Those Lawyers and Judges Involved In The Mary Wynch Case

As promised, here’s a bit of background on the lawyers and judges involved in Mary’s case. (Please can I ask new readers of the blog to refer to my previous posts ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’ and ‘Post-Script: The Mary Wynch Case – The Details’ for the details of Mary’s case and why it was both so worrying and so important.)

Firstly, the solicitors who represented Mary – B.M. Birnberg. They are currently listed as a firm in Camden. I presume that they were London based when they represented Mary – I do not think that she would have been able to find a firm in north Wales to represent her after what had gone on. If one googles Colin Braham, who was named in the Court documents as Counsel for Mary, again one ends up at a firm of lawyers in Camden. The other Counsel who acted for Mary was John MacDonald. He too is a barrister based in Camden. MacDonald has a very successful practice and has been involved in some high profile cases but there’s no cases similar to Mary’s flagged up on his website. So Mary’s solicitors didn’t engage the services of someone like Michael Mansfield who was known for taking cases against the British state – although Mary had encountered very big problems with the British state indeed. Dafydd Alun Jones and Paul Bishop were represented by Hempsons, the solicitors who act for the Medical Defence Union. Some two years later, Hempsons acted for Dafydd Alun Jones’s colleague, Dr Tony Francis (previously referred to on the blog as ‘Dr X’). Francis had used Hempsons to obtain an injunction against me – although Francis had perjured himself in order to do this – in order to stop me writing to him no less, when I was trying to follow up a serious complaint which involved Francis and Jones breaking the law and to access my medical records. Come on Hempsons, you knew that something was going badly wrong in the mental health services in north Wales, because by the time that you were serving injunctions on me, negligence had been admitted in Mary’s case and I had mentioned Dafydd Alun Jones’s name repeatedly in the letters that I had written to Francis… (Please see previous posts for more information on the activities of Hempsons in my own case and one of their solicitors, Anne Ball.) The Counsel used by Hempsons was one Jon Williams – I have not been able to find any references to him (he may of course have been a John Williams, the Court documents are full of errors and misspellings). The Treasury Solicitor represented the Home Office and Paul Hayward’s estate and Counsel acting on their behalf was Christopher Symons. The Treasury Solicitor’s Department is now called the Government Legal Department. The Treasury Solicitor’s Department is described as ‘a non-ministerial Government department that provided legal services to the majority of central government departments and other publicly funded bodies in England and Wales’.

Now for the really interesting bit. Mary was committed to prison and then released into the ‘care’ of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones at the North Wales Hospital by one James Blackett-Ord, who enjoyed the title of ‘His Honour the Vice-Chancellor of the County of Palatine of Lancaster’. James Blackett-Ord was actually a circuit judge. However his glorious title conferred upon him another role- to exercise general supervision over the conduct of the Chancery Division business in the north of England. The Chancery Division is a Division of the High Court of England and Wales and deals with business law, trust law, probate law, insolvency and land law in relation to issues of equity. So Blackett-Ord was effectively judging on a case that it was his role to oversee. Conflict of interest anyone? It gets much worse. The Vice-Chancellor of the County of Palatine of Lancaster is appointed by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster after consultation with the Lord Chancellor. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a Ministerial Office of Government appointed by the Queen on the advice of, or by, the Prime Minister. Mary’s mother’s estate – the original source of the dispute – was administered by the Public Trustee (one of Mary’s later legal actions was against the Public Trustee). The Public Trustee is appointed by the Lord Chancellor – as well as Blackett-Ord! There was nothing impartial about this judge. But I haven’t finished (not by a long way). The Lord Chancellor was also in charge of the investigation into Mary’s case that the MPs in Parliament were referring to in 1993 and 1995.

Are we surprised that Mary was ruined?

But my research into Blackett-Ord turned up something else interesting. After Blackett-Ord’s time as the Vice-Chancellor of the County of Palatine of Lancaster ended in 1987 (he is described as ‘stepping down’) from then on the office was held by a High Court judge of the Chancery Division. Was this perchance related to the shit that hit the fan over Mary’s case? Blackett-Ord died a few years ago and his obituaries described him as a ‘churchman’ and a ‘landowner’ from Northumberland – they also remarked on how much he enjoyed being the Vice-Chancellor of the County of Palatine of Lancaster. They do not explain why he completely shafted a respectable middle aged woman from north Wales who had been swindled by some local solicitors by having her arrested and then handed her over to man who’s mistress was facilitating a paedophile ring to be illegally banged up in an asylum for a year.

Before we leave the subject of Blackett-Ord, I’ll just take a brief diversion into politics. Previous posts mentioned that Mary’s problems occurred on the watch of Margaret Thatcher and John Major (more on the Ministers involved is coming in a future post as promised). But my co-researcher has reminded me of something very important. Mary’s problems began before Thatcher was elected. When Mary was arrested in October 1977, Jim Callaghan was Prime Minister and when Mary was swindled out of her mother’s estate Ted Heath was Prime Minister. Blackett-Ord was appointed in 1972 – the year of Mary’s mother’s death and the original dispute. When Blackett-Ord was appointed, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was Geoffrey Rippon or John Davies (Conservatives) and the Lord Chancellor was Lord Hailsham, Quintin Hogg (Conservative). (Hogg was the man who, after Argentina surrendered following the invasion of the Falklands, famously told a TV crew that it was God wot had won it for us. But being Quintin Hogg he said it in Latin. If the old bastard was still alive perhaps he could have explained why he appointed a crook to high office – in Latin of course.) At the time of Mary’s arrest, the Lord Chancellor was Lord Elwyn-Jones (Labour) and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was Harold Lever (Labour). There will be more on these politicians in a future post.

