The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf

The fall-out from the Telford child sexual exploitation case continues. The Conservative MP for Telford Lucy Allan has stated that the problem was enormous and that she had spoken to numerous young women who had been abused. As I have stated previously, Lucy Allan will not have been the only person who knew what was happening. An officer from the West Mercia Police commented in the media that matters have been exaggerated and that ‘only’ 20 or 30 young people were involved and that most of the cases were ‘very old’ cases, dating back to the 1990s. It is possible that the media are exaggerating in pursuit of some good headlines, but if we’re talking historical cases here, it is rather more likely that the scale of the problem was significantly underestimated rather than exaggerated. If the police refuse to document yet alone investigate the victim’s complaints, if young people are diagnosed as psychotic if they talk about what has happened to them and if social workers managing and staffing the ‘services’ caring for the kids involved describe the people raping and trafficking those kids as their boyfriends, it is hardly surprising that the numbers of young people considered to have been abused or trafficked are low.

Whilst I can understand that an over-stretched police force might not prioritise crimes committed 20 years ago, the West Mercia Police need to consider a few salient matters. The crimes might have been committed in the 1990s, but they were not investigated at the time – instead, the victims of the crimes were arrested and prosecuted themselves. Is it surprising that now as adults they feel very angry about what happened? That is bad enough, but the real problem is that the people who colluded with those crimes back then are now occupying posts as Top Doctors, as senior barristers, as judges, as senior managers of NHS Trusts/social service depts/Third sector organisations, as well as senior police officers and a number of them are sitting in Parliament. That is what really matters. We have people who colluded with serious organised crime running the country. Mr West Mercia Police Officer – why do you think that there is now such a problem with human trafficking, with child porn and with big time drug dealing? Why do you think that the infrastructure of the UK simply doesn’t work anymore? Why is there scandal after scandal involving members of Parliament fiddling their expenses, lining their pockets, lying to the House and receiving backhanders for abusing their positions?

For example, let’s look at the background of Lucy Allan, the Telford MP. Allan has been the Tory MP for Telford since 2015. She has a background in accountancy, investment management and employment law. She was a Councillor for Wandsworth Borough Council, 2006-12 and a non-executive Director of Wandsworth NHS Primary Care Trust from 2009. So Allan was working with the trash from St George’s Hospital Medical School and Wandsworth Social Services who spent years colluding with serious organised crime – some of the trash that I witnessed doing that in 1990 are still there. Sadly for Lucy Allan, the trash turned on her.

After Allan made a visit to her GP seeking help with symptoms of depression following a family bereavement in 2010, Wandsworth Borough Council launched a child protection investigation, claiming that Allan’s 10-year-old son was at risk of significant harm. In the wake of the controversy which followed, Allan stood down from the Council, and from her Directorship with the NHS. In 2011, following legal action by Allan, Social Services decided to take no further action.]

Based on her experience, Allan founded Family First Group, a lobby group which campaigns to reduce the number of children in state care, for improvements to the UK child protection system and support for families affected by it. In 2012, Allan fronted a media campaign on child protection injustice and used the media coverage to build a political profile for the Family First Campaign, working with Ministers, children’s charities and families to identify and remedy shortcomings in the child protection system.

In Dec 2015, Allan posted on Facebook an email she said she received from a constituent; the email was edited and ended with the words ‘unless you die’. Allan later acknowledged that she had added those words to the email – leading to accusations of her faking a death threat. Allan later apologised for creating a ‘misleading impression’ and said the controversy was not about her use of social media, but due to ‘activists unhappy they didn’t get the MP they wanted’.

In Dec 2015, Allan was accused of bullying members of staff and leaving a series of voicemail messages to a sick employee allegedly including a threat of dismissal. On 21 Dec 2015, a statement about the allegations was published on Allan’s website but deleted later in the day. The statement apologised for Allan’s voicemail messages, which were publicly released, but stated the bullying allegations were unfounded and was critical of a former employee. Later in Jan 2016, Allan acknowledged sending the voicemails was ‘stupid’ and she regretted shouting at the employee, but denied her actions amounted to bullying.

In April 2016, Allen said on Facebook: ‘Hard-working people in Telford don’t get why privileged trainee doctors, on course to earn £100,000 plus, will hold NHS to ransom and deprive ordinary people of emergency care. I don’t get it either’. Her comments were criticised by junior doctors, with one saying that many of her fellow graduates were still junior doctors who can work ‘horrific shift patterns’ and move hospital every 12 months.

I am completely sympathetic to Lucy Allan’s campaign with regard to the gross misconduct of the child protection services and I am wondering whether the bad publicity that she received from unwise comments on social media could have been because she dared take on the child protection system – MPs who expose real injustice in the welfare system find themselves under attack. Likewise her comments about the NHS – I am very rude about Top Doctors as well and I know how one word against the Top Doctors makes life very difficult indeed. Unfortunately for Allan, she has had a career in the financial services and her husband is a stockbroker – so her income will be far higher than a junior doctor’s and she and her husband will not work as hard as junior doctors do. So it’s not surprising that they put the boot in.

Lucy Allan still has a home in Wandsworth – I would have thought that she’d have got the hell out of there.


Whilst I am glad that Lucy Allan is supporting her constituents I am deeply cynical regarding the historical police investigations into organised sexual exploitation. Not because I think that such conduct is acceptable, but because that exploitation was/is facilitated by the British state anyway. Everyone knew what was happening to witnesses like me – I have 10,000 documents here demonstrating the degree of corruption that was taking place at the highest levels of every ‘service’ to ensure that I and others were harassed, criminalised, sacked from jobs, denied NHS treatment etc. We were the ones placed under surveillance by the security services in the 1980s and 90s and it wasn’t because anyone wanted to help us. Beyond giving the nation a good laugh, there is no point in putting the likes of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Lucille Hughes on trial now – their victims are dead and Dafydd et al were allowed to run their sex abuse ring with the assistance of every authority possible. However, they and everyone who helped them should be removed from the positions of responsibility which so many of them are still occupying.

I will reiterate that if anyone does want to do the world a favour and nail these lies of ‘it wasn’t that bad’ and ‘we didn’t know’, get out to the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, excavate the place and date the human remains that are out there. Then abolish the GMC – who did not take action on ANY occasion against Gwynne the lobotomist and Dafydd  – and explain why Huw Daniel et al were allowed to clutter up the courts, break the law themselves and sentence Dafydd’s victims instead of Dafydd. Perhaps HM the Queen would like to tell us all why the Git Huw was given the post of Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd after a lifetime of corruption in court and on the bench. After this tawdry bunch have been named and shamed and the enormity of their crimes admitted, structures which genuinely hold corrupt professional people to account should be put in place.

It might be of interest to the West Mercia Police that Arfon Jones, the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, made a speech to Conwy County Council on Thursday in which he admitted that the North Wales Police can no longer bear the strain of looking after mental health patients in north Wales. It is taking up a huge quantity of police time, the cells are full of people having mental health crises, the psychiatric units in north Wales refuse to admit the patients when the police turn up with them and on one occasion recently the police had to transport a child 77 miles in pursuit of a mental health service for them.

Arfon’s suggestion is that ’24 hour emergency mental health facilities’ should be built in north Wales. Such things used to be called ‘hospitals’. Arfon explained to Conwy County Council that sadly the only place for patients to be taken at the moment were the psychiatric units in north Wales which are not suitable for treating people with mental health problems. Arfon added that the mental health ‘community facilities’ do not operate outside office hours and there are no triage facilities or sanctuaries available.

Could there be a bigger admission of the degree of fuckwittery that has been allowed to develop?

Some of us could see this coming. It was the inevitable result of psychiatric units employing Top Doctors who are both mad and running a sex trafficking ring who simply snap at every patient that they must ‘take responsibility’, that if they want to kill themselves then that’s up to them and diagnose borderline personality disorders in everyone. For at least 15 years now, patients have routinely described the police in north Wales as being far more helpful than the Top Doctors, Angels and social workers. Unless you were unlucky and you ended up on the receiving end of one of the corrupt police officers who doubled up as a paedophiles’ friend, the police were far, far better than the mental health services. Every complaint from a patient about the mental health services was either not investigated or dismissed out of hand and the complainant was subjected to a character assassination by the NHS. Whistleblowers were sacked and members of the public who tried to help patients who were very obviously being abused or neglected were told that they were being ‘manipulated’ by a wicked psychiatric patient and ‘didn’t understand how difficult it was to help them’.

So who is running the NHS in north Wales? The Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is Dr Peter Higson. Higson was a clinical psychologist at the North Wales Hospital. Then Peter Higson was the manager of the North Wales Hospital. Then Peter Higson was the manager of all the mental health services in north Wales. Then Peter Higson was Chief Executive of HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales). Then Peter Higson returned to north Wales to Chair the Betsi Board.

Could the current desperate state of affairs perhaps have something to do with Peter Higson?

Bring those bodies up from the North Wales Hospital, make Peter Higson witness the dig and ask him to explain why there were buried there.

The Vice-Chair of the Betsi is Margaret Hanson. Margaret Hanson was previously a children’s and family social worker in Cheshire, whilst the Cheshire and north Wales paedophile ring facilitated by Dafydd, Lucille, Higson and others was in business. Margaret’s husband David is the Labour MP for Delyn and Blair’s former PPS (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’). Margaret and David were both Councillors in Cheshire whilst the paedophile gang operated under their noses.

Grace Lewis-Parry is the Board Secretary. Grace is an Angel who joined the Gwynedd Family Health Services Authority in 1993 and the North Wales Health Authority in 1996 as Assistant Director of Patient Care. In Aug 2001 Grace took up the position of General Manager to the Gwynedd Local Health Group based in Caernarfon and was then appointed as Chief Executive to the new Local Health Board for Gwynedd.

Could the presence of Grace in the north Wales NHS possibly be as disastrous as the presence of Peter Higson?

 The Betsi’s website tells us that ‘Grace has continued her professional development, gaining a degree from Bangor and a Masters degree from Manchester University in leadership studies.  She attended an Executive Programme on Leadership at Harvard, Boston in 2007. As an experienced health care professional with substantial leadership, senior management and board level experience, Grace is passionate about improving health and health services’.
I think Harvard had better ask for that qualification back, Grace is not a good advert for their Executive Programme on Leadership. But what Harvard were doing ever accepting an Angel who had facilitated a sex trafficking gang onto their Executive Programme on Leadership I do not know. Although I suppose that Grace has been incredibly successful in leading the regional NHS in the ways of serious crime.


The Daily Post quotes Lesley Singleton the ‘Director of partnerships for mental health’ at the Betsi as saying that ‘we have made improving the support available to people in an acute mental health crisis our first priority as we begin implementing our integrated mental health strategy Together For Mental Health’.

I met Lesley Singleton about two years ago – to discuss my appalling experiences with the mental health services. Lesley was pleasant and friendly and had a greater understanding of mental health policy than most of the NHS managers in north Wales. However whenever I detailed an occasion on which I had been threatened, assaulted or defamed by mental health staff Lesley responded by saying ‘mmmmm’. Then I explained that Dafydd had told another Top Doctor that I was ‘attractive and seductive’. Lesley kept repeating ‘IF that is true’ – I explained that it most definitely was true, it was documented upon my medical notes. I offered to show Lesley the relevant document. She declined. Lesley then told me that the whole problem with the mental health services was that the Angels weren’t empowered. I told Lesley that the Angels were sufficiently empowered to assault patients and lie about them in Court in order to secure convictions against people who had complained about Dafydd et al. Lesley told me that perhaps it was time for us to talk about the ‘service’ generally rather than my own experiences.

Lesley ended our meeting by asking me if I’d like to volunteer with Dafydd’s new charity CANIAD – which had just been given the contract for ‘service user involvement’ by the Betsi (see post ‘Introducing Caniad!’). I declined and started this blog.

CANIAD received £1.5 million for providing ‘service user involvement’ for the Betsi (see post ‘The Story Behind £1.5 Million’).

Well Lesley, how’s the strategy going then?? The suicide rate continues ever upwards and the police now can no longer cope. No-one will work for your ‘service’ and 24 hour sanctuaries are being demanded by the police because the psychiatric units are so bloody dangerous and unhelpful.

I did tell Lesley that nothing will improve until staff who abuse patients are prosecuted and dismissed along with the managers….

Lesley is on secondment from an NHS Trust in Cheshire!

The biggest irony is that the Police and Crime Commissioner himself – Arfon Jones – was an officer with the North Wales Police whilst the force refused to co-operate with investigations into the paedophile ring and then denied that there was a paedophile ring. As a constable Arfon chauffeured a senior officer, Gordon Anglesea, to the venues where Anglesea abused children in care. In 1994 Anglesea was awarded nearly £400k damages for libel after he was named in the media as someone who had abused children in care (see posts ‘Y Gwir Yn Yr Erbyn Y Byd’ and ‘Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd – A Few Additional Comments’). In 2016 Anglesea was imprisoned for historical sex offences against children in care in north Wales. After he died in prison, his wife Sandra received a police pension, despite Anglesea being a convicted sex offender – because of an ‘oversight’ by Arfon, the Police and Crime Commissioner…

Earlier in the week a news report stated that the Betsi Board were threatening to refuse to release the Independent Report into the Tawel Fan scandal by Donna Ockenden because it ‘lacked credibility’. Donna Ockenden is an independent consultant who was called in to report on Tawel Fan – Donna has a background in the NHS. She has never been associated with the sort of scandals that Higson, Hanson or Grace have.


Arfon’s speech about the police no longer being able to cope with the enormity of the mental health services failures in north Wales is not the only healthcare story in the Daily Post today. Their leading story is an account of the death of a 95 year old lady at the Bryn Marl care home in Llandudno Junction after she fell out of a hoist whilst being lifted out of her bed. The sling of the hoist being used was the wrong size and had been fitted incorrectly. Furthermore the case assistants had not received the appropriate training. The coroner at the inquest in Ruthin, John Gittins, decided not to issue a report in order to prevent further deaths, in view of the ‘steps taken’ by Bryn Marl after the old lady’s death. It must have made quite a difference for Mr Gittins to be complacent in the aftermath of the death of a resident in a care home – his usual role is to be complacent in the aftermath of the death of a mental health patient. I’m sure that Mr Gittins’s complacency will be utilised again within a couple of weeks or so.

The Post is also carrying an advert for North East Wales MIND – they’re beginning a Well-Being Drop In service for people in the Wrexham area. That’s the branch of MIND which was at the centre of the whistleblower Karen Hughes’s concerns (see post ‘A Whistleblower From MIND Writes…’). After I published Karen’s concerns on this blog, Karen was harassed, Karen’s e mail account and my blog was hacked and then Karen and I received hundreds of e mails – one threatening Karen’s husband and children – from the partner of the daughter of a manager of North East Wales MIND….No action was taken by either MIND Cymru or national MIND.

The Daily Post is also advertising a Community Wellbeing Day. Who will be attending this day? Among others, representatives from the Betsi Board, the Conwy Wellbeing Board and the Community Health Council. The North Wales Police will also be in attendance – which is just as well because if anybody is taken ill, it’ll be the police who will have to look after them…


The Post also reports that Ian Lucas, the Labour MP for Wrexham, has ‘slammed’ the North Wales Police for refusing to provide him with a private briefing regarding why a violent criminal who was out on licence was not recalled to prison before he went on to murder a disabled pensioner. The police are no doubt far too busy doing the job of the NHS to turn their attention to murderers.


Meanwhile in England, Theresa May has promised lots of lovely lolly for the NHS! Theresa is quoted as saying that the NHS has provided her with ‘compassionate care’ for her diabetes. Theresa – that’s because you are a Prime Minister who, whilst you were a Councillor in Merton, 1986-94, obligingly ignored the organised crime – which included the facilitating of a sex trafficking ring – taking place at your local hospital, St George’s Hospital Medical School. Then when you were Home Secretary and you were given responsibility for re-opening the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, you appointed Lady Justice Julia Macur to review the Waterhouse Inquiry and you set up the IICSA. The Macur Review was so heavily redacted that it was meaningless – although Julia did stress that she could assure us all that Waterhouse was no cover-up and that there was No Paedophile Ring in north Wales. The IICSA has progressively fallen apart after every person appointed as Chair was demonstrated to be a paedophiles’ friend. Except for Judge Lowell Goddard, who walked out and returned to New Zealand after declaring that the Home Office were trying to rig the Inquiry.

Had Theresa blown the whistle on what was happening at St George’s she would not be receiving ‘compassionate care’ from the NHS. She would be refused treatment for all conditions no matter how serious and if her lawyers made representation regarding her legal entitlement to NHS treatment, she would simply be sent from pillar to post and be met with aggression and hostility – and still no treatment. That’s when she wasn’t being arrested and fitted up by NHS staff.  Theresa would eventually conclude that she was better off without the Top Doctors. Presumably Theresa is giving them a few more million to ensure that she continues to receive ‘compassionate care’. After all, Theresa knows what happened to those who complained about the paedophile ring that never existed in north Wales.

CRASH! Whoops, another traffic accident…

Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned as Peter Cook who have said, but when I was threatened by a Top Doctor because I had refused to join the sex trafficking ring that he and his mates were running, I decided that I was going to stand up to these people rather than support their demands for more money…

No doubt we will soon be seeing another shot of Theresa’s smug, grinning face reminding everyone that Ken Clarke called her a ‘bloody difficult woman’. Bloody difficult? She’s rolling over to have her tummy tickled by the Top Doctors whilst she orders Phil Hammond to hand over a blank cheque. The Torygraph has reported that there will have to be a tax rise to foot the bill for the Top Doctors and that ‘older people’ will have to bear the brunt. ‘Older people’ are going to love you Theresa – they can’t get appointments with GPs, their operations are being cancelled and they are being blamed for the Top Doctors’ own failures on the grounds that they are all too fat/demented/boozing too much/costing far too much to keep alive and now they’re going to be stung in order than the Top Docs and senior managers can continue to receive £100k pa or in some cases a great deal more.


Max Pemberton aka ‘Dr Max The Mind Doctor’  who has a regular column in the Mail Online in which he tends to reiterate the notion of ‘we doctors know best’ but simultaneously demands that patients should stop bothering doctors and asking for their advice, has written a piece about how a visit to a hairdresser can do wonders for depressed patients, as can things like gardening. Well yes it can – but only if one actually enjoys going to the hairdressers or gardening.

I note that there is a creeping admission among the Top Doctors that the ways in which they have ‘helped’ people with mental health problems have not in fact proved to be that helpful. In recent years there has been the sense that the Top Docs have been scrabbling around finding therapeutic value in just about anything – choirs, reading, gardening, crafts, poetry and now having your hair done. Such things were of course the staples of the old psychiatric hospitals – as well as being lobotomised/shocked/drugged, there was the occupational therapist who encouraged the weaving of raffia baskets, the hairdresser who turned up on the ward to do the ladies’ hair and even Broadmoor had a ‘hospital choir’, along with Jimmy Savile. In fact Tamsin Speight – a particularly hopeless Angel from Gwynedd – might be interested to know that she was nicknamed ‘Mrs Raffia Baskets’ by one of her patients on the grounds that she was so useless that he felt he might as well have been sitting in one of Dafydd’s wards in Denbigh weaving the said baskets.

Tamsin can now be found with Keith Fearns – the highly abusive former leader of the highly abusive Arfon Community Mental Health Team – and other assorted psychopaths on the website of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), constituting the North West Wales branch, which for many years now has been a cover for Fearns and the paedophiles’ friends. On the 18 May 2018, the paedophiles’ friends of the North West Wales Branch of the BABCP are attending a seminar on ‘A Brief Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Long Term Health Conditions’, presented by Dr Mary Welford.


Readers might be wondering what the Top Doctors of north Wales do when they need mental healthcare themselves – they go outside of the region. They also receive help from the sick doctors service in north Wales which is run by the very same Top Doctors who brutalise and neglect their own patients. One of those involved is the dreadful Dr Devakumar, former Top Doctor of the Hergest Unit, who was one of those prepared to lie his arse off in an attempt to have me banged up in a secure unit.

Devakumar loathed the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and at his retirement do Devakumar made a speech which included the words ‘I hate College Road’ (the Arfon Team’s HQ was at College Road in Bangor and they were colloquially referred to as ‘College Road’) and followed this up with an explanation of how bloody glad he would be not to have to even see them anymore. A lot of other mental health staff greatly appreciated these comments because they loathed Fearns and co as well and Devakumar did have a cult following as a result of his refusal to work with the Arfon Team. Sadly he abused patients himself but in a different way. One of the peaks of Devakumar’s career was threatening to punch a psychotic patient in a ward round.

Of course, people working in other ‘people professions’ in north Wales who are not Top Doctors might be in need of support as well. There’s a service for them and it isn’t the one provided by Mrs Raffia Baskets and her colleagues. No, the distressed middle classes of north Wales are able to use – free of charge – a counselling service called Medra.

Medra’s website explains that ‘Medra offers a bilingual, confidential, telephone and one-to-one counselling service to employees in both the public and private sector. Our professionally trained and experienced practitioners cover a wide geographical area, helping to ensure that individuals are seen in a location of their choice with counselling appropriate to their needs. Counselling can help with issues such as: Stress and Anxiety; Anger; Phobias; Panic Attacks; Workplace Bullying; Difficulties or Breakdown in Relationships; Abuse; Bereavement. All our counsellors abide by the codes of practice of professional bodies such as the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). Based in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, Medra has secured contracts with small, medium and large companies in England and Wales, including one Wales-based company awarded the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For’ award in 2010. Medra has been awarded the ‘Best Depression & Anxiety Counselling Service’ by 2017 Business Innovator Awards and Best Workplace Counselling Service – North Wales’ by Global SME Awards 2017′.

One can only access Medra if one is employed. So if you are too ill to work you can piss off, Medra doesn’t want to know. You can either wait for months and have four – or if you really pull out all the stops six – appointments with Mrs Raffia Baskets or one of her dysfunctional colleagues or the North Wales Police will look after you in the cells.

‘Medra – Here For Those Who Are Not In Need.’


Dr Max The Mind Doctor reminded the readers of the Mail Online that the forward thinking GP Sam Everington who works with the dispossessed in the East End promoted things like gardening for his depressed patients years ago. I remember Sam Everington when he was a Nice Young Doctor but Dangerously Radical. Sam Everington led the BMA’s youth wing and put up an excellent fight against the serious exploitation of junior doctors in the 1980s. Sam and BMA Youth gained a big following as a result – junior doctors were being treated dreadfully. Some crumbled as a result, but sadly there was a contingent who took the view that ‘after what I’ve been through I am going to be the most selfish, greedy, obnoxious bastard of a consultant who has ever stalked the earth’.

Sam also pursued a few other radical causes – but not too radical. Because if he had, his career would have come to an end. Sam is now Sir Sam!

Sir Sam is a GP in the East End and Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group. Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group was awarded Clinical Commissioning Group of the year by HSJ (Health Service Journal) in Nov 2014. Sam is a non-executive Director of Community Health Partnerships. He is part of the Bromley by Bow Centre GP partnership, which featured in my post ‘Apocalypse Now’ – it is associated with the New Labouresque tosser Lord Andrew Mawson. Sam was appointed as a Trustee of the King’s Fund in 2014.

So after those years of not quite so dangerous living, Sam is now at the heart of the medical establishment. In 1989 Sam became, and continues to be, a council member of the BMA, holding the role of Deputy Chair, 2004-07. He was a member of the GMC, 2009-12.

Sam is a barrister – he qualified in 1976 – and then qualified as a Top Doctor from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1984.

In 1993, research into racial discrimination in recruitment of medical professionals led Everington and Professor Aneez  Esmail to be arrested and charged with making fraudulent job applications. For research purposes they had applied for vacancies in the name of people with traditional Anglo-Saxon names and Asian names. Each applicant had similar experience and qualifications for the roles. They found that the applications with Anglo-Saxon names were twice as likely to be shortlisted than those with Asian names. Everington and his colleague were cleared of the charges. The research was published in the  BMJ. The GMC said that the behaviour was unbecoming of the medical profession – but took no action against Sam and Aneez. The results of the research provided the first documented evidence of discrimination in the NHS. In 1994 Everington and Professor Esmail received an award from the Campaign for Freedom of Information for their work.

In 2007/8 Sir Sam was appointed as an adviser to the Health Minister (Primary Care Access) under the New Labour Gov’t – he had already been a member of the Department of Health’s Art and Health Working party under Blair’s Gov’t in 2006. Sam initially backed Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s health reforms but later reversed his stance. He says that while clinical commissioning is rightly well supported, the huge re-organisation under the Health and Social Care Act was unnecessary.

So did Sir Sam and his campaigning with BMA Youth manage to rock medicine? Not really. Junior doctors are now so unhappy that many of them are emigrating and an increasing number are leaving medicine altogether to pursue other careers. Racism in medicine is still entrenched – the supporters of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba who has recently been struck off maintain that she was a victim of racism in the GMC as well as the scapegoat of a consultant who failed to support her at work.

Sam was a council member of the BMA whilst Tony Francis (Dr X) was CC’ing his letters to the BMA describing how he was going to frame me on the basis of his complaints about offences which he and his lawyers knew that I had not committed. Sam was a council member whilst the dirty doings described in my posts ‘Oh Lordy, It’s CR UK’, ‘Reports of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ were happening – dealings in which Prof Vincent Marks was involved. Vincent’s brother John Marks was at the time Chairman of the BMA. Like Sam, John Marks was a barrister as well as a Top Doctor. They knew when the law was being broken.

Sam knew about something else that Tony Francis was involved in as well. Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989. Tower Hamlets was one of the inner London boroughs which sent children in their care to children’s homes in north Wales, where they were abused by the gang that Francis and Dafydd et al were facilitating (see post ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’). Sam will not have been able to escape knowing what was going on. Like Mary Taylor-Thomson and her colleagues at the Mildmay Hospital in the East End, Sam will also have known that many of those young men dying of AIDS in the Mildmay in the late 1980s/early 90s were rent boys who had been abused and trafficked into sex work whilst they were in care – often in north Wales (see post ‘Apocalypse Now’).

No wonder Sam is now Sir Sam. He’ll be in the queue for a peerage…


Someone whom Sir Sam will know from his many years of ignoring the worst things that are happening to people in Tower Hamlets is Latfur Rahman, a former solicitor who was the first  directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Elected to this office in 2010 as an Independent, Rahman was previously the Labour leader of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, 2008-10. He was re-elected at the 2014 mayoral election, but the result of this election was declared null and void in April 2015 when the Election Court officially reported Rahman to be ‘personally guilty’ of ‘corrupt or illegal practices, or both’ (electoral fraud) under the Representation of the People Act 1983. He was removed from his office with immediate effect and was also personally debarred from standing for elected office until 2021.

Latfur and his rotten borough have attracted the attention of ‘Private Eye’ for many years – Latfur has also featured on Panorama and Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’. Latfur grew up in Tower Hamlets and was first elected to the Council in 2002. He will almost certainly have known something about those kids in the care of the Borough Council who were sent to north Wales.


Another Private Eye regular is the Mayor of Newham, a Borough close to Tower Hamlets –  Sir Robin Wales. Sir Robin has also been in the news. Some sections of the right wing press are furious because Newham Labour Party have deselected Sir Robin as a mayoral candidate and replaced him with a candidate backed by Momentum. Accusations are flying that this is the dreadful Corbyn up to no good again.

I am currently awaiting all the paedophiles’ friends in the Commons who bellowed ‘shame’ at Jeremy a few days ago – after he dared mention that London is full of Russian oligarchs who have purchased the most expensive properties in the capital with their ill-gotten gains – to apologise to him, now that it has been revealed that there have been 13 deaths of Russians living in the UK in the last few years. Buzzfeed have investigated the circumstances of the deaths and they maintain that the police have simply dismissed them all as ‘suicides’ or ‘not suspicious’ even when they obviously weren’t. One of the deaths was caused by an attack with two knives and another involved the ingestion of a rare poison.

As I’m not in the Commons and I can’t be shouted down by a bunch of ignoramuses and hypocrites, I’ll take this opportunity to remind the paedophiles’ friends in the House of just how much toadying to very rich dodgy Russians there has been for many years on the part of UK politicians. In 2008 George Osborne and Mandy joined the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on his yacht – after which Mandy was alleged to have done Oleg’s business some very big favours. Osborne later stated that he ‘regretted’ joining Mandy and Oleg on the yacht, but that it ‘had prepared him for office’.

