it lead to an OECD assessment of health inequalities in 13 countries – though not on UK government policy.

Again and again, Top Docs and others who were at the very heart of concealing serious crime and organised abuse were hailed as saintly geniuses by WHO, the UN and OECD and busied themselves writing reports for and advising such bodies. See previous posts.

A shorter version was later published by Penguin, as Inequalities in Health: the Black Report (1992). Black provided convincing figures that showed what many suspected – that the poorest had the highest rates of ill-health and death – and argued that these could not be explained solely by income, education, mobility or life style, but were also caused by a lack of a co-ordinated policy that would ensure uniform delivery of services.

Douglas Black, like that other Top Doc who has built his whole career on Tacking Health Inequalities, Professor Michael Marmot, knows that health inequalities are substantially fuelled by the frank discrimination towards the most needy groups by the NHS itself. People with serious mental illness and learning disabled people are dying on average decades earlier than middle class professional people because of the dreadful attitude of NHS staff towards them and the frequent refusal to treat them for serious conditions. See eg. ‘Why So Many Die So Early’. Homeless people are also very badly served by the NHS. Michael Marmot is a psychiatrist himself and I have never heard him admit to what is happening to eg. psych patients and those with learning disabilities. See post ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’. And end to the discrimination against and the neglect of the most vulnerable groups would do far more to reduce health inequalities than the Screening which is so robustly promoted, simply because influential Top Docs have built their careers upon it and terrifying people with the prospect of Death From Cancer if they don’t Get Screened does wonders for the fundraising efforts of charidees, which are often huge slick organisations paying their most senior staff very high salaries.

Housing, diet, smoking, drinking etc are important factors but more affluent people also drink and eat unbalanced diets and they are not wiped out like the homeless are. Black et al were/are always happy to stress that poverty has deleterious consequences, but at the same time they continue to demand so many resources for their own colleagues that there is no will for a hard battle to divert some of that funding away from the NHS and into social care, which is far more important for many people than a machine that goes ping or another public health consultant to berate poor people for being fat, while Dafydd’s colleagues continue to wield the prescription pad with alacrity, loading their patients up with anti-psychotics at high doses for years on end, with disabling and sometimes even lethal ‘side effects’.

It recommended health goals, tax changes, benefit increases and restrictions on the sale and advertising of tobacco. Patrick Jenkin, the Social Services secretary, estimated with a shudder that Black’s proposals, which he hinted were little short of outrageous, would cost an unthinkable £2bn a year. Some years later, when the Health Education Council brought out a further report, The Health Divide (1987), the press conference to launch it was cancelled by the
Director General.

I haven’t yet found out who the Chairman of the Health Education Council was at the time, but that organisation did not have a glorious history. It was established by Westminster Swinger Richard Crossman, who in 1969 appointed his friend the Great Girl For Birth Control, journalist Baroness Alma Birk, as the first Chairman (see post ‘International Women’s Day! Let’s Celebrate With Jane…’). On 6 July 1972, Hansard recorded that Keith Joseph, in a reply to Dr Gerard Vaughan (another Top Doc and Tory MP who knew Dafydd and Gwynne and was a most loyal servant of theirs, as discussed in earlier posts), stated: ‘I have today appointed Sir Harold Evans, Bt., CMC, OBE., as Chairman of the Health Education Council with effect from 1st January, 1973. On that date Sir Harold will take over the chairmanship of the council from Baroness Birk, who has agreed to remain in post until the end of the year. Sir Harold will become a member of the council in the meantime. I would like to take the opportunity to express the Government’s thanks to Lady Birk for the contribution she has made to health education in her period as Chairman of the council’.

I’m not sure if the Sir Harold Evans appointed as Chairman of the HEC by Joseph was the same Sir Harold Evans who was Editor of ‘The Times’; Alma Birk’s husband was Mr Big on the Mirror newspaper (see post ‘International Women’s Day! Let’s Celebrate With Jane…’) and Alma wasn’t a Top Doc or medical scientist herself, so it’s not as though one needed to know anything about medicine/healthcare to Chair the Council… Whoever the Sir Harold was, he will have been appointed on the basis of his ability to keep schtum and exert influence in high places, particularly as Richard Crossman and the Swingers were all still alive and swinging.

“There were,” said Black afterwards, strong denials that ministers had in any way tried to influence the abandonment of the press conference, but the very strength of the denials implied they were untrue.

Thin, gentle-mannered, poker-faced and self-effacing, Black was deeply
moral,

One look at with whom who Black worked and over that which he presided at the DHSS, the Royal Colleges, the BMA and the GMC (of which he was also a member) can only mean that this is untrue.

always serious and frequently extremely funny. His after-dinner
speeches were received in rapt attention, as to miss a moment of that
soft Scottish voice was to miss a joke. He could, and usually did make
people laugh till it hurt. He pen-nib was razor-sharp: when Diane
Blood was refused permission by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology
Authority to use her dead husband’s sperm, because it contravened the
rules, he wrote: ‘People banded together are capable of follies and excesses beyond what the same people, acting as individuals, would perpetrate on other
individuals. Such activities may be termed corporate tyranny…
Medical ethical principles are made for people, primarily for
patients and not the other way round.’

Black and his colleagues were a fine example of people banding together and producing the most enormous follies and excesses, in the face of which ethical principles were completely forgotten. There are numerous other examples.

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Of his postgraduate training: We learned by the principles of Wackford Squeers, a somewhat underrated pedagogue.

No doubt everybody had a chuckle over the port, but the reality was indeed that medical education was so brutal, so bizarre and so mediocre that if a good doctor came out of the other end it was in spite of, not because of, it.

Black was born in the Shetlands, a son of the manse, which, he said,
gave him the twin advantages of poverty and culture: We didn’t even have a radio but we had plenty of books, so I was able to read and think.

Such an upbringing can have great value, but Black and many others somehow left some of the most important values behind in the manse. My posts ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ and ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’ discusses the extent to which organised abuse, particularly in north Wales, was facilitated by Nonconformity and named a few high profile people eg. George Thomas, Margaret Thatcher and Harold Wilson’s wife Mary, who were pin-ups for Methodism but colluded with serious criminality. In some parts of the UK until not very long ago, being a Methodist Minister, Deacon, elder or lay preacher gave one as much kudos as being a Top Doc does in many circles today. People are not supposed to abuse those positions and their associates and colleagues really are very foolish if they allow that to happen.

There was a reason why children of the manse were afforded respect Gordon and you rather lost your way.

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Most of [Black’s] childhood was spent in Kirriemuir, the “Thrums” of J.M.
Barrie, where he attended Webster’s Seminary, and Inverarity, from
where he attended Forfar Academy… when Black was offered a research fellowship at Oxford (“this was wealth, in the purely academic sense, beyond the dreams of avarice”)…Black served in the RAMC, 1942-46, studying fluid and salt balance and thus saving the lives of wounded and sick servicemen. He caught hepatitis from a contaminated yellow fever vaccination (“Plato suggests that the best doctor is the one who has had most diseases himself”)…

Sir Charles Evans, the Top Doctor who served as Principal of UCNW, 1958-84 and allowed the gang to use the place as their vehicle, trained at Oxford, qualified in 1942 and joined the RAMC. Charles Evans was mates with Gwynne the lobotomist and allowed Gwynne to sit in the Student Health Centre at UCNW causing havoc; Douglas Black will have definitely known Evans by the time that Black was at the DHSS, but he almost certainly had met him at Oxford and/or in the RAMC as well years before. Sir Charles’s friend Dr Anne McCandless, who like Evans was a mountaineering Top Doc who didn’t much enjoy being a Top Doc and thus upset a great many people in her capacity as a Top Doc, worked as a paediatrician and Top Doc in various hospitals in the North West of England, around Manchester and Liverpool, as did her friends and colleagues. McCandless undoubtedly knew that some of them were abusing patients, but as with Charles Evans and Gwynne, she didn’t give a stuff, it was only the day job and there were more important things to think about. See eg. ‘Meet The Gwerin!’

Just a thought. In 1985 I was offered a place on an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine for the year 1986-87. A few weeks after Dafydd’s mate Dr D.G.E. Wood found out about it, my place was withdrawn but for a very odd and I know now unlawful reason. I was going to be a self-financing student at the LSHTM and I was offered the place on that basis and simply asked to provide a letter from my bank ( Lloyds) confirming that I was OK with them re not having bad debts etc and had an account. Lloyds were happy to confirm this. Some four weeks before I was due to begin the MSc, I received another letter from the LSHTM asking me for a letter from Lloyds confirming that I had, I think it was approx £10k, in my account ‘to sustain you while you undertake the MSc’. Of course I didn’t have this and nothing at all had been said about any such requirement when I was offered the place months before. The place was withdrawn on these grounds. I had no idea at the time that the LCHTM was crawling with Dafydd’s mates (see previous posts) and of course I did not know that Dafydd’s mate Lord Kenyon was a Director of Lloyd’s bank. Lord Kenyon was also President of UCNW, Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority, a member of the North Wales Health Authority, the most senior Freemason in north Wales, a magistrate  and much more. His son Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was infected with HIV and sexually abusing at least one boy in care in north Wales; it was recorded on the boy’s social work records. At one point, Thomas made a complaint of theft against the boy, some of the stolen items being Polaroid porn pics of him with the boy no less. The boy was charged and sent to a detention centre, Thomas faced no charges. The police destroyed the photos. See previous posts…

I have been told that the gang were behind the business of the unlawful withdrawal of my place on that Masters on the basis of a peculiar reason that I would never have been able to trace back to anyone who had directly threatened me, such as Wood or Tony Francis.

 

In 1946 [Black] took his demob suit and became Lecturer in Medicine at the Manchester medical school. Manchester was noted not just for its academic excellence

Lord Platt, Black’s boss at Manchester, may have been academically excellent by the standards of that time, but a look at the laughable ‘research’ produced by Kenneth Rawnsley and his colleagues suggests that Platt’s standards were not achieved by everyone. Professor Ken fancied himself as an anthropologist as well as a Top Doc and published some interesting theories of Mating Choices In The Human Female. Ken didn’t just confine his ideas to Black Savages In The Jungle, Ken did a bit of theorising as to the Mating Choices of The Human Females who were his patients. Ken’s own Choice Of Mate was a Lady Doctor who concealed sexual abuse on the part of George Thomas.

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He became Professor in 1959, by which time he had welcomed in
the new National Health Service and done much to make his colleagues
overcome their antagonism towards it. His research was prolific and diverse…He has also become noted for his social conscience and egalitarianism.

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In 1974 he was seconded to the Department of Health as its first chief
scientist. The mandarins blocked his work.

They didn’t block his collusion with the Westminster Paedophile Ring or throw a spanner in the works at Manchester University, where Douglas’s colleagues appointed people with a fine tradition of concealing patient harm and organised abuse to senior posts.

The Rothschild Report had urged the government agencies to sponsor only that research with immediate practical benefit and his view that this policy was
short-sighted fell on deaf ears.

This was a real fault of the Rothschild Report and Dafydd’s pals, including Professor Jerry Morris, were all very angry about it. Yet their own efforts were not reaping the benefits which they claimed would accrue and the Top Docs were, essentially, abusing their positions and accountable to no-one. See previous posts.

Things like the Rothschild Report were attempts to reign in the excesses; they were not the right answer, but the Top Docs brought it on themselves. The same situation led to the Tories’ obsession with NHS managers and with more recent Gov’ts preoccupation with targets etc. They are ludicrous ideas and have added to the burden of Top Docs who are trying to do a good job, but all Gov’ts have enormous problems with the Top Docs who Lead The Profession. Top Docs are infamous for not negotiating, for not being willing to change practices, for constant demands for higher salaries and huge quantities of money and the bottom line is always the same: cross our path and you’ll get a Top Docs’ strike and yes, we will let someone die and just see what happens to your Gov’t then.

When Nye Bevan negotiated the conditions of Top Docs’ service at the establishment of the NHS, Charlie Corkscrew aka Charles McMoran Wilson, 1st Baron Moran (see previous posts) squeezed Nye by the knackers until an eternally generous deal for Top Docs was agreed and one in which they dictated their own pay and conditions.

Charlie Corkscrew maxed out on his status as Winston Churchill’s Top Doc, 1940-65 and was the person responsible for the allegations that Churchill might have suffered from bipolar disorder. Whether Churchill did or not, it seems to have been the case that Charlie Corkscrew breached Churchill’s confidentiality and made up many of his more colourful claims about Churchill (see previous posts). It’s Part Of Medicine’s Long Tradition, it is written into the Hypocritic Oaf.

The Top Docs should have been challenged a long time ago and over the criminality of some of their number, not over nonsense such as targets; there is enough evidence to seize the assets of the BMA under proceeds of crime legislation. As well as the MDU…

 

Three years later he was elected President of the Royal College of
Physicians, a post he held until 1983 with huge success.

They loved him. Kids in care and psych patients were being found dead in north Wales, in Islington, in Lambeth, what would they have done without Sir Douglas Of The SWP and Health Inequalities?

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His two anti-heroines were Barbara Castle, who forced private patients
out of NHS hospitals, thus depriving them of facilities and forcing
doctors to waste time and energy on finding outside facilities

This is a Babs-related myth that both Babs and the Top Docs perpetrated but for different reasons. Babs publicly stated that she’d get rid of private practice in the NHS, which was at the time in the form of ‘pay beds’. The Top Docs gave her hell, Babs knew that she wouldn’t win against them and she also knew that by the time her ideas would be realised, if they ever were, the deeply unpopular Labour Gov’t would have lost office and been replaced with a Tory one who would find the bag of inherited manure on their desk. So Babs fudged it and part of the fudge was to, in 1976 along with Dr Death, set up the Royal Commission on the NHS, Chaired by Sir Alec Merrison, of which Baroness Jean McFarlane the Naughty Nurse From Manchester was a member. The Commission finally reported when er Thatch was in power.

Private practice did not disappear from the NHS, not even for 5 mins. The ‘wasting of time’ to find ‘outside facilities’ that Black was so pissed off by was part of the fudge to allow NHS consultants to continue private practice. Furthermore, outside facilities did not always have to be found. When I worked at St George’s, Prof Chamberlain’s private patients were giving birth in St George’s alongside the NHS patients, in the same ward. They were looked after by NHS midwives who were not paid a penny more and the admin was done by NHS administrators who were not paid any extra. The junior docs also looked after the private patients for no extra pay. The midwives used to get very frustrated because the private patients did not understand that they were being looked after by an NHS midwife who had another four ladies to look after as well and they would, understandably, expect the midwife to be with them all the time and them alone. The added extra that the private patients received was that Chamberlain would come into see them, no matter what time they were admitted and he would, if they wanted, deliver the baby himself. This was the arrangement with all the consultants’ private patients.

So where the myth of ‘Babs got rid of private practice’ ever came from I do not know. Babs was in a particularly difficult position re trying to do this, having used private medicine herself in an attempt to become pregnant. I presume that Babs went to Harley Street because I don’t think the treatment that she received would have been available anywhere else.

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and Margaret Thatcher, for charging “realistic” fees to overseas students,
thus eliminating what he felt was a remarkably cheap way of spreading
British influence around the world.

Soft power may be an excellent thing if used to curb the actions of murderous dictators and prevent wars, but the effect of British Top Docs involved with organised abuse and associated criminality at institutions like the Maudsley, St George’s, Tommy’s, Hammersmith etc training other Top Docs who subsequently occupied senior positions across the globe has been catastrophic. Do people think that the sort of international policing now required to curb trans-global paedophile/trafficking rings, drug dealing, money laundering etc has arisen because a few old men in flashers’ macs put their heads together over a dirty mag? Ooh the Images Are Available On Google. Christ that is the least of it, what we really need to be worrying about is Ooh Ollie Brooke’s friend is the Prof Of Paediatrics/Neonatalogy/Substance Abuse/Whatever in Washington DC.

 

He also abhorred her materialistic view of society.

So did I, but had Black and his mates supported Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor, me and, in the early 1990s, investigated the more than one hundred complaints about the abuse of kids in care in north Wales, the role of Thatch’s friends such as Jimmy Savile and Peter Morrison in it all would have been revealed and the Tories would have been out of office. But some of Black’s mates would have been in prison as well, thus Black covered it all up along with the rest of the Top Doctors and sadly materialism won the day.