The judge who rejected Mary’s initial appeal was Justice Otton. This will have been Sir Philip Otton. I can find very little information about Otton, other than he once sentenced the Spectator’s notorious gossip columnist Taki to prison – Taki maintains that not only did Otton later express regret at imprisoning him, but that a key witness at the trial later admitted perjuring himself.

However of course Mary appealed to the Master of the Rolls, Lord Donaldson, who, sitting with Lords Justices Parker and Balcombe, allowed her appeal and gave her leave to sue. Lord Justice Parker was Sir Roger Parker who it was alleged by a colleague didn’t end up in the House of Lords because his ‘outspokenness on the administration of justice’ ruffled a few feathers. Were those feathers ruffled perhaps by his fair treatment of a lady who had been swindled and illegally imprisoned by an awful lot of people who had pals in high places? Lord Justice Balcombe was Sir John Balcombe. Lord Donaldson was Lord John Donaldson, Master of the Rolls between 1982 and 1992, succeeding Lord Denning. John Donaldson was the son of a Harley Street gynaecologist – Donaldson married a nurse from the Middlesex Hospital and when he was young had ambitions to be a Tory MP. He is remembered for presiding over the trials of the Guildford Four and MacGuire Seven, both notorious miscarriages of justice. He famously remarked that he wished that he could have sentenced the Guildford Four to hanging. Between 1971 and 1974 he was President of the Industrial Relations Tribunal – the Unions hated him, calling him ‘Black Jack’. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal by Thatcher two months after she was elected. Despite his conservatism, Donaldson had a reputation even among radical lawyers as having a ‘passion for justice’ on civil liberties issues. Donaldson pushed through legal reforms, failed to do the Government’s bidding when they wanted Peter Wright’s ‘Spycatcher’ censored and also supported Private Eye in a number of cases. In retrospect, he is considered to have been relatively progressive. Interestingly enough I have found a quote from Lord Elwyn-Jones, the Lord Chancellor at the time of Mary’s arrest, who acknowledged that at the time Donaldson deserved promotion to the Court of Appeal but that it would be ‘more trouble than it was worth’.

NB. The former Labour MP for Conwy, Sir Elwyn Jones, had previously worked as a solicitor in Bangor. His son Elwyn Jones was also a solicitor in Bangor. Neither of these are the same man as Lord Elwyn-Jones.  It is interesting however that Mary’s original problems began with her allegations that there had been misconduct on the part of a number of local solicitors. Mary lived in Caernarfon – about eight miles away from Bangor – and even then provincial lawyers in north Wales seemed very well networked into bigger fish elsewhere.

Correction and Apology

Throughout this blog I have referred to Lord Denning as the Master of the Rolls who gave Mary Wynch leave to sue Dr Dafydd Alun Jones et al for illegally detaining her in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. I’m really sorry, but this was an error – Mary’s appeal was handled by Lord Denning’s successor, Lord Donaldson. My co-researcher and I have found it very difficult accessing information about Mary’s case, it would seem that someone somewhere would like a veil drawn over it. However my co-researcher has come up trumps and has obtained some of the original papers and transcripts. I am somewhere at present where I only have intermittent access to wifi, so I can’t correct all the Lord Denning references on the blog for a few days, but I will soon. There will also be a post giving many more details of Mary’s case and naming some more of those who seemed to have protected people in north Wales from the consequences of their very serious wrongdoing – I am following more leads at the moment. The trail regarding this very grubby business leads to the very top of Thatcher’s Government. No wonder those breaking the law and abusing us all in the 80s and 90s had no fear at all – and no wonder Dr X killed himself when Operation Pallial was launched. By the way, I think my friend was correct the other day – it was a misjudgement to give Dr X anonymity. So for those of you outside of north Wales who won’t know – Dr X is one Dr Tony Francis.

More coming soon.