So that’s why George was so friendly to rich crooks when he was Chancellor!

To return to Sir Robin Wales. It is probably a good thing that he has been overthrown by Momentum.

Sir Robin has served as the directly elected mayor – the first in London – of the London Borough of Newham since 2002. Prior to taking up that newly created role, he was leader of Newham Council since 1995, having been a Councillor, 1982-86 and 1992-02.

Children in the care of Newham were sent to north Wales – which rather places Sir Robin at the scene of the crime.

During his mayoralty Sir Robin has said that improving the economic prosperity of Newham’s residents has been a priority. So that’s why that borough is still so poor after all those years with Sir Robin as the mover and shaker down there.

Robin grew up in Kilmarnock and went to Glasgow University. He joined the Labour Party in 1970, aged 15. He served as Chairman of Glasgow University Labour Club, 1975–76. He Chaired Scottish Labour Students (SOLS), 1976–77. SOLS members were renowned for their wresting back control of the National Organisation of Labour Students (NOLS) from Militant in 1975. In 1978 Wales moved to the London Borough of Newham and in 1982 was elected to the council…

Robin received a knighthood in Lilibet’s birthday honours in 2000, for his services to local gov’t. Just after the Waterhouse Report had been published – which failed to investigate the possibility of connections between the abuse of children in north Wales and people in other areas of the UK. Such as Newham.

I really must shake Momentum by the hand.

From 2000-06 Robin served as Chairman of the Association of London Government (known as London Councils since 2006). London Councils is a think-tank and lobbying organisation which serves the interests of the 32 London borough councils, plus the City of London Corporation. Robin was part of the London 2012 Board which was involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games bid for London. Robin has held a position on the Boards of both the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the  Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which was renamed the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in 2012. He also Chairs the Six Host Boroughs group which represents the interests of those boroughs most affected by the 2012 Games.

Tessa Jowell was in charge of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. She came up with the idea in 2002, during her time as Culture Secretary. In 2004, she launched the bid and, when the Games were awarded to London, Blair appointed her Olympics Minister – she held full ministerial responsibility for the bid from 2006. Jowell retained her position as Olympics Minister throughout Labour’s time in office.

Following the general election of May 2010, at which Labour lost power, Tessa became Shadow Olympics Minister. She remained on the 2012 Olympics Organising Committee, with Lord Coe of Corruption and Cheating in Sport and Jeremy Hunt. Tessa was appointed Deputy Mayor of the Olympics Village.

Tessa has been responsible for concealing the organised abuse of children and psych patients in many capacities – as a Councillor in Camden, as a child care officer for Lambeth Borough Council, as a psychiatric social worker for the Maudsley, as Deputy Director of MIND, as an MP and Minister in Blair’s Gov’t. Tessa’s got nearly as much previous as Dafydd himself (see post ‘The London Connection’).

The Artistic Director for the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in London was Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle studied English and Drama at UCNW (now known as Bangor University). Danny was at Bangor in the mid-70s, although he left without his degree. Danny was at UCNW whilst the college was run by Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends – presumably he will have discovered many of the things that I did when I was a student.

Part of Danny’s Olympics Opening Ceremony involved scenes of jolly Angels jumping up on down on beds with children to ‘celebrate the NHS’. A national source of pride!

One of the many films directed by Danny was ‘Shallow Grave’.

Whilst he was at Bangor, Danny’s girlfriend was fellow drama student Frances Barber. Who will also have noticed a few rather odd things going on around her. Frances once played the role of Nurse Rached in a production of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and also starred in the film of the Agatha Christie story ‘A Murder Is Announced’.

There was more than one murder.

Although to be fair to Frances, she also starred in the film of ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Bangor no longer has a Drama Dept, it was shut down in the mid-1980s after the UGC imposed quite severe cuts on UCNW. Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, the Chairman of the UGC and Thatcher’s henchman, planned to close UCNW. He was persuaded otherwise by the PVC of UCNW Alwyn Roberts. Everybody was most grateful to Alwyn Roberts and were wowed at him standing up to an obnoxious old tyrant like Swinnerton-Dyer. But then Alwyn Roberts was the PVC of an institution choc full of people facilitating the sex trafficking ring which was supplying under-aged kids to Westminster and Whitehall folk in Dolphin Square and of course to Thatcher’s friend and the Tory MP for Chester Sir Peter Morrison. No doubt Roberts reminded Swinnerton-Dyer of that.

Another UCNW graduate who achieved fame as a luvvy was John Sessions, who did an MA in English Lit at Bangor in the mid-70s. John Sessions at one point based a performance on his days at UNCW – ‘Look Back In Bangor’. Sessions became very high profile in the early 1990s when he was a regular on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, but some years later he suffered clinical depression and traumas after he came out as gay and his career suffered badly.


Sir Robin Wales believes that local employment opportunities are a critical success factor of regeneration projects. He has named Canary Wharf and the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction of the Olympic Park as two examples where local people have benefitted less than hoped from the job opportunities created. I was gobsmacked to notice that as well Robin – when I saw Canary Wharf going up, I thought to myself ‘well that’ll provide employment opportunities for the whole of the East End’.

Robin was involved in a bitter battle with the Friends of Queen’s Market, which represented market traders. The traders and residents were objecting to plans to demolish the market and replace it with a new market-hall with 164 stalls and 6,374 sq metres of shop units, 350 homes, a civic building and a library. In 2009, Mayor of London Boris over-ruled Robin’s decision to build the 31-storey tower.

Robin attracted controversy in 2010 by being awarded a 4% pay rise, taking his salary to £80,029, at a time when the Gov’t called for public-sector wage restraints, job losses and pay freezes at Newham Council. Robin stated that he would be giving his pay rise to charity. However, his pay has increased 40% from £58,500 since 2002. Newham Council defended this pay increase, stating that it reflected the responsibilities of his position.

Robin’s Council has come under heavy criticism for a £111m project to relocate council offices in a single Newham Dockside block, including £18.7m of design and refurbishment costs.

Following the 2012 Olympics, Sir Robin was criticised for proposing to invest £40m of the borough’s money in a stake in the Olympic Stadium. 

In 2014, Sir Robin and the Council were in dispute with the Focus E15 Mothers group, which complained about the lack of social housing within the borough. Robin later apologised to the Focus E15 families about the dispute. 

Ahead of the 2018 mayoral election, which could have seen Robin secure a fifth term as Mayor, ‘Private Eye’ reported that Labour Party members from 20 wards in Newham had voted in Nov 2016 on whether any Labour candidate other than Robin should be allowed to stand in the election. A total of 424 members voted to allow other candidates to stand against Wales, while 351 voted for Robin being the only candidate allowed to stand. Following this vote, 17 Labour party affiliates such as trade union branches were allowed a vote in the question, with one affiliate’s vote counting as equal to all of the members of one ward. Once the party affiliates’ votes were added, the result was turned in favour of Robin being the only Labour candidate permitted to stand in the 2018 election. It was reported that some members were disgruntled at this process: for example, one affiliate was a trade union with one member who is a paid advisor to Wales, and that person’s vote counted as equal to dozens of members of one ward.


Whoever would have guessed that the building of Canary Wharf was waived through by those who kept silent about Dafydd’s sex trafficking ring?

Come on then, bring the bodies up from the grounds of the North Wales Hospital – identify who’s buried out there and whether they are locals or those from places like the East End who were sent up to children’s homes in north Wales and then disappeared.

More Than Politics And Local Government

I have just purchased a copy of Martin Shipton’s biography of George Thomas aka Lord Tonypandy, ‘Political Chameleon, In Search of George Thomas’ for a bit of Christmas reading.

At the very beginning of the book there are comments from Lord Patrick Cormack, former Conservative MP and David Seligman, solicitor and former Chair, Cardiff West Constituency Labour Party. Cormack and Seligman were both friends with George Thomas and although they noticed things that puzzled them – for Seligman it was why George Thomas ever accepted a Viscountcy from Margaret Thatcher, as Thomas had claimed to detest the House of Lords – both Cormack and Seligman refuse to believe the allegations of child abuse that have been levelled at George Thomas.

Although I’ve only just skimmed through a couple of chapters of Shipton’s book, I’ve noticed that Shipton mentions a number of incidents that haven’t received widespread media coverage but did cause concern among people who did know about them, including a complaint made to the South Wales Police that Thomas had raped a nine year old boy, other complaints against Thomas from teenaged boys that Thomas had ‘touched them up’, a young man to whom for some reason Thomas paid a large amount of money in order for him to move to Australia and offers by Thomas’s mate solicitor and fellow Labour MP Leo Abse to ‘deal with’ other people who made allegations against Thomas. At one point Thomas was hospitalised for some type of STD but his hospital stay was repackaged as being for ‘waterworks trouble’. I expect to find out a lot more that I didn’t know when I read Shipton’s book.

I thought that I’d find out a bit more about Seligman and Cormack, who both maintained that their own children loved George Thomas and that they really did not have any concerns about his conduct towards them. Not that paedophiles abuse every child that they come into contact with anyway…

Patrick Cormack was the Conservative MP for Cannock, 1970-74 (he won the seat from Jennie Lee, Nye Bevan’s widow) and then for South Staffordshire, 1974-83. So Cormack was one of the local MPs when the Staffordshire Pindown Scandal was happening, when people who dared complain that children in care were being abused were framed for serious offences themselves and imprisoned, when the police framed the Bridgewater Four for the murder of schoolboy Carl Bridgewater yet ignored the masses of evidence which pointed to ambulanceman Bert Spencer and as things began to go very wrong in the NHS in Staffordshire. Patrick Cormack seems to have missed so much that I’m not in the least bit surprised that he never noticed anything untoward about George Thomas.

Cormack came from Grimsby and as a young man contested that seat whilst Tony Crosland was the sitting Labour MP as well as the Secretary of State for Education and Science. This was the bisexual Tony Crosland who was almost certainly used by Blair’s mate Hilary Armstrong’s father Ernest to conceal the abuse of children at Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead by Peter Howarth, whilst Howarth’s boss Matt Arnold colluded. Arnold and Howarth later relocated to Bryn Estyn where they established a paedophile ring which included Sir Peter Morrison, Tory MP for Chester and Thatcher’s aide.

Cormack graduated from Hull University in 1961 and until 1966 taught at his old school in Lincolnshire, St James’s Choir School. He then worked as an assistant housemaster at Wrekin College, Wellington, Shropshire, 1967-69 and in 1969 became head of Brentwood Grammar School.

Prior to 1970 Cormack was a member of the Bow Group and the Monday Club, although he resigned from both at the end of 1971.

Patrick Cormack was PPS in the DHSS, 1970-73, whilst Sir Keith Joseph was Secretary of State under Ted Heath. So Cormack was in that post whilst the paedophiles’ friend Barbara Kahan was a senior advisor to Joseph in the DHSS re children in care (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’). The Barbara who later Co-Chaired the Inquiry into the Staffordshire Pindown Scandal.

By 1997 Cormack had spent 27 years on the backbenches – suddenly William Hague felt generous enough to promote him to the position of Opposition Deputy Leader of the Commons. The previous year Hague had orchestrated the cover-up into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal which was the Waterhouse Inquiry in his capacity as John Major’s Secretary of State for Wales and in 1997 Sir Ronald Waterhouse had begun taking evidence and the most dire accounts of abuse in the children’s homes in north Wales were finding their way into some media outlets – not many admittedly because there wasn’t quite the sort of interest from the media that one would expect in view of what had gone on…

Patrick Cormack was Chair of the N Ireland Affairs Select Committee, 2005-10.

In 2010 Cormack was given a peerage.

In 2011 Cormack was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

Patrick Cormack is a committed Christian and was warden at Parliament’s parish church, St Margaret’s of Westminster, 1978-90. But then the STD infected child abusing George Thomas was a Methodist lay preacher.


David Seligman is the former Chair of Cardiff West Constituency Labour Party. In 1983 Seligman stood as the Labour Party candidate for Cardiff West, George Thomas’s former seat, but lost to the Conservative candidate Stefan Terlezki who held the seat until 1987.

Stefan Terlezki was born in what was then part of Poland but is now Western Ukraine and lived under both the Nazi’s and Stalin’s regimes. Terlezki came to Wales and ended up working in hotel management, running establishments in Aberystwyth and Swansea. His political career started in 1968 when he became a member of Cardiff City Council. Stefan was Chair of Cardiff City F.C., 1975-77. In 1989 Thatcher’s Gov’t appointed him the British Gov’t Representative of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Committee on the basis that he had experienced life under totalitarian regimes. The Labour Party were very angry about this because in the 1970s Terlezki had recommending flogging football hooligans. As the whole lot of them were well aware of what George Thomas got up to I don’t think that any of them were suitable to be representatives on a Human Rights Committee.

Stefan Terlezki lost his seat in 1987 to the Labour candidate Rhodri Morgan. Rhodri originally had his eye on Jim Callaghan’s seat, Cardiff South and Penarth. When Callaghan retired in 1987 Rhodri trotted along to see Mr Big in the Labour Party in south Wales, Lord Jack Brooks, with his masterplan but Jack Brooks told him to take a running jump and suggested that he try for Cardiff West instead.

Jack Brooks was never elected to the Commons but he called most of the shots in the Labour Party in south Wales. Brooks was educated at Coleg Harlech and was Secretary of the Cardiff South East Constituency Labour Party, 1966-84. Brooks was Chair of Cardiff Labour Party from 1968 and was the first leader of the old Cardiff City Council until the Labour Group lost control in 1977, but he returned as leader of South Glamorgan County Council in 1986. Jack Brooks was Jim Callaghan’s election agent, which explains why he bagged a peerage in 1979.

Brooks was Deputy Chair of CDDC (Cardiff Bay Development Corporation) – Geoffrey Inkin was Chair. My post ‘Corruption Bay Special’ describes how the development of Cardiff Bay was meticulously planned by a group of people – including some of members of South Glamorgan County Council – who used many millions of taxpayers money to fund the redevelopment of Cardiff Docks, the redevelopment of which benefited businesses that they or their friends had interests in. There is much resentment in Wales concerning the lack of benefit to the rest of Wales from Cardiff Bay – the south Wales valleys are still wrecked and Cardiff Bay doesn’t touch the life of the rest of Wales unless one is an AM and works there. But a small group of people became very rich indeed as a result of Cardiff Bay. Jack Brooks died last year and Wales Online’s tribute to him mentioned that his ‘willingness to work across political boundaries with people like Nicholas Edwards’ was instrumental in the establishment of CBDC. Nicholas Edwards aka Lord Crickhowell was Secretary of State for Wales, 1979-87, under Thatcher and not only made a fortune out of Cardiff Bay but also concealed the criminal activity in north Wales related to the abuse of children and mental health patients.

Jack Brooks determined much of what eventually happened at Cardiff Bay. A lot of people opposed the building of the barrage, but old Jack wanted it and it happened. The proposed building of the new County Hall on Atlantic Wharf was highly controversial but Jack thought that it was a great idea – in 1984 a meeting of the County Labour Party announced that the Labour Group on South Glamorgan County Council had decided to go ahead with the building. A lot of people became very excited when it was proposed that an opera house should be built at Cardiff Bay. The architect Zaha Haddid even got as far as designing one. Jack stated that it would be built over his dead body – the opera house didn’t happen.

Jack lost his seat at the 1993 Council elections.

In 1995 Jack was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of South Glamorgan.

Jack was the Chairman of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame from 1988 and of Sportsmatch Wales from 1992. He was Vice-Chair of the British Board of Boxing Control in 1999 and 2000 and President from 2004. The former boxer Michael Watson won a negligence case against the Board in 2001 after suffering a serious brain injury in a boxing match with Chris Eubanks – Watson’s damages were huge as a result of there being inadequate medical assistance and no oxygen supply at the match and the Board had to sell their London HQ to raise the compensation. They had to reduce their overheads to avoid bankruptcy and Brooks was instrumental in moving their head office to Cardiff to achieve this. Michael Watson may have suffered a catastrophic brain injury which nearly killed him and left him permanently disabled, but I was delighted to read that Lilibet gave him a gong for his contribution to disabled sport and that he was allowed to hold the torch at the Paralympics. Obviously that’s enough to make up for the loss of a few billion neurones.

I am wondering if Jack Brooks was anything to do with the BMA dropping their campaign against boxing some years ago.The BMA really had it in for boxing and their campaign was gathering a lot of steam – they wanted boxing outlawed. The BMA of course were playing a major role in concealing the paedophile gang in north Wales and the associated Westminster Paedophile Ring, along with the criminal activities in the mental health services. They suddenly fell completely silent about boxing and it is now being once again promoted as harmless fun for boys and young men and as ’empowering’ for young women. I would have thought that Michael Watson nearly dying in the ring would have been all the evidence that the Top Doctors needed.

Jack Brooks was a leading light in the Wales Anti-Apartheid movement with Paul Flynn – Paul Flynn knew about the abuses in north Wales and even appeared on the Vincent Kane show with Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Flynn challenged dear old Dafydd concerning his idiotic theories about cannabis  psychosis but he never said a word about the paedophile gang that Dafydd and others at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh were concealing. Flynn had stood for election in Denbigh in the 1970s and nearly every person in that town had a job which was dependent upon the North Wales Hospital.


Whilst Jack Brooks Chaired South Glamorgan County Council’s Committee for driving the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay, the Council was led by Bob Morgan. Councillor Bob was actually a Canon in the Church in Wales, the Rev Bob Morgan. The Rev Bob has a daughter who is a Baroness – although no-one quite knows what she did to become a Baroness, except make friends with the first Family of Troughing,the Kinnocks – Eluned Morgan. Eluned has starred on this blog before as well as on the Welsh political blog Jac O The North. The Baroness is fond of telling a deprivation narrative in public – she enjoys advertising the fact that she ‘came from an estate in Ely’, Ely having had a rather rough reputation in previous times particularly in 1991 when the ‘Ely Bread Riots’ kicked off. Ely was a tough place but the Baroness likes to give the impression that she lived in cardboard box in’t middle of road and has become a Baroness because she is an emblem of New Labour’s social mobility. She doesn’t advertise the fact that her dad was the leader of a rotten borough whilst it devised the most enormous scam for fleecing the tax-payer and making some of the Council members and their mates seriously rich. Neither does the Baroness ever explain that her dad did this in cahoots with the likes of Lord Crickhowell – the Baroness probably sits next to him in the House of Lords – Thatcher’s henchman who completely screwed the rest of Wales and concealed a paedophile gang.

A Mystery surrounds the Baroness. She has now been given responsibility for the Welsh language in her capacity as an AM and I suspect that like everything else that the Baroness has been given responsibility for, she hasn’t got the ability to perform the tasks required. The Baroness told the BBC the other day that when she was a girl the other kids threw stones at her school bus because it was a bus taking her to a Welsh medium school. The Baroness used this an anecdote to demonstrate how much hostility existed towards the Welsh language in Cardiff at the time. When the Baroness was a lass, schools in Cardiff were generally English medium (schools in north Wales were Welsh medium) but one group of people who did aspire to send their children to Welsh medium schools were a contingent of Welsh middle class people – because Welsh medium schools were often very good, receiving the support of a lot of committed well-educated parents. I rather suspect that the Baroness’s bus was being stoned by the chavs because she and her fellow travellers were literally being bussed out of Ely because Bob didn’t want the Baroness mixing with the riff raff in the Ely schools. Then someone told me via the comments thread on Jac O The North that the Baroness went to Atlantic College. Atlantic College is a co-educational international school and it charges people a great deal of money to send their kids there. Atlantic College is a great school if you’ve got the money to pay for it, but plebs don’t get through the gates. Stephen Kinnock sent his daughter there and her mum is the Prime Minister of Denmark – although Stephen tried to pretend that his daughter was at a local comp. A few years ago when I was in Armenia I bumped into some Atlantic College students on an archeology trip and the teenager to whom I was chatting had a mum who was a hedge fund manager. I presume that the Baroness braved the stones on the bus to the Welsh medium school until she transferred to Atlantic College. What I’m wondering is how did the Rev Bob ever find the money to pay the fees? Clergymen don’t get paid that much – they’re not really supposed to be living it up at the expense of their neighbours, let alone bussing their kids out a la apartheid and waving through corrupt get rich quick schemes in their capacity as Council leaders. I don’t know if Atlantic College offers scholarships but Eluned has always struck me as a Baroness of Very Little Brain, I doubt that she’d have bagged one.

Furthermore if Bob was a leading light on the Council, the state of Ely will have been something to do with him and his fellow Councillors.

There were a few other illustrious people on or associated with South Glamorgan County Council back in that era. Rhodri Morgan worked as an industrial development officer for them before he was elected to the Commons in 1987. Mark Drakeford (who worked as a social worker in Ely as well as in Dyfed where a paedophile gang raged) was a Councillor, as was this blog’s friend former social worker Jane Hutt – someone else who managed to ignore the criminal abuse of vulnerable people – and Rhodri’s wife Julie Morgan who also worked as a social worker, in Barry.

Alun Michael was a Councillor who worked closely with Jack Brooks – Michael described Brooks as one of the ‘towering influences’ in the development of Cardiff in the 1970/80s. Jack was so fond of Alun Michael that he didn’t snub Michael in the way that he did Rhodri – thus it was Alun Michael who ended up succeeding Jim Callaghan in the Cardiff South and Penarth seat in 1987. Rhodri joined Blair’s shadow environment and then energy team and was then shadow Welsh Affairs spokesman, 1992-97. Blair didn’t make Rhodri a Welsh Office Minister once Labour gained power in 1997. Obviously Rhodri wasn’t doing enough to assist paedophiles – he was merely ignoring them. Blair’s choice of Secretary of State for Wales and First Secretary following devolution was Ron Davies. Being a man who picked up male prostitutes on Clapham Common Ron was obviously Blair’s ideal candidate. Sadly Ron was caught in the company of one prostitute – Boogie – and Blair couldn’t withstand the scandal, so Wales was initially given Alun Michael as First Secretary. Alun Michael is now South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, after all those years of faithful service on a rotten borough whose members lined their own pockets and kept schtum about George Thomas’s activities.

When Rhodri contested Cardiff West in 1987, his Conservative opponent was Ivor Richard. Ivor Richard came from Carmarthenshire, went to school at Llanelli and then at Cheltenham College. After this he studied at Pembroke College, Oxford where he joined the Labour Party and the Fabian Society. Richard was called to the Bar in 1955. He worked as a barrister in London and in 1963 defended – under Lewis Hawser QC, who was a friend of Jeremy Thorpe – Brian Field, a solicitor’s clerk who played an essential role in the conspiracy to commit the Great Train Robbery. Field’s share of the swag was found in Dorking wood. Nevertheless he was acquitted of conspiracy to rob on appeal.

Richard was MP for Baron’s Court, a constituency near Hammersmith and Fulham, 1964-74. It was a marginal constituency which benefited from good media coverage from the BBC TV Centre which was located nearby. Not only were Jimmy Savile’s employers – and protectors – on Ivor Richard’s doorstep, but that bastion of wrongdoing and research fraud Hammersmith Hospital/Royal Postgraduate Medical School is nearby as well.

Richard was briefly an assistant to Denis Healey whilst Healey was Secretary of State for Defence and was then Minister for the Army in 1969. Richard lost his seat in 1974 and was unable to find another nomination because of his pro-EEC stance. In June 1974 Harold Wilson’s Gov’t appointed him the UK Permanent Representative to the UN, a post he held until 1979. In 1980 the Labour Party chose Richard to replace the paedophiles’ friend Roy Jenkins as a European Commissioner – he had responsibility for Employment, Social Policy, Education and Training. In 1985 Richard was appointed Chairman of World Trade Centre Wales Ltd, supposedly to encourage overseas investment in Wales.

Richard was made a life peer in 1990. In 1992 he became leader of the Labour peers and was made a Privy Councillor. In 1997 Richard was appointed Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords – he succeeded that man who did the paedophiles of Wales so many favours, Lord Cledwyn.

Ivor Richard Chaired the Richard Commission, 2002-04, which examined the powers and electoral arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales. The Commission members included: Eira Davies from Wrexham, a member of the Boards of S4C and Coleg Llandrillo Cymru; Tom Jones, Chair of the WCVA; Laura McAllister; Lord Ted Rowlands, former Labour MP for Cardiff North (1966-70), Methyr Tydfil and Rhymney (1972-01) and Welsh Office Minister whilst the Welsh Office concealed the paedophile gang in north Wales; Vivienne Sugar, Chief Executive of the City and County of Swansea; Huw Thomas, former CEO of Denbighshire County Council (whilst a paedophile gang operated in its Dept of Social Services), former CEO of Gwynedd County Council (whilst a paedophile gang operated in its Dept of Social Services), Director of Taro Consultancy Ltd, lay member of the Law Society – please see post ‘ I Know Nuzzing…’ for further details of Huw’s proud record and his extensive appointments which include Auditor General for Wales; Paul Valerio, Lord Mayor of Swansea in 1982, Councillor on City of Swansea Council.

Jack Brooks’s protege was the notorious Russell Goodway. Russell’s head start in politics in the south Wales Labour Party was nearly as good as that enjoyed by the Baroness of Ely. As a 17 year old in the sixth form at Barry Comprehensive, Russell was sent on a secondment to the Labour Party’s HQ to work for Jack Brooks during the General Election campaign of Feb 1974 by the head teacher Teifion Philips, President of the Barry Labour Party. By the time that Jack turned his toes up in 2016, he had been Russell’s comrade, mentor and friend for 42 years.

Russell Goodway was a Councillor for Ely, is the former Lord Mayor of Cardiff and the former CEO of Cardiff Chamber of Commerce. In 1985 he was elected to South Glamorgan County Council and became leader in 1992. At the turn of the 21st century Russell was the highest paid Council leader in Great Britain. South Glamorgan County Council was replaced by Cardiff City Council in 1996 but Russell didn’t stand down as leader of the Labour Group until 2004.

In late 2004 Russell became CEO of Cardiff Chamber of Commerce. In late 2007/08 the Chamber financially collapsed following an overpaid training grant from ELWa of £5000k which could not be repaid due to interest payments totalling £500k and other debts totalling £1 million. Thirty five staff were immediately made redundant and the Chamber was liquidated. ELWa was an Assembly funded public body for post-16 learning whose interim Chief Exec, 2004-05, was Dr Peter Higson, who spent years concealing the criminal activities of the mental health services in north Wales. Obviously after the disaster that was ELWa’s arrangement with the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, there was only one thing to do with Higson – appoint him Chief Exec of Health Inspectorate Wales, where he wiled away a few more happy years concealing serious wrongdoing in the NHS. When HIW was deemed not fit for purpose, Higson was appointed Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – which is now in special measures and effectively bankrupt, having hosted the biggest mental health scandal that there has been in recent years in the UK. I look forward to seeing Peter Higson joining the Baroness, Lord Crickhowell, Lord Rowlands, Lord Richard and the rest of the gang in a sound sleep on the benches of the Upper House very soon.

Another Chair of ELWa was former Welsh Office civil servant Steve Martin. After ELWa became a national embarrassment and Steve fessed up to serious mismanagement, he was given a job leading HEFCW. Steve now has a Chair at Cardiff University’s Business School – the Baroness also has a Chair at Cardiff University.

In the light of all this, if anyone has any interesting ideas as to where the Rev Bob might have found those fees to send the Baroness to Atlantic College, please do let me know.

In April 2016 Russell Goodway paid tribute to Jack Brooks in an article on the IWA (Institute of Welsh Affairs) website, explaining that Jack Brooks was ‘more than politics and local government’ – indeed he was, he was large scale municipal corruption and I suspect a concealer of child abuse as well, along with everyone else down there.

Whilst Russell was at school in Barry, his local MP was someone else who will have been rather more than just politics and local gov’t – Tory MP Sir Raymond Gower. Raymond Gower went to Neath Grammar School, Cardiff High School, University College Cardiff and Cardiff School of Law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1944 and in 1964 became a partner in S.R. Freed and Co, Harewood Place, London W1 and also worked as a journalist and a broadcaster. Gower was MP for Barry, 1951-83 and then for the Vale of Glamorgan, 1983-89. He was PPS for Reginald Maudling and John Profumo, so he learnt at the knees of the best.

Gower was the Director of a large number of commercial companies and was Chairman of the Barry Herald, 1955-64. He was a Governor of the National Museum of Wales and the National Library of Wales. Gower was a member of the Courts of University College Cardiff and University College Aberystwyth. He was a member of the Welsh Executive and Council of the UNA (United Nations Association), Chair of the Welsh Conservative MPs Group and in 1966 was appointed Treasurer of the Welsh Parliamentary Group.