Brown and I never had a Beautiful Lounge Suite and chintz curtains but that’s because we’d rather go without than hitch our fortunes up to a gang of paedophiles.

Lilibet and Phil have separate beds, as Michael Fagan found when he broke into Buck House, sat on Lilibet’s bed and had a fag:

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While President of the RCP he gave evidence for Dr Leonard Arthur, a
paediatrician who had allowed a Down’s syndrome baby with no hope of
survival to die, having nursing care only, at its parents’ request.

See previous posts for details of the Leonard Arthur case. Leonard Arthur was a paediatrician in Leicester, while the Top Docs and others were facilitating the paedophile ring in Leicestershire, who ordered the Angels to place a newborn baby with Down’s next to an open window, unwrapped and to give the baby no other care. To help the baby on his way to the Golden Institution In The Sky, Leonard Arthur ordered that the baby was to receive regular boosts of opiates. It was not true that the baby had ‘no hope of survival’, the only disability that the baby had was Down’s. It was true that the baby’s parents had asked Arthur to kill the baby. A jumped up know-nothing Angel was horrified at what was happening and reported the matter. Arthur was charged with attempted murder. ‘Attempted’ murder, because once the Angel had stopped Arthur killing the baby, the baby with no hope of survival survived.

When Douglas Black gave evidence in support of Leonard Arthur, Black was President of the Royal College of Physicians. This was of course flagged up at the time.

Leonard Arthur was defended at his 1981 trial by George Carman QC, who almost 10 years later, was retained by Greville Janner’s solicitor when Greville, a barrister and Labour MP for a Leicester constituency, was interviewed by the police in relation to sexual assaults on kids in care in Leicestershire. Arthur was acquitted after the Court heard how he was a Caring Man, ooh I’d trust him with my own children etc.

George Carman knew about Dafydd and the north Wales ring, he knew about the ring based at St George’s and was a neighbour of Geoffrey Chamberlain. Carman successfully defended Mr Thrope in 1979 and after Jimmy Savile died, a number of journos admitted that they had been given stories about Savile by credible witnesses but the knowledge that Savile had Carman at the ready if anything was published deterred all of them. The standard narrative is that the newspapers were frightened of Killer Carman. Er no. The newspapers were employing Killer Carman themselves when they needed him. He worked for the Mirror and he was hired by ‘The Sun’, most famously when the EastEnders actress Gillian Taylforth tried to sue ‘The Sun’ for libel.

George Carman successfully defended ‘Len Fairclough’ of Coronation Street fame when Len was accused of indecently assaulting two young girls. The girls were called liars by Len and by Carman. Len later admitted that he had been guilty.

Carman was about to take up a job in the judiciary in the Far East until he stayed in Leicester for the Leonard Arthur trial. Something or someone persuaded him to remain in practice in the UK instead and soon Carman was the hottest libel lawyer in the UK.

See previous posts including ‘No Ordinary Methods’ and ‘No Ordinary Methods – Supplementary Post’ for more info on George Carman and his network of lawyers, journos, gangsters and Top Docs.

Miranda was Carman’s pupil barrister. Cherie worked in Carman’s Chambers until 1988.

Killer Carman was famous for winning cases after producing evidence in Court such as diaries, recordings or home movies that people either did not realise had ever gone missing or belonging to people who had been burgled a few weeks previously. I have been told that boxes of documents that went missing from my properties – this happened on three occasions, letters between Brown and me were stolen, hundreds of them, detailing all the things that were happening to us and our friends over the years, documents belonging to F from his art school days were taken – and an undercover tape recording made of my friend Anne and I messing about one evening that was doctored by Pete Jackson, one of the boys who shared our house, have all found their way into the hands of journos and lawyers.

Can I have them back please?

Give them back Windbag, your friends Tony Francis and Dafydd shouldn’t have done it all, people don’t bloody well steal my property and flog it to third parties because Brown and I dared complain about a gang of sex offenders. Have I ever come into your house noting entirely benign matters and then spread ludicrous rumours about you, or stolen old letters or secretly recorded a harmless conversation and then spliced it to give a different impression?

 

He held high office in the General Medical Council, the British
Medical Association, the British Association for the Advancement of
Science, the Medical Protection Society and many others. He enjoyed
chairing committees, and tolerated neither waffle nor prevarication.

There was patient death and harm to conceal and only a limited amount of time before Douglas had to be off to the next meeting.

He had the rare knack of stopping conference speakers from overrunning
their time. He would be called in to adjudicate between rival
political groups and to help with tricky decisions.

The fixer who had the dirt on all the warring parties. It won’t have been difficult, the overarching theme will have been:

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He was one of the team that attempted to launch, unsuccessfully, the NHS lottery. He was kindness personified, and would find a consolation prize for those
whom he felt had been worsted in various dealings.

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He was a Fellow of most of the Royal Colleges, and of similar colleges
overseas. His many publications include Sodium Metabolism in Health
and Disease (1952), Essentials of Fluid Balance (four editions from
1959), The Logic of Medicine (1968), and, best of all, Recollections
and Reflections (1987) for the British Medical Journal’s Memoir Club.

There have been a number of cases of child abuse based on allegations that people have poisoned their children with salt and Top Docs who, like Douglas, were specialists in sodium metabolism have given evidence against them. The parents have all been jailed because a jury cannot believe that a Top Doc would lie in Court. I know that they do, a lot of them do and when they do, no other Top Doc will blow the whistle, even if they know that this is happening. It’s The Logic Of Medicine.

No-one seems to have asked themselves why any parent, even an abusive one, would force feed their child mountains of salt. It’s a rather eccentric form of child abuse, yet suddenly there was a spate of cases.

He was a man of immense learning, for example reading his way through
the three volumes of Ruskin’s Stones of Venice during spare moments in
the Athenaeum library…

The Athenaeum was the preferred club for Top Docs, Churchmen and Vice-Chancellors. Savile was a member, having been introduced by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1984. It was in 1984 that Brown and I made formal complaints about Gwynne and I wrote to the GMC about the matter in the same year. They refused to investigate. The Chairman of the GMC at the time was Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate, the Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Lord John Walton, a Top Doc who was managing the ring in the North East which supplied Dafydd and Gwynne et al with children and staff. After Savile’s death it was said that all those Top Docs felt very uneasy at having Savile among them but it wouldn’t have been cricket to have turned down Basil’s friend. The Top Docs have not yet explained why they allowed Savile to volunteer in NHS hospitals, turn up announced at others, sexually assault patients and then lied their arses off about them Not Knowing.

Basil Hume was born in Newcastle, the son of a Top Doctor. Hume has been accused of concealing abuse at Ampleforth College and of course on the part of the wider Catholic Church. Basil Hume was the brother-in-law of Civil Service mandarin Lord John Hunt, who served as Cabinet Secretary, 1973-79, when Sir Douglas Black was appointed as Chief Scientist and then Big Nurse Jean McFarlane rocked up as a Professor of Angels at Manchester University, just when Dafydd’s old mucker Bob Hobson arrived as well… See previous posts for further info on Lord John Hunt.

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The Athenaeam was the site of a number of enjoyable meals over which the appointment of Jimmy Savile to a managerial post at Broadmoor was discussed by Savile and a number of Civil Service mandarins, one being Brian McGinnis, a mandarin at the DHSS, who in retirement was banned from working with children and vulnerable people. After one such meeting, Savile turned up with his mate Alan Franey, a NHS manager from Leeds, who was subsequently appointed CEO of Broadmoor. Edwina Currie attended at least one of those Athenaeum noshes. After McGinnis retired, he was replaced at the DHSS by Clifford Graham, who was every bit as worrying. See eg. ‘The Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’, ‘A Pretty Classy Piece Of Operation’ and ‘The Old Devils’.

In April 1999, Basil Hume revealed that he had terminal cancer. On 2 June of that year, Lilibet awarded him the Order of Merit. Basil died just over two weeks later, on June 17 1999. The Waterhouse Report was substantially drafted by then and although it wasn’t published until Feb 2000, the right people had a pretty good idea of what Ronnie had written.

 

[Douglas Black’s] book reviews and other occasional writing continued to please a medical audience, mainly in his column, “Black Looks”, in the Royal
College of Physicians’ Journal, and in the BMJ. Of J.K. Galbraith’s
The Good Society (1996) he wrote: ‘Brought up in Scotland in the same tradition as Galbraith was raised in Ontario and, like him, nourished for decades on alien corn, I should warm to this book. And warm I did.’

Top Docs of Black’s generation loved saying things like this to lord it over lesser mortals re their reading and learning in the way that Lord Hailsham spoke in Latin to journos and roared at them to ‘look it up’ if they asked him to translate. Can a public spirited Latin scholar please send me the Latin for ‘why did you run a paedophile ring you pompous old fool?’, I’ve wanted to know for a while. I didn’t do Latin at school, I only know the Latin names for a few species. F did Latin but not to a high standard. He did however know enough Latin to ring up Dafydd one day and say a few words in Latin to him…

The gang used to like to believe that F was stupid but I noticed that a number of things that he said simply went over their heads. Such as that Latin to Dafydd over the phone. On one occasion, F was at the bus stop in Rachub and it was a few days after we’d been arrested on trumped-up charges by the gang (yet again) and we’d been dwelling on the subject of totalitarian regimes and suddenly a small van with a cage on the back zoomed past us. F yelled out ‘Christ it’s the South African police come for us’ and we just pissed ourselves laughing in front of a number of bovine expressions. F’s mum was South African, he knew all about the South African police and he had mates who had been carted around in one of those vans with a cage on the back… Not that we realised that Mervyn Susser was a mate of Dafydd’s.

He was knighted in 1973 and created a Knight of St John in 1989, but
is the only President of the Royal College of Physicians not to have
been appointed KBE. Thus the Establishment took its revenge. Equally,
he richly deserved but did not receive a peerage.

Sir Doug woz robbed! He probably should have been in the dock, he got off lightly.

Black opposed euthanasia but advocated advance directives (“living
wills”) to be made while still in good health, and practised what he
preached.

Was Sir Doug gang-raped by a load of old paedophiles and told that there was no evidence that any Top Doc had behaved unprofessionally?

He chaired expert committees on brainstem death and the
persistent vegetative state, and regarded some states as being worse
than death.

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At a talk in the 1980s he said he wanted to live till 90
and die young. He enjoyed his life and career, even the frustrating
bits (“my respect for politicians had ample room in which to grow”).
He made it to 89, dying of pancreatic cancer two years after
diagnosis, and after refusing infused nutrition after an unsuccessful
operation.

Previous posts have mentioned how many witnesses died weeks after diagnosis – Basil Hume perhaps?? – including some eg. Pat Pottle from Cwm Croesor, from pancreatic cancer, in Pat’s case in Aug 2000, shortly after he had returned to live in north Wales once more in retirement. See previous posts. David Ennals died from pancreatic cancer quite quickly as well, in 1995, the year before William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry, although Ronnie Waterhouse seemed to know that it was going to be happening by 1995…

Sir Douglas did rather better out of the Lottery Of Diagnosis. Like a lot of Top Docs, Sir Doug refused all the extras when he knew that his time was coming to a close. Top Docs usually do, because they know that there is sod all but a grim few months ahead, but they don’t explain that if they need More Funding for the NHS. Instead pleas are made on behalf of the increasing numbers of the very elderly who are ‘taking up resources’. Or at least the resources that the fat working class ones with type 2 diabetes who are not eating their Five A Day are not consuming.

From the Times, 26 March, 2003:

Memorial Service
Sir Douglas Black

A celebration and thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Douglas
Black…

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was held yesterday at the Royal College of Physicians, St Andrew’s
Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1. Professor Carol Black, President of the Royal College of Physicians, bade welcome. Professor R. Hugh MacDougall, Dr Teresa Heeks, daughter, Dr Norman Jones, Dr Oliver Wrong, Lord Turnberg and Professor David London gave addresses.

Miss Juliet Booth, soprano, accompanied by Mr Kelvin Lim, piano, sang
Ich will dir mein Herze schenken from J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion
and Mr Lim played the Sarabande from Bach’s Partita No 4.

Among others present were:
Dr and Mrs Andrew Black (son and daughter-in-law), Mr and Mrs Peter
Bird (son-in-law and daughter), Mr Robert Heeks (son-in-law), Miss
Jenny Heeks, Mrs Eileen Thorn, Mr Thomas Bird, Mrs Joy Bird, James
Bird, Elizabeth Bird, David Bird with other members of the family.

Lady Turnberg, Lord Walton of Detchant, Sir Donald Acheson,

Spot the accessories to serious crime: Dafydd’s mates Lord John Walton aka the Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sir Donald Acheson

Sir John and Lady Batten, Sir Richard Bayliss, Sir Cyril Chantler, Sir
Alexander Macara,

aka Sandy Macara, the Bastard of the BMA who’s only interest was More Dosh For Doctors

Sir Alan and Lady Muir Wood, Sir Denis Pereira Gray, Sir Henry Yellowlees,

Yellowlees was another Bastard, Ken Clarke noted that Yellowlees’ only interest was gongs for his mates. So Ken concealed the criminality in north Wales and at St George’s instead of having Yellowlees arrested.

Sir Christopher Booth, Sir John Grimley Evans.

Professor Christopher Dickinson, Dr A J Rowe, Dr Peter Farrant,
Professor Malcolm Forsythe, Professor Ian Gilmore,

Professor Ian Gilmore is a Top Doc from the branch of Dafydd’s empire on Merseyside

Professor J M Harrington,

Is this Professor John Harrington, Prof of Global Health Law at Cardiff University???

Professor Rodney Harris, Professor Richard Himsworth, Professor Brian Kirby, Dr Lionel Kopelowitz, Professor Allyson
Pollock,

Allyson Pollock has built an entire career on agreeing with whichever Top Doc’s pretence at a socialist policy will bring her great benefits. See post ‘More Summer Reading!’. Allyson will have loved Sir Douglas.

Professor Keith Prowse, Professor Thomas Whitehead and Professor Roger Williams…

Professor Roger Williams is the liver specialist from King’s College, London. Roger was George Best’s Top Doc and made the public appearances with George when George was yellow and skeletal, explaining that Top Docs had a duty not to be judgemental toward wife beating drunks like George and George Deserved A Liver. George got one as well and what Roger did not explain was that George broke every rule that the Top Docs laid down for transplant patients: he continued getting pissed, he didn’t stay near the hospital – when George’s liver arrived he was on holiday abroad and King’s knew it because they rang him at his hotel and told him to get back home quickly – and that liver was an NHS liver and the transplant was carried out using NHS facilities. Roger gave the impression that George footed the bill for a Private Liver and Private Transplant. See previous posts. George died anyway because he carried on drinking.

What a lot of Big Names From 1970s and 80s British Medicine attended that Memorial Service!

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The Guardian’s obituary for Sir Douglas included the text:

Tall, dour and armed with a mordant sense of humour, Sir Douglas Black, who has died aged 89, was a major influence… He was also among the most influential of the academics who, in the late 1940s and 50s, persuaded a reluctant medical profession that the national health service would be as good for them as for the public;

As we were constantly reassured by Uncle Harry, Dr Dannie Abse et al. The Lower Orders had a bit of free Cod Liver Oil and more recently their children were supplied with contraceptives, particularly those who were in care and being trafficked into sex work, but the NHS has been of rather more benefit to the Top Doctors and other higher socio-economic groups.

he eventually became a major architect of the NHS in the provinces.

Some services in the provinces, including in Wales, were acknowledged as being very poor indeed, as late as the the mid-1970s, by Mr NHS and Westminster Paedophile Ring himself, Prof Brian Abel-Smith. Abel-Smith had allocated much money for the building of hospitals in needy areas of Wales, but George Thomas snaffled all the money to build the University Hospital in Cardiff, because south Wales was where Thomas’s constituents and the mass of Labour voters in Wales were and the Top Docs at Cardiff, including Profs Kenneth Rawnsley and William Asscher, were personally concealing Thomas’s child molesting. See post ‘The Great Stink’.

Finally, behind the scenes both in and out of government, he studied and fought against socio-economic and medical inequalities around the world.

It was a spectacularly ineffective fight. Why did Douglas think that he lived to a good old age? Was it the prunes and cranberry juice or the fact that he didn’t grow up in a children’s home in north Wales and have Dafydd as his Top Doctor?