Updates and News Round Up, May 7 2017

The big news story today is Theresa May’s announcement that the Mental Health Act is to be overhauled. This announcement is most welcome – I’m seeing signs that the Tories have woken up to exactly what has been going on in the UK mental health system and are well aware that the dreadful outcomes for so many patients is related to criminal activity and neglect on the part of mental health professionals rather than ‘cuts’. The usual culprits are climbing aboard the bandwagon though – the dreadful Paul Famer, CEO of MIND, is busy clamouring for a voice at the table. This is the Paul who leads an organisation that has concealed and colluded with criminal activity in the mental health services for at least the last 30 years and who ignored a letter from me detailing some of that activity, as discussed in previous posts. Can I also remind Theresa that the man who wrote the 1983 Mental Health Act was one Professor Robert Bluglass who six years later was central to whitewashing the criminal activity of psychiatrists in north Wales, who were themselves facilitating a paedophile ring. The man who wrote the associated code of practice for the Mental Health Act was William Bingley, the legal director of MIND, who also knew about the horrors of psychiatry in north Wales but kept schtum, remained schtum when he subsequently led the Mental Health Act Commission and then was mired in scandal himself whilst he held a leading role in an NHS Trust in the north west of England. Little wonder that this Act afforded patients very little protection from abusive professionals indeed – and even when patients demonstrated that the Act had been flouted and the law broken, no-one was ever held to account. I do hope that when the Westminster Gov’t draft the new Act they do not rely on crooks and charlatans to do so – I also hope that the likes of Paul Farmer, Rachel Perkins and Peter Beresford, those self-appointed ‘voices of the service users’, are not allowed to speak for the rest of us. They have played the same game that William Bingley played – declared themselves to be liberators of the oppressed whilst remaining silent about the most appalling practices. Theresa has also announced the appointment of thousands of more mental health professionals by 2020 – we don’t need more of them Theresa, we need DIFFERENT ones. We do not need ‘mental health professionals’ who lie in court, who collude with paedophile gangs by labelling people who have been victims of these gangs as ‘psychotic’, who knowingly prescribe doses and combinations of ‘medication’ that will seriously harm and eventually kill patients who complain of abuse at the hands of welfare professionals, or who offer ‘talking treatments’ that are not effective and then denounce the patients as ‘untreatable’ when their condition fails to improve. Neither do we need professionals who believe in the existence of ‘borderline personality disorders’ – a reading of the ‘symptoms’ as provided by DSM reveals that this ‘disorder’ could be applied to any distressed person. The Tories need to look outside of the medical, nursing and psychological establishment for their answers and they need to start selecting a very different type of person to train as mental health professionals and give them a very different training. What has been going on is shocking and the whole of the mental health establishment has been involved. Furthermore Theresa, you have got to rethink welfare benefits – there is no point removing the yoke of an abusive mental health system if seriously ill people are then left destitute or to kill themselves in despair, which is what is happening now. Most people claiming disability benefits are not scroungers and shirkers, they have variable, complex conditions that limit them – they would dearly love the opportunity to work but can’t always do so. If Theresa needs a bit of advice I recommend her to go online and read the Disability News Service – it is brilliant and is far more reflective of what disabled people experience and their opinions than the likes of MIND, Beresford or Rachel Perkins. Oh and it would have been nice to have had a reply from Penny Mordaunt or indeed Theresa herself after writing them FIVE E MAILS regarding a disability assessor employed by Crapita who lied repeatedly after conducting a PIP ‘assessment’ and made a j0ke during that mental health assessment about visiting ‘made axe men’ in the community. Because Penny and Theresa didn’t reply I sent the evidence to the Disability News Service instead who had collected numerous other examples of dreadful behaviour on the part of ‘assessors’. The Disability News Service has also run some cracking exposes of the disgusting Paul Farmer and his collusion with the Tory welfare reforms that have left people destitute and dead.

There is a story in the Mail online regarding scores of people who attended a special school for children with haemophilia who have since died after receiving infected blood products from the NHS – most of the children who were at that school in the 70s and 80s are now dead. The Mail have been surprised to discover this, but successive UK Gov’ts were warned since the mid-70s that using blood products imported from the US was putting patients at great risk – the companies involved were receiving blood that was purchased rather than donated and a lot of those selling their blood were vagrants and drug addicts who had blood borne infections. The danger in the 70s was hepatitis (no-one knew about HIV then) – and the UK Gov’t was told again and again from where the US blood was being sourced and that people would die, the warnings were based on rock solid science but were ignored. And the final nail in the coffin for blood products produced in the UK that were screened and free of infection was driven in by one Margaret Thatcher, who shut down the British lab who did this work on the grounds that US blood products were cheaper. Thousands of people have now died as a direct result of Thatcher’s idiocy – no wonder both Cameron and Theresa have refused public enquiries into it all. The Tories really do need to blow this hagiography of Thatcher that has been written out of the water – I’m a leftie so there is much about her policies with which I would disagree, those being political differences that are open to argument, but Thatcher made some very serious misjudgements. Such as purchasing infected blood products, personally lobbying for Jimmy Savile to be awarded a knighthood on the grounds that he was a ‘Samaritan’ although she had been told frankly that there were very great concerns over his ‘private life’, a life that would undoubtedly one day become public and cause huge embarrassment if he were to receive a knighthood. But then one of Thatcher’s bodyguards told her that Sir Peter Morrison, MP for Chester, was conducting liaisons with under-aged boys and she still made Morrison deputy party chairman. A lot of people in north Wales paid a very high price for Thatcher’s desire to keep Morrison in public life. But there we are, she defended dear old Cecil Parkinson, who made his secretary pregnant, told her to have an abortion (although he’d voted against the availability of legal abortion), dropped her when she refused, never saw the resulting child, obtained a High Court injunction to prevent Sara Keays the child’s mum ever speaking to the press – although the child was disabled and Keays’s life became quite a struggle – and then cut the child out of his will. That’s the way to treat a mistress that you’ve had an affair with for twelve years and your illegitimate baby. It is rather looking as though the moral code that Thatcher allegedly imbibed from her much boasted about Methodist father that she spent so much time banging on about was about as genuine as the morality that Dr Dafydd Alun Jones claimed to have soaked up from learning Bible verses in Welsh when he was a child – please see post ‘A Serious Moral Collapse’…