George Thomas was raised to the Viscountcy by Margaret Thatcher in 1983. David Seligman may have been loyal enough to Thomas to be baffled as to why he accepted an hereditary peerage but as it has now been admitted by even the Tories that Thatcher’s aide Tory MP for Chester Sir Peter Morrison was abusing children in care in Wales – the Peter Morrison whose sister Dame Mary was a courtier to HM the Queen and whose Constituency Association was headed by the Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster and Prince Charles’s friend – it’s pretty obvious why Thatcher gave him one.

The investiture of Prince Charles in Caernarfon was an idea enthusiastically embraced by George Thomas.



The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play

In my post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’ I discussed how under New Labour even posts in the Treasury were given to people who had in the past been involved in colluding with or concealing organised child sexual abuse or the associated abuses in psychiatry. I also noted that many of these people were women, enabling New Labour to hide under the umbrella of equal opportunities. There was one woman who went from strength to strength after occupying a junior post in the Treasury whilst Gordon was Chancellor whom I did not mention in that post, because she and her network are worthy of a post in themselves. I am referring to Helen Liddell aka Stalin’s Granny.

Liddell was Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 1997-98 – she was succeeded in that post by Patricia Hewitt. I haven’t discovered WHY Liddell acquired the moniker of Stalin’s Granny, but she seems to have been known as such for a long time and has herself made comments which suggests that she revels in the reputation which led to it. Stalin’s Granny is on record as having boasted that Scottish Labour is littered with the bodies of people who had underestimated her. It might be worth readers bearing this reference to dead Scottish Labour politicians in mind whilst reading this post.

Liddell was Labour MP for Monkslands East between 94-97 – and then Airdrie and Shotts, where she remained MP until 2005 until she made way for John Reid. The seat of Monklands East had been held by John Smith – Liddell was elected after Smith died.

Stalin’s Granny might not have made it into the Commons until 1994, but she had been busy in the Labour Party for a very long time before that. Liddell went to Strathclyde University and after graduating worked as an economist and then as Assistant Secretary for the Scottish TUC, 1971-76. We know that people who work for the TUC gain an awful lot of information about health and welfare professionals who abuse their positions and they also know who has done what to conceal sometimes very serious offences.

Liddell was then BBC Scotland economics correspondent, 1976-77. So like everyone at the BBC, she’ll have known about Jimmy Savile – who had a particular fondness for Scotland and owned a house at Glen Coe, which Prince Charles visited on at least one occasion.

Stalin’s Granny was General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, 1977-78, at 26 yrs old.

Now Stalin’s Granny was something to do with Neil Kinnock and his team when Kinnock became leader but I haven’t been able to find out what exactly – various books and articles that I’ve read mention Liddell being on the scene and part of his entourage when journalists and bigwigs met Kinnock. Kinnock would certainly have found Liddell useful, particularly if he wanted to  keep the involvement of Labour Councillors and politicians in child abuse quiet, because Helen Liddell was an aide of Robert Maxwell and was known to be close to him. Between 1988-92, she was Corporate Director of Cap’n Bob’s Scottish news interests, namely the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail – Alastair Campbell worked for the Cap’ns Mirror’s London office between 1982-86. Being a mate of the Cap’n would obviously have given Liddell great power in the rest of the UK as well. Between 1988-92, Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and I were all making representations to everyone possible about the criminality in north Wales. Former children in care in north Wales were being found dead in suspicious circumstances and in April 1992 five witnesses were killed by a firebomb (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’). Reports of a paedophile ring in north Wales involving Westminster figures had appeared in the London-based press and Superintendent Gordon Anglesea – who was later jailed for abusing boys in care in north Wales – began a libel action against Private Eye, HTV, the Observer and the Independent On Sunday after they named him as a child abuser. The North Wales Police had begun an investigation into the possible paedophile ring.

When Maxwell went overboard in Nov 1991 and the subsequent scandal blew up about the millions missing from the Mirror’s pension funds, Stalin’s Granny at one point was denying that she had ever worked for him. She obviously felt the same way about working for Neil Kinnock.

An article by Jackie Ashley article in the Guardian in 2003 mentions that Liddell was a supporter of devolution during the years when Callaghan was in Gov’t – Kinnock famously campaigned against devolution in Wales (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Ashley also mentions that Liddell was mates with John Smith and Donald Dewar.

Stalin’s Granny also knew someone else who later became a big name in Blair’s Gov’t – John Reid. They went to school together.

I have found one intriguing reference to Liddell and Kinnock, in Andy McSmith’s book ‘Labour – The Inside Story’. It concerned the appointment of the General Secretary to the Labour Party’s NEC in 1985. According to McSmith, the right of the Labour Party wanted Liddell – she was backed by Roy Hattersley, who knew a lot about organised child abuse himself. The candidate favoured by the left was Larry Whitty. Although Tony Benn and Neil Kinnock loathed each other, they actually joined forces to support Whitty and he was appointed. Whitty remained as General Secretary of the NEC until 1994. I can’t remember the circumstances under which Larry Whitty left that post, but I do remember angry ranting in the New Statesman and other such publications, accusing Blair of ousting Whitty as part of his grand plan to seize total control of the Labour Party.

Larry Whitty is a graduate of St Johns College, Cambridge. He worked for the TUC, 1970-73 and was employed by the GMBUTA, 1973-85. The GMBUTA had lots and lots of members working in health and social care, local gov’t etc. Whitty is described as part of the ‘reforming’ leadership of Kinnock and was involved with the expulsion of Militant. Whitty oversaw the election of John Smith and then Blair as Labour Party leaders. He was European Co-ordinator for the Labour Party, 1994-97. Whitty toddled off to the House of Lords with the paedophiles’ friends in 1996. In 1997 he was appointed Lords Whip re education and foreign affairs. In 1998 Whitty was appointed as a junior Minister at the Dept of Environment, Transport and the Regions and then he was a junior Minister at DEFRA, 01-05. In 2007 he became Chairman of Consumer Focus.

Larry Whitty’s  brother Geoff Whitty was Director of the Institute of Education at London University, 2000-10. The Institute of Education seemed to do very well for itself whilst Blair and Brown were in Gov’t. Geoff Whitty now works at an Australian university, so presumably he knew that the gravy train would be stopping when Labour lost the election.


Andy McSmith’s book also provides an interesting anecdote re Kinnock and his Sep 1985 speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, the speech during which he confronted Derek Hatton and the other Militant members of Liverpool City Council. This speech has been constructed by Kinnock’s hagiographers as an example of his ‘oratory’ but it was actually just a rant. Michael Carr MP died at the hands of the Top Doctors because he really did confront Militant (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Kinnock is alive and troughing along with the rest of his family, which suggests that he didn’t ever really put his neck on the line.

McSmith reveals that in the days before the conference Kinnock was on top of the world because he had a Cunning Plan. He was going to take on the NUM with regard to their desire for retrospective legislation to reimburse their funds which had been sequestered by the courts. McSmith maintains that Kinnock knew that he faced almost certain defeat on this issue but considered it a price worth paying for taking on Militant. So Kinnock gave the miners a kick but didn’t say a word about Thatcher’s aide Sir Peter Morrison being involved with a paedophile ring in north Wales – because the Social Service Depts of the inner London Councils like Lambeth, Islington and Camden were also hosting paedophile gangs supplying kids to the Westminster Paedophile Ring. The Lambeth Council of which Peter Mandelson was a member, the Islington Council which was led by Margaret Hodge who backed one Tony Blair for the Labour leadership and also numbered Jack Straw among its members. As for Camden – I need only mention the names Tessa Jowell and John Mills.


After her stint at the Treasury, Blair appointed Stalin’s Granny Minister of State in the Scottish Office with responsibility for education and industry, 98-99 and then Minister of State for Trade and Industry, 1999-01. Between 2001-03 Liddell was Secretary of State for Scotland.

Whilst Liddell was Secretary of State for Scotland the Scottish press ran some very hostile articles about her. By this time, Scotland had its own Parliament – Jack McConnell was by now First Minister and Scotland felt that they really did not need a highly paid woman in a grace and favour mansion in Whitehall having any input into their affairs. It was also noted that although the Scottish Parliament had taken over nearly all the functions of the old Scottish Office, the Scottish Office was employing more and more people and costing more and more money. Liddell was flying off around the world on exotic trips in her capacity as Secretary of State, but no-one quite understood why.

In 2003 the post of Scottish Secretary was abolished and the Scottish Office was merged into the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

After this, there were predictions in the media that Liddell would be given a job as a European Commissioner, although that didn’t happen – it was Kinnock and Mandy who bagged those positions. Not that Liddell ended up on benefit – in 2005 she was appointed British High Commissioner to Australia. She remained in post until 2010 when she was given a peerage.

In 1972 Liddell married Alisdair Liddell. Alisdair Liddell featured in my post ‘A Secret And Forbidding Place To Work?’. Alisdair Liddell was Director of Planning in the UK Gov’ts Dept of Health 1994-2000 – I think that Liddell was married to Jenny Abramsky by this time. He resigned after repeatedly clashing with Ministers over policy and subsequently became a Senior Associate at the King’s Fund, Senior Counsel to Bell Pottinger and non-executive Deputy Chair of Healthcare Locums plc. Who said that NHS hospitals were employing locums because of The Cuts (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’) – it was Gov’t policy, their mates were running the companies supplying the agency staff.

Alistair Liddell went to Fettes College and then to Oxford – just like Tony Blair. Liddell was born in 1949, Blair in 1953.


In 2013 Stalin’s Granny was appointed a member of the UK Gov’ts ACOBA (Advisory Committee on Business Appointments). This means that Stalin’s Granny is one of those who fails to prevent former Gov’t Ministers and civil servants from accepting lucrative positions in industry which exploit their Gov’t contacts.

In Dec 2016 the Scottish Herald published an article under a headline  which stated that Liddell ‘vows to right wrongs of Catholic Church sex abuse scandal’. It explained that Liddell the ‘veteran fixer’ who was ‘a senior member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet’ had been appointed by the Bishops Conference – the ruling body of the Catholic Church in Scotland – as the Chairwoman of the Independent Review Group to oversee efforts by the Church to deal with abuse survivors and put safeguards in place. Stalin’s Granny was quoted as saying that she would ensure that a ‘light was shone into every corner, that wrongs are righted and in a timely manner’, that the Review Group will contain ‘safeguarding professionals, specialists in evaluation of organisations, a representative of Police Scotland and a canon lawyer’. In other words the people who allowed the en massse abuse of children to happen. Liddell stated that the Group would be ‘transparent and fearless’ and wanted to prove people wrong ‘who think that I cannot be independent as a Catholic’.

Helen – it is not you being a Catholic that is the problem. It is that you were a mate of Robert Maxwell, Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair and helped them to conceal organised child abuse.

Stalin’s Granny’s sense of judgement was evident in a 1998 piece in the Independent, after she demanded the ‘right of reply’ to an Indie leader column about the standing of the Labour Party in Scotland. Helen robustly explained that the Labour Party is Scotland had masses of support and that Blair was truly loved in Scotland, indeed that ‘after every trip by Tony Blair, our morale is boosted’. Blair had recently been on a visit to Balmoral, presumably one of those when Cherie was alleged to have fallen out with Lilibet – wasn’t it on one of the visits to Balmoral that Cherie forgot her contraceptives and Leo was the result?

Helen – how many MPs does the Labour Party have in Scotland at present? You had quite a lot pre-Blair….I think that you now have one.


Now let us consider Stalin’s Granny’s two close mates, John Smith and Donald Dewar.

John Smith’s death resulted in Blair becoming leader of the Labour Party and PM. John Smith was immensely popular, was leading Labour higher and higher in the polls and the consensus of opinion was that had he lived, John Smith would have led the Labour Party to victory in 1997. The one thing that nobody expected was his premature death on 12 May 1994. Smith was a moderniser, but he had a cautious approach to reform which was frustrating Blair and Brown.

John Smith went to Glasgow University – he read history, 1956-59 and then law, 1959-62. He joined the Labour Party in 1955 before he went to university. Whilst at university he debated in the Glasgow University Dialectical Society – Smith’s close friend Donald Dewar was a member too – and was also a member of the Glasgow University Union.

In 1963 Smith qualified as a solicitor and in 1967 he became an advocate at the Scottish Bar, during which time he also worked as a libel lawyer for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Smith was elected as the MP for North Lanarkshire at the 1970 General Election. In 1971 he joined the group of Labour MPs led by Roy Jenkins who voted in favour of Britain joining the EEC – other members of the group included Hattersley, Shirl, Dr Death and Bill Rodgers. Smith later sat with all of these MPs in Jim’s Callaghan’s Cabinet. Details of Roy Jenkins, Fattersley, Shirl, Dr Death maintaining their silence despite their knowledge of the organised sexual abuse of children have appeared in previous posts.

Smith became a junior Minister in 1974 under Harold Wilson. Once Callaghan was appointed PM Smith was made a Minister of State at the Privy Council Office, serving with Michael Foot as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. Michael Foot was a Labour MP in south Wales for decades – he undoubtedly will have heard the allegations that people like George Thomas and Leo Abse were abusing children and I bet, like Kinnock, he knew what was going on in north Wales as well; it was concealed by people whom he worked with in Wilson’s and Callaghan’s Gov’ts. I was reading some material about Foot’s wife a few days ago – Jill Craigie – and she told an interviewer that when she first married Foot she knew that he had a reputation for promiscuity so she reassured him that if he had ‘needs’ that did not involve her, she would be quite happy if he made his own arrangements and she wouldn’t ask any questions. Which suggests that it wasn’t simply extra-marital affairs that constituted the putative needs but more exotic sexual tastes. There is also another anecdote involving Michael Foot in which he was alleged to have been approached by a journo with dirt on a member of the Labour Party and Foot reminded the journo that he knew a great deal about the sexual relationships of the proprietor of the newspaper for whom the journo worked and that if this particular scandal hit the press, the activities of the newspaper proprietor would become public knowledge.

While Smith worked with Michael Foot he was able to pilot highly controversial devolution proposals through the Commons.

In Nov 1978 Callaghan appointed Smith Secretary of State for Trade, a position that he retained until the 1979 General Election.

In 1983 boundary changes resulted in John Smith’s constituency becoming Monklands East. In Oct 1983 Smith was Fattersley’s campaign manager for the Labour leadership election. Hattersley lost to Kinnock – and became Deputy Leader of the Party.

In 1987 Smith held Shadow Cabinet positions in Employment, then Trade and Industry and was then appointed Shadow Chancellor by Kinnock.

On 9 Oct 1988 Smith experienced chest pains which were sufficiently severe to cause him to cancel his flight to London and go to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was given an EEG and was told by the attending doctor that ‘whatever it is we don’t think it is your heart’. Smith subsequently suddenly collapsed from a heart attack, was briefly unconscious and after coming round spent three days in intensive care. He left hospital on 20 Oct 1988.

Following his heart attack, John Smith lost three stone and became serious about mountain walking.

After Labour’s unexpected – well unexpected by Kinnock, Mandy et al, the rest of us saw it coming – General Election defeat in April 1992, John Smith was elected Labour leader.

Smith died on 12 May 1994 after suffering a heart attack. Tony Blair was subsequently elected leader of the Labour Party. A by-election in John Smith’s constituency resulted in Stalin’s Granny being elected. I have found a reference to the ‘bitter battle’ in Monkshead in 1994, but no further details…


Donald Dewar was a close friend of both Stalin’s Granny and John Smith. Donald Dewar was the inaugral First Minister of Scotland in 1999, the result of the devolution process that John Smith had helped bring about.

Dewar had also studied history and then law at Glasgow University. He was Chair of Glasgow University Labour Club and President of Glasgow University Union. At university, he met not only John Smith but also Menzies Cambell – later leader of the Lib Dems – and Derry Irvine. Dewar later served in Blair’s Cabinet with Irvine, 1997-99, Dewar was Secretary of State for Scotland and Irvine was Lord Chancellor. The atmosphere was rather frosty because although Dewar and Irvine had been friends when young, in 1972 Dewar’s wife Alison left Dewar for Irvine – the Dewars were divorced in 1973. Dewar never remarried and never forgave Derry Irvine either.

After he graduated in 1964, Dewar worked as a solicitor in Glasgow. He joined the Labour Party and in 1966 was elected as the MP for Aberdeen South. Between 1967-69, Dewar was PPS to Tony Crosland, the Education Secretary. Dewar found it difficult to get along with Tony Crosland and later described him as ‘a very odd man’. Tony Crosland was bisexual and had an affair with Roy Jenkins when they were young. Crosland was also close to Ernest Armstrong, former MP for North West Durham and father of Hilary Armstrong, who succeeded her father’s seat and became a member of Blair’s inner circle. Previous posts discussed how Ernest Armstrong would have known about children being abused by paedophiles at Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead and almost certainly used his friendship with Tony Crosland to keep a lid on it. Two of the people working at Axwell Park School relocated to Bryn Estyn in north Wales in 1973 and established a paedophile ring there. No matter how odd Donald Dewar thought Tony Crosland, his role as Crosland’s PPS would mean that he would know if Crosland was concealing that paedophile ring.

In April 1968 Roy Jenkins proposed Dewar for a Minister of State position, but Dewar was not appointed.

In the 1970 General Election, Dewar lost his seat to Ian Sproat, a Conservative. Whilst Dewar was out of Parliament he hosted a Radio show on Radio Clyde. He also worked as a solicitor, as a Reporter on children’s panels and was involved with Lanarkshire local authority. Dewar became a partner in Ross Harper Murphy in 1975.

Dewar was selected as candidate for the seat of Glasgow Garscadden after his friend Willie Small died unexpectedly. Dewar won the subsequent by-election which was held in April 1978 – his win was seen as halting the rise of the SNP.

In March 1979 Dewar campaigned for a YES vote in the referendum on devolution – Dewar’s side won by a narrow majority but fell short of the 40% required. However the result did contribute to the downfall of Callaghan’s Gov’t in May 1979.

In opposition Dewar was Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee. When Foot became leader of the Labour Party Dewar was appointed to the front bench as Scottish Affairs spokesman.

In 1981 Dewar was nearly deselected by hard left activists in his constituency. However he hung on and rose through the ranks quickly. He was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, 1983-92 whilst Kinnock was leader of the Party. Dewar was Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security, 1992-95, under leader John Smith, then under acting leader Margaret Beckett, then under Blair. When Blair became leader he made Dewar Opposition Chief Whip – so Blair knew that Dewar was able to strong-arm people into doing what he wanted.

At the 1997 General Election, Dewar was re-elected – boundary changes meant that his constituency was now Glasgow Anniesland – and was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland. He worked on creating the Scotland Act. Dewar subsequently stood for the Scottish Parliament and was elected as the MSP for Glasgow Anniesland – so he was MP and MSP for the same constituency.

In 1999 Dewar became leader of the Scottish Labour Party and FM, but in a Coalition Gov’t with the Scottish Lib Dems. The Deputy FM was Jim Wallace, the leader of the Scottish Lib Dems.

In Oct 2000 Donald Dewar had a fall and suffered a brain haemorrhage from which he died in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital. It was suggested that the haemorrhage was a result of the anti-coagulants  that Donald had been prescribed following a repair to a leaking heart valve that he’d undergone in May 2000. He’d only been leader of the Scottish Labour Party and FM for a year. There wasn’t the outpouring of grief that there had been when John Smith died. But then Derry Irvine and Dewar hated each other – the Derry who was a very, very big mate of Blair’s. The Derry who knew about the paedophile gangs targeting kids in care that absolutely everybody was keeping quiet about, some of the witnesses to which had been murdered. Dewar died nine months after the Waterhouse Report was published, before the gnashing of teeth and claims that it was a huge cover-up had died down.

In 2001 the Daily Telegraph reported that Donald Dewar had left behind more than £2 million in his will and that when his pension and insurance were taken into account it amounted to nearly £3 million. It came as a very big shock to everyone. Dewar had stocks, shares, property, paintings, rare books and personal savings. Almost half of his legacy was from investments, including in Railtrack, Powergen and Thames Water – utilities which had been privatised by the Tories, privatisation which had been fiercely opposed by the Labour Party.

As everybody reeled from the surprise of Dewar’s fortune, people explained that he was a frugal man who only drove a Peugeot and purchased his suits at Marks & Spencer. It was also suggested that perhaps he’d made money when he worked as a solicitor. Dewar only worked as a solicitor for the few years when he wasn’t sitting as an MP. The only solicitors who made millions of pounds over the course of a few years in the 1970s were people like David Napley, whose clients included Jeremy Thorpe and Greville Janner. Furthermore M&S suits aren’t so cheap that people who buy them find themselves millionaires.

After Donald Dewar failed to make a recovery at the hands of the Top Doctors, Henry McLeish became FM of Scotland – but not for very long.


Like Donald Dewar, Jim Wallace the Deputy FM was also a lawyer, but Wallace was a barrister. He was a student at Downing College, Cambridge and then read law at Edinburgh University. He graduated in 1977 and worked in a legal practice in Edinburgh. Wallace joined the Liberals in the early 70s- whilst Jeremy Thorpe was the leader of the Liberal Party.

Wallace was nominated as the Liberal candidate for Orkney and Shetland in 1983 when the seat was vacated by Jo Grimmond. He won the seat in June 1983 and retained it until 2001. Wallace was also MSP for Orkney, 1999-07 and leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, 1992-05.

Jim Wallace’s constituency  made headlines in 1991 when the Orkney Satanic Abuse Scandal exploded. Some very odd things had been happening on Orkney but the world woke up in Feb 1991 when police, social workers, people from Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as well as legal authorities from Scotland’s most senior Sheriff carried out pre-dawn raids on houses in South Ronaldsey and removed nine children from their families and flew them to locations on the Scottish mainland on the grounds that their parents and others on Orkney were Satanists.

The background to the case stretched back to 1986 when the father of one family on Orkney had been imprisoned for abusing one of his children. Everybody presumed that this was a very unfortunate one-off until some years later social workers and police removed more children from families on the same island – two of the children taken into care were told that their mum was dead. Local people were outraged at what had happened and began a campaign to have the children returned – it would be six years before the last of those children were returned to their parents.

It was the children of those who had dared campaign on behalf of their neighbours who were removed in Feb 1991. The house of the Island’s Minister the Rev Morris MacKenzie was also raided and various items seized. Extraordinary allegations were levelled at the Rev MacKenzie and the parents of the children – that they had been indulging in full blown Satanic rituals, whilst naked of course, in various outdoor locations on South Ronaldsey. Even the obvious reasons as to why this would be highly unlikely – such as South Ronaldsey being bloody freezing in winter, far too cold to spend hours outside starkers worshipping Satan and the fact that South Ronaldsey has  a complete lack of features such as trees and hills, so even if the Minister and his mates were outside freezing their knackers off worshipping Satan they would be visible to half the island. It cut no ice with the Experts  – they were absolutely convinced that there were devil worshippers on South Ronaldsey and what’s more the worshipping involved children.

The case came to Court in April. Sheriff David Kelbie dismissed the case as ‘fatally flawed’ and was clearly aghast that anyone could have believed such nonsense. The children were returned to their parents in the same month. However, the Reporter appealed against Sheriff Kelbie’s dismissal of the case and in June 1991 the appeal was upheld by another Court, who was highly critical of David Kelbie. However the Reporter took the view that the publicity surrounding the case had been severely compromising and the application was abandoned.

The seized objects returned to the islanders included a videotape of an episode of Blackadder and a model aeroplane that the children had made from two pieces of wood – which social workers had described as ‘a cross’. Rev MacKenzie was asked to sign for the return of ‘three masks, two hoods, one black cloak’, but refused to sign until the inventory was altered to read ‘three nativity masks, two academic hoods, one priest’s robe’.

An Inquiry into the matter Chaired by Lord Clyde published its Report in Oct 1992. Lord Clyde was high critical of the police, social workers, Orkney Islands Council and particularly condemned the social workers’ methods, training and judgment. Liz McLean – the social worker who had led the interviews with the children – had previously been involved in the Rochdale Satanic Abuse Scandal which had resulted in children being removed from their homes amidst farcical allegations which were later found to have no substance, was harshly criticised by Lord Clyde and had also been criticised in another investigation in Ayrshire.

In 1996 four families accepted compensation and an apology.

In 2006, by which time all the children involved were adults, some of them spoke publicly. They described incredibly distressing experiences and one of them spoke at length about how aggressive, intimidating and manipulative Liz McLean was. The former children described being constantly interrogated and asked the same questions repeatedly until the ‘right’ answers were given. One young woman told of how she was asked to draw a picture of what the adults had been up to with her – she was completely nonplussed so she drew a picture of a pony. She was told to draw another picture so she did – but that wasn’t satisfactory either. Eventually the interviewing social worker drew a picture herself and told the girl to copy it.

One of the social workers involved, Janet Chisholm, refused to apologise and maintained that the social workers’ suspicions were correct and that the denials of the children was simply more evidence that they were Keeping Secrets, the Secrets in question being Satanic Abuse Secrets. And when women say no they mean yes, as Dr Dafydd Alun Jones would no doubt confirm.

More recently, the GP on South Ronaldsey, Dr Helen Martini – who is married to Dr Richard Broadhurst, the now retired GP who was the island’s doctor at the time of the Satanic Panic – proffered her opinion. Dr Martini maintained that the problem was that the health service, social work departments and councils are run by stupid people – that there is ‘an awful lot of stupidity but no malice’. As an example Dr Martini mentioned that one family involved were Quakers and social workers became very concerned when they learned that the family prayed without a Minister present.

Dr Martini is correct when she says that there is an awful lot of stupidity – the stupidities of so many are so enormous that they would never be believed if they were not witnessed – but not everyone is that stupid and there are huge levels of sheer malice.

Look at the dates of the idiocies on South Ronaldsey – the madness broke out in late 1989, escalated during 1990 and then erupted in Feb 1991. It’s north Wales again – Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and I were writing to the authorities about what we had witnessed in north Wales. Alison and I – as well as my friends who knew what had happened to me – were being unlawfully dismissed from our jobs and I was being dragged through the Courts in the wake of mental health staff perjuring themselves as they tried to have me imprisoned for very serious offences. By Feb 1991 St George’s Hospital Medical School had joined in the cover-up of the criminality in north Wales (see previous posts).

There weren’t Satanists on Orkney – but there were paedophile gangs operating in children’s services right across the UK and at least some of those people responsible for the Satanic Panic on Orkney knew it. Like Cleveland, Rochdale and Nottingham, Orkney was a very useful distraction on the part of a social work establishment that had become horribly corrupted. People were piping up about what was happening to children in care and this was social works response.

The person who first started giving seminars and providing ‘training’ to social workers re Satanic Abuse in the UK was a social worker in north Wales. A massively vulnerable learning disabled sister and her brother – two adults who couldn’t cope after their elderly parents died – were banged up in  the North Wales Hospital Denbigh on the basis that they were involved with Satanic Abuse. This was an institution in which people were illegally imprisoned, in which patients were being sexually exploited and which was facilitating a paedophile ring.

Whilst this was going on Jim Wallace was MP for Orkney and Shetland. In 1992 when it was clear that the allegations of Satanists on Orkney had no basis at all Jim became leader of the Scottish Lib Dems. In April 1992, days after the General Election, five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were killed by a firebomb. Jim doesn’t seem to have used his position to speak out or assist those families whose lives had been ripped apart. Not that it did Jim any harm – he was Minister of Justice, 1999-03; Deputy FM 1999-05; Minister for Enterprise and Learning, 2003-05 and was given a peerage in 2007. Jim hit the jackpot for a while after the resignation of Henry McLeish as FM – between 28 Oct 2000-Nov 2001 Jim was acting FM of Scotland. During the period of the wailing and the gnashing of teeth that followed the publication of the cover-up which was the Waterhouse Report.

In 2008 Jim Wallace was appointed as a member of the Calman Commission on devolution, Chaired by Sir Kenneth Calman, a man who knows a great deal about Top Doctors concealing organised child abuse (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’).

In May 2010 Jim Wallace was appointed as Lord Advocate for Scotland under the Coalition Gov’t led by David Cameron – he was also appointed Deputy Leader of the Lords. In 2013 Cleggy made Wallace leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords.

Jim Wallace is an elder of the Church of Scotland.


Jim Wallace was Deputy FM whilst the FM was Donald Dewar, then Henry McLeish, then Jack McConnell.