That was not the only thing forgotten in Rwanda, the genocide was forgotten until it was finished. I think it was in one of the charidees run by former Anglesey Tory MP Keith Best – who was one of those who directly concealed the criminality of the gang – that was found to be hosting some of the Top Docs who had been involved in carrying out the genocide in Rwanda. The Top Docs had sought shelter from the charidee by claiming to be Top Docs who had been tortured during the genocide.
Andrew Park, the crooked lawyer employed by the Welsh Office – Best was given a job as a Welsh Office Minister after I went to see him about Tony Francis and Gwynne and Best told me that there was nothing that he could do – used my letters of complaints about the gang as evidence that I was ‘harassing’ members of the gang.
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…in a resident post shortly after qualifying, [Douglas Black] encountered Walter Campbell, the young and brilliant Scottish abdominal surgeon.

Sir Douglas and his colleagues I am glad to say always learned at the knee of ‘brilliant’ Top Docs. Never incompetent insane old fools who abused and killed their patients. Except for Dr Death of course, who was research registrar at Tommy’s to Dr William Sargant, the Dafydd of London (see post ‘Dr Death’), but because so many people had so much to conceal no-one did the obvious and flagged up exactly what William Sargant (and we must presume Dr Death as well) actually did to patients, even after medicine did its best to pretend that William Sargant had never existed a la Gwynne the lobotomist and references to Sargant disappeared from textbooks. Dr Death managed to tell Peter Hennessey only a few years ago in a Radio 4 interview that Sargant was a wonderful boss and ‘as brave as a lion’. No-one said a word in public although there must have been a few people having private conversations along the lines of the one held between Brown and me which began ‘Christ, Dr Death defended William Sargant’s practices…’

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Black decided that there was much to be learned. When, in 1939, he was offered a medical research council grant at Oxford, he jumped at the opportunity….It was also realised that greater water and salt loss, resulting from disease or shock, could produce potentially lethal dysfunctions. (In tropical enteritic disease in infants, when both water and salt loss are severe, the effects can be so rapid that they mimic those of arsenic or phosphorus poisoning.)

Penny Phillips, an Angel who worked at the Hergest Unit, in which position she lied to protect Angels who were mistreating patients, was involved in charidee work supplying basics to save the lives of children at risk of dying from the conditions investigated by Black. Penny used to chat about supporting this work at the Hergest Unit. Penny later left the Hergest Unit and gained employment as a paediatric nurse.

In 1946, Black began his long career at Manchester University and the Royal Infirmary,

In the North West of England, along with Sir Charles Evans, Anne McCandless and their mates…See eg. post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’

initially under the great Sir Robert Platt. Here, he was able to incorporate the growing knowledge into his own medical studies, practice and teaching.

Sir – later Lord – Robert Platt was a huge big wig who had a very poor opinion of psychiatrists, so much so that he was appalled when a junior doc whom he considered capable told Platt that he wanted to go into that speciality. It was incredibly common for Top Docs to not take psychiatry seriously, indeed many still don’t, but Platt really loathed psychs. Platt knew about Gwynne and Gwynne’s umbrellas at Manchester, obviously didn’t like what they were doing, but didn’t do anything to stop them. Platt’s own wife was a psychiatrist. See previous posts.

Do you know, my wife has that little number for pin money and she hears all sorts of nonsense from those nutters. Gosh, I’ve found myself at the very top of the medical establishment and now I’ve been offered a peerage.

During his lifetime, Platt held the salaried position of Head of the Central Manchester Health Authority and he later (1957–1962) became the President of the Royal College of Physicians. During his Presidency, Platt was influential in the writing and publication of the first College report on Smoking and Health, which assembled all the evidence for a causative relationship. It predated the first report on smoking and lung cancer from the US Surgeon General, which appeared in 1964.

On 16 January 1967 Robert Platt was created a life peer as Baron Platt. On his death the baronetcy that he had been given before his peerage was inherited by his son: the life peerage became extinct.

Platt, like Sir Douglas, was a renal specialist. As was Sir William Asscher, who concealed the mountain of crap in Wales from the fortress that was the Welsh National School of Medicine/Cardiff University – where Asscher was Professor of Medicine, 1976-87 and Director of the Institute of Nephrology, 1970-87 – until 1988, when, in the wake of Ollie Brooke being jailed and St George’s almost disappearing in a mushroom cloud, William Asscher was headhunted to become Dean/Principal of St George’s. Asscher remained as Principal of St George’s until his retirement in 1996, following the mushroom cloud caused by the Pearce-Chamberlain research fraud scandal. See previous posts eg. ‘Now Then…’.

Sir William died in 2014, from bowel cancer. So either Sir William had been remiss in sending the sample of his turds back for Screening or the Screening didn’t work. The fact that even Sir William was not Saved By Screening does not demonstrate that Sir William was bitten on the arse by the research fraud and ineffective bollocks that he had done so much to perpetrate himself, it simply Proved That More Funding Is Needed. Now get your pink bra on and join that Fun Run, Money Needs To Be Raised To Save Lives.

Sir William’s colleague Geoffrey Chamberlain was married to Professor Jocelyn Chamberlain, who not only facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring along with her husband, but helped develop the Screening programmes for cervical and breast cancers. See previous posts. Now why would the Lady Doctor who was married to someone who was involved with the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the friend of Sir George Pinker, the Royal Gynaecologist who delivered William and Harry (see post ‘Wimmin’s Wellbeing – the Fortnum and Mason Connection’), have bagged a Chair in Gwynne’s old medical school and had her Screening programmes enthusiastically promoted by successive Gov’ts, although there are substantial problems inherent in them, such as er not actually being very effective? Jocelyn had five kids as well AND held parties for the posh, which supports the theory that she is an Inspirational Woman.

Jocelyn’s big break came in 1974, when she was given a senior lecturing job in the newly created Dept of Community Medicine at UCL. Richard Crossman died in April 1974, but as any fule kno, Death Shall Have No Dominion when there is shit this deep to cover-up and Jocelyn Knew. I Knew as well, not as much as Jocelyn, I was only someone who encountered the lobotomist of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and people tried to kill me and destroyed my career, so it’s one rule for Jocelyn and another rule for me. I am simply not Inspirational enough.

 

In this [Douglas Black] was an integrator, communicator for the professions and intermediary with government over three decades…Often dismayed in the 1930s and early 40s by the gross inequalities of medical treatment, and of disease incidence and life expectancy between rich and poor, Black was a committed proponent of a truly national health service.

This Dr Finlay discourse is a favourite; it was used by Julian Tudor-Spart, Uncle Harry, Dannie Abse, all the best. Yet none of them challenged the abuses and inequalities perpetrated by medicine itself, not even when they reached the top of their profession and like Black acted as Gov’t advisers. Furthermore they declared war on any colleagues who dared suggest that the system was not working as it should. Lefties have been far nastier to Brown and me for refusing to keep quiet about patient abuse and harm than people of other political persuasions or who aren’t interested in politics.

In recent decades people have learnt to repeat the mantra of ‘what we mustn’t have is a poor service for poor people’ but that is exactly what the NHS and Social Services are, from whatever angle that one looks at them. The poorest get such a bad deal that I have never understood how people on the left who know what is going on can defend it.

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Oh, sorry Ed, it slipped my mind. Primrose Hill, the benefits of an NHS For The Poor.

  • With his experience and clarity of vision already respected in the Department of Health
  • Douglas had obviously already dispensed more than a bit of advice before 1974 then. So he was probably busy when Richard Crossman was running the whole of the DHSS for the benefit of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, 1968-70.

he was able to help shape a structure that would satisfy the professions, be attainable by successive governments and become widely effective in the provision of uniform, universal and free services.

The services were not ‘uniform’, they were so patchy that they could not be described as being ‘universal’ and, as Babs Castle found, if Labour Cabinet Ministers who were completely opposed to private medicine had money, they could access treatments that Uncle Harry’s patients could not.

He was seconded to the department in 1973 as chief scientific adviser, becoming president of the Royal College of Physicians three years later, shortly before his retirement. During this period, a strange problem began to emerge. It had been expected that the NHS would bring the quickest and greatest health improvements to the least favoured sectors of society. Surprisingly, however, research showed that although the health and lifespan of this group were improving, the greatest improvements had been among the upper socio-economic groups.

This has been a constant effect of the NHS. While it is true that people in higher socio-economic groups may have been exposed to more advice re good health and the sort of Mum’s Gone To Iceland diet followed by many people on limited incomes has its limitations, what NHS staff are so reluctant to admit is that some groups of patients are treated appallingly, in a way that the friends and families of Top Docs are not. No Top Doc in north Wales would have ever sent a member of their own family to Dafydd and not many would have sent them to any Doc in the Hergest Unit. Yet they were happy to refer other patients to them and flatly refused to investigate even the most serious of complaints. It is a truly dreadful attitude. Labour politicians are happy to admit that some of their colleagues expect their constituents to send their children to schools where they would never send their own kids, but the same phenomenon occurs with healthcare and the consequences are even more damaging. Virtually no-one will admit that it is happening.

On one occasion I did meet the daughter of a Labour politician in a psych ward in north Wales. Her family observed that things were not as they should be, but that particular politician did not bang on about the wonderful Top Docs; they knew that there were serious deficits. Ed would never send his kids into the hands of Dafydd and I wouldn’t expect him to, but I think that it is outrageous that he knows about serious crime and patient harm yet prioritises the votes of Uncle Harry’s colleagues over the welfare of patients.

The middle classes also benefit from the NHS in a big way by working for it. Uncle Harry didn’t work as an outsourced cleaner at Guy’s did he Ed and neither did Working Class Jess’s mum. They bagged the most highly paid jobs in the NHS Of Low Pay, which are very well paid indeed.

Black was appointed by the Labour secretary of state, David Ennals, to chair an expert committee investigating the discrepancy.

David Ennals knew exactly why certain cohorts did so badly out of the NHS, because when Richard Crossman was Secretary of State for the DHSS, Crossman and his Ministers and advisers, including Ennals, went to extraordinary lengths to conceal the extent of the neglect and abuse of patients in the wake of the Ely Hospital and Cowley Hospital Scandals. They also pushed the boat out to con the whistleblower Barbara Robb that Things Had Changed, because Crossman was of the view that Barbara Robb was a ‘danger’ to the Gov’t, so serious were the abuses that she had uncovered. See previous posts.

Crossman, MIND and Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson, who had been Minister for Health, 1964-68, also lured the Church of Scientology into a trap in order to destroy them in the libel Courts after the Scientologists made allegations that psychiatrists were involved with child abuse and carried out dangerous experiments on patients. The Scientologists were telling the truth with regard to that, they were talking about Dafydd and Gwynne et al. Ronnie Waterhouse was Counsel who acted against the Scientologists and he won his case. The barrister who represented the Scientologists disappeared not long after the case. He was never seen again and Waterhouse put a rumour around that he had absconded with a client’s money, although there was no evidence at all that he had. There was no investigation into his disappearance. See previous posts.

One of the Islington social workers who worked in that Borough during the Islington Child Abuse Scandal also disappeared. It was suggested that he’d gone to Europe. No-one had any evidence that he had and this was at a time when witnesses and children were being murdered.

 

Various interlinked factors – education, mobility, lifestyle – were examined, but could not explain the whole problem.

The Top Doctors and the Gov’t knew to a large extent precisely what the problem was..

The hidden weaknesses were seen to lie in the absence of a coordinated national and local structure that would ensure the uniform delivery of the available healthcare. Black’s report, spelling out ways to resolve the problem, was published in 1980. It received a cool reception from Mrs Thatcher’s new Conservative administration, whose plans for the NHS were different and divisive.

Thatch’s plans were different in so far as she wanted to run the whole universe like a grocer’s shop, but Black and the Top Docs were so iniquitous that an NHS modelled on a grocer’s shop would have just been divisive but in a different way.

  • Nevertheless, the Black report, given worldwide coverage through the medical and national press, generated reverberations which continued to rumble throughout the 1980s and 90s, and led to an OECD assessment of health inequalities in 13 countries. In Britain, while the health and lifespan of the wealthy continued to improve, that of the lower socio-economic groups began to fall for the first time since the Victorian era, an outcome Black had foreseen and feared.

The inequalities had existed before Black wrote his report. The information needed to meaningfully compare health outcomes with outcomes during the Victorian era was not available. Black was not Mystic Meg, he was a Top Doc who concealed serious crime against lower socio-economic groups.

In retirement, Black, whose ability to grasp the essentials of highly complex affairs remained undimmed,

Although throughout his whole career Black missed the organised abuse facilitated by Top Doctors which by the 1960s had evolved into an international trafficking ring concealed by the highest echelons of the British state. Richard Crossman, who had embedded organised abuse within the DHSS, was after all, a senior agent in Britain’s security services.

[Black] chaired the 1984 government investigation into the high incidence of childhood leukaemia around Windscale (Sellafield), in which he found the evidence wanting but set up a committee to monitor relevant new science.

There was something odd happening around nuclear installations with regard to leukaemia clusters; the phenomenon was evident in Somerset as well and the finger of suspicion was pointed at Hinkley Point. It was never made public, but a few people in the know were told of the concerns. Whatever was happening was complex and it wasn’t a simple correlation, which enabled Gov’ts to support up some very unlikely explanations, such as the workers that migrated to Somerset to build Hinkley in the 1950s took viruses with them that the Bumpkins’ immune systems had never been exposed to before and that caused the cancer clusters. We lived in Somerset not Papua New Guinea…

Douglas Black would have been able to waffle on at length about such matters, muddying the waters. He could also have been relied upon to shut the fuck up about anything worrying at all re the nuclear industry because of the wrongdoing that Dafydd had knowledge of at Windscale in the 1950s, upon which Dafydd launched his early life of crime. See post ‘Those Who Are Ready To Serve’. Sir Alec Merrison and Lord Brian Flowers were both nuclear physicists who were used by successive Gov’ts to Negotiate with Top Docs, while concealing the criminal parts of their empire.

He also investigated healthcare in the Channel Islands, and recommended major changes in the provision of services there…

Douglas Black however did miss the serious abuse of children that was happening/had happened in the Channel Islands, including that at Haut de la Garenne on Jersey. Although, as in north Wales, there was much confusion amid allegations and How Very Dare Yous and the most serious allegations re Haut de la Garenne eg. of children being murdered, were never demonstrated, it was admitted that there was great cruelty to children, not that long ago either and that the cruelty could have been greater than that proven in Court…

I find the stories of Ted Heath popping over to the Channel Islands on Morning Cloud and attending Black Masses and eating babies there very difficult to believe, but I know for a fact that crimes were committed at the North Wales Hospital far greater than have ever been admitted and that patients died out there as a result. The British state is simply not admitting the depths to which it sank re the ill-treatment and then the cover-up of people in certain state institutions as recently as the 1990s. It is highly likely that the whole truth has not been told about Haute de la Garenne and Douglas Black would certainly have never told it.

A quiet, family man, his public appearances were rare. He remained an optimist about the NHS, remarking, in 1995, that its structure and essential justice were tough enough, and sufficiently appreciated by ordinary folk, to survive.

In 1995 the biggest porkies imaginable were being told about Dafydd retiring and the North Wales Hospital having been closed. There were also a great many porkies being told about me in an effort to have me constructed as so mad and dangerous that I should be incarcerated in Broadmoor with Mr Savile. See eg. ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’.

Sir Peter Morrison was found dead at his Belgravia house on 13 July 1995. Four days previously, the corrupt Home office Drugs Branch mandarin Bing Spear, who had been so helpful to Dafydd and Drs Ann and Peter Dally, Princess Margaret’s dealers (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’), died. On 2 July 1995, the bent barrister Geraint Morgan QC, who had served as the MP for Denbigh, 1959-83, died. Geraint had worked as a barrister on the Northern Circuit, which included Manchester and Savile-land at Leeds. Brown was forced out of his job at Aston University in July 1995.

No wonder Douglas Black saw a bit of hope, while the world was fed Ah the doctors they were wonderful.

He gave short shrift to fuzzy thought or political correctness. On the matter of gender, he was decisive. “I abide by the Scottish view that men embrace women,” he would declare with a straight face. If it was an exit line, you might just hear the chuckle as the door closed.