Now for a few minor updates to previous posts. I have had a conversation with someone who has told me that he thinks that I have made a misjudgement in not naming on this blog ‘Dr X’, the psychiatrist from Ysbyty Gwynedd who did so many dreadful things and killed himself some four years ago. I have not named Dr X – although readers from north Wales will know who he is – because he clearly was a man with serious problems (although he has been described to me as a ‘ruthlessly efficient predator’) and his widow is still living in north Wales and probably does not have a particularly enjoyable life. I do accept that Dr X did some terrible things and indeed I was very lucky not to have gone to prison or died at his hands – his widow colluded with some of this, although I’m not sure if she knew the extent of the wrongdoing that her husband was involved in. I do know that certainly on several occasions she tried to smear me and if I had have been imprisoned or died, those smears would have remained. But I am still alive and Dr X is not and I am now going public on what he and his associates did…

There is however one man whom I did not name in a previous post whom I now think that I ought to name. That is the Porthmadog GP of the young man who died at the hands of the Hergest Unit as detailed in my post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners Strike And A Memory Jogged’. This GP undoubtedly knew what was happening to that young man – but this GP had ‘trained’ in psychotherapy and Jungian analysis along with the rest of the scoundrels in north Wales who have been responsible for so much suffering. Dr Anton Arthur Niesser, you are very culpable indeed.

Yesterday’s post ‘When Showbiz Meets Politics’ told the story of the now imprisoned Max Clifford and how he may well have known about what I am now exposing on this blog. I forgot to mention that after Max Clifford was jailed, the NSPCC described him as a ‘ruthless and manipulative sex offender’. This is the same NSPCC who were found to have doctored their evidence to the public inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie (please see post ‘The London Connection’). Victoria was referred to the NSPCC by a social worker at Haringey Social Services seven months before her death and the NSPCC took the decision to ‘take no further action’…. The NSPCC is like MIND and the other big professionalised charities – they receive millions in Gov’t dosh, their executives are highly paid and all want a gong and they are not going to rock the boat. Again and again it is revealed that they will not expose or challenge state failure or abuse – but then most of their ‘leaders’ and staff have previously worked in the welfare establishment themselves, they have networks in that sector, they think in the same way and share the same values as well as the same failings.

Previous posts have discussed the activities of Sir John Kay – I have now come across his name again, this time in connection with the Jeremy Bamber case, which a lot of people are now convinced was a very big miscarriage of justice (see post ‘Family Annihilation’). Sir John Kay, along with Justice Henriques and another judge, rejected Bamber’s 2002 appeal. Henriques is of course Sir Richard Henriques, whose scathing report about Operation Midland, the police investigation into the allegations of a Westminster paedophile ring, caused Operation Midland to be stopped (please see blog post ‘The Latest Edition Of Private Eye’). I have discovered further information about Sir John Kay as well, which will appear in a future blog post. Furthermore, whilst doing a bit of reading about the Denis Nielson case yesterday – the notorious man from north London who killed and cooked scores of young, usually destitute, men whom he invited home with him but who was nonetheless deemed to be not ‘mentally ill’ by ‘expert witnesses’ at his trial – I discovered yet another thing that is terrifying but quite entertaining at the same time. Regular followers of this blog will remember that one of those ‘experts’ who ‘assessed’ me and concealed what Dafydd et al were up to was Dr Paul Bowden, from the Maudsley Hospital (Dafydd had done a stint of his ‘training’ at the Maudsley). Bowden was one of the ‘expert opinions’ who assessed Denis Nielson! So yes, as a result of me writing letters complaining about criminal conduct in the mental health services in north Wales, I was referred to the man who only six years or so earlier was brought in to assess one of the UK’s most infamous serial killers. It is quite extraordinary isn’t it. Complaining about Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr X? Well that’s on a par with murdering, dismembering, cooking and eating more than a dozen other people. My name has gone down in history – a truly dangerous woman…

(Note to UK psychiatry: I’ve been made aware that a lot of people in political and media circles are now reading this blog. Do you think that anyone is EVER going to take you seriously again? I have of course been approached by journalists, but I am not making media appearances. What I have to say is said in my publications and on this blog – I am not interested in being used or manipulated by people for their own personal gain, I have been subjected to quite enough of that. I am sharing the information and knowledge that I have acquired because a lot of people did a lot of things that they should not have and some of those people should be prosecuted.)