After Donald Dewar met an unfortunate end, Henry McLeish became FM of Scotland but ended up resigning after he was found to be sub-letting his constituency office. Jack McConnell was then FM, 2001-07.

Jack McConnell went to university with two friends of mine. McConnell came from the Isle of Arran and went to Stirling University, where he was President of the Students’ Union and was very obviously preparing himself for a career in politics.

Donald Dewar had a house in Stirling as well as his flat in Glasgow.

After he graduated in 1983 Jack worked as a teacher and was a member of Stirling District Council, 1988-92. He became General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party in 1992 – the position became vacant as a result of John Smith becoming leader of the Labour Party. Jack inherited a Party crippled by bitter in-fighting – furthermore one MP, Gordon McMaster, committed suicide. Between 1989-98 McConnell was a member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention. In 1997 as General Secretary Jack managed Labour’s successful devolution referendum campaign. His really big break came in the 1997 General Election – the Tories were completely smashed and were left with no seats at all.

In 1999 Jack McConnell was elected as the MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw – Donald Dewar immediately appointed him as Minister for Finance. Jack soon found himself in hot water when he was accused of doing favours for his friends at lobbying company Beattie Media, including the son of Jack’s mentor John Reid. If Jack ever wanted to keep a story out of the media, he has a useful friend to assist him – he is good friends with Kirsty Wark of Newsnight fame and her husband Alan Clements, a TV producer.

There was one story that Jack knew would become public if he became FM though, so he fessed up in public in the name of honesty and transparency. In 1990 Jack married Bridget Brown but in 1993 he had an affair with Maureen Smith, the Labour Party’s Scottish Press Officer. Jack and Maureen were quite blatant and Jack’s dad admitted that The Sun got hold of the story in 1994. But not a word was published. So why did Jack know that it would become public if he became FM? Because by then Jack had an Enemy. After John Smith died, Jack backed Blair for the leadership and Gordon was mightily pissed off with him. Jack himself had a reputation as a fixer and a spinner and would happily leak stories to the media – he was doing this with a vengeance in 1996. As the 1997 General Election loomed, Jack discovered that a poisonous whispering campaign against him was coming from Gordon’s mates in north London and it was doing Jack a lot of damage. Yet for some reason this stopped – but no-one explained why. Gordon is not a man to forgive people who have crossed him. Bridget knew that and told her friends that she was really worried that Gordon was going to go for Jack’s jugular if Jack became First Minister – so Jack fessed up and placed the story in the media himself. The whole saga was published in an article in the Scottish Herald in Nov 2001. Jack’s mum admits that Jack is a ‘wee bit ruthless’ – well he has to be in his position, it’s just politics…

There’s one thing that Jack really hates though, as he explained to the Scottish Herald – child abuse. Jack thinks that it’s unforgivable and that children must be protected. Just as well really because in Nov 2001 the claims that Waterhouse was one big whitewash had not yet died down.

Jack feels so passionately about child abuse that he knew exactly who to invite to set up the first independent inspection body for the social services in Scotland in 2005 – the Scottish Gov’t invited Alexis Jay to do it! That is the Alexis Jay who is currently making a big issue out of Chairing IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) and who is investigating every instance of abuse since the dawn of time. Survivors and witnesses have walked out of Alexis’s Inquiry in despair, pointing out that it was social workers who abused them, so how can they be expected to have any confidence in an Inquiry Chaired by a senior social worker? Survivors have also denounced Alexis’s Inquiry as a ‘social workers talking shop’. The Inquiry is also haemorrhaging lawyers as well. Nonetheless Alexis battles on reassuring us all, Esther-like, that she cares about the children.

Supporters of the social workers talking shop point to Alexis being a visiting Prof at Strathclyde University and the independent Chair of CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children). I thought that Alexis might be involved with ‘excellence’, wherever excellence is involved things have usually gone very badly wrong. Alexis comes highly recommended. Keith Vaz, the man who has worked as a lawyer for three different Councils whilst their children’s services were infiltrated by paedophiles, the man who has been caught with his trousers down – literally in that incident in which he was passing himself off as a washing machine salesman – repeatedly, but continues to get himself appointed or elected to responsible positions by his colleagues in Parliament, described Alexis as ‘clearly a suitable candidate with vast experience’.

So what experience does Alexis have?

After Alexis left school she worked as a journalist on the now defunct magazine ‘Scotland’. Alexis however realised that her heart was in social work when in her early 20s she ‘fell in love’ with the man whom she later married, Chris Jay, who was a social worker. Alexis doesn’t have children herself but Chris does – he had acquired a few by the time that he met Alexis. I’m not entirely sure but I get the impression that Chris might have been married to someone else when Alexis fell in love with him – however that does happen and unless someone knows someone else very well indeed, one should not judge in cases of relationship break-ups. What interests me though is that Chris Jay wasn’t a common or garden social worker. Chris was a very senior social worker – he was Deputy Head of Social Work for the former Strathclyde Regional Authority, then the biggest authority in the UK. So Alexis embarked upon a career in social work. Alexis moved to Glasgow to live with Chris.

At some point Alexis did her social work training at Moray House School of Education, which is now part of Edinburgh University – Alexis grew up in Edinburgh.

Alexis spent six years in Glasgow where she worked with the first Women’s Aid refuge in the Gorbals. If Alexis spent six years doing that, she will know all about the abuse of children in care, the abuses of psychiatry and examples of dissenters being fitted up to save the careers and reputations of rather more privileged people. Alexis simply tells journos that she has worked for over thirty years in deprived areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Alexis impressed people so much that she rapidly rose – she ended up as Chief Inspector of Social Work in Scotland. In this capacity Alexis ‘oversaw’ the allegations of Satanic abuse in Orkney. Ah – so now we know who it was who sent a crowd of completely mad social workers, police and other officials out to the Western Isles to seize children from their homes during the night and subsequently tried to intimidate the children into colluding with crazy allegations against their parents and the Minister. Some of the children from Orkney were placed in Glasgow – Alexis’s stamping ground. When Alexis ‘oversaw’ all this, she will have known what was happening in north Wales. Alexis ‘oversaw’ something else as well – ‘social service failure’ in the case of Colyn Evans. Colyn Evans was a teenaged sex offender who whilst he was only 17, murdered a 16 year old girl who had befriended him, Karen Dewar. After Evans murdered Karen he put her body in a wheelie bin and tried to set fire to it. He also attempted to decapitate her with a bread knife. Colyn Evans had left a ‘care home’ and had been placed in temporary accommodation in Tayport, near to Karen’s house, by Fife Council.

Jack McConnell’s wife Bridget used to work for Fife Council.

Colyn Evans didn’t come from Scotland – he ended up in Scotland when his parents moved there. Colyn Evans and his family came from Aberdare – in Wales. Evans had been accused of  14 sex offences between the ages of 10 and 16 years. A report by Alexis and the police concluded that although there had been ‘failures’ in the way that Evans’s case was ‘managed’, the ‘mistakes’ had no bearing on Karen’s death. Somehow I thought that might be the conclusion.

So why did Jack McConnell’s Gov’t need Alexis to become the Chief Exec of SWIA (the Social Work Inspection Agency)? Jack established the SWIA in 2005 because  it became clear after two big scandals – the death of 11 week old Caleb Ness from Edinburgh and another case involving an Inquiry concerning the case of a learning disabled girl in the Borders – that there were systematic failures which did not reflect well on the previous Inspectorate and the Mental Welfare Commission. It was also decided that the remit of the previous Inspectorate did not go far enough. So a new body was established with a wider remit and Alexis was appointed CEO. The Alexis who had been the Chief Social Work Inspector of the previous Inspectorate which had screwed up so badly.

When the functions of the SWIA and the Care Commission were taken over by the Care Inspectorate in 2011 dear old Alexis stayed in place as Chief Social Work Inspector to the Scottish Gov’t until 2013.

I was not surprised to learn that Aexis has previously been the Chief Social Work Advisor to the Scottish Gov’t and the former President of the British Association of Directors of Social Work.

An article in the Guardian in 2015 quoted Alexis as saying that ‘politicians wanted to keep a lid on child sexual abuse’. Yes Alexis – that’s why they keep appointing you to the most senior positions in social work in Scotland and it’s why someone thought that it would be a good idea to ask you to Chair the IICSA.

There may be another reason for Alexis’s success, as well as her being married to a senior social work manager and successfully concealing mountains of crap. In March 1993 an article appeared in the Scottish Herald which mentions that Chris Jay, the Senior Deputy Director of Social Work for Strathclyde Regional Council, had withdrawn his application for the post of Director of Social Work ‘for personal reasons’. In March 1993 Scotland was still coping with the fall out from the outbreak of insanity regarding the chaos that was caused by Alexis and co in South Ronaldsey. The article also mentions that the ‘equal opportunities lobby’ wanted more women in senior management positions. So that was the green light for the Scottish establishment to promote a grossly incompetent woman who had presided over failure and catastrophe, rather than a grossly incompetent man who had presided over failure and catastrophe. And of course being a woman, Alexis will Care – and she isn’t in possession of a penis, so she won’t be leading a Satan worshipping session like your average Church Minister in the Western Isles would be. In 2000 Alexis was appointed Director of Social Work for West Dunbartonshire County Council.

Alexis shares her talents with the Third Sector as well – she is a Trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service, of which HM the Queen is Patron and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is President. Another Trustee of the RVS is Sir Paul Williams, who featured in my post ‘The Reality Is, There Is No Problem’. Sir Paul is the former Director General of Health and Social Services for the Welsh Gov’t and CEO of NHS Wales. Paul spent his whole career in the Welsh healthcare/social services system. He was there throughout the years of paedophilia, criminality, lobotomies and the illegal imprisonment of the victims of paedophiles or people who had dared complain, Paul was on the scene throughout it all.


The man who appointed Alexis with her dire track record to the highest positions in her profession, Jack McConnell, is a UK Ambassador for Action for Children.

In 2007 Jack was an advisor to Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda. In 2008 Gordon Brown appointed Jack as the PM’s Special Representative on Conflict Resolution Mechanisms.

Jack is a non-executive Director of Optical Express and DCM (Optical Holdings). So it’s Jack’s business interests benefiting from all that expensive laser eye-treatment that has been so heavily promoted over the past few years.

Jack’s friend and mentor is John Reid, Blair’s former Health Minister who in that capacity encouraged private companies to run treatment centres for knee, hip and eye operations.

Like Jack, John Reid went to Stirling University. Reid went to Stirling as a mature student and then stayed on to do a PhD, so he could well still have had connections at Stirling when Jack arrived in 1979.

John Reid, like Stalin’s Granny, was brought up as a Catholic.

At Stirling Reid was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, but skilfully appealed to Labour students as well which resulted in him becoming President of the Students’ Union.

After finishing his PhD Reid worked as a researcher officer for the Labour Party in Scotland. Between 1983-85 he was political advisor to Neil Kinnock. After Kinnock lost the 1983 General Election in a big way, he went to Reid to ask him why the Labour Party was being rejected so robustly by the electorate. Neil – there were complex multiple reasons, but I think that one of the reasons might have been the leader. Of course, if you had exposed Thatcher’s aide Peter Morrison and others whilst they were abusing children in north Wales and elsewhere, Thatcher would have been sunk. Instead you used your knowledge of what was happening to maintain your own position. Whilst my friends and I had our lives and careers destroyed and some people died – but at least a third rate tosser like you and scores of other third rate tossers were able to spend your lives in jobs that you couldn’t do and then spend your later years troughing in the European Parliament and the Lords.

Reid was one of the earliest Labour Party ‘modernisers’, so he’d obviously forgotten about his socialist principles by 1983. Between 1986-87, Reid was the Scottish Organiser of the Trade Unions for Labour.

In 1987 John Reid was elected as MP for Motherwell North – which became Hamilton North and Bellshill. He held the seat until 2005. Between 2005-10 Reid was MP for Airdrie and Shotts – he succeeded Stalin’s Granny in that constituency.

In 1989 Kinnock appointed John Reid Shadow front bench Spokesman for children. So we can assume that John Reid knew exactly what was happening to children at the hands of the social services and others….

Always a man of good judgement, during the Bosnian war Reid became friends with Radovan Karadzic and spent three days as Karadzic’s guest at a luxury Geneva lakeside hotel. This was during the period of Radovan’s indicted war crimes, April 1992-July 1995.

During the early 1990s there were a number of incidents in which John Reid got pissed and brawled in the Commons.

Reid held seven Cabinet posts in seven years under Blair.

In 1999 he took over from Stalin’s Granny as Secretary of State for Scotland, where he remained until 2001. He was appointed Secretary of State for N Ireland in 2001, as a consequence of one of Mandy’s resignations. In 2002 he became Chair of the Labour Party and Minister without Portfolio and for a brief three months from March 2003 Reid was Leader of the Commons and Lord President of the Council.

John Reid was appointed Secretary of State for Health after Alan Milburn’s resignation in June 2003. Private Eye reported that when Reid was given the job his response was ‘oh fuck, not health’. Well there was the matter of Mid-Staffs wiping out patients which everybody knew was happening but concealed nonetheless, the ever demanding BMA and the Top Doctors, the careers of whistleblowers to ruin, the institutionally corrupt drain on taxpayers money which was host to serious criminality… Reid had the answer – it was he who was responsible for giving the Top Doctors a 22% pay rise in return for them doing even less work and opting out of weekend and evening treatment.

John Reid also brought in ‘tough challenges’ for hospitals in order to reduce hospital acquired infections. This happened in Wales as well and resulted in Ysbyty Gwynedd fiddling their stats whilst Keith Thomson was Chief Exec of the North West Wales NHS Trust – I have a mole who told me that before the box ticker went around the wards to count the number of people diagnosed with hospital acquired infections, anybody with hospital acquired infections would be temporarily removed from the ward on and the box ticker would studiously ignore the temporarily empty bed and not ask any questions. Keith was also prepared to risk patients’ health quite blatantly. At one point there was an MRSA infection in the Hergest Unit. It was known and the staff were ordered not to tell the patients – neither was the ward cleaned. One patient had already needed extensive surgery as a result of contracting MRSA. The Hergest whistleblower discreetly approached all patients who had open wounds – there were a few because there were self-harmers on the ward – and told them not to use the bathrooms. So the patients went unwashed but at least no-one else had to have parts of their anatomy surgically removed because of Keith Thomson’s dishonesty. At the time that Thomson was doing this, Health Inspectorate Wales was publishing reports signed by their then Chief Executive Dr Peter Higson complimenting the North West Wales NHS Trust on its excellence and high quality of care.

Reid became Secretary of State for Defence in 2005. In Jan 2006 Reid committed 3,300 troops to Helmand province. In March 2006 Reid denied that there was a civil war in Iraq and reassured everyone that ‘we will not allow a civil war to develop’. In Feb 2010 Reid found himself giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry.

A fine record of achievement on the part of John there.

Obviously after his success at Defence, there was only one job for John Reid – Home Secretary. He was appointed in 2006. John created 8000 more prison places and reformed the probation service. Eleven years later the prisons are in chaos. This morning one of the leading items on Radio 4’s Today programme was the admission that healthcare in one of the prisons in Liverpool is so bad that prisoners have died unnecessarily and there has been publicity in the last few days regarding the new-style privatised probation service monitoring serious offenders by giving them the occasional telephone call.

John Reid called for reform of the Human Rights Act in 2006 after the Afghans who hijacked a plane in order to escape the Taliban and landed in the UK won their appeal to remain in the UK. The Human Rights Act was the work of Charlie Falconer who worked out that it would be a useful way of enabling the likes of Cherie to set up in business advising dictators but because at the same time Charlie withdrew virtually all legal aid in the UK there was no danger of anyone who had been ruined or harmed by the state being able to seek redress under the Human Rights Act.

I was delighted to hear Lord David Neuberger – who was until very recently President of the Supreme Court – on the radio yesterday telling us that we are all now fully protected by the Human Rights Act. So that’s why so many NHS patients are dying and their relatives are unable to get answers or why nearly every UK social services dept has a major problem with the grooming and trafficking of children in their care but those kids can’t gain redress either. All we’ve got is Alexis and her Inquiry which most people have walked out of.

Lord Neuberger’s father was a Top Doctor – Prof of Chemical Pathology at St Mary’s, Paddington. Lord Neuberger’s brother Michael is or was Prof of Molecular Immunology at Cambridge University. Lord Neuberger’s brother James is Prof of Medicine at Birmingham University. Prof Robert Bluglass concealed the criminal activities of Dafydd et al in north Wales, whilst they facilitated a paedophile ring – Bluglass had a Chair at Birmingham University. As did Professor Ian Brockington who I think should have raised the alarm about one Dr Tony Francis whilst Francis worked with Brockington in Manchester, before Francis relocated to north Wales. Lord Neuberger’s three children are all solicitors. So the Neuberger family are doing really well out of the Human Rights Act.

Lord Neuberger was Chair of the Schizophrenia Trust, 2003-13 – it is now known as Mental Health Research UK.

John Reid was tough on terrorism as well, so that’ll explain the idiocies happening such as primary school children being reported to the police after they told a teacher that they lived in a terraced house and the teacher became over-excited and thought that the kiddies had told them that they lived in a terrorist house. Well the family were Muslims, you can’t be too careful and we know that schools have to look out for signs of radicalisation in the reception class.

Reid voted for the NHS Foundation Trusts – which simply encouraged the likes of Mid-Staffs and Keith Thomson to tell even more lies – and voted for British National Identity cards. He supported the Iraq war and after there wasn’t a civil war in Iraq he voted against a motion calling for an independent inquiry by a committee of Privy Councillors into the Iraq war.

John Reid left the Cabinet when Blair resigned and didn’t return. In 2010 Reid was given a peerage.

In 2007 Reid became Chairman of Celtic Football Club. In 2008 he was appointed an honorary Professor at UCL, to the Chair of the Institute of Security and resilience Studies. In 2008 Reid became a group consultant for G4S.


So there’s a few of the details from some of scenes of The Scottish Play. There do seem to be an awful lot of premature deaths involved of middle-aged men who were experiencing manageable conditions that the Top Doctors usually seem to treat quite successfully. The thing that I notice about The Scottish Play is that the actors must know how bloody dangerous it is consulting Top Doctors because they were well aware of the circumstances in which some of their colleagues died. For example, John Smith appointed Joe Benton as Chief Whip after Benton won the Bootle by-election. The reason why Benton became MP for Walton is that the previous MP – Michael Carr – had been told by Top Doctors at Walton Hospital that he was hyperventilating and to go home and make an appointment with his GP. In total Michael Carr spent less than 30 minutes in the hospital. Carr had a heart attack hours later, was taken back to Walton Hospital where the Top Doctors finished the job and ‘were unable to revive him’. Carr had fought Militant on a rather more personal level that Neil Kinnock ever did. Walton was an area dominated by Militant and the NHS unions contained many supporters of Militant. For details of the very sad story of Michael Carr and the spineless DPPs – Sir Allan Green and Dame Barbara Mills, an in-law of Tessa Jowell – who would not take on a load of bastards who deliberately let a patient die, see post ‘News From Sicily’.

I have mentioned that John Smith had previously been told by a Top Doctor at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary that he definitely didn’t have heart trouble days before he had a heart attack. The circumstances of his death were as follows:  on 11 May 1994 Smith had made a speech at a fundraising dinner at the Park Lane Hotel. At 8-05 the next morning he had a heart attack at his flat in the Barbican. His wife phoned an ambulance and he was taken to Barts where he died at 9-15 am. On the 28 April Smith had visited the A&E dept where he died to campaign against its proposed closure. The doctor who gave Smith the guided tour of the A&E dept was Professor Mike Besser. Mike Besser was the Top Doctor who treated John Smith when he was admitted to Barts A&E after his heart attack – Besser tried so hard to save him, but he just couldn’t. John Smith was 56 years old.

MPs cried in the House when they heard that Smith had died. And I bet that the Top Doctors got every penny that they had been demanding before his death.

I can remember the death of John Smith very well. I was a patient at the Herget Unit at the time and I heard the news flash on the radio that he had died. I went off into the patients’ garden to tell everyone that John Smith had died. The patients’ garden was directly outside Tony Francis’s (Dr X’s) office, the Dr Tony Francis who was concealing the paedophile ring in north Wales and who unbeknown to me was spending a lot of time perjuring himself and encouraging other people to do the same in an attempt to have me imprisoned. Francis came out of his office and asked me exactly what I had heard on the radio and how John Smith had died. He then commented that it was a great a pity and disappeared. Very soon after John Smith’s death, the Hergest Unit mounted yet another prosecution against me, alleging that I and another patient had threatened a member of staff from the Arfon Community Mental Health Team over the phone. I received a letter from the hospital management telling me that I would  be refused all care and support, that my keyworker – who was at the time the Hergest whistleblower who had been incredibly helpful – had been ordered off my case and was under instructions to have no contact with me at all under any circumstances. I was told that if I went to Ysbyty Gwynedd I would be arrested. I received a phone call from a police officer in Bangor who asked me to drop into Bangor Police Station for a ‘chat’. When I arrived I was arrested, driven to Caernarfon Police Station for some unknown reason and charged. I was left to find my own way home to Bethesda, some miles away from Caernarfon, with no car and no money.

I then received a letter from the hospital stating that I was now deemed to be a dangerous patient and thus my ‘care’ was being transferred to the forensic psychiatry team. The pantomime went on for many months until the case was heard at the Magistrates Court. During the case, the CPS lawyer read out a statement from the woman whom I was alleged to have threatened, a CPN called Bridget Lloyd, who stated that I was such a threat to her that she had been issued with a personal alarm by Gwynedd Health Authority which she carried with her at all times.  The Court was also told that Lloyd had stated that she had young children, that she was ‘absolutely terrified’ of me and that if I was acquitted the Health Authority would make a safe house available for Bridget and her children because a murderous onslaught from me was inevitable.

I was acquitted, as was the other patient who was on trial with me.

After the acquittal I received a letter from the Hergest Unit saying that I would not be receiving an apology and that the Hergest whistleblower would not be reinstated as my keyworker. I then found out that before the case had been heard Dr Tony Francis had kindly prepared a report for the Court for their use – for WHEN I was found guilty. The report stated that I was dangerous and should be handed over to the forensic team with a view to having me placed in a secure unit.

Last year my lawyer forwarded me some documents relating to that case in 1994. Among them were copies of documents that Bridget Lloyd had sent to managers in Gwynedd Health Authority in which she stated quite clearly that she wasn’t frightened of me, that she had only ever met me once many years ago and that she didn’t think that I’d recognise her if I did see her. That memo was dated shortly before she made her statement to the police. It was also acknowledged that I hadn’t actually phoned anyone at all – but everyone ‘knew’ that I had told the other patient to ‘threaten’ Bridget. Not that he had threatened her either – he had sworn at one of her colleagues. Because they had tried to have him arrested for something that he had not done…

Tony Francis killed himself shortly after Operation Pallial reopened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. I understand that his widow Sadie told her neighbours that he committed suicide because of me. Which is very odd because I hadn’t seen him for many years although I had seen Sadie – I’d bumped into her a few months before and she was very chummy and told me that she heard that I was planning to publish a book about my experiences with the mental health services. She then asked me if I was still in contact with Brown.

We can’t ask Tony what they were all up to because he’s dead – just like John Smith and Michael Carr and Donald Dewar – so perhaps Sadie Francis and Bridget Lloyd would like to explain themselves to Operation Pallial.

Eight months after John Smith died Gordon Anglesea was awarded £375k in libel damages against Private Eye, the Observer, HTV and the Indie on Sunday, after they named him as someone who had abused boys in care in north Wales. One of the young men who gave evidence against Anglesea was found dead some three months later.

Last year Gordon Anglesea was imprisoned for historical sex abuse against children in care in north Wales. He died in prison. The Police Federation turned out in force at his funeral to wave him a fond farewell. Before he died, they were supporting him in his planned appeal against his conviction and a barrister had offered their services for free.

Thank God our human rights are now so well protected by Lady Brenda Hale, Charlie Falconer, Cherie et al.

There was of course another Scottish politician who pissed off a few people who also met an untimely death – Robin Cook. Whilst mountain walking. Just like that.

There must be so much hand-washing going on among the performers of The Scottish Play that industrial quantities of soap will be needed.

When I first made a complaint in 1985 about the Top Doctors who were facilitating a paedophile ring in north Wales, it was actually Tony Francis who became very aggressive with me and snapped that I would find that no doctor would agree to treat me ‘after this’. Well they certainly did all they could not to, including Francis himself – and when they were told by lawyers that they had a legal obligation to treat me they simply spent years trying to have me fitted up for serious offences and then incarcerated.

Thank God I’m not a Scottish Labour politician who actually trusted the bastards and kept giving them more money – I’d be dead.

‘The Reality Is, There Is No Problem’

My post ‘Everywoman?’ and the comments that follow it refer to the clique of utterly dreadful people who have occupied senior positions in health and social care in Wales for many years now. This bunch have spent their whole careers playing musical chairs – when they stuff up so badly that they just have to go, they pop up somewhere else in a very similar role, very often at a more senior level. The word ‘incestuous’ really is the only description applicable. Posts ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake’ and ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ detailed how it was this process of recycling incompetent or downright dangerous staff and managers that led to North Wales Child Abuse Scandal of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Waterhouse Inquiry was supposed to have been the turning point. Of course it wasn’t, because although Ronnie Waterhouse admitted that terrible abuse of children in care had happened and that a paedophile ring was at work in north Wales and Cheshire, he concealed the extent of it and the links with public figures as far away as London, as well as evidence of links to abusers of children in Europe. Waterhouse also ignored the links between the organised abuse of children in north Wales and organised crime involving child porn and hard drugs. Hardly anyone resigned or retired even after Waterhouse – a few of the senior managers simply moved to other regions of the country and continued working, everyone else was bound by a code of silence and carried on in their own sweet way, mostly in north Wales. They continue to live and work there.

So how did Wales’s health and social care sector respond after the public inquiry into the biggest child abuse scandal that there had ever been in the UK? They remained in very deep denial.

The Waterhouse Report was published in 2000. In March 2001 the ‘Guardian’ published a feature on the crisis in the social care sector in Wales. It stated that ‘low morale, poor pay’ and the fear of involvement in ‘departmental failure’ made it difficult to attract social care staff to Wales and that the Waterhouse Report and critical reviews into local authority social services departments were ‘contributing to the problem’. No, it was the presence of a paedophile gang who’s mycelia spread throughout Wales that made it difficult to attract staff. Gwynedd and Clwyd Social Services had been dogged by scandal and allegations of abuse for years. The ‘services’ were so notorious that one social worker whose comments were published who desperately  wanted to escape from the sector in north Wales was quoted as saying ‘I’ve worked for Clwyd. No-one’s going to have me’.

So what comment did Hugh Gardner, the Chair of the Association of Directors of Social Services in Wales, make to the ‘Guardian’? Hugh stated that ‘Waterhouse has not helped…a feeling that there’s a special problem surrounding the integrity of people working in residential care in Wales. The reality is, there’s no problem, but public perception is damaging for morale’.

‘The reality is, there’s no problem’. A vicious paedophile ring had been in operation in the children’s homes in north Wales for at least 30 years – children had been raped, buggered, starved, beaten, used as forced labour and the children’s homes had doubled up as brothels. When the children hit their mid-teens they were trafficked to London and Brighton for sex work. So many former residents of the children’s homes were found dead as young adults that very few are now still alive. Five were killed in one arson attack in 1992. Every agency and organisation in Wales had colluded with the abuse – those kids had tried and tried to raise the alarm but no-one responded, except for Alison Taylor the Gwynedd social worker who blew the whistle and who was then sacked.

The response of the social care establishment in Wales to the crisis in social care was to establish a task and finish group in the Assembly, with the remit to look at recruitment and retention. This group was to be Chaired by Graham Williams, the Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate of Wales. Another member of the task and finish group was Rhian Huws Williams, the head of CCETSW Cymru (Central Council for the Education and Training of Social Workers) – for the low-down on Rhian Huws Williams, see post ‘Still Lost In Care’. Dominic Macaskill from UNISON, many of whose members work in social care, contributed to the debate – Dominic thought that the main problem was the ‘serious social deprivation’ in Wales. Mario Kraft from Care Forum Wales also sat on the group – he saw the group as a ‘chance to grapple with the recruitment and retention issues’. Mario observed that the outlook for the private sector as well was ‘bleak’.