This could be taken light-heartedly if one did not know that this prize hypocrite had spent his career concealing organised sexual abuse, including on the part of Top Docs like Dafydd, who sexually exploited female patients on a vast scale and Gwynne, who lobotomised those who complained too loudly.

 

The BMJ of course paid tribute to Sir Douglas after he died and supplied photographs of the great man:

Sir Douglas Black was one of medicine’s most important and well loved individuals.

Here’s the lovable bundle of fun:

He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946, studying fluid and salt balance…He found that soldiers and sailors, when driven by extreme thirst, would drink sea water, or their urine, both of which were desperately harmful. He caught hepatitis from a contaminated yellow fever vaccination (“Plato suggests that the best doctor is the one who has had most diseases himself”). On VE day, when he was running a laboratory in a field hospital in Poona, the officers’ mess laid on a celebratory meal, and he was made to dine outside on the lawn as he didn’t have full mess kit.

In 1946…became lecturer in medicine at the Manchester Medical School. Manchester was noted not just for its academic excellence but also for wit, in the best 18th century, Dr Johnson sense of the word. Black could exchange bon mots with the best of them. 

‘Very witty Sir Douglas, very, very witty. Now it’s your turn Platt’.

‘Sir Douglas is like a stream of bat’s piss on a dark night…

What I meant, Sir Douglas was that you shine out like gold when all around us is black’.

‘Lord Robert Platt is like a big jam doughnut with cream on top.

What I meant Lord Platt, was that we await your arrival with pleasure and once you’ve gone, we wish that we could have you all over again…’

‘Sir Douglas is like a dose of clap.’

 

Yes that pretty much sums him up.

In 1974 [Black] was seconded to the Department of Health as its first chief scientist, a post he hated…

Did Douglas therefore accept out of a sense of duty? Perhaps because something very important needed to be done to uphold the reputation of the whole profession?

Black was appointed to the Medical Research Council in 1966, three years after the Royal College of Physicians had published its report on smoking and health, and found that more than half his fellow members smoked pipes or cigars…

The Top Docs eventually stopped smoking – the Angels continued – but the Top Docs did continue drinking to excess.

He was a fellow of most of the Royal Colleges, and of colleges overseas…

The toxicity had crossed oceans.

 

Black’s Torygraph Obituary:

…Black’s report concluded that for those on the lowest incomes death rates were higher, and ill health worse, at every stage of life. It went on to make 37 recommendations… The government did not formally publish the report…The accusation was immediately made that the government had hoped that it would not be noticed…

The Top Docs ensured that it was and subsequently flagged up Black’s clairvoyant powers.

In fact, while Black’s views were clearly to the Left of the government of the time, and although he later declared that “poverty and its effects was the root cause of the ill-health associated with it . . . [and that] the surest way to alleviate the effects of poverty must be to alleviate poverty itself”, his report made no plausible causative claims.

He didn’t have the evidence to do so, except of course for the inequality resulting as a result of embedded discrimination on the part of the NHS.

Moreover, Black was too careful a scientist – and politician – baldly to claim in his scholarly publications that they had, although the same restraint did not always apply when he was interviewed by newspapers and magazines. “I can be just as rhetorical as any politician when I’m writing a rather popular article,” he admitted.

As well as just as dishonest.

Critics of the report, while not disputing Black’s figures, later pointed out that the differences in mortality which his team had identified were often less significant than they appeared when stated in blunt statistical terms. When 98 per cent of “the poor” had access to indoor plumbing and a bath, and most owned a refrigerator, they maintained, the Dickensian picture which Black’s report had suggested was likely to have causes other than deprivation.

Their chances of a healthy long life were substantially reduced if they were taken into ‘care’ and placed in a children’s home in north Wales (or indeed Islington or Lambeth or many other places) or imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital to be Helped by Dafydd and Gwynne.

Smoking, diet and lifestyle – as well as genetic factors – among the lower social orders were, they suggested, more significant than poverty itself.

These two have DNA which has carried them through to their ninth decade:

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

Lucille Hughes

 

Those genes have ensured that they have more money than most of the rest of us as well.

In addition, the discrepancies were often very small in numbers of deaths, although the statistical difference appeared to be substantial. Black later rolled back from the initial claims that one in three deaths could be attributed to poverty, admitting that, although it was “an unassailable fact” that “poverty and ill health are linked . . . that doesn’t actually mean that poverty causes ill health, though it can do”.

Black was later to produce a report into cancers in children who had grown up around Sellafield, which confirmed a peculiarly high incidence of cancers, but maintained that they were “unusual but not unique”, and that no causal link between nuclear power and illness could be proven. In 1972, he drew attention to the increased risk of heart disease in soft water areas. In 1987, it was the re-introduction of nutritional guidelines for school meals which occupied his attention.

They didn’t improve, but some years later, teachers were encouraged to do quite extraordinary things, such as remove items from kids’ lunchboxes if they deemed them to be unacceptable. This was done in the face of no knowledge at all as to what the kid would be eating later on in the day or what they had eaten earlier and didn’t take account of how much energy the kid was expending. Kid who loves football and plays it whenever they can? Or kid sat in front of the screen for most of the time when they are not at school? We don’t know but sod that, we’ll tell their parents what to feed them.

When I did teacher training in 2000, I noticed that on both of my teaching placements at north Wales schools, there was very little else on offer from the school canteens for either the teachers or the kids than chips, sausage rolls and pizza. The teachers in those schools were not policing the lunch boxes of the children who took packed lunches, but Gov’t was encouraging that at the time.

But overall, Black claimed to take the view that doctors were in no position to make a moral judgment on their patients’ lives, and were obliged to treat those who ignored their own best interests. “I’m against any kind of moral sanction on so-called self-induced illnesses,” he said. “We’re not there as judges, and we’re not there as padres; we’re there as doctors, and our job is to do the best we can for an individual. Of course, by doing the best for the individual, we may be acting unfairly to the rest of society.

That’s the Dr Finlay bit over with. George Best received a liver while he drank like a fish. Merfyn’s wife died after she, Merfyn and Merfyn’s friend spilt the paedophiles’ pints. See previous posts. I was unlawfully refused NHS treatment for life-threatening conditions and then for everything after I acquired evidence of serious organised crime in the NHS and sent it to the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister.

But when I was in clinical practice, the basic principle was just take the case in front of you and not worry too much about the hinterland . . . very reprehensible.”…

After working as a houseman at Dundee Royal Infirmary

Robert Bluglass worked as a junior doc there as well

and a Beit Fellowship at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Oxford…He then joined Manchester University and began working…under Professor (and later Sir) Robert Platt, whose post as director of the department he inherited on Platt’s retirement in December 1958. Unlike the majority of the medical profession at the time, Black was an enthusiast for the National Health Service, which he had done much to promote and encourage during the 1940s.

In 1973, he joined the Department of Health (as it then was) as chief scientific adviser; he left the post after his election as President of the Royal College of Physicians in 1977. When asked whether this move might allow his return to the practise of medicine, he quoted the cardiac physician Sir Thomas Lewis. “Never give a prognosis – and, if you have to, make it damn vague.”

Dafydd and the Top Docs of north Wales constantly refused to treat patients whom they claimed were ‘never going to get better’. Many other psychiatrists do as well. They were proved to have got it seriously wrong and again and again but still the bleak prognoses and refusal to treat continued.

Black chaired a number of inquiries, including, in the early 1980s, one dealing with the need for children’s bone marrow transplant units across the country…

That will have been a bonanza for the career of any Top Doc working in that speciality Who Knew about George Thomas/Greville/Gwynne/etc

He held the line with other doctors on the evils of smoking and wrote to the Lancet in 1983 to complain of “spies” placed by pressure groups in hospitals. In retirement, his zeal for criticising landlords (for housing which endangered tenants’ health), the poll tax, student loans, alcohol and sugar intake, pharmaceutical companies, the “creeping privatisation” of the NHS and other bien-pensant favourites continued unabated. “My secret is never to retire,” he said in 1990. “I enjoy committees.”

Despite his apparent radicalism, Black remained sceptical of materialism, as well as of material advances made during his lifetime. “So many of the things that blossomed brightly with promise have turned to ashes,” he said in 1998. “In the ’60s we were promised universal happiness, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way.”

…He edited Renal Disease (4th edition 1979), which became a standard text.

Black was considered one of the authorities on the matter, like Platt and Asscher.

Black acquired several alphabets of letters after his name. As well as his BSc, MB ChB, MD and MRCP, he became a fellow of most of the medical societies and received honorary doctorates from St Andrews, Manchester, Leicester, Cambridge, Birmingham and Sheffield…

 

‘The Scotsman’ published an obituary for Douglas Black:

Sir Douglas Black, physician, medical scientist and administrator Born: 29 May, 1913, in Shetland Died: 13 September, 2002, in Shropshire, aged 89 DOUGLAS Black was an erudite and scholastic man who retained a pawky and lively sense of humour throughout his life. An eminent medical scientist, he pioneered important social reforms and became a voice of reason and compassion in Whitehall when he was the government’s Chief Scientist in the Seventies. For the last six years of his distinguished career he was president of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a man of much energy, style and integrity who firmly believed, despite the technical advances made in medicine, there was no substitute for a traditional diagnosis…his father, the Rev Walter Black, was a minister in Lerwick. Black spent much of his youth, however, near Kirriemuir in Angus, where he attended first Webster’s Seminary…His first appointment in civvy street was at Oxford University, where he combined his lecturing duties with renal research…His bedside manner was exemplary. Calm, reassuring and quietly spoken (preserving a Shetland lilt which added an extra comforting gravitas), Black was an inspiration to his students and patients. He always seemed to know when to smile and make light of a personal illness. His commitment and medical advice were never anything but honest, truthful and caring.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

So it came as a surprise to colleagues when, in 1973, he forsook medical practice and became the first Chief Scientist at the Department of Health. Black had never been a political animal (“My respect for politicians,” he wrily wrote on going to Whitehall, “has ample room in which to grow”) and initially he found the corridors more confusing than powerful. He enjoyed a good relationship with his first minister, David Ennals, in the Callaghan government…

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

Black pinpointed a section of society’s underclass which politicians preferred to give lip service to. His conclusions confirmed that ill health and deprived living standards were inextricably linked. Mortality rates were compared in run-down areas and Black argued that central funding had to be made available to improve living conditions: especially for the terminally ill and children.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

The report campaigned for a standard service throughout the NHS. The newly elected Thatcher government was not too keen to open the coffers for such liberal issues: especially when it had been initiated under the previous regime. Patrick Jenkin, the new minister, estimated that if implemented it would cost the Treasury over 1 billion. He sidelined Black’s press conference, which immediately alerted the media. Black, resolute as ever, reinstated the conference and gave a virtuoso performance. Downing Street, it was thought, was not amused. The authorities’ attempt to muzzle the report only stocked up interest: in fact it was full of sound common sense and was far from radical. Apart from tax changes, the most important item was Black’s recommendation concerning tobacco. He believed that with the case against smoking now proved, tobacco should be banned immediately.

Thatcher acted as a consultant to the tobacco industry and I’m fairly sure that Denis had business interests in tobacco. Ken Clarke also acted as a consultant/Director for the tobacco industry. Top Docs were very rude about Thatch and Clarke taking up these posts.

Black had by now upset too many Whitehall mandarins and politicians

So was Black’s only purpose to conceal the expanding problem of organised abuse? He was appointed by Keith Joseph for some reason.

and stepped down to concentrate on his duties as president of the Royal College of Physicians. It was a post that gave him immense pleasure and which he filled with grace, charm and wit until 1983. He proved an excellent committee man and sat on many BMA and scientific examinations…

Here’s a close-up of the warm, caring, funny, witty, moral, nice to kittens, champion of the underclass who was Sir Douglas Black:

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Douglas Black’s daughter Theresa Black became a medical psychotherapist and previous posts have described how she has worked in this field in locations where organised abuse has been a problem. Black recommended that Theresa take up working with the Mentally Ill at the local bin when Theresa struggled at university, withdrew from her course and went through an extended period of difficulty and didn’t really do much at all. Theresa may have been very very good at working with the Nutters; my point is that Douglas Black considered that to be the sort of thing that one did when you were sort of washed up, in crisis and didn’t know what to do next. He didn’t tell her to work as a renal specialist.

Black has another daughter, Alison, a teacher and a son, Andrew, who is a psychiatrist.

Dr Andrew Black has a strong internet presence. Among the offerings are:

CURRICULUM VITAE

A. K. BLACK.

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Andrew Kilgour Black

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1950

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Winchester College 1963 – 1968

Edinburgh Medical School 1968 – 1974

B. Sc. Med. Sci. 1971

M. B. Ch. B. 1974

Part 1 M. R. C. P. 1977

M. R. C. Psych. 1981

T. Psych. 1991

F. R. C. Psych. 2001

CONSULTANT PSYCHIATIST

drakb@btinternet.com

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~drakb/

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS 1974-1977 ( Before entering Psychiatry )

August 1974 to January 1975. HOUSE PHYSICIAN to Prof. J. B. L. Howell, Southampton General Hospital. February 1975 to July 1975. HOUSE SURGEON to Mr. J. A. Ross, P. R. C. S. (Edin.), Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh.

October 1975 to April 1977. SENIOR HOUSE OFFICER IN MEDICINE, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex. A busy rotation involving experience in Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Nephrology, Endocrinology and Respiratory Medicine, in addition to General Medicine. This post also included six months valuable experience as CASUALTY OFFICER in the busy Accident and Emergency Department, which served Heathrow Airport. I obtained Part 1 of the M.R.C.P. Examination during placement in this rotation.

EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHIATRY SINCE 1977

July 1977 to September 1978. SENIOR HOUSE OFFICER IN PSYCHIATRY to Dr. A. R. M. Freeman, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge Middlesex.

October 1978 to May 1982. SENIOR HOUSE OFFICER / REGISTRAR ROTATION IN PSYCHIATRY, The London Hospital Group. This was a three-year rotation involving work at The London Hospital, Whitechapel, St. Clement’s Hospital, Mile End Hospital and Stepney Day Hospital, together with liaison work at other locations in the Tower Hamlets Health District.

May 1982 to May 1985. SENIOR REGISTRAR IN PSYCHIATRY. A rotating appointment, involving The London Hospital Group, Basildon & Thurrock and Southend Health Districts.

May 1982 to March 1984. Senior Registrar to Dr. A. J. Winbow, Chairman of the Division of Psychiatry for the Basildon & Thurrock and Southend Health Districts.

April 1984 to March 1985. Senior Registrar in Psychiatry to Dr. John Cookson, based at the London Hospital, (St. Clement’s ).

September 1984 to December 1984. Locum Consultant Psychiatrist in the Tower Hamlets Health District, with responsibility for the Elderly. This was a fixed three-month Locum appointment pending the appointment of a successor to Dr. Brice Pitt to run the psychogeriatric services, and the post was offered to me with full approval for leave from my substantive Senior Registrar post.

April 1985 to August 1985. Senior Registrar in Psychiatry to Prof. S. I. Cohen, Professor of Psychiatry at the London Hospital, Whitechapel.

TEACHING AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE. Thorough involvement with the Thursday afternoon teaching and training programme for the 20 or so trainees in the S.H.O. / Registrar rotation at Runwell Hospital. I chaired many case presentations, journal meetings, tutorials and seminars for the junior doctors, and assisted the Clinical Tutor in the smooth running of the courses. I also held several informal sessions with the trainees, such as preparation for the M.R.C.Psych. Examinations.

I also presented a paper, Mathematical Models in Psychiatry at an Open Meeting at Runwell Hospital.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE. As Senior Registrar I was able to gain considerably from the nature of the post, particularly in Essex, where the Senior Registrar was a member of the weekly Consultant meetings at Runwell Hospital and also sat on the Division of Psychiatry at Basildon Hospital. I also chaired a working party on revising the case-notes folder at Runwell Hospital, reporting back to the Division of Psychiatry. I went on a Royal College Accreditation visit with Dr. A. C. Kaeser to the Northwest Region and this was an interesting and useful experience.

I attended two management courses, one week at the Manchester Business School in April 1983, where the emphasis was on the reorganisation of the National Health Service at that time, and one week at Falfield where the involvement was more experiential in nature.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE. I was involved as Senior Registrar in research carried out by Dr. M. R. Lowe. This DELTA project was designed to assess the value of a cognitive approach to patients with alcohol problems, in which lectures were given to educate the patients concerning the various organic and sociological harmful effects of alcohol abuse. I was involved in running a control group of patients, which consisted of providing weekly group psychotherapy.