As I’ve gradually become aware of just how much of a role that organised child sexual abuse has played in the co-development of an abusive, corrupt mental health system (the two systems are very much in symbiosis), I’ve been wondering why there were so many dreadful old men in professional or public life who wanted to have sex with dispossessed, terrified under-age children in care. It wouldn’t really appeal to me. And silly arguments about testosterone do not add up – testosterone and the alleged associated sex drive cause the human body to want an orgasm, they do not demand that a child in care is molested. Why did these men not simply use the services of a consenting adult sex worker? I was discussing this with a friend who made two suggestions. One suggestion was that the generation of upper middle and upper class men who did this – men who are now dead or are very nearly dead – frequently went to notoriously brutal prep and public schools where physical, emotional and sexual abuse from masters and other boys was rampant, which could have left many of them with very strange sexual tastes and completely unable to form ‘normal’ relationships. (There seems to be quite a lot of evidence building up that this was indeed the case.) Her other suggestion was the reason why so many of these men did not simply go to prostitutes – that after Profumo they would not have dared. They may actually have considered that the illegal abuse of disadvantaged children in care would be far safer than buying the services of a sex worker. After all, Mandy Rice-Davies and Christine Keeler knew who they were sleeping with – the kids in the children’s homes in north Wales usually didn’t, which is how one of them years later ended up naming Lord McAlpine on Newsnight , which resulted in a number of people being sued for libel and the departure of George Entwhistle, the Director General of the BBC. Of course, the person who wrote the report in the wake of the Profumo scandal was Lord Denning, another judge who did some highly inconsistent things during his very long career. Such as giving Mary Wynch leave to sue Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and two associated crooked ‘prison doctors’ from Risley Remand Centre (who names interestingly enough have been airbrushed from history, they are not mentioned anywhere, but I think that one was a Paul Bishop) for illegally imprisoning her, yet doing all he could to keep the Birmingham Six banged up for life because he knew that the legal system would be brought into disrepute if they won an appeal – Lord Denning followed a similar logic when he vented his spleen after the release of the Guildford Four. Denning was of course famous for being the ‘people’s judge’ and upholding the rights of the individual. He was a man from a genuinely modest background himself who never lost his Hampshire accent and who sent shivers down everyone’s spines because he continued to live near Overton, where he had come from, and refused heavy security measures, although he had presided over terrorist trials. (When I was very young for a short time I lived near Lord Denning and am told that I used to play with his dog when we met him in the village, but I can’t actually remember that.) When he ruled in the Mary Wynch case, Denning stated that he thought that it unlikely that there was a ring of solicitors and doctors who were colluding against her as Mary believed (she was bloody well right about that), but that the Mental Health Act should not be used to deprive people of their rights. So why was Denning so helpful to Mary, who had been the victim of corruption among a network of professional people that included police officers, lawyers and judges, yet pretty much at the same time was keen to keep the lid on the institutional corruption that had led to the wrongful imprisonment of others? I’ll do a bit more research and thinking… Another point of interest. Mary won her case and gained much media coverage. In Mary’s case, Lord Denning had set a precedent, ie. that people detained under the Mental Health Act could sue for wrongful imprisonment. Yet I do not know of any other similar cases that followed – although we know that abuses and wrongful imprisonment of people under the Mental Health Act continued. So what happened? Another Interesting Fact – Mary was imprisoned by Jones in 1979. So she was imprisoned BEFORE Bluglass wrote the 1983 Mental Health Act. Mary’s court battle took many years, because once she got out of Denbigh, she had to find lawyers to represent her (which brave souls did that I wonder?), then appeal to Lord Denning in his capacity as Master of the Rolls, then sue Jones et al…. So those we know and love will have got wind by 1980 or so that Mary was preparing to sue a bunch of crooks with friends in Thatcher’s Government who were concealing criminal activities associated with a paedophile ring. Which was just when someone decided that a new Mental Health Act was needed – and that the right people to draft this and the associated code of practice would be Bluglass and Bingley! Who were concealing all the shit in north Wales anyway. I need to do some more digging…

Lastly it’s good to know that the local politicians in north Wales are still as shameless as ever – Hywel Williams is busy retweeting support for Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Plaid candidate for Ynys Mon. If new readers want to find out exactly what Hywel, Ieuan and some of their colleagues have been up to, just use the various search facilities on this blog – I’m not sure how many times that I can keep repeating ‘THEY’VE HELPED PEOPLE WHO WERE FACILITATING A PAEDOPHILE GANG’.

Ieuan Stands Down – and Other Updates

No sadly he hasn’t given up trying to get elected as the Plaid MP for Ynys Mon – although considering what he has done in the past he should (please see posts ‘Further Information On Garth Angharad Hospital’ and ‘More On Those Who Signed That Early Day Motion’) – but Ieuan Wyn Jones has stood down from his ‘leadership’ role in the Menai Science Park, a Bangor University led venture, and has announced that he will not be taking it back up again even if he fails to win Ynys Mon. Someone has e mailed me and commented that it rather looks as though Ieuan has been pushed and they are wondering whether it has anything to do with recent revelations on my blog. I have no idea – but if Ieuan’s decision to stand down from the Science Park project is related to any exposes on this blog, what does this say about Westminster, because he clearly knows that he’ll feel at home if he’s elected…