At this time the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales was Jane Hutt – a former social worker – a ‘family friend’ of Rhodri Morgan and his wife. Rhodri Morgan was First Minister. Rhodri’s wife Julie is a former social worker. Rhodri’s special advisor was Mark Drakeford – who had worked as a social worker in Dyfed, when they had a problem with abuse in their children’s services. All these people had been involved with social care in Wales BEFORE the Waterhouse Inquiry. They had been in place whilst the abuse was happening – and abuse wasn’t just happening in north Wales. The biggest scandal occurred there, it was particularly dreadful, but there were problems in health and social care right across Wales.

BBC News Wales in 2002 reported that ‘elderly care was in crisis’ – Hugh Gardner, the Vice-Chair of the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru, maintained that more money was needed.

In Dec 2004 BBC News Wales reported that Hugh Gardner was to be awarded an OBE. A few others did even better. Dr Michael Shooter, a psychiatrist from the Abergavenny area – who was mentioned in a comment in response to one of my blog posts recently – was to be given a CBE, as was Janet Chaplin (the Assistant Chief Probation Officer of the South Wales Probation Service), along with Richard Blair (Director of the Wales Local Gov’t Association aka WLGA), Andrew Cozens (the former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services) and Gloria Mills (the Director of Equal Opportunities at UNISON).

A nice collection of gongs in return for complete failure there.


Did the Assembly task and finish group of 2001 manage to improve matters? It would seem not. ‘Community Care’ in Jan 2005 reported on the dire state of health and social care services in Wales. Chris Davies, the Director of Cardiff Social Services, commented that the Welsh health and social care services were performing worse than their English counterparts but ‘no-one can quite put their finger on why’. Immediately after the publication of the damning Jillings Report in 1996 concerning the abuse of children in care in Clwyd, Clwyd County Council was abolished. John Jevons, the Director of Clwyd Social Services, left Clwyd and took up the position of Director of Social Services in Cardiff.

Our old friend Hugh Gardner also popped up in ‘Community Care’, Jan 2005. It was mentioned that Hugh was the former Director of Social Services for Swansea. Hugh did admit that there was a problem now – the problem was that the Welsh Assembly hadn’t given them enough money.

Swansea Social Services were declared to be not fit for purpose and were put into special measures after the murder of baby Aaron Gilbert in May 2005.

Jon Skone, the Secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services Wales, was also involved in trying to suggest a remedy to the problem according to ‘Community Care’. Skone began life as a social worker in Neath in the early 80s. The boys from Bryn Estyn who complained about being molested were sent to an even worse place if they didn’t shut up – Neath Farm School. Neath Farm School got a mention in the Waterhouse Report as being so brutal that boys preferred to be beaten and abused at Bryn Estyn than risk being sent there. Skone was a a community development worker in West Glamorgan County Council in the mid-80s, principal social services officer (learning disabilities) for South Glamorgan County Council, 1987-92, Assistant Director, Policy, Planning and Strategic Development for Dyfed County Council 1992-96, Head of Community Care, Pembrokeshire County Council 1996-2000 and was appointed Director of Social Care and Housing for Pembrokeshire County Council in 2000. Jon Skone climbed yet higher. In 2010 Skone received much publicity when he was appointed Director of Social Services in Pembrokeshire AND Director of Hywel Dda Health Board, responsible for the management of Withybush Hospital, the first person in the UK to hold such a double appointment. Skone worked with Trevor Purt at Hywel Dda. Purt left Hywel Dda after public protests regarding the state of the health services and became CEO of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – where he subsequently resigned after the Tawel Fan scandal which involved the ‘institutional abuse’ of mental health patients.

Skone’s own honeymoon didn’t last long. Skone resigned in 2012 when a child abuse scandal blew up in Pembrokeshire. Not the scandal which involved the paedophile ring in Dyfed/Pembrokeshire, that was another scandal. Skone resigned after children’s care services were described as ‘Victorian’ in a highly critical report which followed an investigation after children were found to be kept in ‘padded time-out rooms’ aka padded cells. Skone then set himself up as a management consultant, advising on social care, health and housing. In 2013 Jon Skone was appointed to the Board of the Care Council for Wales. Skone is also a member of Alder Advice, a collective of advisors to the social care, housing and healthcare sectors.

‘Community Care’ reported that Meryl Gravell, lead member for Social Services at WLGA (Wales Local Gov’t Association) maintained that most services were good but that there was a lack of money. Meryl Gravell is famous on the blogsphere in Wales, the blog Jac O The North is particularly keen on following her adventures and alleged conflicts of interest. Meryl hit the nation’s mainstream media in Feb 2012 after she described staff of Carmarthenshire Council – of which she was leader – and protesters campaigning to stop the proposed closure of the A&E Dept of the Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli as ‘rabble’. She also implied that the Council’s staff were a bunch of lazy gits. Meryl stood down as leader in 2013 after a coalition of Labour and Independent Councillors got together and achieved domination on the Council.

Dear old Graham Williams – who was still the Chief Inspector of the Welsh Social  Services Inspectorate – mentioned the importance of the ‘dissemination of best practice’.

‘Community Care’ commented that this was ‘perhaps the last chance for Wales’s much maligned care sector to begin to recover its reputation’.


By 2005, health and social care services in Wales were supposed to be ‘working together’. Jane Hutt was removed from the role of Minister of Health and Social Services in 2005 in the face of the NHS continuing to sink like a stone and a row about excessively long waiting lists. (Hutt popped up again in 2007 as Minister for Children.) Somebody just as bad, a GP, Dr Brian Gibbons, was now in the role. See post ‘Politicians – And Their Responses’ for the background on the lethal Gibbons, who wrote me a letter simply stating ‘this correspondence is closed’ when I told him that I had evidence of serious criminal conduct on the part of staff and managers in the north Wales NHS and social services.

I have discovered a 2005 document, a ‘Concordant Between Bodies Inspecting, Regulating and Auditing Health and Social Care Services in Wales’. The signatures on this concordant are instructive. They include:

Dr Peter Higson of Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW); Graham Williams of Social Services Inspectorate Wales; Rob Pickford of Care Standards Inspectorate Wales; Gren Kershaw of the Welsh Risk Pool; Terry Rose of HSE; Anna Walker of the Healthcare Commission; Chris Heginbotham of the Mental Health Act Commission; Michael Ponton of NHS Confederation Wales; Peter Jones of the CHCs; Steve Thomas of WLGA. The signatures on the foreword of the Concordant are those of the then two biggest wigs in Wales’s Health and Social Care system, dear old Dr Brian Gibbons and Ann Lloyd, the Head of the Health and Social Care Dept, Chief Exec NHS Wales.

Ann Lloyd CBE has not featured on this blog until now, but she certainly has much to answer for. Lloyd was Chief Exec of NHS Wales 2001-09. So all those deaths and assaults at the Hergest Unit happened on her watch, as did the framing of patients by the staff for crimes that they had not committed – as well as the failure to investigate patients complaints. Ann Lloyd stated that ‘we must never have a mid-Staffs here’ [in Wales]. So that’s what the huge cover-up and harassment and wrongful imprisonment of patients was all about then – Ann didn’t want a mid-Staffs. You had one Ann, by anyone’s standards there was a mid-Staffs in north Wales and now you’ve got this blog to deal with. Ann served under successive Health Ministers Hutt, Gibbons and Edwina Hart. I have detailed previously how Edwina Hart really did try and sort out the NHS in north Wales but was hounded out of her post by the BMA and the paedophiles’ friends. I was also told that the civil service were being as obstructive to Edwina as possible – I wonder if one of those doing the obstructing was Ann Lloyd?

When Ann ‘retired’, she stated that ‘mental health [services] need a good going over’. She also believed that ‘services are more accountable and transparent’. The services need a police investigation Ann but you and Gibbons didn’t even respond to patients complaints. At this time the Chief Exec of the Gwynedd CHC was Glanville Owen, who didn’t investigate patients complaints either. Glanville was the Deputy Director of Gwynedd Social Services responsible for children’s homes when the paedophile gang were busy in those homes.

Ann didn’t completely disappear when she left the Welsh NHS full of criminals abusing patients. She became a Commissioner for Health and Social Services in London and spent two days a week there. I suspect that the dead hand of Ann Lloyd is still touching NHS Wales though. I have found a document dated May 2017 which was the minutes of the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee. The Chair was an Ann Lloyd and the Vice-Chair was Lyn Meadows. Meadows is a member of the Betsi Board and the former corrupt dishonest Director of HR at Bangor University. Before that she was a senior manager of the Welsh Ambulance Service, which was a catastrophe. She was described to me as an ‘evil cow’, a manipulative bully who promoted someone to a managerial post who later ended up in prison for a savage attack on his wife. In a previous life Lyn Meadows was a non-executive director of an NHS organisation on the Wirral. She was named in Hansard and on Frank Field’s blog as having colluded with a fraud with some Top Doctors. More info about Meadows can be found by using the search facility on this blog, I’ve mentioned her often.

In the financial year 2003-04 Ann Lloyd’s salary was given as £125-130k.

When Ann retired, Sir Paul Williams became the Chief Exec of NHS Wales. Paul had been the Chief Exec of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust – which was somewhat scandal ridden itself. Williams had started his career as a clerk in the Welsh NHS and worked his way up over the next 40 years. Details of Paul’s career can be found among the comments that follow my post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’ Upon Ann’s retirement, Paul stated that NHS Wales now had opportunities which ‘will be the envy of other healthcare systems’.

OK Paul, that must be why eight years later we have some of the worst health outcomes in Europe and more than one NHS Board in Wales is technically bankrupt.

What about the others who signed the Concordat? Well Peter Higson who was Chief Exec of HIW is well-known to readers of this blog – he concealed the paedophile ring whilst he was the manager of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, ignored abuse of patients and criminal misconduct and he’s now the Chair of the Betsi. Which is in special measures because of institutional abuse in its mental health services.

Graham Williams was still Graham in denial. Rob Pickford of Care Standards Inspectorate Wales started out as a social worker in the Rhondda. He became a child protection officer for Mid-Glamorgan Social Services and then occupied management positions in social services in the Rhondda. Following this he was Assistant Director for Adult Services for Bridgend County Borough Council. Rob just rocketed upwards – he became Director of Social Services for Bridgend and at some point took over Graham Williams’ former remit of Chief Inspector of Care and Social Services. Dear old Graham became Director of NHS, Mid and West Wales Region and then retired. Rob went on to become Director of Social Services, Children and Families in the Welsh Gov’t. In 2013 he was appointed visiting Professor at the University of South Wales and an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University. Rob maintains that his career has been spent ‘supporting people to deliver citizen centred services’. (Higson used to claim on his profile on the HIW website that his career had been dedicated to making life better for the citizen.) Latterly Rob Pickford could be found on the website of the Big Lottery Fund – he is listed as a Wales Committee member, alongside other equally duplicitous people. Rob is also Chair of the Wildlife Trust for south and west Wales.

Gren Kershaw of the Welsh Risk Pool is known to readers of this blog (see post ‘How Much Do Staff Surveys Really Tell Us?’). He was the senior manager of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh in its final days and the CEO of the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, 1991-2008. He then took control at the Welsh Risk Pool, where he worked with John Bowles and Patricia Gaskell. Bowles was risk manager at Ysbyty Gwynedd whilst patients were assaulted by staff and died and Gaskell was the hospital solicitor who covered up for and failed to take action against Hergest staff who assaulted patients. Whilst Gren was CEO of Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust he was responsible for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. There was cover-up after cover-up following serious complaints and the elderly wards were so bad that staff at Glan Clwyd warned their friends not to let their relatives be admitted there. In 2005, Peter Higson in his capacity as CEO of HIW wrote a report on Gren’s mental health services – which included the infamous elderly mentally ill wards – describing them as ‘good and still improving’. Higson and Gren were old mates from their days concealing the paedophile gang at the North Wales Hospital. Gren isn’t Welsh – until the 80s he was an NHS manager in Jimmy Savile’s stomping ground in Yorkshire. After ‘retiring’ from the NHS, Gren set up a management consultancy.

Gren co-authored an article with an Annette Bartley for ‘Asian Hospital and Healthcare Management’ entitled ‘Effective Leadership For Patient Safety – Lessons From Safer Patient Initiative’. Bartley was described as Head of Modernisation, North Wales NHS (Central Division) – which was the later name of the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust; it gained such a dreadful reputation that a rebranding exercise was undertaken. Annette Bartley was an Angel – presumably one who had spent all or most of her career in north Wales. Bartley became a fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and even spent a year in Boston which was funded by them. She then returned to Gren and north Wales. She did of course set up her own management consultancy. Bartley died in 2016 and a tribute was written to her by the Point of Care Foundation on The Health Foundation’s website. It stated that Annette was a nurse until 2007, but then became a quality advisor, that she had a ‘passion for excellence’ and was ‘an experienced nurse and capable service improver in north Wales’. She was also obviously a very good liar. We are told that Annette had a little anecdote – ‘when the organisation hit a barrier to progress, it brought inspiration and new energy to enable change’.

I can understand that the goons in north Wales all swallowed Annette’s nonsense because like her they’d never dare admit what was happening in their organisation which had hit a barrier to progress, but how did she manage to convince anyone in BOSTON that she was a ‘an experienced improver’?? They’d only needed to have paid a visit to the shambles that was Ysbyty Glan Clwyd…


Anna Walker was the Chief Exec of the Healthcare Commission, 2004-09, until it was subsumed by the CQC after one scandal too many. Walker was a Whitehall civil servant who had worked for the DTI, DEFRA and had been the Director-General at Oftel. Anna was supposed to be all about being a hard taskmaster and inspecting/regulating the NHS in order to effect improvement (she should have just asked the Great Improver Annette for advice) – she didn’t have much joy with the NHS in north Wales. Anna was the daughter of Lord Butterworth, the first Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University and was in the same class as Princess Ann at Benenden. Anna’s husband is Tim Walker, who was the Director-General of the HSE. The HSE that only very, very rarely took the NHS to task, no matter how many times they killed patients. One of Tim’s underlings at the HSE co-signed the Concordat with Anna. Between 2009-16, Anna was the Chair of Young Epilepsy. At about the time that Anna became Chief Exec of the Healthcare Commission, a young woman with epilepsy ended up in a vegetative state after being admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd. It was a bank holiday and there was no senior doctor on call because Keith Thomson, the CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust, had refused to pay for senior doctors to cover at weekends and bank holidays. No-one on duty knew how much medication to give her and they got it wrong. She ended up severely brain damaged. Thomson wasn’t sacked and no-one was prosecuted. Thomson did resign in 2005 – hours after my lawyers had him summoned before a High Court judge in Cardiff and ordered him to hand over my medical records which he had been refusing to. Not that Thomson actually retired, although he told the local paper this – Thomson went off quietly to Pembrokeshire and joined the senior management of the NHS Trust down there! He stood down from that post suddenly for unexplained reasons, but was kind enough to tell them all that he’d remain as an advisor to the Board.

Chris Heginbotham of the Mental Health Act Commission – the MHA Commission that failed to investigate abuses of patients in north Wales, lied to patients and had a very chummy relationship over a period of many years with NHS senior managers in north Wales – was formerly Chief Exec at MIND. Heginbotham worked closely with William Bingley, the legal director of MIND whilst Heginbotham was Chief Exec – who also went on to lead the MHA Commission – who admitted to me that he knew the extent of the criminal activities of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. For more details of Heginbotham’s activities, see post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health – But Never For Themselves Of Course’.

Michael Ponton was appointed as Director of the NHS Confederation Wales in 2004. He began working for the NHS in Cardiff in 1962 and moved to England in 1968, where he worked at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and Leicester General Hospital. In 1974 he returned to Wales as manager of the Morriston Hospital, Swansea. After spending 16 years in senior management roles with West Glamorgan Health Authority, Ponton returned to Morrison in 1985 to manage the revamped hospital. In 1990 he became Managing Director of East Dyfed and Pembrokeshire Health Authorities. In 1996 Ponton was appointed as Chief Exec of Health Promotion Wales. In 1999 he arrived at the newly established Welsh Assembly Gov’t as the senior civil servant supporting the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Hall, on Health Promotion and Public Health.

Dr Ruth Hall was or still is a member of NICE’s Public Health Advisory Committee, is on the Board of Governors of the Public Policy Institute for Wales and is Joint Chair of the Mid-Wales Healthcare Collaborative. Healthcare services in mid-Wales are notoriously virtually non-existent and two days ago the children’s services in Powys died a death. Ruth penned an entertaining piece for the University of South Wales’s website, entitled ‘Riding The Wave of Success’, in which she urged everyone to ‘enjoy the wave of reflected glory. This particularly applies to the NHS…’

Michael Ponton led the Assembly Strategy ‘Improving Health in Wales’ – he was Director of Health Policy and Development in the Assembly’s Health and Social Services Dept. In 2010 when he retired Ponton became a visiting Professor at the University of South Wales. He was or is a Trustee of Age Concern Cymru as well as Help the Aged in Wales.


A Report on the Implementation and Progress of the Concordat 2005-07 followed a few years later. The signatures on this Report were pretty much the same as the signatures on the Concordat, but there were a few new additions, including that of Dr Finlay Scott, Chief Exec of the GMC. At the time, Finlay was busy trying to explain why Harold Shipman had been allowed to continue practicing although there had been concerns expressed about him many years previously after he was convicted of a drugs offence.

Another new signature was that of Jeremy Colman, the Auditor General for Wales. Jeremy was a civil servant who had worked as the Private Secretary to successive holders of the post of head of the Home Office’s civil service and in the Treasury. Colman had played a leading role in the privatisation of British Airways and the British Airports Authority. In 1988 Colman was Director of investment bank County NatWest. He then became a partner in Price Waterhouse – he was based in Prague, as head of Corporate Finance. Colman joined the National Audit Office in 1993 and was responsible for PFIs and public-private partnerships for 12 years. Colman became head of the Wales Audit Office (WAO) in 2005. He resigned in 2010 after an internal investigation found child porn on his computer. An investigation by South Wales Police followed – Colman was later found guilty of fifteen separate offences of possessing indecent images and was jailed. The only surprise is that he hasn’t turned up on the Board of the Care Council for Wales.

After Colman resigned, Huw Vaughan Thomas was appointed as head of the WAO. Huw Vaughan Thomas was the former Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, whilst Gwynedd Social Services was host to the paedophile ring and was subject to police investigations. Vaughan Thomas refused to meet Alison Taylor, the social worker who blew the whistle on the paedophile ring, who was subsequently sacked. Vaughan Thomas is involved with numerous worthy causes – full details of Huw’s glorious career and extensive network can be read in my post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’

If any reader knows who sat on the panel that appointed Huw Vaughan Thomas to the WAO, I’d certainly like to hear from them. Huw is still in that post.


In the midst of all this, in March 2005 ‘Community Care’ ran an article on Rhodri Morgan’s ‘vision’ for public services in Wales – a vision that was conjured up by his advisor Mark Drakeford. The vision involved rejecting the consumerist model of services that had been adopted in England – all part of Rhodri’s famous placing of ‘clear red water’ between Wales and England. I am completely sympathetic to such ideas – but as we have seen, they cannot be successfully implemented if the whole system is full of corrupt, abusive people who are never removed from their jobs and who are immediately given another senior role if they condescend to resign in the face of major scandal. Flattering words were said in ‘Community Care’ regarding the ‘new way’ of sharing staff and resources. A number of key figures were mentioned, including Paul Elliott, spokesperson for Wales UNISON and David Halse, head of Childcare Commissioning at Pembrokeshire. David was head of Children’s Services in Pembrokeshire, working under Jon Skone.

In Jan 2006, ‘Children and Young People Now’ carried an article on the serious problems in children’s social care services in Wales. One Graham Williams – who was still  Chief Inspector – commented that ‘improving the performance of children’s services must be given immediate priority’. Everyone chipped in as usual. A Sally Ellis was named as the Association of Directors of Social Services lead on children’s services in Wales. Sally Ellis was a Corporate Director in Denbighshire County Council, between 2001-14. The Denbighshire County Council which had problems in all of its ‘services’ and whose education service famously imploded. Sally was, among other things, Director of Social Services for Denbighshire and is described as having held ‘many posts in local gov’t’. What’s the betting that at one point Sally will have been a social worker in north Wales as the paedophile gang raged and the mental health patients were neglected and abused? Sally was also the Director for Modernisation over at Denbighshire – and was or is the local gov’t representative on the Betsi Board! She Chaired the Strategic Improvement Steering Group which dispensed advice to the Health and Social Services Minister in Wales on social care improvement. Sally is also listed on the website of the Public Services Staff Commission as a Commissioner, who provides ‘advice to Welsh Gov’t Ministers and public service organisations’. She also provided advice to the National Institute of Care and Support.

Sally Ellis is a volunteer advisor to Denbighshire CAB. Lucille Hughes, the Director of Gwynedd Social Services who was named in the Waterhouse Report as colluding with the paedophile gang who operated in north Wales, is a senior manager of CAB. Ellis is also Vice-Chair of North Wales Housing aka the North Wales Housing Association. The North Wales Housing Association began the Bangor branch of their empire by fleecing a vulnerable psychiatric patient. They are known for housing drug dealers who intimidate the more vulnerable residents – complaints from the vulnerable residents are ignored. In the 1990s, North Wales Housing used to run a homeless hostel in Bangor. I knew a young woman who was ‘housed’ there. She struck up a close friendship with a young man who was also a resident and one night went along to his room and got into bed with him. He was dead. He had died of an overdose of drugs that he’d been sold whilst he was in the hostel. They young woman who found him was taken to the Hergest Unit and sectioned. Her clothes were removed – and never returned – and she was given a police forensic jump suit to wear. She was detained in the Hergest Unit until after the funeral and the inquest of her dead friend. She was never interviewed about her friend’s death by anyone. There was no investigation into the death. The manager of the hostel on duty the night that the young man died later became Chief Exec of North Wales Housing.

In July 2007, an article appeared in Wales Online explaining that the cost of negligence in the Welsh NHS was going through the roof. Spencer Collier, a solicitor handling such claims, observed that it was ‘the same basic and simple mistakes which keep occurring….very, very simple year one medical school stuff’. Gren Kershaw’s own documents from the Welsh Risk Pool also showed that the same mistakes were being made repeatedly. A Welsh Assembly spokesperson responded by saying that ‘the NHS Redress Measure that has been published today will further encourage a learning culture in the NHS’. At about this time, one of my colleagues at Bangor University was ‘leading a project’ with dear old Gren and the Welsh Risk Pool. Brown and me used to be greatly entertained by this person’s description of the NHS as a ‘learning organisation’. Within two years the project had gone tits up in a major way due to her mismanagement, the two PhD students associated with it didn’t get PhDs, there was talk of the funding body demanding the dosh back from the University and the person who believed that the NHS was a learning organisation was sacked. She later set up a ‘coaching and mentoring business’ and was recently commissioned by the Betsi to ‘train’ their senior doctors. Some months ago, at a Betsi Board meeting whilst yet another disaster was being discussed, the Vice-Chair of the Board, Margaret Hanson, talked about ’embedding the learning’. Margaret is a former social worker who is married to David Hanson, who also worked in the care sector before he became an MP in Wales.

The learning just goes on and on – as do the deaths, the scandals and the abuse.


Another major player between 2006-12 was Tony Jewell, Wales’s Chief Medical Officer. Jewell always looked as though he led a very good life, he was rather tanned and seemed to be in possession of some very expensive teeth. He was a public health specialist and I never worked out whether he was a good advert for his own speciality or whether he was just wealthy enough to afford a very comfortable lifestyle. Many years ago Tony Jewell worked as a GP in inner London for 10 years and was a member of Tower Hamlets Area Health Authority for six years, specifically as the union rep. So he will have known the fuckwits that ran that borough and that they were sending their kids in care on placement to north Wales – where they were abused. Jewell was Secretary to the Support Wendy Savage campaign, so he’ll have known many of the folk mentioned in my post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’. Jewell was a Council member of the Socialist Health Organisation, but resigned when he was appointed CMO for Wales. Yorkshire Television produced a documentary on Jewell’s work in the 80s. In the late 1980s Yorkshire Television also filmed Alison Taylor for a planned documentary on child abuse in north Wales children’s homes – but it was suddenly stopped. Jewell was involved in the Inquiry into the death of David ‘Rocky’ Bennett. Rocky was a mental health patient who suffocated whilst being ‘restrained’ by an inexplicably high number of people who were paid ‘to help’. Tony Jewell was President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health, 2002-06.

Whilst CMO, Tony Jewell created Public Health appointments in every Health Board in Wales. I knew one of the people who landed one of those appointments in the North West Wales NHS Trust. He was a capable senior doctor who had won prizes for his work whilst he was working in London. After working for the North West Wales NHS Trust for a year he began to describe the serious misconduct among his colleagues that he was witnessing. He alleged that he was being bullied in the workplace, became clinically depressed and ended up having a breakdown. He left Tony Jewell’s flagship job and moved to another part of the country to work as a GP – after a leading light in the BMA ensured that nobody got to hear about what had happened to this doctor in Gwynedd. The doctor who had the breakdown also knew about the research fraud that was mindfulness and noticed that the ‘mindfulness practitioners’ in Bangor University were behaving appallingly.

Tony Jewell established NISCHR (National Institute for Social Care and Health Research) in Wales, an organisation that dishes out funding to people who know exactly how bad the social care and mental health services are in Wales, but who never publish a word about it preferring to pursue simplistic surveys and box ticking exercises instead.

Some years ago there was a terrifyingly embarrassing cluster of suicides in Bridgend, which no-one ever managed to get to the bottom of. I always wondered about that particular mystery, but I have now discovered that Jewell ‘defused’ the problem by conjuring up the All Wales Response To Suicide Prevention. Not that it’s prevented any suicides, people are still dropping like lemmings, but at least no-one talks about it anymore, because there’s now a Strategy. The learning will have been embedded.

Tony Jewell retired in 2012, tanned, healthy and still in possession of those splendid teeth. The rest of Wales was on its arse, I’d been hounded out of Gwynedd by the paedophiles’ friends and the nation’s health outcomes were shameful. By this time Lesley Griffiths was Minister for Health and Social Services. Griffiths had been a member of Wrexham Council whilst the paedophile ring raged in the children’s services in Wrexham (see post ‘History Repeats Itself, First As Tragedy, Second As Farce’) – all the Councillors except Malcolm King refused to make a nuisance of themselves about this minor matter. Mark Drakeford was appointed as Minister for Health and Social Services after Griffiths – the Drakeford who was once a social worker in Dyfed where children in care were abused, the Drakeford who was Rhodri’s advisor a few years previously – you get the picture. Drakeford was in post when the Tawel Fan scandal blew up and covered him in crap. Tawel Fan ward provided care for EMI patients in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd – Gren Kershaw’s former empire, that beacon of ‘improvement’ that so impressed quality assessors in Boston. The EMI services in Gren’s empire also managed to receive an award for being the best team in the UK from the Royal College of Psychiatrists the year before the horrible truth hit the headlines re Tawel Fan.

After Tony Jewell retired, Dr Ruth Hussey was appointed as CMO for Wales. Ruth Hussey is Peter Higson’s sister. Ruth Hussey picked up an honorary Fellowship from Bangor University – Peter Higson is a member of the Council at Bangor University.


Regular readers will know that although I am very rude about the nest of corrupt vipers that have wrecked the public services in Wales, I always maintain that they have been propped up by even worse equally corrupt incestuous vipers from England. So let’s look at who oversaw this complete mess at the highest level and started the ball rolling from the earliest days of the creation of the Assembly, by simply re-employing and indeed promoting the fucking idiots who had caused so much damage previously.

It was Sir Jon Shortridge, who was Permanent Secretary in the Welsh Office from 1999 and who became Permanent Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales when it was created in May 1999. Shortridge’s predecessor was Rachel Lomax, who has a great deal of explaining to do re the cover-up that was the Waterhouse Inquiry. Further details pertaining to Rachel can be read in my post ‘So Who Was It Exactly Who Appointed The Corrupt Old Bugger?’