My principal research interests lie in the investigation of seasonal effects, such as the relationship between date of birth and date of admission in patients with Schizophrenia.

CONSULTANT APPOINTMENTS

September 1985 – December 1995. CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in the Basildon & Thurrock and Southend Health Districts. ( In April 1993, my employer became Thameside Community Healthcare NHS Trust ).

The majority of my full time post was committed to the Basildon & Thurrock Health District, with commitments at Runwell Hospital which mainly involved Training and Administration, though I looked after one long stay ward at Runwell (Grangewood 1). .

I represented the district at the Regional Psychiatric Advisory Committee for four years and I also acted as link representative to the Consultant Staff Committee over the same period. I sat on the Local Drug Formulary Committee and I was responsible for co-ordinating the section on Psychiatry in the new edition of the Formulary. I was Chairman of the Division of Psychiatry at Basildon for two three-year periods and I was a member of the Special Professional Panel for the district. I also served the district as one of the three “wise men” from 1993 – 1995.

For two years I was elected as a POWAR, negotiating with management on behalf of my colleagues, a role which I saw as being highly important, as it became increasingly necessary for Doctors to be proactive as Health Services continued to evolve.

Jan 1996 to February 1999.  CONSULTANT IN GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY in the Southend Health District, working for Southend Community Care Services NHS Trust in the Rayleigh Sector.  I was Chairman of the Consultant Psychiatrists during 1997.

July 1996 to October 1999. Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist, HM Prison Bullwood Hall. This was a sessional appointment on a weekly basis, and I provided General Adult Psychiatry input for the prisoners. There were a number of young offenders, and I worked closely with the nursing staff and prison officers, as well as being involved in the preparation of medicolegal and other reports.

March 1994 to October 2000. CLINICAL TUTOR for the South Essex Rotational Training Scheme in Psychiatry.

As CLINICAL TUTOR, I enjoyed the challenge of encouraging trainees, their trainers and their managers to appreciate that a rounded training consisted of a suitable balance between an appropriate and well supervised service commitment, with the valuable training that this affords, and a program of formal teaching, with outside course study, ( which many trainees perceive initially to be the best way of passing their examinations ). I introduced formative, ( as opposed to summative ), assessments involving the Trainee, his/her Educational Supervisor and the Clinical Tutor, and I was closely involved in trying to produce “user-friendly” trainees in addition to successful examination candidates.

I used my special interest in, and experience with, Information Technology, to develop the role of computers in education and research by introducing CD-ROM to the rotation, allowing literature searches and computer aided learning. I was proactive in obtaining access to the Internet for the Psychiatric Trainees and the Postgraduate Administrative staff, and I was involved in training colleagues how to use the Internet, while I gained further experience myself, using my own connection at home. Since May 1997, I have been involved in the development of my own web site, with a Mental Health orientation, and I look forward to assisting further in the development of on-line information and services in the field of Mental Health.

As Clinical Tutor, I always believed that the future of the rotation lay in enhancement of links between the two districts in the rotation, (Thameside Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Southend Community Care Services NHS Trust), and I am delighted that in April 2000 these former NHS Trusts came together to form South Essex Mental health and Community Care NHS Trust, later linking further with other community services to become South Essex Partnership NHS Trust in April 2002.  I was also closely involved with developing further academic and training links with teaching hospitals, and was successful in helping to negotiate a rotational link with the Royal London Hospital rotation at SHO level.  We published suitable parts of our Trainees Handbook at our South Essex Psychiatric Training Scheme website.

From July 1995 to 2005 I was an  EXAMINER for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and I found this activity to be enjoyable and rewarding.  I have also been able to use my first-hand experience to coach the trainee Doctors towards a successful outcome in the exam.

March 1999 to February 2010. CONSULTANT IN GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY in the Wickford Sector of the Basildon & Thurrock Health District, working for South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (previously for Thameside Community Healthcare NHS Trust, before it merged with Southend Community Care Services NHS Trust on April 1st 2000). I was Chairman of the South Essex Community Consultants Committee between 2000 and 2002.

From August 2001 to July 2002, I worked as CONSULTANT IN INTENSIVE CARE for Newham Ward at Runwell Hospital. This additional opportunity arose as a result of a post becoming vacant. The Eight-bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit on Newham Ward had been serving a population outside our normal catchment area for several years. A new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit was being developed within the Newham area, and the patients were successfully transferred to the new PICU in July 2002.

In 2003 I decided to embrace the spirit of New Ways of Working by changing my base from Basildon Hospital to Aston Court, where I was based alongside the Community Mental health Team, and I also provided clinical leadership to a Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.  I continued to look after inpatients at Basildon Hospital.

From January 2003 to May 2007 I worked as a Clinical Director, initially in General Adult Psychiatry (East Sector), and from August 2005 as Director of Medical Appraisal.

I retired from this post on my 60th birthday, mainly on financial grounds, given that I held Mental Health Officer status.

May 2010 to November 2010. LOCUM CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.  This was a very positive experience, introducing me to an official “New Ways of Working” post, (even though it involved a way of working that was thoroughly familiar to me from my days of training in the 1970s).  I looked after 19 inpatients, working closely with the staff on the ward and liaising with the various community teams, as well as furthering my continuing professional development.  With a 120 mile drive each day, I was relieved that the Trust had a sensible policy over flexible working – the journey would have been a nightmare during the rush hours!

June 2011 to September 2011.  LOCUM CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.  I was invited to cover a colleague during a period of leave, and enjoyed the experience of helping to evacuate a ward from the somewhat delapidated environment in St. Clements Hospital to a brand new ward in the local District General Hospital.  Parking was available at the DGH for £11 a day, but I declined this facility, preferring to walk a mile or so.  I feel sorry for patients and relatives who have the additional stress of parking in such an environment, apart from their other problems.  The parking ticket issuers were somewhat assiduous, claiming the scalps of several members of staff during my time there!  In August I moved into the Community Mental Health Team in Stowmarket, and spent a very pleasant few weeks working outside of the hospital setting with a first-class team.

April 2012 to September 2012.  LOCUM CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  I worked with the excellent Assertive Outreach Team based in Ipswich.

March 2013 to July 2013.  LOCUM CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, again working with the Community Mental Health Team in Stowmarket.

February 2014.  LOCUM CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST in Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, working in Liaison Psychiatry at Ipswich General Hospital.

FUTURE PLANS

I hope to continue to work as a Consultant Psychiatrist on an ad hoc basis, now that I have retired, unless experienced UK psychiatrists are no longer required in the market place!  While I have so far managed to concentrate mainly on clinical work, I am certainly no stranger to management, and I can be relied upon to contribute positively in discussions with managers on a wide variety of topics.  I am particularly interested in issues surrounding the recruitment and retention of psychiatrists.

INTERESTS OUTSIDE MEDICINE

I enjoy Mathematics and Computer Programming, and their applications to human problems. I use my lateral thinking abilities to solve the Times Crossword in about ten minutes as my daily relaxation and I also like a good competitive game of Contract Bridge when I get the chance.  I enjoy overseas travel, especially during the English winter months, and I intend to spend more time overseas now that I have retired.

I have never regretted being blessed with a sense of humour, and I intend to write a few books now that I can find the time to do so.

Dr. Andrew K. Black F.R.C.Psych.

Consultant Psychiatrist

Last Updated 28th February 2014

My observations on Dr Andrew Black’s CV:

Dr Black began his career as a junior doc at Southampton Hospital. He was off to a flying start there, Mr Southampton Medical School was his dad’s mate Sir Donald Acheson who was called upon to conceal the criminality of Dafydd et al when Donald was Chief Medical Officer during the 1980s. Donald saved everyone’s bacon on many occasions, but he did get caught out over BSE, when Donald told a few porkies. He told more than were ever admitted. See my post ‘Professor Prestigious and his Associates’ for info on Donald and Southampton Medical School and for details of the bizarre experiences that I and another girl had when we went for interviews for a job in the fertility unit at Southampton Medical School. We were told even more lies than Donald Acheson told about BSE and the other girl was accused of colluding with me to Trap Them. Heaven knows what they thought that we were up to, but they had good cause to have a guilty conscience because I found out later that the jungle drums had been busy and of course I was not the one trying to Trap anyone, it was someone else who had tried to set a Trap for me.

Dafydd, you and Tony Francis were like an even bigger dose of clap than Douglas Black.

Dr Andrew Black then worked at Edinburgh. That’s always good to have on your CV if you’re a junior doc, the pompousing at Edinburgh even exceeds the pompousing in London and they are so much more very, very, witty. The medical establishment in Edinburgh concealed the big sex abuse ring that was run by Tam Paton, the gangster who managed the ‘Bay City Rollers’ as well. They were so supportive of Tam’s ring that Derek Longmuir, the man who had been the Rollers’ drummer, was allowed to continue working as an Angel after he had been convicted of child porn offences. A number of people, including a former Roller himself, told the media that they made complaints to the police about Paton and others assaulting teenagers and young men but no action was taken. Not long after I began this blog, one of the circle died in a house fire. See post ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’.

In every location in which Dr Black obtained employment, there was a big trafficking ring which was facilitated by Top Doctors, including psychiatrists. Although by the 1970s the problem was so big that virtually all the Social Services Depts in the UK had to some extent been infiltrated by criminal gangs of organised paedophiles/traffickers, Dr Andrew Black worked in some of the hot spots of activity. He worked in Hillingdon, which became embroiled in the Heidi Koseda Scandal, that involved the death of a little girl, some uninvestigated terror that her parents had of the local Top Doctors and the eventual incarceration of Heidi’s mother in a high security hospital on the basis of an account of her Serious Mental Illness which simply could not have been the whole truth. Heidi Koseda’s mother was a lamb to the slaughter because the Metropolitan Police as well as GPs and Hillingdon Social Services were deemed to have Failed, so no-one was going to come clean about what had really happened. See previous posts.

A number of people who have reared their heads in other very troubled authorities have worked at a senior level in Hillingdon, including Ian White, who had a hand in denying the extent of the horror in Islington – when Little Nell was Leader of Islington Council and Jack Straw and Jeremy Corbyn were also managing to ignore the serious organised crime in that Borough – and Adrianne Jones, who advised the Fuckwitted Powers That Be in Wales re child abuse and also served as an Expert Adviser to the Waterhouse Tribunal. See post ‘The Waterhouse Tribunal- Who Was Involved And What Happened To Them Subsequently?’

Dr Black spent many years during the 1970s and 80s as a psychiatrist at the London Hospital, serving Tower Hamlets, Stepney and Bow. Dafydd’s partner gang had a substantial business operating in that area and what a bonanza it was for so many.  The corrupt Welsh barrister Lord Elwyn Jones and his wife the Artist Pearl ‘Polly’ Binder had been instrumental in getting the ball rolling when Elwyn served as a Labour MP for an East End constituency in the years of Gwynne’s heyday and Dafydd’s early career as a Top Doctor, but business received a substantial boost when Elwyn was appointed Attorney General by Harold Wilson and then Lord Chancellor. Nothing was going to stop Dafydd and Gwynne after that. Elwyn Jones’s son Dan rooted himself in the East End and worked as a social worker and Artist. See previous post.

The Top Docs business end was facilitated by Docs at the London Hospital such as Socialist Feminist Wendy Savage, who’s patients were victims of Dafydd’s gang. Savage was a friend of the Professors Geoffrey and Jocelyn Chamberlain. See eg. ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’ Lord Bob Winston trained at the London Hospital and knew what was going on, even if he wasn’t directly involved, so Lord Bob becoming world famous, being on the TV all the time and then rocking up in the Lords could only help the gang.

Professor Desmond Pond added to the mix by establishing residential assessment centres, where the Poor and Single Parents who had given birth to Troubled Children, could stay and be observed 24 hours a day for a few weeks. You’ve guessed it: what they and their kids needed was lot of Therapy from the Top Docs facilitating the ring and if that didn’t work they could be sent on a Placement to a children’s home in north Wales. Desmond Pond established his reputation as a Leader In UK Community Psychiatry on the back of this sordid scam. See previous posts.

When the kids from the East End who had been trafficked to north Wales, coerced into sex work and then trafficked back down to London and Brighton began dying of AIDS in the mid-late 1980s, some of those who had colluded with it all, such as Lord Peter Shore, blackmailed Ken Clarke at the Dept of Health, who was as guilty as the rest of them, to open the purse strings and fund the conversion of the Mildmay Mission Hospital in the East End into an AIDS hospice. The GPs of Bow, including Sir Sam Everington, also lapped up the praise for their Initiatives. See post ‘Apocalypse Now’.

Peter Shore had been a mate of Dick Crossman’s when the DHSS swung and an added bonus was that Shore’s wife, Dr Elizabeth Shore, was not only a Top Doctor, but one of the most senior Top Docs working for the DHSS. The victims of this crowd died out of sight in the AIDS wards and hospices during the 1980s and 90s and thanks to the Total Privacy To Protect Them From The Stigma, no-one outside the Caring Sharing few realised how those young men had become infected.

Dr Andrew Black also worked in Newham. The corrupt politicians and Councillors of Newham did really well out of their collaboration with Dafydd and the gang, they ended up with the Regeneration Programme which was Canary Wharf. See post ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’.

Andrew Black would never have been able to miss what was happening to kids in care, the dispossessed and the psych patients of the area served by the London Hospital and in the Borough of Newham.

Once Dr Black was a Fully Grown Top Doctor and Running Things Himself, he worked in the Suffolk/Norfolk/Essex region. Which was where John Allen had originated back in the mid-1960s before he went into business with Dafydd and Gwynne in north Wales in 1968/69. The famously excessive, in terms of rent boys and class A drugs, Lord Bristol aka John Jermyn Hervey, spent most of his life at the family seat near Ipswich. Lord Bristol died from AIDS related complications, but his brother Nicholas met a terrible end – found dead hanging in his Chelsea house when only in his mid-30s – after receiving much help from Top Doctors after being diagnosed with Schizophrenia after what was a relatively small blip at university. Nicholas Hervey did not follow a lifestyle anything like that of his brother but he was close to him and will have known who was supplying the class A drugs, the rent boys and the helpful Court reports. See post ‘The Vermin Club’.

The shenanigans in the region over which Dr Black presided had long been sheltered by the umbrella which was Rab Butler and of course David Ennals, Jim Prior and the network in Norfolk, as discussed in ‘The Science of Animal Behaviour’. The David Ennals who appointed Andrew Black’s father to Chair the committee which led to the Black Report.

Baroness Beryl Catherine Platt also served as a valuable umbrella for the organised abusers of Essex. The Baroness was a Lady Engineer when such things were very unusual, married Sydney Platt and became a Posh Housewife and Mother, while running Essex via her membership of the Parish Council, the District Council etc. Baroness Platt seems to have been the Trumpers of Essex, in that she was given a peerage by Thatcher on the basis of bugger all, became a Tory member of the Lords and was then parachuted onto the usual Committees and organisations for Posh Women Peers, including the EOC, Education Committees etc. The Baroness Platt, unlike Trumpers, had held jobs down before she married. The only job that Trumpers had ever had was as a shop assistant at Peter Jones, but she was sacked for colluding with shoplifting. Trumpers bagged her peerage in 1980, hot on the heels of Mr Thrope being acquitted and Mary Wynch being illegally imprisoned by Dafydd and then Platt was given her peerage in 1981 when panic was still in the air and more reinforcements were required.

The Baroness Platt served as Vice-President of UMIST, 1984-92, just before UMIST merged with the Victoria University of Manchester to become the University of Manchester. Platt then served as the Chancellor of Middlesex University, 1994-2001.

Whether the Sydney Platt that the Baroness married was anything to do with Douglas’s boss Lord Robert Platt I don’t know. It isn’t improbable, it’s not as though nepotism and cronyism is a rare occurrence as a result of the Logic Of Medicine. See previous posts for further info on Beryl Platt.

Lord Brian Flowers, who concealed so much wrongdoing on the part of the Top Docs when he was Rector of Imperial College, in various senior roles presiding over the Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital and then VC of London University, also had a go at being Chancellor of the Victoria Manchester University, 1994-2001, having previously occupied positions as a Prof there.