Now for another update on a previous blog post. My post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’ mentioned the case of Emma Humphreys. I mentioned that Emma was born in Dolgellau – and this was yet another case of someone who’d grown up in care ending up involved with sex work, drug problems, a controversial criminal trial and a suspicious death. I wondered whether Emma had ever passed through the ‘care’ of the glorious Gwynedd Social Services. My co-researcher has helpfully done a bit of digging and discovered that no she hadn’t – Emma left north Wales when she was a toddler and spent her childhood and adolescence variously in Nottingham, Canada and then Nottingham again, so it seems that for once Gwynedd Social Services did not seemingly play a role in this grim story, although systems of ‘care’ in other places did. My co-researcher has however discovered a detailed account of Emma’s life up until the point at which she killed Trevor Armitage. As with the case of Sara Thornton who murdered her abusive husband Malcolm, although these were undoubtedly distressed women with serious mental health problems, there are many features of Emma’s case and conduct which one would expect to make her very culpable indeed regarding the murder of Trevor Armitage. The pictures drawn by Women For Justice of both these cases have been robustly disputed. After reading the details of Emma’s life and the circumstances in which she killed Armitage, exactly the same questions occurred to me as occurred when I read the details of the judgement in the Sara Thornton case (please see blog posts ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’ and ‘Update On Cases Of Susan Brooke and Sara Thornton’). How on earth was it that the very same characteristics of someone diagnosed with a ‘borderline personality disorder’ resulted in Emma’s conviction for murder being overturned and her release from prison, yet has resulted in huge numbers of other people being denied all care and treatment and indeed has been used as a reason to imprison them, frequently for laughable ‘offences’? There is no consistency in the psychiatry behind this and there isn’t even consistency in the particular ‘experts’ giving psychiatric opinions or in the decisions of the judges presiding over the cases. There is something else involved that I am missing…

There has been much criticism of Women For Justice and allegations that they are a man-hating bunch of lesbians who are busy using ‘soft’ Courts to free women who have murdered men. I don’t subscribe to this, I happen to believe that even when women like Sara and Emma have killed abusive men the cases should not be simply regarded as ‘murder pure and simple’. Living with severe long term mental health problems is difficult and living in a volatile violent relationship is even more difficult and people in these situations are very rarely helped no matter what the official narrative of the UK welfare services states. But there is definitely something very odd happening in the Courts with people diagnosed with ‘borderline personality disorder’ –  although I think that I might have discovered the answer to another puzzle. My post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’ notes that at no point in her long and glorious career ‘giving a voice to the powerless’ has Helena Kennedy ever mentioned the gross abuses which pervade the mental health services, abuses which will have impacted on many of the people that Kennedy has represented. Kennedy will definitely know what happens to women in the mental health system, particularly in special hospitals. There was a brief flurry of activity in the late 80s/early 90s on the part of people like WISH (Women In Special Hospitals) in an attempt to draw attention to what was going on – that women were ending up in places like Broadmoor and Ashworth not because they were violent criminals but because they had simply become so distressed as the result of being exposed to sexual violence that they repeatedly harmed or tried to kill themselves. And then they were abused all over again – often sexually – in the special hospitals. At one point it looked as though the lid was really going to be blown off this – but then it all went very quiet and it never reared its ugly head again. I kept wondering what about all those radical groups like Women For Justice, the various campaigners for women in prisons, the feminist groups, that were so busy in the 80s and early 90s, where were they? Some of these people have become very well-known and would now be in a position to stop the scandalous abuse of women who often had a biography of being abused as children in the care system, then being transferred into the mental health system only to be abused all over again and to have every complaint that they ever made dismissed on the grounds of their ‘mental illness’ or ‘personality disorder’. Whilst browsing around a bit of vintage material produced by these groups the other day, something suddenly hit me – the vast majority of these radical political groups were based in London, had connections to the ‘loony left’ and were funded by the GLC. That’s the GLC that was run by Red Ken and co – who where councillors in London boroughs where the children’s homes had been completely infiltrated by gangs of organised paedophiles, as described in my post ‘The London Connection’. The same London boroughs that were sending children to children’s homes in north Wales which had also been infiltrated by paedophile gangs. As I explained in the post ‘The London Connection’ some of those councillors became members of the New Labour Government and are now in the House of Lords. No wonder the GLC never funded anyone who looked as though they might dig into what had happened to all those very distressed psychiatric patients…

One more little link that I should mention re London/north Wales. My posts regarding what passed for ‘service user involvement’ and ‘advocacy’ in north Wales described the lame, colluding organisations ‘representing users’ who remained silent as patients died and who admitted that they wouldn’t handle serious complaints because they were funded by the NHS. I have mentioned that on the occasions when someone who actually knew how to represent people joined these organisations they either left in despair or were forced out. One of the key figures in the ‘Independent Advocacy Association’ ‘speaking’ for ‘service users’ back in the mid 90s was a woman called Marilyn – Marilyn was responsible for the particularly laughable ‘training’ of the Independent Advocates as well as the selection. She certainly did a good job there – she carefully failed to select any of the more capable volunteers, systematically selecting only profoundly vulnerable people who were completely dependent upon the mental health services themselves and who were in awe of professionals. Marilyn was quite unpopular with other ‘service users’ who alleged that she was rigging everything for herself – and of course Marilyn certainly didn’t ever present a challenge to the grossly abusive mental health services in north Wales, no matter how many patients were harmed or died. At one point I was told that Marilyn had experienced a severe breakdown, I think because her partner had committed suicide (exactly the same fate befell another ‘service user representative’ in north Wales – they certainly weren’t treated any better than other patients no matter how much shit they were concealing as a favour to the mental health services). Marilyn disappeared from Bangor and a couple of years later I asked someone what had happened to her. I was told that Marilyn had landed a job – as an Independent Advocate for women at Broadmoor! That was when Savile was active down there. I bet that they could hardly believe their luck when Marilyn applied for the job. Or did a few helpful people point Marilyn in the direction of that job perhaps?