Shortridge joined the Welsh Office in 1984. In 1987 he became Private Secretary to Secretaries of State for Wales Nicholas Edwardes aka Lord Crickhowell and then Peter Walker. So Shortridge will have been au fait – and perhaps even organising – the Welsh Office’s cover-up of the abuse of both children in care and mental health patients as detailed in previous posts, by the use of corrupt lawyer Andrew Park and the corrupt Medical Ombudsman, Professor Robert Owen. It was also the Welsh Office’s Social Services Inspectorate that failed to carry out regular inspections of the children’s homes in north Wales, even though they were being told by Alison Taylor that abuse was rampant and some ‘care workers’ from the homes had been convicted of assaults on children. In addition, Alison and me were writing to Ministers in the Welsh Office telling them that there was criminal activity in the social services and mental health services in north Wales. Shortridge will also have been party to the development of Cardiff Bay and the way in which this was used to transfer many millions of taxpayers money to Nicholas Edwardes and his friends and business partners (see post ‘Corruption Bay Special’). In fact between 1988-92 Shortridge was head of the Welsh Office Finance Division, so he’ll have been the person who waved that particular massive scam through. There was a great deal of unhappiness with the Welsh Office in Wales, with allegations of corruption, mismanagement and decisions being taken that were anything but helpful to Wales. In 1995 a Senior Managerial Review of the Welsh Office was undertaken – by Jon Shortridge. Then in 1997, Shortridge was appointed Director of Economic Affairs, responsible for establishing the National Assembly of Wales.

After ensuring the corruption was built into the civil service and public services of Wales from the very beginning, Shortridge retired in 2008. Between 2012-15, Sir Jon Shortridge was Chancellor of the poorest performing university in the UK, that institution riddled with problems, Glyndwr University at Wrexham. My post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University!’ identifies and details the backgrounds of the numerous people who facilitated, concealed and colluded with those involved in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal who have held or hold roles governing that institution. I presume that Shortridge is the biggest vampire of the lot.

I have come to expect high levels of fuckwittery from those responsible for running health and care systems – these systems are so dysfunctional that they are designed to ensure that no competent person ever achieves any degree of influence. But under Jon Shortridge, a paedophile was appointed to lead the Wales Audit Office and then after the paedophile was imprisoned, someone who facilitated a paedophile gang was appointed as his successor.

The Westminster Paedophile Ring was alleged to have involved Whitehall civil servants. Children from north Wales children’s homes were trafficked to London for prostitution. Some of the boys from north Wales found themselves visiting apartments at Dolphin Square – the location of the residences of a number of politicians and civil servants.


It is good to know that there is ‘no problem’ and that everyone is ‘riding the wave of success’ – and that Jon Shortridge, having presided over this shameful mess that resulted in so many ruined lives and numerous deaths, ended up with a knighthood.









News Round Up, 6 October 2017

The Betsi has been in the news again this week and of course it has not been for any positive reasons. Both BBC News Wales and Daily Post Online have reported on the case of ‘Mr D’, who died at Ysbyty Gwynedd after receiving ‘substandard care’.

Mr D was admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Dec 2014 with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and was diagnosed with pneumonia and respiratory failure. The day following his admission, his daughter Ms C was told that he was improving and that discharge plans were being discussed. Yet Mr D’s condition worsened and on Christmas Day, four days after he had been admitted, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

In Feb 2015, Ms C – ironically a member of staff in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Complaints Dept – made a formal complaint to the Betsi. She waited almost a year for a response but having still heard nothing from the Betsi about her complaint, she enlisted the help of a Community Health Council advocate. Nineteen months after her complaint was lodged the Board finally replied and although they admitted that there was a failure to carry out observations on Mr D, they stated that this did not affect the ‘sad outcome’.

This complaint has ended up in the hands of the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, Nick Bennett, who has absolutely slammed the Betsi. Mr Bennett has highlighted ‘serious failings’ and ‘missed opportunities’ – such as the failure to move Mr D to a high dependency unit – which led to Mr D’s death. Mr Bennett also mentioned that an inaccurate record was made of the cause of Mr D’s death and that there was a failure to carry out a serious incident investigation. Mr Bennett stated that the Betsi had been ‘disingenuous’ and had refused to admit that their failings led to Mr D’s death. Mr Bennett’s report also revealed that the cause of Mr D’s death had actually been acute kidney injury secondary to sepsis, which was never treated. Furthermore the staff involved in Mr D’s ‘care’ made inappropriate comments about the complaint to a member of Mr D’s family – the Board failed to follow up this matter properly.

So the Betsi failed to diagnose a serious illness, they failed to provide the appropriate care, a completely avoidable death occurred, they then failed to respond to a complaint about that death for more than a year and six months, when they did respond they lied, they also failed to follow their own complaints procedure, a member of their staff then spoke ‘inappropriately’ and breached confidentiality and the Betsi failed to deal with that matter properly as well.

This is pretty much par for the course where the north Wales NHS is concerned and it has been for decades.

Gill Harris, Director of Nursing at the Betsi, has spouted the usual load of meaningless tripe about how sorry they are, how they are seeking to improve and how they are improving their ‘concerns procedures’ (it is a standing joke in north Wales that the Betsi never refers to a ‘complaint’, it is always a ‘concern’).

The Betsi have been told repeatedly to improve their ‘clinical standards’ and to improve their response to complaints. The north Wales NHS was told this repeatedly in its previous incarnation in the form of the NHS Trusts that preceded the Betsi. They were supposedly ‘prioritising sepsis’ nearly ten years ago – yet someone else has now died of it after the Betsi failed to treat it and in this instance the Betsi simply pretended that the patient had died of something else.

Is anybody really surprised that this has happened AGAIN? There are members of the Betsi Board such as the Chair Peter Higson and Director of Workforce Martin Jones who have been employed in the NHS in north Wales for decades and they have ALWAYS concealed gross negligence and misconduct on the part of clinical staff, lied about doing so and then failed to investigate complaints properly – it is their business model. Did anyone expect them to conduct themselves any differently just because the organisation was given a new name?

Much as I sympathise with Ms C after what she has been through, I would like to ask her why, as a member of the complaints team at the Betsi, that she hasn’t previously blown the whistle when she witnessed this happening to other people – because she will have. Perhaps Ms C could also tell me when the very serious complaint that I made about the Betsi last year will be investigated because to date it has not been. I was lied to – and about – as well and when I pointed this out it was ignored. My complaint remains unresolved – but I will not be alone, there’ll be hundreds of us in that position.


The Daily Post has reported on the inquest in Ruthin of Susan England, a 63 year old teacher who died in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd of an accidental overdose of dihydrocodeine. Ms England took the accidental overdose after trying to ease the pain from her hip whilst she waited for an operation. The Coroner Nicola Jones stated that this death illustrates the ‘perils of self-medicating’. It also illustrates the perils of having to rely upon the north Wales NHS – you are left in agony and I bet that there was no advice or help given to Ms England concerning pain management. She’ll have been left to deal with it herself. Nicola Jones told Susan England’s family that she realised that they’d been through ’48 hours of absolute hell’. Ms England herself had probably been through many months of hell, firstly trying to get an appointment regarding her hip problems, then being left to deal with the agony alone on a very long waiting list. I have two friends who both recently had orthopaedic problems and who live in north Wales. They were both told that they could skip a very long waiting list if they agreed to pay for private treatment – from exactly the same consultant who would perform the operation if they had it on the NHS. One friend is ideologically against private care and stated that as a matter of principal he’d wait for NHS treatment. Within two months of being offered the chance to skip the waiting list, he was in agony – which his greedy, grasping ‘NHS consultant’ knew that he’d be. There was no advice offered regarding pain control – just another offer to skip the waiting list if my friend stumped up for private treatment. The consultant treating him – or more accurately doing all he can not to treat him unless it is on a private basis – will be earning almost £100k pa for his NHS work. NHS work that involves leaving people in agony on a very long waiting list whilst you wait for them to crumble and agree to book in for private care at Spire Wrexham or some such similar establishment.

Nicola Jones observed that Ms England was ‘a healthy woman apart from her hip pain’ and returned a verdict of ‘accidental death’.


Nicola Jones also recently carried out the inquest on Mathew Gareth Jones, a 34 year old man with an alcohol problem. Nicola Jones stated at the inquest that Mathew’s death was ‘alcohol related’ and that ‘a lot of work was done by health professionals to try to help him’. Mathew’s parents disagreed with this statement so strongly that they spoke to the Daily Post. They maintained that Mathew should have had more help for his alcohol problem and that both Denbighshire County Council’s housing dept and the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd let him down badly. They explained that Mathew had been in and out of the Ablett Unit for two years, that he was homeless during this time and that when he was housed, it was in a B&B above a pub in Rhyl.

People unacquainted with the ‘help’ on offer to mental health patients in north Wales may believe that Mathew’s parents are unfairly blaming other agencies for their son’s problems. I doubt that they are. For years when I lived in north Wales I watched the most ludicrous – indeed dangerous – decisions taken about vulnerable people. I knew one alcoholic who was housed immediately next door to one pub in Bethesda and just a few doors away from two other pubs. I knew another alcoholic who was housed in substandard accommodation next door to an off licence. Both these men drank themselves to death within months of being ‘housed’. I knew a vulnerable man with mental health problems who was housed in the same block of flats as big time drug dealers – they intimidated him out of his flat (he fled in terror) and he was then refused further accommodation after the Arfon Community Mental Health Team declared that he had ‘made himself homeless’. Another vulnerable mental health patient was housed in the ‘hard to let’ part of the toughest council estate in Gwynedd. She had a brick thrown through her window within three weeks of moving in. I could cite many more examples, it was constant. Furthermore even these people had only been housed after spending years begging for help to find accommodation – most mental health patients requesting such help were just told to take a running jump. The degree of neglect was scandalous. Three years ago I discovered that there was a team of five or six social workers employed by Gwynedd County Council whose remit it was to find homeless people accommodation – and two of those social workers were supposedly dedicated to housing disabled people. I did not know such a team even existed and no-one else that I knew had ever heard of them either – yet I knew numerous disabled homeless people in Gwynedd who had begged for help with housing and were all simply told ‘we don’t have any housing’.


So I was not really that surprised to discover that Nick Bennett the Public Services Ombudsman was reported in the Daily Post as saying that the number of health complaints has doubled in a decade and that he is seeing a rise in the number of complaints against the Betsi. Last year Mr Bennett published six public interest reports – three of them concerned the Betsi, all of them involved Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. This should not surprise anyone either. Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has been in a dreadful state for many years and its serious problems were simply denied and concealed by the previous Chief Exec of the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, Gren Kershaw (see post ‘How Much Do Staff Surveys Really Tell Us?’). The director of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd at present is Craig Barton. Barton was formerly a senior manager of the North West Wales NHS Trust and at one point he was appointed to ‘modernise’ the Hergest Unit. When he was asked by two people known to me how he was going to do this – two people who knew all about the catalogue of deaths and abuse at the Hergest Unit – Barton told them that he wasn’t even going to try, because the then manager of the Hergest Unit Alun Davies was alright if he liked you, but if he took a dislike to you ‘your feet won’t touch the floor’. Davies and Barton remained as ‘managers’ of the Hergest Unit and patients continued to die. I was told that Craig Barton was the rather daft son of someone senior in the North Wales Probation Service – a ‘service’ which was corrupt as fuck and a great friend to the North Wales Paedophile Ring. Craig did rather badly in his degree at Bangor and of course ended up in the north Wales NHS. A career path that has been followed by a great many fuckwits local to north Wales, including Martin Jones.

Nick Bennett has stated that the Betsi needs a ‘culture change’ but this will not be easy. That Nick is because it is run by the likes of Higson, Barton and Martin Jones and no-one is ever sacked no matter how badly they conduct themselves or how many people die. Nick himself is from Anglesey and is now based in Cardiff. So Nick’s pretty much part of the same crowd then – Nick’s pedigree was discussed recently on the Welsh political blog Jac O The North. Nick Bennett told the Daily Post that his ‘most experienced and senior investigators’ were now working with the Betsi. Which will be a complete waste of time, because they will be the very same people who have spent their whole careers in the Welsh NHS or Welsh civil service and it is they who have failed to deal with the problems previously and they certainly won’t now. Most of them probably know Higson by name and may have even worked for him/with him when he was Chief Exec of Health Inspectorate Wales – which consistently failed to investigate serious complaints against the north Wales NHS… Higson’s sister is Dr Ruth Hussey, the former Chief Medical Officer for Wales… I could go on for ever in this vein, but the corrupt incestuous circle involves so many people that readers will just have to use the search facility on this blog for further details.


BBC News Wales reported a crisis in home care on Anglesey. Gwawr Rowlands who has Rett syndrome – a genetic condition which affects brain development and can result in severe mental and physical disabilities – has been receiving a care package funded by the Betsi but organised by Anglesey County Council’s social services. The package includes help with washing and changing. On 25 Sept Gwawr’s mother received a phone call telling her that Gwawr’s carers would no longer be providing care after 29 Sept – so Gwawr and her family received a grand total of five days notice that her care was going to stop.

The company contracted to provide care for Gwawr was Abacare. Abacare maintain that they made Gwawr’s social worker aware that they were struggling to provide the care package ten days previously and that they suggested that Anglesey County Council find another agency to provide care. It transpires that Abacare has had problems fulfilling other care packages for clients on Anglesey and the company has stated that it has been using care workers from Bangor and Caernarfon which is not sustainable. Abacare maintains that they have offered to work with the Council’s in-house dept or other agencies in order to find care for Gwawr ‘although this is against the company policy’. They have had no response from Anglesey County Council. Gwawr’s mother maintains that she has had no explanation from Abacare regarding their decision to suddenly withdraw her daughter’s care.

I suspect that there are many other cases like Gwawr’s, but Gwawr’s has come to light because Gwawr’s mother rang a radio programme about her case. The care system in north Wales has been doing things like this for years. There are scores of ‘care agencies’ that have now been contracted to provide a few hours of ‘care’ daily to clients in their own homes (Gwawr’s care package consisted of two hours daily). I have friends who have worked for these agencies and as long ago as 2005 it was a shambles. North Wales is a rural area and carers – being paid the minimum wage and no travelling expenses – were being despatched many miles to provide one hours ‘care’. I knew someone who lived in Cricieth who was given clients in Rhyl – she was expected to drive to Rhyl and back for one or two hours work. The agency my friend worked for was Medicare – it was scandalous. The carers were casual workers – no-one was offered any training and many of the staff were young people who weren’t able to shoulder the responsibilities given to them. Untrained unqualified carers were told to administer prescribed, essential medication. My friend discovered that the only source of ‘support’ or ‘advice’ was telephone contact with a ‘manager’ – who didn’t even have a nursing qualification. On a number of occasions my friend arrived at clients’ homes to find that the carer responsible for the previous ‘shift’ hadn’t bothered to turn up and hadn’t bothered to tell the ‘manager’ that they were going to make their call. My friend called on one bedbound elderly man at 6pm to find that his morning carer hadn’t turned up, neither had his lunch-time carer. He had not been out of bed, taken to the loo, given any food or drink or his medication since the evening before. My friend left Medicare after this, stating that people’s lives were being put at risk and that she wasn’t prepared to be part of it.

I know one person who was offered a carers job last year with an agency responsible for home care in Wrexham – commissioned by Wrexham County  Borough Council – without references being taken up or a DBS check being carried out. The job involved handling the money and medication of housebound elderly people. The agency involved was a company based in Nottingham who’s ‘office’ in Wrexham was a portacabin on an industrial estate. During the ‘interview’, confidential clients’ files were scattered around the room with clients’ names and details visible.

Most of these ‘care agencies’ are so shambolic and pay staff so badly and treat them so unreasonably that no-one wants to work for them – that is why they are constantly short of ‘carers’, even in a region like north Wales which has a high rate of unemployment. The Councils contracting them are equally as sloppy – they know damn well how these agencies conduct themselves. Both Anglesey and Wrexham Social Services have a long and glorious history of serious abuse in their children’s services. I suspect that Gwawr’s ‘care’ was the responsibility of Anglesey’s Communities section – the head was (and may still be) the hopeless Gwenan Carrington, previously Director of Gwynedd Social Services. After her position there became untenable following a series of well-publicised disasters, dear old Gwenan made a sideways move into Anglesey County Council… Gwenan’s colleagues in Anglesey Social Services are no better – they have failed to deliver any ‘services’ for years, the residents of Anglesey with relatives in need of services are tearing their hair out. There has also been a long-standing problem of the bullying of social work students who have dared raise concerns at the bad practice that they witnessed on placement.

Gwawr has Rett syndrome. I think that everyone involved in providing the ‘care packages’ that she and other disabled people depend upon must have Rhett syndrome, named after Rhett Butler, the famous character in Gone With The Wind – definitely a case of ‘frankly my dear I don’t give a damn’…


Wrexham Maelor psychiatrist Thomas Jenkins who was caught using the gay dating app Grindr to request a 13 year old boy to have sex with him without a condom by an undercover police officer has been ordered to attend a sex offenders programme for three years and has been placed on the sex offenders register for five years. Jenkins qualified at Cardiff University two years ago and was in the second year of the foundation course in psychiatry at Wrexham Maelor when he was arrested. That’ll be the course that Peter Higson, Martin Jones and the rest of the Betsi Board are so proud of. I wonder if Higson will be mentioning this particular triumph at the next Board meeting? Incredibly the GMC have actually struck Jenkins off. Can they possibly be clamping down on criminal medical practitioners? Jenkins was told by the GMC that he’d brought the profession into disrepute (unlike dear old Dafydd, who is of course a fine upstanding member of that profession) and that his ‘fellow doctors would fins his actions deplorable’. Even if they did, experience demonstrates that they would still lie on his behalf, refuse to investigate complaints against him and continue to refer patients to him. And the GMC would not be above forging documents in order to protect him either.


The Welsh Gov’t have been boasting about providing midwives in Wales with special training to care for premature babies who are born before 24 weeks and will not survive. A young mother from Cardiff was so distressed at the treatment of her own premature baby – who was born at 22 weeks and died just after an hour later after midwives had refused to touch or handle the baby at all – that she lobbied Health Boards and Welsh Gov’t Ministers for dignified treatment of premature babies who will not survive. Sadly what this young mother and the Welsh Gov’t will not be taking into account is, once more, the bad behaviour of Angels and Top Doctors in the face of ‘training’. In the early 1990s St George’s Hospital Medical School was considered to have had an excellent special care baby unit, so a lot of mothers in the region who were considered to be at risk of delivering premature babies opted to give birth at St George’s. I have mentioned previously on this blog that a lot of the midwives there were very good. Even in 1990, it was routine at St George’s for the very premature babies who died to be dressed up in baby clothes and put in a Moses basket and to be given back to their mother for a few hours. Most of the midwives did treat the bodies of the babies who died with respect. But there was one midwife there who used to entertain herself by playing with the dead babies, putting their limbs in grotesque positions and having a good laugh whilst she was doing it. As ever, she was not challenged although everybody knew what she was doing. And no, her conduct would not have improved if she’d been paid more…


Mark Drakeford, the Finance Minister (formerly the Health Minister, formerly Rhodri Morgan’s special advisor on Health Policy, formerly a social worker in Dyfed where a paedophile ring existed), has announced that he can only give the Welsh NHS £450 million because of austerity imposed by Westminster. I have no time for the Westminster Gov’t and they undoubtedly do great damage to Wales, but Drakeford is not helping matters by giving millions of pounds to people whom he knows are institutionally corrupt and telling them how sorry he is that he cannot give them more. Wales needs that money very badly Drakeford and you are giving it to crooks – and you have known for years that they are crooks, but you ignored the people (like me) who sent you the evidence. Tawel Fan blew up in your face whilst you were Health Minister and it has not yet been resolved – the worst mental healthcare scandal that there had ever been in the UK happened at the Ablett Unit in the Betsi and not one abusive member of staff was disciplined. Instead the nurse who blew the whistle on it all was sacked.


I despair of Drakeford et al, I don’t think they that have any idea of the public anger that there is in north Wales regarding the shite public services which are gobbling up millions whilst they exterminate vulnerable people – and every time there’s another scandal the dickwit Drakeford tells everyone that it’s because the paedophiles’ friends have not been given enough money. The troughing bastards are the most highly paid people in north Wales, the Martins and the Craigs with their third class degrees from Bangor, Aber and Cardiff are all pulling in well over £100k pa. (Martin is trousering about £150k now.)


NHS England continues to experience traumas, as reported by the Mail Online.

The Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cheshire has stopped spinal surgery after four serious incidents, two of them involving patient deaths.

Brioney Woolfe, a former midwifery assistant, has appeared in Colchester Magistrates Court after accessing the data of 29 patients – not just midwifery patients either – between Dec 2014 and May 2016. Woolfe’s activities only came to light after one patient discovered that details of an illness that he wanted kept private had become public knowledge. I am staggered that Woolfe has even been disciplined for this, yet alone has ended up in Court. This conduct is de rigueur, both in the NHS and social services. Confidentiality is flouted constantly, patients and clients are the subject of casual gossip and patients’ records and data are freely passed around to just about anyone, including non-clinical members of staff. It is endemic. There is no confidentiality in the UK NHS or social services – I have given numerous examples on this blog and some of my readers have left comments on the blog about serious breaches of confidentiality involving them.


A major scandal involving IVF Hammersmith, the fertility clinic that Blair’s mate Lord Robert Winston (who has featured on this blog previously) established, has hit the media today. A man who cannot be named for legal reasons sued Hammersmith after his former partner forged his signature on a consent form and gave birth to a daughter after becoming pregnant using an embryo frozen several years previously. The couple had been patients at IVF Hammersmith, had one son as a result of their treatment there but then had a very acrimonious relationship break-up. Hammersmith were not told about this and several years later the female partner approached Hammersmith for further treatment and was implanted with an embryo fertilised by her previous partner after forging his signature of a consent form – he knew nothing about this until she texted him when she was three months pregnant. He had made it known that he did not want any more children. The man concerned has given a media interview explaining his distress at now being the father of a little girl whom he cares for but did not actually want – the confusion that has resulted from it is evident in his comments.

The father of the little girl sued Hammersmith for negligence and the anticipated cost of bringing up the child. The details of his claim are somewhat laughable to those of us who are not rich enough to be patients of IVF Hammersmith – it included the cost of her private schooling, ski-ing trips, gap year, wedding and the cost of an expensive car to drive her to school. However, it is people who consider such things to be necessities whom IVF Hammersmith targets as patients. He has lost his claim, but the case is going to the Court of Appeal.

IVF Hammersmith is trying to wash its hands of the whole matter, maintaining that they take patients on trust and cannot know if they are criminals. Yet IVF Hammersmith would seem to have been very lax indeed here – there has always been much emphasis in fertility treatment on seeing both partners if a couple are requesting treatment, on ensuring that no-one is being coerced into fertility treatment, on ensuring that the relationship is stable etc. How did Hammersmith manage to treat a woman when she reappeared several years after a previous course of treatment with nothing more than her partner’s (alleged) signature on a consent form? My post ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’) details some of what I knew to be going on in fertility clinics in London in the 80s and 90s. Robert Winston at Hammersmith was always considered above and beyond such unscrupulous practices, but he did know what was happening in his colleagues’ clinics. I have also described how Winston employed a gynaecologist at Hammersmith who was a serious sexual harasser but simply passed him on to another hospital.

The man who tried to sue Hammersmith commented upon the ‘unacceptable conduct of fertility clinics which have grown into multimillion pound businesses on the back of sharp practices’. He is quite right, its been happening for years and is well known in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. As with all branches of medicine, no-one has been prepared to speak out about the way business is being conducted. Despite all the talk of ensuring that patients are in a position to give a child a stable, caring home, the reality is that for many of those clinics if you come up with the dosh you will be treated. Furthermore you will be encouraged to part with large quantities of dosh even if there is very little chance of you becoming pregnant and some highly questionable procedures will be flogged to you.

The man in the Hammersmith case lost in court because although it was accepted that his former partner had forged his signature and Hammersmith were condemned for being so sloppy in their procedures, it is policy that damages for negligence cannot be awarded in the event of the birth of a healthy child.

So once more the Top Doctors are off scot free leaving a big mess in their wake.

So who is responsible for regulating the Top Doctors in question? It is the ‘independent regulator’, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), as featured on this blog previously – whose failings have now been described as ‘catastrophic’. The thing that has always struck me about the leading lights at the HFEA is that none of them are doctors or scientists, so they are not even in a position to understand the science behind the business that they are supposed to be regulating. The folk involved with the HFEA are essentially elitist public figures who are professional busybodies – they jump from being Chair of one quango to another and then lead an Oxbridge College or two until they arrive at their final destination in the Lords.

Baroness Mary Warnock was the pioneer, she Chaired the Inquiry back in the early 80s which led to the establishment of the HFEA. Mary Warnock was originally a girls’ schoolteacher along the lines of the Malory Towers model and then became an Oxford academic – her field is philosophy. Mary Warnock was regularly wheeled out in the media to offer her opinion on the Big Questions, although things went a little pear shaped some years ago when she pronounced herself to be so in favour of euthanasia for the elderly that she was about to volunteer for it. There was quite a fuss with her family going public on the fact that they really didn’t want to wave her off to Dignitas and since then Mary Warnock has kept a low profile. But it was fairly obvious back in the 80s that Warnock was quite out of her depth at being given the responsibility to grapple with a very new, little understood, fast developing and highly experimental branch of the biomedical sciences. Basically she knew bugger all about it.

Successive Chairs of the HFEA have been variations on Mary Warnock. They have included Lord Richard Harries (an Army Officer and a bishop);  Lisa Jardine (daughter of Jacob Bronowski, historian and Radio 4 regular); the awful Baroness Ruth Deech (lawyer, formerly of the BBC Governors, Oxford academic); Dame Suzi Leather (who has Chaired every quango going as detailed on this blog some months ago); Shirley Harrison (Sunday Times journo, NUJ member, Chair of the South Yorkshire Probation Board, member of Sheffield Council, Labour Party member, also involved with Cancer Research UK); Walter Merricks (lawyer, inaugural director of Camden Community Law Centre, founding Chair of the Office of Health Professions Adjudicator, Chair of the Trustees of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges); Sir Colin Campbell (lawyer, former VC of the University of Nottingham 1988-2008 who just prior to his retirement accepted a 90% pay rise making him the highest paid VC in the UK, he proposed the privatisation of universities and accepted a £3.8 million endowment from British American Tobacco to fund an International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University Business School which caused resignations, the exodus of a research team and the withdrawal of research funding from Cancer Research UK). The current Chair is Sally Cheshire, a corporate accountant lately of Deloitte.

With this lot at the helm are we surprised that there have been ‘catastrophic failings’ at the HFEA? Readers will have realised from the details provided that a few of the above will know what Top Doctors get up to – but they are certainly never going to admit it. Lisa Jardine almost got around to admitting how questionable the whole fertility business is after she stepped down from her role as Chair of the HFEA. She stated in an interview with the Indie that ‘as a communicator’ she regretted that she had not been able to publicise how traumatised many patients were by fertility treatment or for how many people it was unsuccessful. In the same interview Jardine also admitted that a mixed race baby had been born to a black couple. So how was it that ‘as a communicator’ Jardine didn’t manage to spit all this out whilst she was still Chair? She had her own slot of Radio 4 in which she mouthed off every weekend, so who or what was keeping her quiet? The Coalition Gov’t wanted to abolish the HFEA in their ‘bonfire of the quangos’. Jardine somehow stopped them – so she managed to communicate something then.

The lawyer acting for Hammersmith was James Lawford Davies, a partner at Hempsons. The Hempsons who act for the MDU, who so helpfully supplied Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) with lawyers and barristers who attempted to imprison me – although I now have copies of documents demonstrating that Hempsons knew that I had not done what I was accused of and that Francis was perjuring himself.

So what of the people of IVF Hammersmith itself? The person wheeled out to make the ‘I Know Nuzzing’ comments to the press was Jude Fleming, their Chief Operating Officer. Now I think that someone at Hammersmith really should have taken a closer look at Jude’s CV before they gave her that job. My suspicion was aroused after reading Jude’s Linked In profile – it would not have looked amiss on the university application of a rather weak A level student who couldn’t think of anything original to say about themselves. Jude explains that she is an active person who is interested in what she does and has worked very hard in educational and sporting activities since she was 11. Incredibly enough, until just over ten years ago, Jude’s employment was as a bookings clerk and a waitress and then as a ski-instructor at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre. Many people of course have worked as waitresses and ski-instructors, but somehow Jude went directly from that to managing a fertility clinic – namely GCRM Fertility Clinic in Glasgow. Yet googling GCRM Fertility Clinic doesn’t reveal what one normally thinks of as a fertility clinic. GCRM is situated on the business park, just next to the M8, around the corner from the Volvo Truck and Bus Centre. It is certainly a most unusual setting for a fertility clinic and the online info is a bit odd as well. There are no details of the doctors working at this ‘clinic’, just a notice explaining that if you’re a patient who needs advice out of hours you’ve got to ring the emergency services because doctors are only available during clinic hours. It doesn’t sound anything like any fertility clinic that I’ve ever come across and I suspect that it might simply be a referral centre to doctors who are actually based elsewhere. Jude worked around the corner from the Volvo Truck Centre for eight years and then landed a job as manager of the Oxford Fertility Unit in 2015. I presume that she is a recent arrival at IVF Hammersmith.