Brian Flowers came from Swansea, on the patch of the ring operating in West Wales. Lord Elwyn Jones came from Carmarthenshire, on the manor of the same ring. The West Wales ring was directly linked to Dafydd’s gang in the north.

As for Dr Black’s brief stint working as a Top Doc at Bullwood Hall, that is the women’s prison to which Rosie Barnes was sent after the death of Thatcher’s Cabinet Minister Paul Channon’s daughter Olivia from an overdose after a party at Oxford University in 1986. Rosie Barnes was the scapegoat for Olivia’s death and ended up in prison, whereas other people who seem to have been equally, if not more, culpable, got off far more lightly, particularly a German aristocrat who only received a mild admonishing from the Oxford Magistrates Bench. David Cameron’s mother was a magistrate in Oxford, but Mrs C has never explained…

Rosie Barnes wrote a book about her trial and time in prison and was very sympathetic to the other prisoners, noting that they had nearly all had dreadful lives and had travelled through children’s homes and the hands of Top Docs. She later campaigned for prison reform and worked as a drugs counsellor etc. I wish her all the best, bur Rosie Barnes is just a drop among layers of corrupt fuckwits who are still have their hands on the controls.

See post ‘Is The Party Over Yet?’ for the details of Olivia’s death, those involved and Rosie’s adventures, as well as for Paul Channon’s eccentric concerns in the wake of his daughter’s death, which centred around her not having had the good sense to write a will telling everyone what to do with the Trust Fund before she loaded herself up with recreational chemicals and pegged out in the room of the German Count who was shaken by the hand by the Oxford Magistrates after he scarpered and left Olivia to die.

 

Dr Andrew Black can be found on twitter and has written a self-help guide for Top Docs. He describes himself as ‘Retired Consultant Psychiatrist & Author of ‘The Antifragile Doctor’ – How to survive and thrive in the modern NHS’.

Andrew’s twitter account supplies a nice photo of him:

Dr Andrew K Black ☀️♓️ 🌔♋️ ⏫♊️

 

Now for a quick look at two of the Top Docs for whom Andrew Black worked when he spent those happy years with Dafydd’s partner gang at the London Hospital and in the East End.

Sam Isaac Cohen died in 2004; ‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Prof Cohen in Dec 2004, written by a Robert Cohen:

Professor Sam Cohen of the Royal London hospital, who has died aged 78, spent his career challenging boundaries in psychiatry. He believed that the operation of the mind should not be considered in isolation from that of the body, and that people with mental illness should not be kept away from the rest of the hospital community. This open-mindedness was reflected in his perpetual fascination with the subject: he once told me that seldom a week passed when he did not meet some new, often extraordinary, facet of human behaviour.

Born in South Wales, he studied medicine at what is now Cardiff University, qualifying with the gold medal in 1948. After house jobs in Cardiff, he trained in medicine at the Hammersmith and the Brompton Chest hospitals in London, returning to Cardiff as lecturer on the medical unit. His psychiatric training started in 1956 at the Maudsley hospital, south London, and he obtained a diploma in psychological medicine in 1958.

Sam developed a particular interest in psychosomatic disorders and in the pathophysiology underlying somatic symptoms. He joined the staff of the London hospital, Whitechapel, in 1963, and from 1983 helped to incorporate the St Clement’s hospital, Bow, into the London, which gained its Royal title in 1990.

Sam was a professor there from 1984 to 1990. He was in the forefront of developments in liaison psychiatry, dealing with the interaction of psychiatric factors with bodily disorders. His greatest administrative achievement was to persuade 10 surgeons and physicians at the Royal London to surrender two beds each, and to open a psychiatric ward within the general teaching hospital.

While there, he fostered liaison psychiatry, as well as playing his part in the psychiatry service in the Tower Hamlets district of East London, encouraging psychotherapeutic approaches alongside physical treatments. He was particularly adept at the recognition of covert drug and alcohol abuse.

In 1968, he had been invited to work in Israel, where he devoted a year to moving and re-establishing the Ezrath Nashim hospital in Jerusalem as a modern psychiatric centre. He was opposed to policies of “seclusion” of disturbed individuals, and succeeded in eliminating the physical restraints that had been used on patients. The Herzog hospital, as it is now known, has since become a base for internationally renowned psychiatric research.

As chairman of the London hospital department of psychiatry from the late 1970s, Sam assembled an outstanding group of clinicians. He was an enthusiast for the integration of psychiatric departments in what became the Barts and the London NHS trust, and indeed played a major role in the unification of the two teaching hospitals, earning the respect of staff of all disciplines.

An impressive committee chairman, not least for his sense of time, Sam was known for his integrity, warmth and loyalty. He maintained a youthful, down-to-earth outlook and the sense of humour that was in some ways necessary to working with serious mental health problems in London’s East End. He leaves a lasting legacy in the trainees who later became eminent in liaison and other branches of psychiatry.

Outside medicine, he published papers on The Book Of Psalms, and enjoyed hill walking, particularly in Scotland.

After retirement, he continued his clinical work as a visiting professor, teaching and seeing patients for a few months each year, in Australia and New Zealand, until 1998.

Sam was much strengthened by his marriage to Vivienne, a consultant psychotherapist and senior lecturer at St Bartholomew’s, and a leader of group psychotherapy in Britain. She survives him, as do their son and daughter.

Royal College of Physicians, ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:

b.22 November 1925 d.9 September 2004
BSc Wales(1946) MB BCh(1948) MB BS Lond(1949) MD(1953) MRCP(1954) DPM(1958) FRCP(1970) FRCPsych(1971)

Samuel Isaac Cohen, known as ‘Sam’, was professor of psychiatry at the London Hospital, and one of the pioneers of liaison psychiatry, which deals with the interaction between psychiatric and bodily disorders. He was born in Cardiff, the son of Gershon Cohen, a company director, and Ada née Samuel, the daughter of a scholar and a small trader. He was educated at Cardiff High School and then studied medicine at Cardiff, qualifying in 1948.

He held house officer posts on the medical and surgical units at Cardiff Royal Infirmary, and then at Hammersmith Hospital, London. Whilst a medical student, he had contracted tuberculosis, and in 1950 experienced a reoccurrence. He was hospitalised at Frimley Hospital and treated with therapeutic pneumothorax. In 1952, he became a registrar and then a lecturer in medicine on the medical unit, Cardiff Royal Infirmary. In 1956, he began his career in psychiatry, training at the Maudsley Hospital and gaining his diploma in psychological medicine in 1958.

In 1963, he was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at the London Hospital and, in 1969, to the London Jewish Hospital. From 1960, he also undertook all the psychiatric consultations at the Brompton Hospital. In 1984 he became professor of psychiatry at the London Hospital, until he retired in 1990.

He developed a particular interest in psychosomatic disorders and in the pathophysiology underlying somatic symptoms. He helped pioneer what became known as ‘liaison psychiatry’, the interface between physical and psychological health, that area of psychiatry which provides treatment to patients in general hospitals. He persuaded 10 surgeons and physicians at the London Hospital to release two beds each, opening up Rachel ward as a psychiatric unit within the general teaching hospital environment. He encouraged psychotherapeutic as well as physical treatments, and Rachel ward was in many ways run as a therapeutic community.

He wrote papers on a full range of psychiatric topics, including psychosomatic disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias.

...After he retired, he continued to work as a visiting professor in Australia and New Zealand, teaching and seeing patients for a few months each year until 1998.

Outside medicine, he was interested in Jewish culture and scholarship, publishing papers on The Book of Psalms and their structure. He was the governor of a local school and was interested in music. He enjoyed hill walking in Scotland and travelled widely.

In 1955 he married Vivienne née Wolfson, a medical student and the daughter of Samuel W Wolfson, a company director. Vivienne went on to become a consultant psychotherapist and a senior lecturer at St Bartholomew’s. Sam and Vivienne were generous philanthropists. For a number of years Sam was a member of the council of Jews’ College, to which he and his wife were generous benefactors. He had lymphatic leukaemia for some years and had suffered recurrent infections following chemotherapy. His wife survived him, as did their son and daughter, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A memorial lecture has been established in his name by the Jewish Medical Association UK.

Professor Sam Cohen will have known all the old favourites who colluded with Dafydd at the London Hospital and in the East End, as well as Dafydd’s mates Dannie, Wilfed and Leo Abse who ran the Westminster Paedophile Ring, via his role in the Jewish community. See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’. Greville Janner originated in Cardiff, where his dad Barnett Janner worked as a lawyer and played a leading role in Jewish life, so Prof Cohen probably knew the Janners as well.

The website of the Jewish Medical Association tells us that:

Sam Cohen Memorial lectures:

Prof Samuel Isaac Cohen MD FRCP FRCPsych

Prof Samuel Cohen was Professor of Psychiatry at the Royal London Hospital, and was one of the pioneers of liaison psychiatry. Prof Cohen qualified in Cardiff in 1948, and did his postgraduate medical training at the Hammersmith and Brompton Hospitals. His studies were interrupted by tuberculosis contracted as a medical student, for which he underwent therapeutic pneumothorax. After training at the Maudsley Hospital he was one of the first psychiatrists appointed at the London Hospital, where he developed further his interest in psychosomatic disorders. He combined his exceptional clinical skills (particularly in unravelling baffling and complex clinical disorders, and in recognition and understanding of problems linked to substance abuse), with outstanding administrative skills, demonstrated by his negotiation of the opening of one of the first psychiatric wards located in a general teaching hospital. He opposed “seclusion” and restraining of disturbed patients…

For many years he was Chairman of the Royal London Hospital Medical Committee and facilitated the start of the helicopter emergency service..

Prof Cohen was also a distinguished Hebraist, and published papers on the Book of Psalms. The Jewish Medical Association (UK) is grateful to his widow, Dr Vivienne Cohen, and her family for their generous support for these lectures.

 

The Hackney Gazette, Sept 2014, ran a feature on Prof Cohen’s wife:

Health chiefs have honoured a pioneering psychiatrist who gave 30 years of service by opening a Hackney clinic in her name. Family, friends and colleagues joined the now-retired Dr Vivienne Cohen to cut the ribbon of the new City and Hackney Specialist Psychotherapy Service entrance.

Dr Vivienne Cohen (left) with family, colleagues and friends

The entrance to the department, in Homerton Road, is called Vivienne Cohen House and has been established to set it apart from the inpatient facilities adjacent to the building. Marie Gabriel, east London chair of the NHS Foundation Trust, said: “When the need for a distinct name for the clinic was discussed, it wasn’t long before the name Dr Vivienne Cohen emerged as an obvious choice that reflected the history and contribution that psychotherapy services have made to mental health services for residents of City and Hackney. “I would like to thank Dr Cohen for her long involvement and continued support of psychotherapy services in the borough. She has nurtured this service from its origins, and shared her skills and knowledge with clients, colleagues and trainees. Her legacy continues in the ongoing work of the service.” Dr Cohen was one of the first consultant psychiatrists in medical psychotherapy to be appointed in the UK back in the sixties, while the profession wasn’t truly established until the 1970s. She known for her teaching and for working tirelessly past her retirement in 1994 as a job freeze meant she wouldn’t be replaced.

She continues to contribute to the field offering treatment to eight patients weekly. Dr Cohen said: “I was really delighted to hear that the Trust wished to name the clinic after me. I was overwhelmed. It is such an honour and I am really grateful.”

Dr Vivienne Cohen was listed as a Director of the Institute of Group Analysis, 1991-95.

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Dr Robert Cohen MBBS, LRCP, MRCS DRCOG, MRCPsych Dip Crim

I have been working as a private practitioner in general adult psychiatry for 30 years and I see a wide range of people and problems, in particular those with anxiety and depression, although I also have an interest in working with young adults with eating disorders.

Psychiatry is as much to do with people and helping them solve their problems in their everyday lives as it is about minds and mental illness. Enabling people to understand the cause of their symptoms and distress is in my view vitally important in helping them to overcome their difficulties. I strongly believe that the treatment must fit the individual and not vice versa, and using my clinical experience to decide on the most effective way of helping those that I see, will I hope enhance the prospect of a successful outcome.

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I qualified in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London and after completing my house jobs initially trained as a general practitioner before deciding on a career change to psychiatry. I completed my psychiatric training at the Royal London Hospital and then took up a substantive post as a consultant psychiatrist at Hillingdon Hospital. I have been in private practice since 1987, and I was appointed as Medical Director at Bowden House Clinic in Harrow (now renamed Cygnet Hospital Harrow) in 1991 and held the post until 2006. [During the 1990s, a police investigation into the abuse of boys at a residential school for troubled youngsters in Shropshire resulted in staff of the school going to prison. Virtually all the pupils had been placed there by Harrow local authority. Complaints had been ignored for quite some time before the police took action – Ed.] I remained an independent practitioner at the Clinic until 2016 when, following the closure of the outpatient wing I relocated to the London Medical Centre in Harley Street. I have practising privileges at the Nightingale Hospital, Lisson Grove NW1. I continue to consult at Spire Hospital Bushey.


My clinical areas of interest include anxiety and depression, eating disorders, bereavement and post-traumatic stress disorder. I also enjoy teaching and I am the senior author of a student textbook of psychiatry and an MCQ tutor for the primary examination of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Philosophy of Care

Making an appointment to see a psychiatrist is for some a daunting prospect, and a decision to seek help is sometimes hampered by fears of ‘my problems are not important enough’ or ‘there are others who are far worse off than me’. The knowledge that difficulties will be discussed sympathetically, non-judgementally and in total confidence, will hopefully encourage those in need to seek help and regain control of their lives.

New patients are generally seen for an hour for their initial assessment and follow up appointments will either be for half an hour or an hour depending upon the nature and complexity of the problem.

Wherever possible a treatment plan is discussed, and agreed, so that at all times therapy remains ‘goal directed’ and not open-ended. In some cases medication may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms, whilst in others talking treatments or behaviour modification may be offered, possibly as part of a combined package of treatment.

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Although I knew I was ill, my biggest fear when I first came to see you was that you wouldn’t consider me a serious enough case to admit for inpatient treatment. I know in your modesty you will insist that I was the only person responsible for helping myself, but you showed me the way. I know I still have a long way to go, but you have given me the determination, hope and strength to fight this battle to the very end. ..I am so very grateful to you for everything, but most importantly for giving me my life back.


No one has been more instrumental in my return to well-being than you yourself have been. It would be ill-mannered and presumptuous of me to make any judgement on the quality and efficiency of your medical care of my case. All I can truthfully, and most gratefully say is that you brought me most successfully through my illness with great confidence, sustained compassion and remarkable efficiency.


Thank you for helping me believe in myself again, for helping me value myself and for taking time to build me up again. I have found therapy with you invaluable and life changing and I just cannot express all you’ve done and how much I appreciate it all.


I am simply at a loss of how to express my very deepest and most sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to you for all the support, understanding and advice you have given to me. When I first came to see you, I was in such turmoil and crisis, that I could not see the wood for the trees. Your patience and understanding, and all that I have learned has really given me hope and you have truly challenged the way I see myself, life and others.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for the support, kindness and expertise you have given me over these recent weeks


I just felt compelled to write to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart….I often think about how grateful I am that I met you when I needed help so very much. I honestly believe if I never had your guidance and support over that year, I would never have got through it. Thank you for giving me the strength to participate in life again. Keep up your fantastic work and be happy.


A Professor Debbie Cohen can be found at Cardiff University. whether she is anything to do with the car salesman Robert I don’t know, but she’s not very truthful either.

Professor Debbie Cohen appears on the NMHC (National Centre for Mental Health) website which states that:

Professor Debbie Cohen is the Director of the Centre for Psychosocial Research Occupational and Physician Health and the Director of Student Support at the School of Medicine in Cardiff. She qualified at Charing Cross and then became a General Practitioner. In 2000 she changed her career to study occupational medicine. She gained her MD in 2004. Her areas of expertise and research are in mental health and work, physician health and the development of interactive national training programmes on embedding work as a health outcome for health practitioners. She also runs a service in Wales that supports doctors with mental ill health funded by Welsh Government. Debbie has won a number of awards, including an OBE in 2012 for her services to occupational medicine.