What about the Clinic Directors at IVF Hammersmith? Well now that dear old Robert Winston has joined the ranks of those who slumber on the benches in the Lords in return for £300/day, the Directors at Hammersmith are Stuart Lavary and Geoffrey Trew.

Stuart Lavary is a Consultant at Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte Hospitals and also runs a private practice at Hammersmith Hospital, Harley Street and Marylebone. Nice little earner, NHS consultancy and plenty of private work as well. Stuart is the HFEA ‘person responsible’ for IVF Hammersmith – so the business of the forged signature was his domain then. Lavary is an honorary senior lecturer at the den of bad practice/research fraud that is Imperial College (see post ‘A Cause Close To Our Hearts’) and trained at the John Radcliffe, Oxford.

Geoffrey Trew is also a Consultant at Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s – he qualified at St George’s in 1984! He’ll have witnessed much the same madness that I did then. And he’ll have been there when Professor Oliver Brooke who was later jailed for the possession of huge amounts of child porn worked at St George’s as a paediatrician. Trew has ‘an international referral base and has appeared for the last three years in the Tatler’s list of Best Private Doctors’. Which just about sums it up – never mind The Lancet or Nature, IVF Hammersmith comes highly recommended by fucking Tatler.


Finally a conundrum from NHS England. A few days ago I heard Dr Sarah Wollaston, GP and Tory MP, interviewed on Radio 4 about Boris’s dreadful behaviour. Something clicked – why hasn’t Theresa May appointed Sarah Wollaston as Health Minister? She is very well thought of even by people who are not Conservatives, she is very popular in her constituency in Devon, she is indeed a Top Doctor but doesn’t seem to be a pompous demanding greedy one – she seems to be the real article – and she actually KNOWS about medicine and healthcare. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Sarah Wollaston – she is capable, respectful, well-informed and doesn’t spout rubbish. Furthermore unlike other women in politics Sarah Wollaston doesn’t feel the need to bollock on about being a strong woman or obsess over her clothes. What on earth is Jeremy Hunt still doing in his job? In fact if I were the Tory Party I’d be asking Dr Wollaston if she’d like to be the next leader – they are going to be looking for one soon but all they can do is scream ‘ooh it has to be Boris’. But on second thoughts – a pleasant, intelligent, capable woman who knows what she is doing or an offensive dangerously irresponsible idiot with a track record of abusing and exploiting people? Of course they’ll choose Boris. Frankly I’m surprised that anyone listens to Dr Wollaston at all – she hasn’t been highly recommended by The Tatler.







News Round Up, August 1, 2017

I am no longer attending Betsi Board meetings having moved elsewhere, but I do still hear about them. I have recently received an e mail from someone who attended the last Board meeting who told me that the Betsi Board are still utterly deluded regarding the ‘services’ that they are providing and their abilities to run their own organisation. Bad news Betsi stories continue to hit the local media on a weekly basis and the Board remains in special measures. Vaughan Gething the Health Minister recently refused to establish a medical school in north Wales, no doubt because he knows that the problems in the NHS in north Wales are such that any medical school sited there would be a disaster – and a spectacular waste of money. The Board is currently awaiting the results of two independent investigations into the ‘institutional abuse’ of mental health patients.

So my correspondent was somewhat surprised to hear Peter Higson, the Chair of the Board, use the phrase ‘IF there is to be another appraisal’ when speaking about the Board’s possible release from special measures. As my correspondent noted – ‘IF’??? Does Higson really think that he is going to get away with no more appraisals after the scale of the disaster? Perhaps Higson does think this – after all he was the manager of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh whilst the most appalling things went on and was never required to answer to anyone, he then played a leading role in the scandal ridden quango Elwa and was rewarded with an appointment as Chief Exec of Health Inspectorate Wales, during which time he steadfastly failed to investigate serious complaints. By the time that Higson left HIW it was described as ‘not fit for purpose’ – he was then appointed Chair of the Betsi. Yes, maybe Higson is a little surprised that for the first time in his long and glorious career of shafting the citizens of Wales he is now finally under scrutiny. The Welsh Office’s concealing of the shite at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh because it in turn was concealing the North Wales Paedophile Ring provided a big umbrella for Higson for many years and he won’t have suffered by having a sister who was Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Ruth Hussey – although I note that Ruth’s exorbitant salary was made public in the Welsh media last week and invoked fury in some quarters….

It’s entertaining to compare what is appearing in the media concerning the Betsi with the ‘press releases’ on their website. What appears in the local media is a relentless catalogue of scandal, complaint, crisis, suicides, avoidable deaths of patients and damning reports from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. But when one clicks on the Betsi’s website one enters another universe. I’ll detail just a few of the stories that have appeared on there over the last couple of weeks.

On July 25 it was reported that at Llandudno Hospital, some ‘dementia champions’ were encouraging staff and visitors to back a scheme established by the Alzheimers Society to train ‘dementia friends’ to ‘support local people living with dementia’. Dementia support worker Rachel Richards, who has worked at Llandudno Hospital as a dementia champion for four years, won the UNISON Wales 2016 ‘Outstanding Person of the Year’ award for her work concerning dementia. Now Rachel might be a really nice person who has moved heaven and earth to try and improve the lives of people with dementia. If she has done this, it will be in spite of her employers, not because of them. The Betsi is currently in special measures and the subject of two investigations as a result of the scandalous abuse of patients with dementia on Tawel Fan ward. After the closure of that ward, there was another scandal involving dementia patients at Bryn Hesketh, although the Betsi refused to ever come clean regarding the details of that.

UNISON is the union that a lot of Betsi staff belong to – including some of the staff who over the past years have been involved in the abuse of patients. UNISON has provided those staff with unlimited free legal advice even in the face of very serious complaint from patients. Some years ago a former manager of the Hergest Unit, Robin Holden, told someone known to me that the problems at the Hergest were very serious but that he was completely unable to resolve them whilst he was employed as a manager there because ‘the unions’ obstructed him constantly. And I bet that one of those unions was UNISON. UNISON doesn’t support whistleblowers but it does support staff who are the subject of very serious complaint, including assault or sexual assault on patients. I accept that everybody is entitled to a fair hearing no matter how serious the allegations against them are, but in the case of patients alleging abuse on the part of NHS staff it is not a level playing field. The staff accused will receive free legal advice from their union and the support of the NHS – because the NHS NEVER admits failure until there is a damning external report from somewhere – whereas the patients/relatives will only be entitled to a very limited number of hours of legal aid, even in the case of a death. Furthermore, if you are Martin Jones (the former Chief Exec of the North West Wales NHS Trust and currently the Director of Workforce at the Betsi) you will deliberately fail to answer questions from patients’ lawyers no matter how many times they are put to you in order to prolong correspondence between yourself and patients’ lawyers as much as possible, knowing damn well that if you manage to string this out for a few months the patient’s legal aid will run out. Martin will then write the patient a letter refusing to correspond with them any further. Which is what you did to me when CCTV filmed your staff threatening me, refusing to treat me and making false allegations against me in an attempt to have me arrested wasn’t it Martin?

On July 21 the Betsi website published an article about a lady of whom they are most proud, Dr Alys Cole-King, an ‘expert’ in suicide prevention. This expert in suicide prevention is a former psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit which had one of the highest suicide rates in the UK among it’s patients. Alys now works at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd as a psychiatrist – the hospital which was the site of the institutional abuse of mental health patients. My post ‘Experts In Suicide Prevention??’ provides a full account of the bullshit and hypocrisy that emanates from Alys as well as details of the con that is her organisation ‘Connecting With People’. Alys was congratulated by Higson after she won a ‘top international award’ for her ‘pioneering work’ supporting people at risk of suicide and self-harm. So that’ll be why so many people are still killing themselves in north Wales then and why self-harming patients are still reporting that they are unable to access effective treatment from the Betsi. Alys went to Malaysia no less, to the ‘glittering awards ceremony’. Well that beats staying at home in north Wales treating your patients doesn’t it.

But Alys isn’t the only expert on suicide and self-harm from the Betsi gaining international recognition! Professor Rob Poole – a psychiatrist who mistreated one patient of his so badly that he was the subject of a speech in the Senedd – and his colleague Professor Catherine Robinson have been awarded dosh to continue their trips to south Asia to teach Johnny Foreigner all about self harm and suicide prevention (see posts ‘It’s Those Experts From The Betsi Again!’ and ‘He’s Not The Messiah – He’s A Very Naughty Boy’ for more info on Poole and Robinson). I received a phone call from someone telling me ‘but they don’t know anything about suicide prevention’. I know that they don’t, but they don’t tell anyone that. They tell everybody that they are experts in these matters and everybody around them goes along with the fantasy in the hope that the Betsi or Bangor University can then tweet nonsense about the experts in their employ. And no-one in south Asia knows the grim reality of what passes for ‘care’ of the suicidal or self-harmers in north Wales. This technique worked so well for Mark Williams and Mindfulness (see post ‘The Biggest Expert of the Lot’) that others have taken a leaf out of his book.

The Betsi published another story on it’s website on July 21 as well – it announced that a ‘UK top clinical leader’ had attended an event at Bryn y Neuadd Hospital, supporting the Betsi’s strategic plan involving ‘senior mental health nurses’. These will be the senior mental health nurses that have been responsible for the neglect and abuse of patients to date then – they won’t be new senior mental health nurses because nobody will actually work for the Betsi so bad is it’s reputation. Jen French, the Director of Nursing for Mental Health and Learning Disability, admitted this – she commented that she hoped that the new strategy would boost recruitment when word got around about the ‘supportive environment that we provide’. That environment is so supportive that the nurse who blew the whistle on the Tawel Fan scandal was sacked. None of the staff involved in abusing the patients were disciplined. The whistleblower was also wrongfully arrested, subjected to malicious smears and received death threats. That’s Jen’s ‘supportive environment’ for you.

So who was the ‘top clinical leader’ who gave the Betsi his support? He was Emeritus Professor Tony Butterworth. The Betsi stressed that Tony was listed as one of the top 100 clinical leaders by the ‘respected’ Healthcare Services Journal. The HSJ was the offender who at one point named Katrina Percy as ‘NHS CEO of the Year’. Percy presided over the scandal at Southern Health, where hundreds of patients with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems died. The scandal only ever became public as a result of the campaigning of Dr Sara Ryan, an Oxford sociologist, whose son died whilst in the care of Southern Health. As happens to so many people who dare expose NHS failure, Sara has received abuse and threats, her abilities as a parent were questioned by Southern Health, she was described by the psychiatrist who was responsible for the care of her son when he died as ‘toxic’ and the teenaged son of a colleague of Katrina Percy sent out a tweet describing Sara as a ‘fucking pest’. Yesterday the inquest returned the verdict on the death of Connor, Sara’s son – death by neglect. The associated report was utterly damning of Southern Health. So I don’t think that anyone is going to be too impressed by anyone who comes highly recommended by the HSJ.

Tony Butterworth wasn’t the only person invited along to the event at Bryn y Neuadd – CANIAD were there too! That’s the CANIAD that has been established by Dafydd Alun Jones et al at CAIS to represent ‘service users’. For details of the con that is CANIAD and the corrupt process which resulted in it landing the contract for ‘service user involvement’ for north Wales, please see posts ‘Introducing Caniad’ and ‘The Story Behind £1.5 Million’. I have already received correspondence from someone who was duped into working for CANIAD and has discovered that it does not represent service users at all. But then Dafydd et al don’t have much of a track record where patient representation is concerned.

On 19 July, the Betsi website featured a ‘therapy dog’ called Max. Max is currently paying visits to the Hergest Unit where he is alleged to be working wonders. It was observed that when Max arrives the patients come out of their rooms. I bet they do – the reason why patients stay in their rooms in the Hergest Unit is that the staff ignore them or are nakedly aggressive towards them. Max will be a very welcome change (unless he becomes inducted into the culture of the Hergest Unit and starts snapping and snarling at the patients). There is a photo of Max on the website and I note that he is wearing an ID badge. Which is considerably more than the Hergest staff used to – they were notorious for refusing to identify themselves to patients, for refusing to wear ID badges and even uniforms. There was one principal reason for this – it was to ensure that if patients wanted to make a complaint about their appalling behaviour, the patients wouldn’t be able to identify them. All the patients were ever told was the first name of the member of staff and all staff referred to themselves as ‘nurses’. They weren’t – they were nearly all nursing assistants and a lot of them were agency or bank staff. In fact so few of them were qualified nurses that sometimes there was no qualified nurse on duty.

When I made a serious complaint about four Hergest staff, it took me MONTHS to actually find out who they were, although the complaint involved an assault. Nobody would say anymore than ‘Bethan, Michelle, Dave and Sian, nurses’. It was bloody obvious that most of them weren’t nurses, they were barely literate and ‘Dave’ was a caveman with a broken nose, nearly shaved head and prison tattoos. After many months of detective work, I discovered that they were actually Gwen Bethan Roberts, Michelle Shaw, David Wood (nursing assistants) and Sian Ruth Lloyd (newly qualified nurse). I also discovered that there had been numerous other complaints about them involving their abuse and aggression towards patients and that in a previous job with young people ‘nurse Dave’ was alleged to have flushed a client’s head down the bog. Max the dog is going to be a very big improvement on that bunch of thugs.

The article about Max boasts of the other activities that are available to Hergest patients. Art therapy is mentioned. There is an art therapist at Hergest and a lot of patients speak very highly of her. One patient who desperately wanted to do art therapy was prevented from doing so – because she had been to the same school as the art therapist and the dear old Hergest were worried about ‘boundaries’. I suspect that what they were really worried about was that the patient might have told her former school friend what had happened to her in Taliesin Ward – she had been so badly treated in there that one of her neighbours pretended to be a lawyer when she visited her, because the neighbour thought that if the Hergest staff thought that they were being observed by a lawyer the extent of their neglect and brutality might be curbed. The website claims that Tai Chi and walking groups are available for patients. I know a Hergest patient who attended those Tai Chi and walking groups. The ‘groups’ consisted of him – a keen mountaineer in his late 50s – and four or five elderly ladies with the early stages of dementia. No, there was not much Tai Chi or walking done. It is mentioned that a group of Bangor University student volunteers also attend the Hergest Unit to assist with activities. That student group was set up by the Hergest Whistleblower a few years ago – the students were lovely and were very keen. The Hergest Unit management did all they could to stop that group – because they did not want those students witnessing what was going on in the Hergest Unit. At least one of the students was refused permission to continue with the work on the grounds of a minor criminal conviction that he had incurred some years previously – so he was left feeling really bad about himself after being labelled a ‘danger’ to staff and patients. It was bollocks – he wasn’t a danger to anyone, the Hergest management knew that they were employing people like Caveman Dave and they did not want people knowing how patients were being treated.

Interestingly enough, for years animals were banned from the Hergest Unit as well. Patients like me who had dogs had to get our friends to bring our dogs to the hospital and we had to go out into the car park to meet our dogs. And if the ‘nurses’ decided not to let you out of the ward, you couldn’t see your dogs because there was a total ban on animals. Many years ago there was a very friendly Irish junior doctor who worked at the Hergest who was actually a human being and he used to bring his dog in at nights to greet the patients when the other Top Doctors had all gone home. He told us that if anyone found out that he was doing this he would be sacked. It wasn’t just mammals that were banned at Hergest – pigeons were unacceptable as well. The day centre at Hergest – which was eventually closed down entirely – used to have a little courtyard attached to it and pigeons would land in the courtyard. Patients really loved the pigeons and fed them biscuits. A notice appeared on the wall asking everyone not to feed the pigeons. Everyone ignored it and carried on feeding the pigeons so another notice appeared ORDERING everyone not to feed the pigeons. Everyone ignored that notice as well, so then another notice appeared saying that the door into the courtyard would be locked because people were continuing to feed the pigeons.

On July 13 the Betsi website reported that the family of a man with learning disabilities who died whilst in the ‘care’ of Morriston Hospital in Swansea had appeared at the launch of yet another Betsi ‘initiative’ to improve the care of learning disabled people. It was mentioned that the failures in care at the Morriston had been described by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales as ‘abject’ and ‘dire’. The Ombudsman has made very similar comments about the failures of care provided by the Betsi recently. The Morriston Hospital isn’t in special measures either.


My recent post ‘A Prescription For Murder’ reviewed a ‘Panorama’ programme which featured that well-known Top Doctor from the Hergest, Dodgy Geezer Dr David Healy. There’s been quite a bit of fall-out from the programme with the Top Doctors taking to twitter – Rob Poole even wrote a blog post about it (Rob touchingly uses the phrase ‘we experts’ in his post). The voices noticeably absent are those of the patients – I’m glad to say however that someone who has been on the receiving end of Healy has left comments on ‘Service Shenanigans’….

NHS England also caused a twitter storm and prompted much media comment earlier this week when it was announced that there was to be a huge increase in the number of mental health posts. So Jeremy Hunt is going to train and employ thousands more people to carry on doing what has failed to help people with mental health problems so spectacularly so far then. The Top Doctors and their associates have been scrapping over those plans as much as they have been scrapping over Healy’s appearance on ‘Panorama’. I am reminded of that scene in ‘Time Bandits’ when the dwarves all start fighting each other and Napolean looks on delighted and applauds saying ‘That’s what I like – little things hitting each other’. As the Top Doctors and the RCN and the Dodgy Geezers all argue amongst each other, falsify their research and declare themselves the true experts, global capitalism continues to screw healthcare completely. Jeremy Hunt himself has also hit a new enlightenment – he stated that there are ‘problems’ in the NHS that can’t be solved no matter how much is invested in it and that other Gov’ts found the same problem despite spending huge amounts of money on the NHS. I suspect that the ‘problems’ Jeremy might be thinking of are called the BMA and GMC. That’s right Jeremy, they’re institutionally corrupt, you’ve all known it for years and the monsters are now so big and so greedy and so demanding that you can’t possibly give them what they want and now they going to scream and scream until they’re sick.

A fascinating medical scandal has begun to emerge, one that the ‘Independent’ is maintaining could be as big as thalidomide – the vaginal mesh scandal. Since the 1990s, thousands of women experiencing even just mild occasional stress incontinence have been encouraged to have vaginal meshes inserted. The meshes are kept in place by hooks attached to one’s soft tissues. Surprise, surprise, it’s now been revealed that inserting a mesh with hooks on into one’s fanny is not a particularly good idea, the meshes have been slicing through tissue causing bleeding and other awful consequences. Various gynaecologists have been crawling out of the woodwork and some have given comments to the press interpreting this as a consequence of sexism and a cavalier attitude to female health. No, this is an example of the cavalier attitude that Top Doctors routinely adopt towards their patients’ health in general. Gynaecologists both male and female knew what those meshes were doing to people but they have kept quiet for the last twenty years. Furthermore, although a few female gynaecologists self-identifying as the defenders of women’s health are now speaking up, they could have done so a very long time ago – but they didn’t. There is also a complete absence of information regarding who developed vaginal meshes and where the early clinical trials took place. Anyone happen to know? Because someone put those things on the market and robustly promoted them, including to some women who did not actually need such interventions….

It brought back a few more memories of the Everyday Story of St George’s Folk for me. I have mentioned in previous posts how dysfunctional relationships were between Top Doctors at St George’s and how the main pastime was knifing each other or gossiping about who was shagging who. There was one Top Doctor there who was particularly loathed by everyone – a gynaecologist called Stuart Stanton who specialised in treating urinary incontinence. He seemed very secretive about his practices and people spent much time and effort trying to find out what he was up to – including where in the world he actually was at any one time, because he wasn’t always in London. Stanton was robustly recommended to well-heeled private patients as being the man to consult should they suffer from pelvic floor problems. Yet people who worked with him used to constantly make comments along the lines of ‘Christ I wouldn’t let him near me’. I never ever found out what it was that he was doing that repulsed everybody so much and why there were so many efforts made by so many people to try and find out about his business practices. As ever with the Top Doctors, there was clearly a slurry pit somewhere involving Stanton but they weren’t going to let on, especially not to patients. Stanton is still practicing – in Harley Street of course. I keep wondering how many people he might have recommended a vaginal mesh to…

Whilst reading all about the vaginal meshes in the ‘Indie’, I noticed another story on their website. That of a case of a learning disabled couple in Oregon, who have had their new born baby removed from them on the grounds that they had learning disabilities. There were no allegations of them presenting a danger to the baby, the decision was made simply because both the baby’s parents had ‘low IQs’. This is not a first and this sort of thing happens rather closer to home than Oregon. You’ve guessed it – I witnessed the very same thing happen to a learning disabled couple whose baby was born at St Georges. The decision to remove the baby from their care as soon as it was born was not one taken by the midwives or obstetricians and a lot of them were very uncomfortable with what was happening and felt that it was very sad. The decision had been taken by the social services – as were other decisions regarding the removal of babies from their mothers, again in circumstances that left a lot of the staff on the labour ward very uncomfortable. I felt that this was bad enough at the time, but after receiving the documents regarding my own case a few months ago, I am now very concerned at what might have been going on. Because the social workers making the decisions to remove those babies from their parents at birth were the very same social workers who my documents now demonstrate were without my knowledge – and after never having even met me – in communication with Lucille Hughes, Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) regarding my ‘dangerousness’. The Lucille, Dafydd and Tony who were facilitating a paedophile ring in north Wales. Many of the decisions to remove babies from mothers giving birth at St Georges were made in consultation with psychiatrists from St Georges – the psychiatrists who knew about the serious criminal activities of Dafydd Alun Jones et al in north Wales but who colluded with them and said nothing about their wrongdoing….

The ‘Guardian’ is reporting on a major industrial dispute in NHS England that is getting remarkably little attention – but then it doesn’t involve Top Doctors or Angels. This dispute involves some genuinely very badly paid NHS workers – the cleaners of Barts NHS Trust. They are not actually employees of Barts or indeed of the NHS because of course the cleaning contract has been outsourced, in order to pay the cleaners even less. The cleaners are working for Serco, some shifts start at 4am in the morning and some of the cleaners are in their 60s with health problems. The workforce involved is mostly female and substantially made up of ethnic minorities. So among all these media allegations of ‘nurses going to food banks because their pay is so low’ – no, nurses’ pay is not that low, it is not high but it is above the UK average – here is a group of workers who really are being exploited and paid dreadfully. So where’s the outcry then? I’m glad to note that Jeremy Corbyn is supporting them, but there’s a conspicuous absence of other high profile names who have tripped over themselves to spout off about junior doctors not being able to live on their salaries and of course all those nurses down at the food banks. There is one glaring inaccuracy in the ‘Indie’ report though. It states that Florence Nightingale knew the value of hygiene. She didn’t – Florence had quite a casual attitude to hygiene, it was all a bit Mid-Staffs. When Florence was told of the existence of ‘germs’, she refused to believe that they existed on the grounds that something that small wasn’t possible. So she continued to walk through the wards giving everyone a dose of the deathly lamp.


BBC News Wales online has had much coverage of the commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele over the last few days. There has been much remembering of the fallen. As the Betsi continues to exterminate people with mental health problems whilst boasting about it’s experts, I think that it’s about time that we remembered the now hundreds of people who have died in the face of all this expertise. I suggest a Tomb of the Unknown Service User with an eternal flame to counteract the constant stream of propaganda from Higson et al.


Janet Finch-Saunders and Leanne Wood Speak Out

Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservative AM for Aberconwy, has made some damning comments about the Welsh Gov’t, stating that since the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was placed in special measures it’s performance has gone downhill drastically. She quotes some truly dreadful statistics relating to the waiting times for treatments for certain conditions to demonstrate her point and suggests that a committee of AMs should perhaps oversee the performance of the Welsh Gov’t. For his part, Vaughan Gething the Health Minister has stated that the Welsh NHS is improving unlike NHS England. Vaughan is telling porkies. Anyone keeping an eye on the Welsh media or indeed reading this blog could only conclude that the NHS in Wales is in tatters. The NHS in England (and Scotland) is as well, but at least the Westminster Gov’t have at last withdrawn their heads from the sand and admitted that they have serious problems. So do we Vaughan, just look at how many deaths I have recorded on this blog among mental health patients alone in north Wales since August. On THREE occasions I have recorded the deaths of more than one mental health patient in one day. And my blog is mainly concerned with mental health – I have however noticed the constant stream of media stories relating to patients with other conditions who are also being harmed or dying unnecessarily because of NHS failures. Vaughan’s complacency and dishonesty is appalling. However Janet Finch-Saunders has missed a crucial factor in her analysis of the rapidly declining performance of the Betsi – the Betsi hitting rock bottom has coincided with the arrival of Dr Peter Higson as Chair. Higson was previously CEO of Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW). He held that position for many years and was the only CEO HIW had ever had. At the time of his departure, HIW was stated to be ‘not fit for purpose’. Which presumably was something to do with him. The question that we should be asking is why Higson was ever appointed as CEO of HIW and who appointed him – his previous ‘career’ as a psychologist and manager at the North Wales Hospital was hardly a sound basis for roles in public life  – and having destroyed HIW, why was he ever appointed as Chair of the Betsi and again who appointed him? And who the bloody hell gave him an OBE?

There is one other thing that I’d like to note however. Although Janet has now appeared in the Daily Post ‘slamming’ the Betsi on a number of grounds, she has not mentioned the genocide of mental health patients. Not a whisper. But this doesn’t surprise me. A few years ago just before an Assembly election I went undercover to try to find out just who in north Wales was prepared to speak out about the lethal mental health services. I discovered that Unllais, the Gwynedd and Anglesey Advocacy service, MIND and the Bangor Samaritans all knew exactly how bad the ‘services’ were but none of them were prepared to raise concerns. I did however have a very interesting conversation with one person associated with a MIND branch in the north Wales region. This person seemed to be in a state of near terror even being asked to have a conversation about the mental health services. They admitted that they knew that patients were killing themselves, as well as being neglected and even assaulted by staff in the in-patient units in north Wales. They advised me not to make any complaints at all about anything that was happening to a friend who was at that time being abused in the Hergest Unit, because they maintained that if I complained my friend would end up receiving even worse treatment. I then told this person that I was going to approach the local politicians about the situation. They became nearly hysterical when I suggested this and told me that this would not be a good idea at all. When I asked them why they said that they’d been told by a politician in north Wales that the politicians really didn’t want to hear complaints about the mental health services, because if they received complaints at the present time (ie. just before the election) they’d have to respond. So this politician had asked MIND not to refer people raising concerns to them. I asked the person from MIND which politician had said this. They whispered ‘Janet Finch-Saunders’ and hung up.

Janet – you’ve been caught out…

Another of our esteemed AMs has spoken out today regarding the NHS in Wales. That was Leanne Wood who raised the matter of the NHS in Questions to the First Minister. Leanne later tweeted to the world ‘9% of NHS patients not getting enough water says Leanne Wood’ and also tweeted a photo of herself in action at the Senedd labelled ‘Plaid Backing Welsh NHS’. I don’t know where Leanne has acquired her figures from regarding patients thirstiness, perhaps she has done a survey herself – however she seems to have missed the fact that an awful lot more mental health patients are being found dead than patients that have died of thirst. I’m touched by her claim of ‘Plaid Backing Welsh NHS’ as well. If Leanne wants to take a look at my blog post ‘And Now – It’s The Gallery’ she will find that I’ve posted up photos of a number of people whom I know to have been involved in, concealed or ignored neglect and abuse in the mental health services in north Wales. A number of them are Plaid politicians, one of them is a former Plaid County Councillor and one of them, Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, is a former Plaid candidate. I haven’t even bothered to put up photos of the many Plaid politicians and Councillors who are simply keeping silent on the matter, although if I had have done this, Leanne’s own photo would be there.


And Now – It’s The Gallery…

Readers of a similar vintage to me might remember the 70s BBC children’s programme ‘Vision On’, presented by the slightly weird Tony Hart. At the end of each episode there was a few minutes in which art-work that the young viewers had sent in was displayed – this was always preceded by a voice-over saying ‘And now – it’s the gallery’. A reader of this blog has suggested that I should construct a gallery featuring mugshots of some of those that have featured on this blog, in order that readers can identify them should they be unfortunate enough to have an unpleasant encounter. So here is the gallery featuring some of those that I hope have been immortalised on this blog – although it is by no means exhaustive. I’m not going to have space here to give an extended description of the activities of those who feature in the gallery, readers are invited to use the search facility on the blog to access further details…

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones (below). Described me as ‘attractive and seductive’. Just use the search facility….

Lucille Hughes (below). Dafydd’s former flibbertigibbet. Former Director of Gwynedd Social Services – named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating in the children’s services but was failing to respond.

Dafydd Iwan (below). Former leader of Gwynedd County Council and folk-singer who penned and recorded a ‘tribute’ to Dr Dafydd Alun Jones.

Hywel Williams (below). Plaid MP for Arfon. Supporter of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Former psychiatric social worker in north Wales. Held one of his post-election victory parties at home of nurse employed at very troubled Hergest Unit. Walked away from constituents who tried to discuss problems in mental health services.

Betty Williams (below). Former Labour MP for Conwy. One of Blair’s Babes. Ignored complaints from constituents about mental health services in north Wales.

Elfyn Llwyd (below). Former Plaid MP for Dwyfor Meirionydd – another big supporter of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Also worked as a barrister at the same time as representing Dwyfor Merionydd.

Llyr Huws Gruffydd (below). Plaid AM for north Wales. Described mediocre boarding house run as ‘nursing home’ by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones as ‘beacon of excellence’.

Gordon Anglesea (below). Former senior officer in North Wales Police, convicted of sexually abusing boys in care last year, died in prison shortly afterwards. Prior to his conviction, Anglesea won substantial damages in a libel trial against Private Eye – because they accused him of sexually abusing children.

Arfon Jones (below). North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. Chauffered Gordon Anglesea to the building where Anglesea abused youngsters but never returned to pick up him. Was also responsible for an ‘oversight’ that resulted in Anglesea’s widow receiving 50% of his police pension after his death as a convicted sex offender.

Theodore Huckle QC (below). Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in medical negligence. Former Counsel General for Wales. Whilst Counsel General had access to twenty five years worth of medical records relating to one patient from north Wales compiled by professionals who documented their own law-breaking and wrongdoing throughout. Theo kept schtum. Tawel Fan scandal happed whilst Theo was Counsel General.

Paul Farmer CBE (below). CEO of MIND. Has known about the serious abuses of the mental health services for many years – has kept completely silent about it.

Alastair Campbell (below). MIND Ambassador. Former advisor to Tony Blair – resigned after the unfortunate death of Dr David Kelly.

Dr Peter Higson OBE (below). Former manager of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh; former CEO of Health Inspectorate Wales; present Chairman of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Member of Council at Bangor University. Ignored an awful lot of complaints concerning abuses in the mental health services during his long and illustrious career.

Dr Ruth Hussey OBE (below). Sister of Dr Peter Higson. Former Chief Medical Officer for Wales. Honorary Fellow of Bangor University. Recipient of honorary degree from Swansea University.

Dr David Healy (below). Consultant psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit. Has built up an international reputation for bravely taking on Big Pharma whilst ignoring the carnage in his own Unit.

Dr Richard Tranter (below). Former consultant psychiatrist at Hergest Unit. Protégé of Dr David Healy, author of misery memoir ‘Richard’s Story’, as featured on Healy’s blog. Emigrated to New Zealand in a hurry some three or four years ago.

Professor Rob Poole (below) of the Centre For Mental Health and Society, Bangor University. First man to describe rare mental illness in patients, main symptom being ‘complaining about Rob Poole’. Outed on David Healy’s blog as an academic mediocrity.

Professor Mark Williams (below). Former colleague of Dr David Healy. Mindfulness guru – and it all started at Bangor in the 1980s…

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone (below). Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at Bangor University, Member of Betsi Board. A deeply compromised woman.


Dr Laurence Chesterman (below). Forensic psychiatrist, ‘expert witness’ with ‘expertise’ in ‘factitious illness’. Formerly of this parish, now living in England. Maintained that he ‘assessed’ me in Caernarfon Police Station (after his own colleagues had me arrested) – although I have never met him.

His Honour Judge Huw Morgan Gruffydd Daniel, formerly Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd (below left). Presided over my eventual trial after the Hergest Unit attempted to have me imprisoned for ‘threatening to kill’ Alun Davies, when I had told his secretary, over the phone, that he was a ‘fat idiot’. I was convicted of ‘behaviour likely to cause alarm, distress and harassment’ but I have recently discovered that a certificate of indictment was forged and the PNC was altered to show a conviction for ‘violent disorder’.

Dr Brian Gibbons (below). Former Health Minister in Welsh Govt and GP. Wrote me a letter stating that ‘this correspondence is over’ when I told him that I had evidence of criminal activity in the north Wales mental health services.

Alun Ffred (below). Brother of Dafydd Iwan and former AM for Arfon. Praised Elfed Roberts (see below) for his sterling work as Chairman of the disasterous North West Wales NHS Trust.

Elfed Roberts (below on the left) and Mark Drakeford (below on the right). Elfed: former senior officer with the North Wales Police, left under a cloud, then became Chair of North West Wales NHS Trust. Ignored serious staff misconduct, used his mates who were still serving in the force to assist him in harassing patients who dared complain. Member of Bangor University Council, sits on ‘fair practice’ committee. Mark Drakeford: former Health Minister in Welsh Govt. Tawel Fan scandal exploded on his watch. Drakeford knew how serious the problems were in the Betsi – a former professor of sociology who knows exactly what a dysfunctional organisation and dodgy research looks like. Recipient of my e mail regarding my fears concerning clinical trials of ‘mindfulness based cognitive therapy’. I never received a reply. Some weeks later Mark appeared in the media promoting mindfulness.  Former social worker whose appointment as Health Minister was ‘welcomed’ by the BMA.

Yesterday’s Betsi Board Meeting – March 17 2017

As promised (please see blog post ‘A Truly Splendid Letter From The CEO And The Chairman Of The Betsi’) I attended yesterday’s meeting of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, despite Gary the CEO and Peter the Chair’s silly letter objecting to the way in which I report these meetings on my blog. So here’s the latest review of at least part of the meeting – as usual I couldn’t bear any more than about two hours worth of these wallies, so I left just before noon. I understand that the meeting continued for sometime after this, so apologies to the Betsi Board if they suddenly geared up immediately after I left and presented detailed plans as to how they were going to extract themselves from the millions pounds worth of debt that they are currently in and prevent the ongoing slaughter of vulnerable people.

I was interested to see that Martin Jones (Director of Workforce and Operational Development) was present at the meeting, I have been missing Martin because he hasn’t appeared in public for a while. I’m glad that he’s back though, presumably someone suggested that he ought to be at least pretending to be making an effort in return for his protected salary of approx. £130,000 pa. Jo Rycroft-Malone (the Board’s Bangor University Rep) has also reappeared after last month’s absence and was having a cosy girly chat with Lyn Meadows (Independent Board Member). These two are prone to this, at a previous meeting Jo was standing protectively behind the dreadful Lyn, stroking her arms. I hate to think what is being cooked up between the two of them – Meadows was previously employed as HR Director at Bangor University and was memorably described to me by one person who had been on the receiving end of her as an ‘evil bitch’. Which was certainly interesting because exactly the same phrase was used to describe her by a member of staff at the Welsh Ambulance Service when Meadows was employed as a manager there. The phrase ‘evil bitch’ is obviously one that springs to mind after meeting Lyn. Rycroft-Malone is the former Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University and is now Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research there – Jo has in the past of course found herself in receipt of research funds from the Betsi as detailed previously on this blog. I’ve never heard anyone describe her as an ‘evil bitch’ per se, but I did hear allegations of serious bullying of students, racism and plagiarism levelled against her. I also had sight of a document that indicated that Jo had done some very interesting things with a research budget after a researcher walked out of a project before it had ended. Presumably by the time of the next Board meeting, Jo and Lyn will have progressed on to a ‘group hug’ in the carefully stage-managed manner of Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennet during the last general election campaign. Women do things differently!

The meeting was late starting because there seemed to be a certain amount of disarray in the room, but eventually Jo and Lyn managed to prise themselves away from each other, everyone took their seats and Peter Higson (Chairman) began with a Piece of Good News. The Betsi has won an award! (Of course the Betsi announced that it had won another award earlier this week, but that turned out not to be all it seemed – please see blog post ‘How Did These Two Events Ever Happen?’). Anyway, the Betsi has been named in the Stonewall Top 100 Organisations for the ‘inclusion of diverse people’. Now I’m not sure how the Betsi has managed to achieve this. I know for a fact that Dr Alberto Salmoiraghi, the one good psychiatrist that they have at the Betsi, has been subjected to racism from ‘colleagues’ because he dares to be Italian. I know of one student nurse from Rycroft-Malone’s School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, whilst Rycroft-Malone was Head of School, who was subjected to vicious work-place bullying during his time on placement at the Hergest Unit because he was gay. And I also know of two overseas medical professionals who went to work on projects in Rycroft-Malone’s School, again whilst she was Head, who were both subjected to naked bigotry. One man was so unpopular among his ‘colleagues’ there – on the grounds that he ‘stank’ and ‘couldn’t speak English properly’ – that there was an arrangement to prevent him gaining access to the building by failing to give him the new code to the door-lock. I was told by a witness to all this that the person who dreamt up this particular solution to the problems that Johnny Foreigner was causing was one Jo Rycroft-Malone. I also heard at first-hand from a lady from Kazakhstan who had the misfortune to work there that every time she told someone where she was from, people would start laughing and say ‘ooh like Borat’. She asked me what they meant – I didn’t actually tell her that those particular ignoramuses being ‘managed’ by Jo were referring to an offensive racist parody of someone from Kazakhstan by a British comedian. I can reveal the experiences of these people now because they have waved good-bye to the School of Healthcare Sciences and were probably very glad to have done so.

So the Betsi is now a Diversity Champion. To celebrate this ‘award’, all the Board members were presented with ‘rainbow lanyards’ to hang around their necks. Some of them did so but not everyone entered into the spirit of things and a lot of the lanyards were simply dumped upon the desks in front of them. So someone – presumably at Stonewall – wasted time and money manufacturing those lanyards and distributing them to the Racist In Chief and her colleagues on the Board. Nevertheless, Higson was delighted with this achievement and led the Board in a round of applause for themselves. (Whilst Higson was doing this, the Daily Post was reporting on two more Betsi-related deaths – please see blog post ‘Two More Deaths, March 16 2017’.)

Higson then welcomed everyone to the meeting and by means of introduction to the first topic said ‘we go straight into special measures’. Which must have been some sort of Freudian slip, because within a few months of Higson ‘taking control’ at the Betsi, they did indeed go straight into special measures. So they started discussing various aspects of special measures, which weren’t explained to the uninitiated observing members of the public like me, but as far as I could work out Gary the CEO had started a conversation regarding ‘Phase 2 milestones’. I presume that this is a reference to the ‘achievements’ that the Welsh Govt wants to see. Margaret Hanson (Vice-Chair) explained that they were still waiting for ‘formal feedback’ and regarding the ‘journey’ of the Betsi Board to come out of special measures, ‘progress was still being made’, although Margaret stated that they were at a ‘little bit of a loss’ as to their ‘progress’. Margaret I think that rather than being at a little bit of a loss, you are all completely clueless – one only has to read the local media to get some idea of the stream of avoidable deaths, scandals and general cock-ups happening in your organisation on a near daily basis to realise that.

Bethan Russell Williams (Independent Board Member, although deeply compromised because she’s married to the Chair of Gwynedd Community Health Council and manages a Third Sector organisation that receives funding from the Betsi), mentioned that there was ‘evidence of great progress’ in the maternity services. (The maternity services at the Betsi were so dysfunctional that part of the mentoring to which they have been subjected was categorised as achieving ‘normality’.) But Margaret had a word of warning – that they must not ‘mark their own homework’. The NHS in north Wales have of course been marking their own homework for years, that is how they ended up in this mess. Complaints were concealed, both by the Trusts that preceded the Betsi and by Higson during the years that he was CEO of Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW). They cooked the books, fiddled the stats and the whole lot of them claimed to be providing ‘excellence’. The reality was that north Wales had dreadful mortality figures and some of the poorest health outcomes in the UK. I suspect that despite Margaret’s warning, they are still marking their own homework – I noted that the fantastic ‘progress’ reported in the press recently regarding Fali Ward was simply an opinion proffered by the Betsi itself, there was no reference to an external assessment (please see blog post ‘Exactly How Bad Was Fali Ward?’).

The Rebel Member, Phil Edwards,  stated that they didn’t just need a verbal update on special measures, ‘we need evidence on paper’. (I’ve got plenty of evidence on paper Phil – evidence of thirty years of criminal activity and wrongdoing…)

Gary the CEO referred to special measures as being a ‘big question’, mentioning the ‘very wide-ranging areas’ that are under scrutiny. (Just about all activities of the Board as far as I can see.) He has noticed that with regard to the mental health services ‘we have a lot of work to get done…we are making good progress…our special measures challenge is the trust and confidence of many people’. Well there are suicides and suspicious deaths as well as a scandal most weeks, so I don’t think Betsi is quite there yet where the ‘trust and confidence of many people’ is concerned.

At this point Higson asked the Board for any declarations of interest. There were none, as usual – although this Board is packed with people who seem to have numerous conflicts of interest (please see blog post ‘Conflicts Of Interest – And Some Very Big Salaries’). The Board then started going through the minutes of the previous meeting.

Marian Wyn Jones (Independent Board Member) drew attention to the Finance Committee receiving approval for the business plan to develop the A&E Dept at Ysbyty Gwynedd. Marian claimed that this will be a ‘great boost’ to the economy in north west Wales. I’m not sure how that works actually – that hospital in a way is sucking the life out of north west Wales. It is receiving huge amounts of Welsh Gov’t money whilst offering a dreadful service. The local politicians dare not say a word about the appalling ‘care’ and malpractice because it is a major employer and one of the few places in Gwynedd that provides well-paid long-term jobs. The staff there really don’t want to join the ranks of most of the rest of the folk in Gwynedd, on incomes made up of low-paid work and benefits, so they lobby furiously to make damn sure that Hywel Williams MP and Sian Gwenllian AM toe the line. It is a rather unhealthy symbiotic relationship. Gary complained about the layout of the A&E Dept at Ysbyty Gwynedd and said that ‘the quality of the building is not what you would want’. Actually Gary, the quality of the staff is not what you would want – please read blog post ‘Two Dangerous Very Dishonest Nurses’ for an account of the conduct of staff at the A&E Dept at Ysbyty Gwynedd. I am not the only person who has had such experiences. Gary did however observe that it was ‘great’ that this bunch of liars and thugs who abuse their patients are going to be given a new building in which to do so.

Bobby Feely (Independent Board Member) drew attention to the shortcomings in the mandatory training in infection control at the Betsi – she was worried ‘about our standing in Wales’. This does rather smack of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, their standing in Wales could not be lower. Marian commented that the level of mandatory training in infection control was ‘down from last year’. Of course the hospitals in north Wales have a long tradition of being rife with infection but not actually telling anyone lest it affects their ‘reputation’. Or indeed their standing in Wales. Please see blog post ‘The Tip Of Yet Another Iceberg?’ for further details of the state of hygiene in units run by the Betsi and some of their rather novel ideas to remedy the problem. Margaret mentioned that they’ll be ‘keeping the pressure on’ regarding training an infection prevention. We’ll expect some more bad news media stories soon then.

Margaret then moved on to a topic central to this blog – matters relating to the mental health services. She stated that assurances had been provided to the Board’s Mental Health Act Committee that there have been improvements in the assessment of young people, ‘but we’re not there yet’. Margaret finds herself making this statement at most Board meetings. However they are ‘in a much better place’ and their duties under the Mental Health Act are being fulfilled. I’d carry out an intensive search of the Heddfan Unit if I were you Margaret, perish the thought that there might be someone in there who has been sectioned for months by Raj Sambhi because they have complained that there is neglect and abuse in the mental health services and that a paedophile ring used to operate in the region…Margaret mentioned that there is a shortage of Section 12 doctors and that they need to look at why that is. I’ll tell you why it is Margaret. It is because for years senior posts in the north Wales mental health services have been log-jammed by the likes of Dafydd Alun Jones, Marie Savage, Tony Roberts, Raj Sambhi et al and no-one wants to work with these vicious, corrupt, dysfunctional people who are exterminating their patients. Indeed, the one good psychiatrist that you have got has been given a really bad time by them – and other psychiatrists who have unsuspectingly taken up posts here have walked away after a matter of weeks, horrified by what they have discovered happening. Margaret mentioned the possibility of ‘getting more GPs on board’ – she’ll find the same problem. The good GPs will not work with that shower – I knew of a number of GPs in Gwynedd who loathed David Healy and Tony Roberts, because Healy and Roberts were just so unhelpful when those GPs tried to refer patients to them. The GPs viewed Roberts and Healy as frankly negligent. And just to chuck a further spanner in the works, Healy and his protégé Richard Tranter – who left for New Zealand in a hurry when people started discovering what he was up to – were busy on Healy’s blog blaming the dysfunction, chaos and cruelty in the mental health services on everyone but themselves, advising other people not to work at the Betsi. I can heartily recommend any patients who have experienced the insanity of the Hergest Unit to read the piece on Healy’s blog entitled ‘Richard’s Story’, it’s a real tear-jerker. The tale of a Hergest Unit that attracted Nobel prize winners no less (yes, honestly, that is one of the claims made), that provided excellent care for patients, that was an innovative unit providing the best care in the UK until that wicked witch Mary Burrows came along – except that it’s all a pack of lies, about as honest as the ‘research’ that was being carried out by those we know and love in the mental health services.

The Board then held a long discussion about Wales’s ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations Act’. This Act is providing a very useful smokescreen for the state of the public services in Wales. Like a lot of things emanating from the Welsh Govt, the idea is good but it cannot actually work because our public services are so troubled. I have two friends in England who are very starry-eyed about this Act and are of the opinion that the Welsh Govt are leading the way. But how can one even begin to talk about the well-being of future generations when we have a health and welfare sector riddled with corruption and malpractice?

There were some prize contributions to this discussion from Board members. Rycroft-Malone claimed that ‘we in the university…are trying to pay attention to it…giving consistent messages about what we expect from students in training…’ The main ‘messages’ those students get from you Jo is that you have a very big problem with overseas students and colleagues and that if students witness malpractice on placement there’s no point reporting it because it usually won’t be dealt with. Margaret commented that it wasn’t just a matter of box-ticking, it was adopting a ‘hearts and minds’ approach. In view of the various catastrophes occurring in that Health Board I think it’s rather a matter of ‘shock and awe’ than ‘hearts and minds’. Then came Lyn’s contribution – the ‘evil bitch’ adopted her best old lady from Liverpool manner and asked ‘are we aware or do we have a measure of how our staff understand the legislation?’ Which was particularly rich coming from a woman who, in her capacity as Director of HR at Bangor University, bent the rules so often and to such a degree and showed such an ignorance of all relevant legislation regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination that most of us wondered whether she really did have a law degree as she claimed. Geoff Lang (Executive Director of Strategy) wisely stated that if a straw poll was carried out, the staff probably understood ‘very little’ regarding the legislation. I have sympathy with the staff on this point – if they’re any good, they’ll be so busy trying to care for patients in the midst of chaos, dysfunction and aggressive management that considering esoteric legislation will be the least of their concerns. Peter Higson suggested that an online survey be e mailed to all staff  – they’re going to love you for that Peter, you’re already running an organisation full of staff going off sick with stress and depression who are consistently reporting burn-out and bullying from managers… Bethan then chipped in with the extraordinary comment that ‘a lot of agencies in the Third Sector’ that are commissioned by the Health Board are ‘achieving a great deal’. So who do you have in mind then Bethan – CAIS and MIND perhaps, who seem to be running some of the biggest scams imaginable, as previously described on the blog? Bethan stressed the importance of ‘monitoring’ these Third Sector organisations – I wish someone would, including Mantell Gwynedd, the Third Sector organisation that Bethan herself runs, some of us have wondered for years what services they are providing and to whom. Bethan stated that the sums involved in commissioning these organisations are ‘small’ – this blog has described how CAIS has recently received £1.5 million for ‘service user/carer involvement’ and nearly £5 million for ‘substance abuse services’ (which CAIS are very obviously not delivering on). £6.5 million might be cat’s piss to you Bethan, but if the Board gave that money to me I bet I could do a better job than CAIS. Bethan maintained that ‘a lot of the Third Sector bodies are measuring social value and doing it in quite a sophisticated way’. Is this Third Sector speak for ‘we are visibly not making a blind bit of difference, so we’re going to pretend that our critics are too daft to understand our ‘sophisticated’ ways of measuring ‘social value’? Meanwhile CAIS will continue to rake in millions for providing shelter and detox services, whilst towns like Wrexham fill up with homeless drug users. And from what people contacting this blog are reporting, no-one is actually managing to get a service out of ‘Parabl’, aptly described by one reader as ‘the love-child of MIND and CAIS’.

Gary the CEO gave a little spiel about all the e mails and letters that he receives ‘every week’ no less from patients bowled over by the Betsi. Presumably he just ignores the e mails – such as mine – who tell him when things are going dreadfully wrong. He also mentioned the ‘nutrition and hydration’ week, which featured on this blog recently, one of the ‘events’ involved being a ‘multi-disciplinary team’ of senior staff who were going to observe a ‘service user meal experience’ – translated this means that a collection of managers were actually going to watch someone eat their dinner. Lest anyone ever thought that even the Betsi couldn’t possibly do this, I’m glad to say that they did. Gary reported back to the Board and mentioned that ‘I appeared out of the blue, people didn’t know about it, they were surprised’. I imagine they were completely gobsmacked Gary, you’re paid something like £200,000 pa and you’re watching someone eat their pudding. Gary then moved onto other matters such as infection control and storage of medicines and commented that there are ‘other Boards doing better than us’. That’s why you’re in special measures Gary.

Then Martin spoke. This was certainly illuminating to someone like me who has some knowledge of how Martin conducted business in his previous incarnation as CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust. The fact that Edwina Hart felt obliged to abolish that organisation and undertake a massive rebranding exercise in the (vain) hope that we’d all forget what happened there, hasn’t however prompted any inner reflection on the part of Martin. Martin started talking about staff performance. This is the man who literally terrorised staff at the North West Wales NHS Trust, the man who removed the beds from junior doctors rest rooms because he wasn’t going to pay them to lie down – even though these were junior doctors who were working extremely long shifts – and of course the man who was part of the management Board of a Trust that achieved fame when they purchased custom-made crockery for many thousands of pounds embossed with the Trusts ‘logo’, for their personal use. Meanwhile patients died – in great numbers. Martin hasn’t changed. He opened with the phrase ‘MY staff’, with the emphasis on the ‘my’. Not ‘our team’, but ‘MY staff’. They are not your staff Martin, you all work for the NHS. But this was characteristic of managers in the North West Wales NHS Trust. Their risk manager, John Bowles, actually used to refer to ‘my subordinates’. Martin then unveiled his latest Regime of Terror. After mentioning ‘staff health’ and stating that there’s a lot that can be done to ‘help staff adjust’ and build ‘resilience’ (resilience to Martin’s aggression, that’ll take some building), Martin stated that he was going to ‘discuss with people how they are progressing’. God, can you imagine what that will entail. Martin explained that there was going to be ‘an increase in the number of training days’ and that this ‘will result in staff being excluded without pay if they fail to attend’. Now I heard the details of the ‘training’ that was ‘offered’ at the North West Wales Trust when Martin was CEO. The staff were seething, because they maintained that it was very obviously not ‘training’ at all, it was always a tick-box exercise on a computer that trained no-one in anything and furthermore everyone maintained that there was only one purpose to this ‘training’ – so that in the event of complaint, litigation or even tragedy, Martin could maintain that the staff had been ‘trained’ and that member of staff would therefore be deemed fully responsible and would be hung out to dry by Martin in order to protect the wider organisation and of course Martin himself, from scrutiny. Furthermore I was told that because there were many more staff required to do the ‘training’ than computers available for use, it was often impossible to complete the training. These were of course the same computers that staff had to use for clinical work, to update patients records etc. I was told that the ‘training’ was sending the Trust into chaos and preventing people from seeing their patients. And Martin is doing it all over again – this time accompanied by a threat to withdraw pay (would that even be legal?). The Betsi Board recently hit the headlines when it was revealed that staff were refusing to co-operate with the external investigation into the Tawel Fan scandal, in which elderly mentally ill patients were found to have been seriously abused and neglected on Tawel Fan, a ward in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. No-one mentioned withdrawing their pay. But if anyone sticks two fingers up to Martin’s dodgy ‘training’ or even just isn’t able to find a computer… Martin then announced to the Board that he of course had been ‘compliant with my management training’ and began to talk about the computerised system that is so easy to use – staff just have to log on and away they go. No excuses!

As Martin has learnt absolutely nothing despite having ‘his’ Trust abolished and being removed from his previous job, may I suggest that someone at the Betsi starts carrying out DBS checks on ALL staff. When Martin was CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust, I was told that criminal record checks were not being carried out. This resulted in the employment of at least one person with previous convictions for assault in a role with direct patient contact….

I left the meeting after hearing Martin explain his latest plans to ensure that the recruitment crisis and breakdowns among staff at the Betsi will continue for some while yet. As I left, I spent a long time pondering on why the Betsi Board are actually putting themselves through this. They cannot run the Board, things are getting worse by the day and now they’re getting touchy about my comments on this blog. Higson looks like a bag of nerves, Martin spent the whole meeting staring downwards at the desk in front of him – even when he was unveiling his plans for the Great Terror – and Phil the Rebel Member had the distinct appearance of a very guilty man facing a police investigation for serious crimes. Which is odd because Phil is the former Police Federation chief for north Wales. Phil doesn’t need to be on the Betsi Board, he will have a generous police pension, even Gordon Anglesea’s widow received one of these, thanks to Arfon Jones, the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. Higson is past retirement age as well, he will have a state pension as well as a gold-plated pot from his many years concealing wrongdoing in the mental health services and I bet that he’s paid off his mortgage by now as well. If anyone knows why Higson has not sailed off into the sunset on a Saga cruise, please do let me know.

A Truly Splendid Letter From The CEO and the Chairman of the Betsi

I have just received an e mail from one Dawn Lees, ‘Business Support Manager/Executive Assistant to Chief Executive’ at the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board. I reproduce the text of the e mail below:

Dear Dr Baker,

Please see attached correspondence from both Mr Gary Doherty, Chief Executive, and Mr Peter Higson, Chairman, Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board.

Please note that a hard copy will not follow.

Kind Regards


Naturally I was expecting this to be a letter from Gary and Peter finally addressing the complaint that I made some months ago, explaining how they were going to rectify the numerous libels and mountains of misinformation on my medical records, explaining why some of my medical records had been ‘removed’ from my files years ago without my knowledge, or indeed explaining why I have not yet received a full copy of my medical records despite requesting them months ago and paying the access fee. It was not to be.

The letter is so entertaining that I’m attaching it here to enable readers to read it in it’s full splendour 697 Sally Baker 13 03 17

Yes, Gary and Peter are complaining my blog, specifically the ‘derogatory personal references’ about ‘individual Board Members’. This is a Board so deeply in dept that it is consuming a huge proportion of the nation’s total NHS budget, a Board in special measures because of the constant scandals in it’s ‘services’, a Board overseeing mental health services that are so unsafe that patients are being found dead on an almost weekly basis…I could continue but I won’t reproduce my whole blog in this one post. What’s the betting that Peter and Gary utilised the services of some expensive lawyers before sending me this – they were probably hoping to do me for libel, only they should be aware that I have documentary evidence for everything that I state as fact. Including me being illegally detained at the North Wales Hospital whilst Peter Higson was a manager there and my very serious complaints about the mental health services being ignored by Health Inspectorate Wales whilst Higson was its CEO.

Any sensible person will conclude that Peter and Gary should be prioritising matters other than ‘derogatory personal comments’ about Board Members on this blog. But this is the NHS all over – ‘reputation’ comes before patient safety every time…

There’s another Health Board meeting on Thursday and as usual I will be in attendance. I will report back on this blog in the usual manner.