Debbie Cohen will know about the Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross, starring the abusive and brutal Dr John Randall; Randall and his colleagues were facilitating abuse, damaged some vulnerable people in need of help and then flogged gender reassignment operations to anyone with the dosh to pay when the world market opened up for such procedures in the 1980s. Randall and his colleagues were associates of Dr Roy Mottram and others in Cardiff University, who were blurring the lines between offering help for sexual problems/transgender patients and facilitating abuse. See post ‘R.I.P. Julia Grant and Many More…’. They all knew about Dafydd’s gang in north Wales, the related gangs in south and west Wales and in other parts of the UK as well as George Thomas, Leo Abse and other members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the ring’s international links.

Debbie Cohen will know that mental health services in Wales have been dreadful for years, particularly in the north and she will know that the ‘sick doctors service’ was used to protect abusive and dangerous doctors. In north Wales, the sick doctors service was run by Dr Devakumar at the Hergest Unit, a colleague of Dafydd’s, who swore at patients, threatened to have a punch-up with a psychotic patient in a ward round and happily joined in the party of supplying fictitious statements about me to the BMA in the conspiracy to have me detained in a secure hospital. Although Devakumar and his Top Doctor colleagues were mistreating patients themselves, they were for other reasons at loggerheads with the Arfon Community Mental Health Team who were also abusing patients. Devakumar gained a cult following in north Wales because he made no secret of his loathing for the Arfon CMHT, refused to work with them and at his retirement party made a speech in which he reiterated his hatred for them and said that the best part of retirement would be never seeing them again. The one thing that Devakumar did not do was make formal representation to any authority about their abuse of patients and criminal activity. After Devakumar retired he moved over near Denbigh and was brought out of mothballs to do locum work. See previous posts for info on Devakumar.

 

The ‘MDU Journal’ has an interview with Debbie Cohen concerning ill health in Top Docs and medical students. Here are some extracts:

As Professor Debbie Cohen discusses work-related mental health issues among doctors, it’s obvious that she feels there is much to be done, both in terms of what we do and how we do it. ‘It’s well reported that there are high levels of stress and distress in doctors and medical students across all grades, often related to the strains that the NHS is under,’ she says. ‘But I think we have to look carefully at this so that we can support people appropriately.’

The stress and distress is substantially related to the culture of appalling bullying and intimidation that prevails in the NHS and the complete absence of support for colleagues.

This is something that Debbie is more than qualified to do. Based at the University of Cardiff’s School of Medicine, she is an expert in mental ill health in the workplace, and physician health and received an OBE in 2012 for her services to occupational health…

Debbie is a past master at squealing about the ‘strain that the NHS is under’ while never mentioning serious criminality and the ruining of the careers and lives of whistleblowers. There have been three high profile whistleblowers in Wales: Sian Caiach, an orthopaedic surgeon who was sacked and struck off after she reported two fellow consultants for perpetrating a fraud, although her allegations were demonstrated to be true and her colleagues had swindled the NHS out of much money; a cardiac surgeon from Cardiff who is now working as a cabbie after being forced out when he raised concerns about patient safety; Nicola Kington, the nurse who exposed the Tawen Fan Scandal, who was sacked, arrested, received death threats and was then struck off. No professional body or the NHS showed any support for these three whistleblowers at all. See previous posts.

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There are also very clear issues that relate to doctors in terms of the demands placed on them,’ Debbie continues, highlighting particular issues for junior doctors. ‘Very often they have to move around the country, they lose that contact with family and friends, and they can’t access support because they can’t see their own GP. And because their rotas are so tight, they won’t go to their own doctors because they don’t want to let their colleagues down.’…

It is made clear to junior doctors that there is no support for them. If they tell ‘their own doctors’ that they are at breaking point, confidence will be broken – no matter what is spouted, confidence is routinely broken and medicine is an arena that cannot be beaten for malicious gossip about colleagues – and they will somehow find that their career comes to an end. Although most junior docs don’t want to let their colleagues down, they are TOLD that they are, even if they take a small amount of time off for a serious illness. The world of junior docs is not ‘Casualty’ or ‘Holby City’, it is brutal, unsupportive and knives are going into backs constantly. It is why junior docs have a high suicide rate. They don’t get any sympathy after they’ve topped themselves either. One Ysbyty Gwynedd doc who stabbed himself to death through the heart was described after the event by one of his mental health colleagues as a ‘hypochondriac’ and it was stated that the event wasn’t a ‘real suicide’. From what I knew it was probably tantamount to a murder, that man was in serious distress and no-one gave a stuff.

This perceived fear of failure is a recurring theme among doctors when talking about their health issues. Debbie’s studies into the obstacles to doctors seeking support seem to chime with previous research, with stigma again being a key point. ‘There’s this notion that doctors feel they need to be invincible, so they don’t disclose because they’re worried about what other people will think of them.

Top Doctors do not ‘feel the need to be invincible’. The profession has many grandiose people who eclipse the more level-headed people and the grandiose people prevail; they make it very clear to their sane colleagues that they are weak and inadequate. The grandiose people are so grandiose that there is no point challenging them, nothing ever gets through the rhino hides, so people don’t bother. In terms of stigma, medicine does stigmatise mental ill health, more than any other profession that I know. That is why care for mentally ill people is so bad. There is no respect for anyone with mental health problems in medicine,no matter what Top Doctors say in media interviews, even though so many of them are not in the best state themselves.

But there are still many myths about – if you have mental illness then you can’t be a doctor, you’ll get referred to fitness to practise, you’ll be struck off.’ Debbie cautions that while we think we’re addressing these myths, ‘our research shows it continues to be a problem.’

Then they’re not myths are they. Indeed I know for a fact that they are not myths. Top Docs will be referred to fitness to practice procedures if questions are raised about their mental health IF they have fallen foul of their colleagues and they will be out of their job. However if the ranks are still closing around them, it doesn’t matter how unfit for work they are, it’ll be OK and their health problems will be used to excuse malpractice. Dafydd pioneered this, he developed a ‘nervous illness’ many years ago and was treated ‘by a doctor in England’ – I never found out who but they certainly have questions to answer – and when complaints wouldn’t go away or Dafydd was found without his trousers in the women’s dorms yet again, it was blamed on his nervous illness.

Confidentiality is another issue that comes up time and time again, and Debbie has found that some doctors are worried about what disclosure means in practice. ‘If I tell somebody, what does that mean? Who finds out about my problem? We still don’t make it explicit what confidentiality actually means.’…

Top Doctors know that there is no confidentiality, among themselves or anyone else. When I worked at St George’s, the behaviour of a midwife who had been sectioned herself in Springfield Hospital (the mental health unit attached to St George’s) after experiencing a postpartum psychosis was openly discussed in the tea room by a senior (female) obstetrician – ‘she has gone COMPLETELY bonkers, she even threw a cup of tea over one of the psych nurses’ – the prolapse and hysterectomy of the very unpopular wife of another Top Doctor caused endless entertainment and I knew that a female junior doctor had sex with five different men in one weekend, none of whom she had previously met. The gynae records of a member of the Royal Family were also doing the rounds. Brown pointed out to me the other day that those records were made public after the rest of the Royal Family got the knives out for that person and the negative media stories were appearing. He was right about that, I hadn’t correlated the dates.

It is this sort of conduct that ensures that Top Docs are on a knife edge themselves and never blow the whistle unless they see through this idiocy, get fed up and no longer have any desire to be part of the crowd. Thus medicine does an excellent job of keeping unscrupulous weak idiots on board and Sian Caiach and the cardiac surgeon from Cardiff go and do something more fulfilling. Yes the cardiac surgeon did give a media interview a while ago saying that he preferred driving the cab to working in the heart surgery unit at Cardiff because he was not forced to risk people’s lives driving the cab…

Debbie points out that disclosing about one’s mental health to others is a very individual issue. She has found that while some doctors are happy to disclose that they’re not well, they seem to be in the minority, and that many people are very cautious about disclosing. ‘I think the importance of this, in really helping people to get disclosure right, is how we talk to people,’ she says. ‘It’s very clear in our research what drives people to disclose and what stops them from disclosing. Often when someone has taken the plunge and talked to one person, they will then go on and disclose to others.’

After years of experience and knowing what has happened to other people who have ‘disclosed’ I would not advise anyone to go near the mental health services, no matter how bad they feel. There will not be a positive outcome. Other people may be more helpful, responses vary, but the mental health services cannot do the job that they have been given to do and many of the staff don’t even want to do it. They are at best a total waste of time and at worst they will wreck your life. Don’t do it, don’t go near them and don’t believe anyone who tells you that there are just a few bad apples. The barrel is completely rotten, so rotten that no-one dares admit it. There is a reason why Top Doctors become very very worried if they think that one of their own children is developing mental health problems; they knew damn well what will be coming their way of their offspring ends up not coping…

In contrast, Debbie has found that a dismissive response to that initial disclosure can be extremely damaging. ‘If someone reaches out and they get a bad response, you lose those people. They don’t come back. They don’t go on and then seek further help.

Then they will save themselves a great deal of bother.

Those initial meetings and discussions are the most important.’…We know that doctors will go to all sorts of different places for support,’

The whisky bottle, the cocaine line, the opiates…

she says, ‘but in our survey, approximately 14% of respondents would go to their GP or support within the workplace, but only 6% would go to OHS [occupational health services].

They know the score Debbie.

In our UK survey not one trainee would go to their professional support unit.

They know the score, they’re not fooled.

Now that doesn’t at all mean those are bad services.

Of course not, it’s those Docs feeling that they have to be invincible.

But the way we advertise them, disseminate them and explain what they’re there for – we obviously haven’t got right.’

It is nothing to do with the advertising or dissemination. These are services staffed by spineless idiots who are there to remove potential whistleblowers and word has got around.

The way forward

Steps are now being taken to move support services in this direction. The end of January 2017 saw the launch of the NHS GP Health Service, the first nationally-funded provision of its kind. Confidential and free to access, it offers GPs and trainees the opportunity to self-refer and connect in confidence. Crucially in Debbie’s opinion, it is independent.

I think we’ve been here before…

Some other services are not seen as independent, and that’s why doctors and medical students worry about confidentiality,’ she says. ‘In Wales we have HHP Wales [Health for Health Practitioners Wales], where any doctor in Wales can access eight sessions of CBT for free, and they can do so anonymously.

Top Docs will piss themselves laughing at the notion of eight sessions of CBT, that’s what they recommend for other people, they’re not going to waste their own time doing it.

‘I think there’s sometimes a misunderstanding about what these services do and what it means if you disclose to these services,’ she continues, emphasising again the importance of confidentiality. ‘People want to go to someone they can trust. Different people go to different places, but at the heart of it, it’s about confidentiality and feeling secure about what happens with their information.’

She’s a right slapper, she shagged five men in one weekend and one of them was just the estate agent who showed her around a house…

Professor Debbie Cohen can also be found on the website of the Wales Centre for Public Policy…

Professor Debbie has not mentioned one Source Of Support for Top Docs with alcohol or drug problems. It is a venture based in Cardiff called ‘The Living Room’. Dafydd runs it. See previous posts…

Should any readers have lulled themselves into a false sense of security with the idea that the nightmare will come to an end before long because Dafydd will sooner or later die, it won’t. Dafydd’s son Dyfrig ap Dafydd has been waiting to step into Dafydd’s shoes for ages, Dyfrig has been a GP on Anglesey, he spins the yarn about being a Welsh patriot and wanting to work in a Welsh speaking area and he’s been a Trustee of CAIS for years.

Really Bad News: Glasgow University Media

Furthermore the most common response – apart from How Very Dare You – that I was met with back in 1987 a la Dafydd was ‘well he’ll be retiring soon’. Exactly the same response was given to questions raised about Lucille Hughes, Keith Fearns, Peter Higson, every member of the gang. ‘They’ll be retiring soon’. They were never going to retire, they were running a criminal empire and they can’t afford to let go of the reigns. When they were forced to ‘retire’, they set themselves up in charidees and private practice and the Welsh Gov’t and NHS commissioned their services.

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There is also a Dr Sam Cohen all over the internet, a younger man based at Cambridge who researches Alzheimer’s… I can’t find any indication as to whether he is a relative or not.

 

Dr Andrew Black’s earlier boss at the London Hospital, Dr John Cookson, features on the Jewish Medical Association website as the person who delivered the Sam Cohen Memorial Lecture in 2009, on ‘Developments in Psychiatric Care and Treatment’:

19th November 2009:

Dr John Charles Cookson BM DPhil FRCP FRCPsych

Dr John Cookson is Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Royal London Hospital, East London and City Mental Health Trust, and Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health at Mile End Hospital.

Dr Cookson did pre-clinical studies at Oxford University, and completed his DPhil in Pharmacology before his clinical studies at University College Hospital. Since 1981 he has worked as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at the Royal London Hospital, and was Chairman of the Department from 1993-2008. From 1986-98 he was co-director of the Academic Unit of Human Psychopharmacology. His interest in Substance Misuse is reflected by his membership of the Medical Council on Alcoholism, and his work as an expert advisor to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. He has a particular interest in the treatment of bipolar affective disorder. Amongst his many publications, perhaps the best known is “Use of Drugs in Psychiatry: the evidence from Psychopharmacology” (2002) (Cookson, J. C, Katona, C.  and Taylor, D). He was one of the founding editors of “Advances in Psychiatric Treatment”, the Royal College of Psychiatrist journal of continuing professional development.

 

If Dr John Cookson was a psychopharmacologist associated with Oxford University, he will have known Dr Richard Tranter, a psychopharmacologist who trained at Oxford and spent many years working at the Hergest Unit in Bangor. Richard was not as dim or as bonkers as many of his colleagues and had far better social skills. Sadly he and his wife, an Angel who was a lecturer in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, simply used their status as ‘clean skins’ to extract information from witnesses, lie to those witnesses and put them at risk, ingratiate themselves to some of the worst members of the gang and attempt to use these methods to mount a take-over bid at the Clinical School at Bangor University. They knew that patients were being abused and were dying of neglect and said nothing; in the cases in which they were implicated they did pretty much anything to cover their tracks. As the NW Wales NHS Trust sank under the weight of suicides, deaths and scandal, the Tranters emigrated to New Zealand, where I am told they have once more begun the act of ‘we’re a lovely couple, a Nurse and a Top Doctor and we have escaped from a terrible situation in which patients were being abused, not that we played any part in it, gosh no, would you like to come to dinner tonight?’

See previous posts for gen re Richard and Siobhan Tranter.

 

One of the Giants of Paediatrics who was busy on the stage during Douglas Black’s long career was Sir Peter Tizard. I mentioned Peter Tizard in my post ‘Too Many Pills’ when I discussed Baroness June Lloyd, the Head of the Dept of Paediatrics at St George’s who presided over the Dept as it filled up with Top Docs who facilitated the abuse of children; June Lloyd gave Ollie Brooke his Chair. June Lloyd had spent years working with other people who facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring; events at St George’s once she was appointed Head of the Paediatics Dept were not an accident, but then neither was the appointment of Baroness June as Head of Dept. Peter Tizard did battle with June Lloyd when she demanded that the British Paediatrics Association should metamorphose into a Real Royal College, just for Paediatricians; Peter Tizard thought that the child abusing Top Docs would retain more status and influence if they continued to align themselves with Top Docs who treated adults. Baroness June won the day and her reward was to be pictured on the Coat of Arms of the new Royal College.
As was the case with the Top Docs who went to war with Dafydd and the gang, Tizard didn’t do battle to put an end to June Lloyd creating a University Dept which housed paedophiles or to stop the research fraud and rapidly developing international trafficking ring. Tizard did it because he was a nasty old sod who didn’t like June Lloyd.
An obituary written after Peter Tizard died in Oct 1993 by one of his fellow Top Doctors, John A. Davis, stated:

Peter Tizard was the eldest of the three sons of Sir Henry Tizard KCB, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government at the outbreak of the second world war: many believed that he was the man who saved us from German invasion by setting up the radar network which enabled us to win the Battle of Britain. Peter’s father, his grandfather and his younger brother were all fellows of the Royal Society, but Peter chose clinical medicine as his career. He was educated at Sandrock Hall, Hastings; Rugby; Oriel College, Oxford University, and Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After a disappointing third at the end of his preclinical studies he gained a scholarship to the Middlesex Hospital, qualifying in 1941,

Gwynne the lobotomist trained at the Middlesex Hospital and probably qualified at about the same time, or just before Tizard. The Middlesex had a strong alumni network who protected Gwynne until he died and then protected his reputation after he died. Gwynne was armour plated by having been taught at the Middlesex by Sir William Gilliatt, the Royal Gynaecologist, who attended the births of Carlo and Princess Anne. As well as learning at the knee of the Top Doc who delivered Carlo, Gwynne was a contemporary, or near contemporary at the Middlesex of Sir William’s son, Roger Gilliatt. Roger Gilliatt was best man at Lord Snowdon and Ma’am Darling’s wedding, after Snowdon’s mates Jeremy Fry and Mr Thrope were blown out on the grounds of their sexual tastes and the possibility of scandal. Roger Gilliatt later became a well-known neurologist, which just added further layers to Gwynne’s armour. Roger Gilliatt also knew Sir Charles Evans, who invited Gwynne to set up a branch of his sex abuse gang in the Student Health Centre at UCNW. See eg. ‘Error of Judgement?’

Roger Gilliatt’s mother, Sir William’s wife, was a Top Doctor herself, from Vienna. It is likely that she will have been influenced by Freud’s circle because they were so dominant in Vienna at that time and many of that network were colluding with or perpetrating sexual abuse on a major scale.

Freud’s pupil Dr Ernest Jones was a Welsh psychiatrist who knew Gwynne and possibly Dafydd as well and James and Alix Strachey, two of the biggest names in Freudian analysis in the UK, were relatives of Amabel Williams-Ellis, at Cwm Croesor. See post ‘The Vermin Club’.

There were of course feuds and splits within analytic circles, but in true Top Doc style, as with Peter Tizard and June Lloyd, that did not mean that anyone exposed the harm that was being inflicted on patients. They just scrapped with each other and split up into the different schools of analysis as discussed in earlier posts.

One of Freud’s cousins, the London Top Doc Elliot Philipp, was the father of Ann Hills, a journo who worked for ‘The Guardian’ and who, for at least at one period in her life, seemed to have worked as a high class call girl. Ann was one of Lord Snowdon’s mistresses and was found dead on the roof of her London apartment on Jan 1 1997. Ann was presumed to have died the night before and the cause of death was attributed to suicide. The way in which Ann was alleged to have killed herself would not have resulted in her death at that time or in that way. The speculation at the inquest was ludicrous and inconsistent with the alleged method of suicide. Elliott Philipp, the Coroner Dr Paul Knapman and Ann’s GP, Patrick Pietroni – now a Professor of Compassionate Therapy at the University of Chester and elsewhere – must have known that what was alleged to have happened could not have led to Ann’s death. See post ‘An Error Of Judgement?’

Ann was found dead days before F and I appeared in Court after yet another attempt to imprison me or have me detained in a high security hospital was made. The Court case depended upon the perjury of an Angel called Bridget Lloyd, but the driving force behind it all was Tony Francis. See previous posts.

Seven months after Ann Hills was found dead, Diana crashed into the tunnel in Paris. Dr Paul Knapman was one of those involved with the inquests of Diana and Dodi. The Coroner who conducted the final inquest on Di and Dodi was Thomas Scott Baker. He had never performed an inquest before and had previously worked in the Family Courts. In 1995, Thomas Scott Baker was the presiding judge in a ridiculous trial which resulted in a profoundly distressed woman from north Wales, Susan Brooke, going to prison for what must have been the most hopeless attempt to abduct a baby in the history of the world. Susan had been assessed by Dafydd’s gang at the North Wales Hospital who were able to tell Scott Baker just how wicked she was. There are many indications from the case that Susan had encountered those we know and love before the alleged abduction of the baby. See posts ‘So Who’s Path Had Susan Brooke Crossed?’ ‘More On The Susan Brooke Case’ and ‘Update On The Cases Of Susan Brooke and Sara Thornton’.

 

and from then on [Tizard] made steady progress through the medical ranks. From 1942-46 he served in the RAMC as general duties officer in North Africa and Sicily and as a graded physician and medical specialist in France, Holland and Germany. On return to civilian life he was appointed to the key post of registrar and pathologist at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in 1947; was promoted in 1949 to consultant status and chief assistant to Reginald Lightwood at St Mary’s Hospital and Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, and later moved on to the Institute for Child Health, University of London, as reader. In 1954, he became professor in charge of the neonatal unit at the Hammersmith Hospital.

Previous posts eg. ‘Too Many Pills’ discussed how many of the Eminents who were leading the way at Great Ormond Street and the Institute for Child Health were colleagues of people who were facilitating organised abuse and the linked criminality of people who later became Ollie Brooke’s colleagues.

Hammersmith Hospital was rife with research fraud and serious wrongdoing even when Tizard worked there. The leader in that field was Professor Hugh Bentall, the cardiac surgeon at Hammersmith, who along with his colleagues perpetrated a fraud which he showed off in the Soviet Union under the gaze of the world’s media, making the Hammersmith team famous. Bentall bagged his own Chair after his senior colleague was found dead in worrying circumstances in the hospital and after Bentall had made a substantial financial donation to Hammersmith Hospital. See post ‘Interesting Facts’.

Bentall was a very rich man which gave him huge influence at Hammersmith and allowed him to do things like get his secretary, who was also his mistress, a lecturing job in anatomy. Bentall pretty much ran Kingston-upon-Thames, owning the posh department store there, Bentall’s. Ollie Brooke’s Court appearance was at Kingston and although he pleaded guilty to the possession of a small number of images of child porn and was jailed, the Court and the media were not made aware of anything like the amount of child porn that had been found in his possession, let along the fact that Ollie was the key figure in a pan-European paedophile ring who traded in child porn internationally.

Hugh Bentall’s son Richard Bentall is a clinical psychologist who trained at UCNW with Dafydd and the gang. Richard married the daughter of Dr Eifion Jones, the former Dean of Science at UCNW who was in post when Charles Evans was Principal and the gang ran the institution. Richard’s wife did her degree in the Dept of Plant Biology, many of the staff there being married to or friendly with members of the gang. Richard’s wife later trained and worked as an Angel and a tutor for the WEA and the OU. Richard Bentall has held Chairs in Psychology at Bangor, Manchester and Liverpool and now holds a Chair at Sheffield University.

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Richard Bentall knew much about the abuse of patients and the other crimes of Dafydd and the gang and he knew about the research fraud in the School of Psychology at Bangor that was taking place as recently as six years ago, which involved Richard Tranter and his colleagues.

Ollie Brooke was imprisoned while I was an MSc student at Hammersmith and I have been told that the jungle drums were particularly loud as the plans to bring an end to my career were formulated but career death had to be done in such a way for me not to realise what was happening.

My house-mate and friend Anne was killed by the gang in April 1986, which must have been about when Ollie was charged or knew that he was going to be.

Norman Lamont was the Tory MP for Kingston-upon-Thames, 1972-97. He had come a long way since his dad had been the surgeon for Shetland. About as far as Douglas Black, who had been a wee laddie at the time and the son of a manse on Shetland himself.

Norman Lamont’s dad had the only car on Shetland:

 

Finally, he returned to Oxford to occupy the foundation Chair of Paediatrics, with a fellowship at Jesus College.

Jesus College, Oxford has strong Welsh connections and many of the higher echelons of Dafydd’s gang were/are graduates of Jesus College Oxford, including the corrupt judge Huw Daniel, Daniel’s father the theologian and Schools Inspector, J.E. Daniel and Gwilym Williams, Bishop of Bangor, 1957-82 and Anglican Archbishop of Wales, 1971-82. Williams taught theology at a number of colleges in Wales, including at UCNW. Prof Gareth Roberts of the School of Education at Bangor University also graduated from Jesus College, Oxford. Prof Roberts also served as the Principal of Bangor Normal College, which was substantially staffed and run by Dafydd’s network (see eg. post ‘Thought For The Day’) and as an Inspector/Adviser to Gwynedd Education Authority, while the gang raged within. Harold Wilson was also an alumnus of Jesus College, Oxford. See previous posts.

It was characteristic of [Tizard] that just as his disappointing first degree had only acted as an extra spur to his ambition, so his failure to secure the appointment at Great Ormond Street of consultant with a special interest in neurology (which he had coveted and trained for at Queen Square and under Bronson Crothers in Boston, USA)

Roger Gilliatt was Mr Big of Queen Square (the National Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery). See post eg. ‘Error Of Judgement?’

led him to create Britain’s premier neonatal research unit at Hammersmith.

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It was to this task that Peter Tizard brought his father’s gift of applying an intuitive understanding of the significance of recent advances in science and technology to practical purposes – in Peter’s case, to the care of prematurely born infants – together with his own gift of being able to recruit, educate and foster the varying talents of young men and women at the beginning of their careers. This latter gift was shared by his brother Dick, then admissions tutor for Churchill College, Cambridge. As head of department he exercised a natural, almost feudal authority, with personal loyalty given and received in the endeavour to advance the frontiers of knowledge by the application of science to patient care. He thus became not only a world renowned neonatologist but the doyen of European paediatric neurologists.

They stuck together like glue and the glue became even more effective after their friend and colleague Ollie was imprisoned for child sex offences.

Though impatient of pretension, whether intellectual, social or moral, Tizard enjoyed power and position. He had prepared himself for this enterprise by spending a sabbatical year with Geoffrey Dawes’ department in the Nuffield Institute, working in neonatal physiology, and he knew how to raise the required resources. In his hands neonatal care became applied physiology in a way which was then unique in medicine. He recruited Wilfrid Payne, a medical biochemist recently retired from his post at the Hospital for Sick Children and a wise and skilled adviser; Michael Dawkins, a brilliant and promising paediatric pathologist; Lawrence Goldie, a physiologically-minded psychoanalyst, and Pamela Davies to whom he gave the essential task of following up surviving infants.

Lawrence Goldie died in 2012 and his obituary appeared in ‘The Guardian’, written by Helena and Boyd Goldie. The scale of the nightmare continues to impress me with every new name that I come across:

Lawrence Goldie

Our father, Lawrence Goldie, who has died aged 88, was a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He brought psychoanalytic principles to the treatment of cancer patients and his book Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients: Bearing Cancer in Mind (2005) has become a teaching text. In his wide range of work with people with critical physical illnesses, his interest was in understanding what was in the mind of these patients.

Lawrence was born in Manchester to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia and Romania. He went to school locally and began reading psychology at Manchester University, then volunteered for the RAF and trained as a pilot. After the second world war he decided to study medicine.

In 1948 he married our mother, Fay Jaffa, and six years later he took up the post of registrar at the Maudsley hospital in London, going on to train for the diploma of psychological medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry. He worked with Sir Denis Hill on innovative research on patients with “petit mal epilepsy” (absence seizures) that combined physiological observation with psychoanalytic techniques.

Sir John Denis Nelson Hill was born in Orleton, Herefordshire on 5 October 1913. He was educated at Shrewsbury School

Sir Charles Evans went to Shrewsbury School, as did Michael Heseltine and Richard Ingrams… See previous posts.

before pursuing a medical degree at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, qualifying in 1936. Interested in specialising in psychiatry, Hill then went to Maida Vale Hospital, London, to study neurology under Walter Russell Brain (1895-1966). While working at Maida Vale, Hill met neurophysiologist William Grey Walter (1910-1977), who first stoked Hill’s interest in the field of electroencephalography (EEG).

In 1938, Hill returned to St Thomas’s to take up an assistant position within the Department of Psychiatry. Following the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-1945) a year later, Hill moved to work at the Emergency Hospital in Belmont, Surrey, where he set up an EEG laboratory to study various neurological and psychiatric conditions, including epilepsy. This work led to a collaboration with neurosurgeon Murray Falconer (1910-1977) on the development of the temporal lobectomy (the surgical removal of the temporal lobe) as a treatment for temporal lobe epilepsy.

After the war, Hill was invited to set up an EEG laboratory at the Maudsley Hospital’s new Institute of Psychiatry. This was closely followed by his appointment as Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at King’s College Hospital in 1947. During the post-war period, Hill further established his reputation as an expert on the psychiatric dimensions of electroencephalography, serving on a number of committees investigating the technique’s use on patients, prisoners, and juvenile offenders. In 1966, Hill returned to the Institute of Psychiatry to become Professor of Psychiatry, a post which he retained until his retirement in 1979.

Denis Hill was at the Institute of Psychiatry/the Maudsley when Tony Francis worked there and Hill was a colleague of the many others at the Maudsley who knew Dafydd and colluded with him, included Bob Hobson.

Hill was married twice, first to Phoebe Elizabeth Herschel in 1938, and then to Lorna Wheelan in 1962. He had four children. Hill died following a heart attack on 5 May 1982.

 

At the Maudsley, Lawrence Goldie began training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Tavistock Square, in central London. He was supervised by Hanna Segal and Wilfred Bion. Bion inspired much of his subsequent thinking about the approach to seriously ill patients.

See previous posts for the Institute of Psychoanalysis/the Tavi, Hanna Segal and Wilfred Bion…

This underpinned Lawrence’s later work, as he took the principles of psychoanalysis out of the consulting room and into the general hospital. Lawrence became consultant psychiatrist at Queen Mary’s hospital for children, Carshalton, in 1961. He then became senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health at the Hammersmith hospital. There, he established a research department attached to the premature baby unit, recording neurophysiological changes in premature and newborn babies. He moved on to the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear hospital, where he was appointed as their first consultant psychiatrist/consultant medical psychotherapist.

The longest phase of Lawrence’s career was at the Royal Marsden, where he worked from 1971 until 1988 as consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He was the first to investigate the psychiatric and emotional needs of terminally ill people, and was a founder member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. 

Lawrence Goldie knew something about the research fraud planned and carried out at the Royal Marsden, 1988-90, which involved a former colleague of Tony Francis’s from Manchester, Peter McGuire, a psychiatrist who suddenly decided to become a cancer researcher and was even funded by the Cancer Research Campaign to do so, as well as others at the Royal Marsden, along with Top Docs from the Institute of Cancer Research and the CRC and ICRF. The fraud blew up in everyone’s faces at the end of 1990 and Prof Tim McElwain, one of the key researchers, was found dead, presumed to be the result of suicide. Everybody else involved in the fraud continued on their merry way and became well-known cancer researchers, except for Prof Clair Chilvers, who decided to become an Expert on Mental Illness and established a mental health charidee and also Chaired an NHS Trust and a junior researcher who ran away screaming from this bunch of sharks and began a new career. See post ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’.

Fay died in 1991. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Silvia Oclander, whom he married in 1993 and by us.

There is an Helena Goldie Hospital and Healthcare/Nursing project in the Solomon Islands, which seems to be linked with missionary work. I presume that Lawrence’s daughter is something to do it.
Boyd Goldie is an orthopaedic surgeon who seems to do mostly private work and is based at the Spire London East Hospital. Boyd Goldie specialises in upper limb surgery:

‘My orthopaedic training was at St Mary’s Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston USA. From 1993 until 2015, I was a Consultant at Whipps Cross University Hospital. I have been on the national faculty for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand instructional courses, and the AO Hand Fracture fixation courses. I am also an invited lecturer on the European Acumed Upper Limb Fracture Fixation course. I continue to innovate and lecture on the use of 3D printers in Orthopaedics.’

Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) / University of London / 1979 
Bachelor of Science, History of Medicine

MB BS / Westminster Hospital, University of London / 1982 
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

DHMSA / Society of Apothecaries / 1980 
Diploma in History of Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries

FRCS (Eng) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 1986 
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

‘I was a Consultant at Whipps Cross University Hospital for 22 years until April 2015. I am now in full time Independent Practice. I do still treat NHS patients as I have Choose and Book Clinics at Spire London East Hospital. I make the most of living in London as I enjoy the theatre, music, art and cinema.

I am quite techie and enjoy all things to do with computers and gadgets.

I am a keen sailor and spend most of my holidays sailing with my wife.

Lord Mountbatten Naval in colour Allan Warren.jpg‘I have no financial interest in the Spire Hospitals.’Has Boyd invested in the Solomon Islands instead by any chance?
Dr Silvia Oclander Goldie can be found on the website of the British Psychoanalytic Council. The following details are provided:

Child Psychotherapist, Member British Psychoanalytic Association
Child Psychotherapist, Member Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Member Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Member Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Member British Psychotherapy Foundation