I mentioned in yesterday’s post ‘The London Connection’ how Professor Oliver Brooke, prof of paediatrics at St Georges Hospital Medical School was imprisoned in 1986 for possession of child pornography, only to be released on appeal a few months later by a sympathetic judge, Lord Lane, who likened Brookes’ collection of child porn to a collection of cigarette cards. (There are now allegations that far from being a mere collector of mementoes given away with fags in a previous era, Brooke was actually a major figure in a pan-European child porn ring.) A quick search regarding Lord Lane reveals that he was a most controversial man, who became such an embarrassment that at one point scores of MPs were clamouring for his resignation. He seems to have particularly disgraced himself over an appeal of the Birmingham Six, which he disallowed on the grounds that police officers were never corrupt and that was that. Of course Lord Denning famously followed a similar logic, maintaining that if the appeal of the Birmingham Six was allowed it would have to be accepted that the police, the forensic science service and the prison service were completely corrupt – which indeed they were – and that this would be such an ‘appalling vista’ that the appeal simply could not be permitted. Sadly I have news for Lord Denning, ie. that this blog is demonstrating beyond doubt that there is a vista even more appalling than he feared – a vista concerning the concealment of criminal activity within the child care and mental health services that is so dreadful that the word ‘appalling’ doesn’t begin to describe it. Which might explain why Lord Lane kept the Birmingham Six banged up but released a Top Doctor who doubled up as a Top Paedophile on the grounds that he was the equivalent of a stamp collector. Lord Lane eventually became one of the most senior judges in the UK.

Now onto the latest news: I have read this morning that a policeman from Waunfawr, a James Burns, is facing charges of assault and actual bodily harm at Caernarfon Crown Court. A previous report mentioned that he was being investigated regarding perverting the course of justice as well. In a previous incarnation PC James Burns was one Jimmy Burns, a nursing assistant at the Hergest Unit.

Mail online continues to dig up mountains of dirt in their undercover investigation of fertility clinics and I see that today they also have utterly damning coverage of the state of post-natal care. Numerous women are alleging that although they were well cared for during delivery, it seems that all resources are being put into that, to the very great detriment of post-natal care. There are anecdotes of exhausted new mothers not being given anything to eat or drink, of not being given pain relief, of not being supported in breastfeeding etc. As with other NHS revelations, I’m not sure how the lid has been kept on all this for so long – I have heard first hand accounts from women for years of these sorts of practices, from north Wales and elsewhere. One story that I have heard consistently is that if the woman has already had one baby, there is very little care offered at all, on the grounds that she ‘knows the ropes’. One woman told me how at Ysbyty Gwynedd the newly delivered baby was placed on her abdomen and the midwife literally walked off telling her that she knew what to do because the midwife had read on the notes that this was her second baby… Cathy Warwick, a leading light from the Royal College of Midwives, is quoted talking about good practice. This is the Cathy Warwick who was so rude and hostile to James Titcombe, the man whose baby died as a result of negligence at Morecombe Bay NHS Trust and who subsequently exposed the scandal there, that he resigned from his post at the Care Quality Commission. If Cathy had been a little more honest many years ago about the state of NHS maternity services, she would not now be having to give comments to the Mail online…

There seems to be huge coverage of matters mental health in the media at the moment, on Radio 4 it’s very nearly wall to wall mental health (well I suppose Prince Harry has Bravely Spoken Out recently). This morning it was mental health problems in footballers and eating disorders in men. As ever, someone from the Royal College of Psychiatrists was wheeled out telling everyone that they ‘needed to talk about it’ and ‘ask for help’. I don’t know what is actually going to happen if the nation starts following this advice – all they’re going to find is a bunch of completely mad negligent psychiatrists, who if they are like Rob Poole won’t turn up to the appointment, or if they are like David Healy will demand that they are arrested rather than treated or if they are Tony Roberts will order everyone to DO NOTHING, even in the face of severe suicidal depression. Oh well there’s always Dafydd. I look forward to the Today programme soon reporting on the experiences of all those people who ‘asked for help’…

Lastly, Buck House has announced that Prince Philip is standing down from public duties. So he’ll have no more opportunities to hurl racist abuse at Johnny Foreigner only to hear it repackaged by the BBC as a ‘gaffe’. (I’ve never quite understood Prince Philip’s problem with foreigners – he’s mostly Greek with a dash of a few other nationalities thrown in and his wife’s family are German.) The World At One gave a brief resume of his glorious years of service to the British State and mentioned how he sustained the Royals through the ‘difficult years’ of the 80s and 90s. You know, that business with someone called Diana. That ended in a car crash. Which precipitated so many allegations of murder that one Lord Thomas Scott Baker had to be summoned to hold the inquest to Shut Everybody Up. As someone who had learnt his trade at the knee of the Chester and Wales Circuit where he had inexplicably imprisoned a distressed disorientated woman who had passed through the hands of the North Wales Hospital yet a year later released a rather less disorientated woman who had murdered someone, he was obviously the ideal man for the job.

Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena

My previous blog post ‘The Night of the (Dr Chris) Hunter’ details the massive co-ordinated effort that Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities and Gwynedd Social Services made to label me ‘dangerous’ on the basis of scare stories and baseless allegations made by themselves and circulated around to people who had often never even met me. I described how although I was working in London during the week I had bought a house near Bethesda and I used to go there at weekends – this piece of personal information about me was documented and circulated around managers and administrators. Once these authorities were aware that I had purchased a property in Gwynedd, they began to correspond with each other about who would ‘treat’ me and indeed section me – obviously it would be required. The services of a tame forensic psychiatrist from Cardiff, a Dr Chris Hunter, were engaged and a ‘case conference’ was held about me without my knowledge to which people who had never met me were invited to give ‘evidence’. Neither had I ever met Chris Hunter – indeed I only became aware of his existence some two weeks ago when these previously unreleased documents were sent to me. Yet Hunter had even offered to prepare a Court report about me if necessary – although I wasn’t facing any charges. At the same time that this was all going on, Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities and Gwynedd Social Services flatly refused to investigate the very serious abuses that were taking place in the mental health services in north Wales and had taken no action against anyone in the wake of my very serious complaints. All this was happening with the knowledge of the Mental Health Act Commission and the advice of legal representatives from the Welsh Office, the British Medical Association and the Medical Defence Union. My blog post ‘The Night of the (Dr Chris) Hunter’ takes us up to the end of 1989 with the documents now in my possession showing that without my knowledge, Gwynedd Social Services and Clwyd and Gwynedd Health Authorities were preparing to secure High Court Injunctions against me to prevent me even communicating with them, so vexed were they at my continued attempts to follow up my complaints and obtain a copy of my medical records.

This blog post takes up the story at the beginning of 1990. The documents reveal that on the 9th Jan 1990, I tried to ring the District General Manager of Clwyd Health Authority and spoke to his secretary, June Roberts. June Roberts noted that I ‘was not rude or threatening’. On the 16 Jan 1990, David Hinchcliffe, an administrator at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, made a ‘note for file’ stating that he had received three telephone calls from me asking why the authorities at Denbigh and Clwyd hadn’t investigated my complaint about Janice Davies [an abusive nurse at Denbigh – my complaint about her was simply ignored] and why they hadn’t taken any action against Dr DA Jones. Hinchcliffe notes that he told me that they had ‘fully dealt with’ my complaints (they hadn’t) and that ‘all further appropriate action had been taken’ (no action had been taken against anyone, despite me being illegally held and at one point assaulted by staff). Hinchcliffe notes that I requested a meeting with the two nurses whom I had complained about and that he told me that this was not possible. I had then asked him why my solicitors letters that had been sent to Clwyd and Gwynedd Health Authorities had been ignored – Hinchcliffe notes that he told me that they hadn’t been received (they were probably shredded on receipt). On Jan 17th Dilwyn Griffiths, an administrator at Clwyd Health Authority, made a report describing how I’d phoned him and ‘again raised questions’ regarding what action was going to be taken against Janice Davies and Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Dilwyn notes that he told me that there was nothing further that he could add to correspondence that I’d already received, that I ‘continued to go on about wanting action over [my] complaints’ and he then told me that he was extremely busy and had nothing to say to me, so I then hung up.

On Feb 9, David Hinchcliffe wrote to Dilwyn Griffiths saying ‘as requested I have passed on all the relevant information…All individuals are aware of the need to report to me any future incidents…My only comment regarding the letter from the legal advisor to [me] is that perhaps it could have given blanket cover to both Health Authorities.’ This is obviously referring to one of the many threatening letters that I was sent by Andrew Park, the lawyer from the Welsh Office, but I’m not sure which one it was. Park did send eventually send me a letter ordering me to not to write to or visit the premises of Clwyd Health Authority, but that wasn’t until April. I am wondering whether Park had sent Hinchcliffe a draft or something.

However, Andrew Park and Clwyd and Gwynedd Health Authorities were not the only busy people at the beginning of 1990. Readers following this part of my story will remember that in the autumn of 1989, Lucille Hughes, Director of Gwynedd Social Services, was sending letters to the members of Arfon Community Mental Health Team – most of whom I had never met – encouraging them to gather ‘evidence’ about me in order that they could obtain an injunction. Well, on Feb 21 1990, Keith Fearns, the notoriously abusive ‘team leader’ of the Arfon Team (please see blog post ‘The Arfon Community Mental Health Team’ for the background on Fearns and his buddies), swore an Affidavit in order to assist Gwynedd County Council in getting an injunction against me. Fearns admitted in this Affidavit that he had never met me but ‘had spoken to me over the telephone’. He stated that I had rung him at his home and made ‘insulting and abusive’ calls to him. I have no memory of these calls and I note that Fearns stated in his Affidavit that he ‘didn’t happen to make a record of them’. Which is odd, because they made a record of everything else, including a number of things that never happened. Fearns stated that his colleague Jackie Brandt (whom I had made a serious complaint about which was never investigated) was in such danger from me that she wasn’t allowed to answer the office phone, or be allowed to be ‘unprotected’ in the office, that they had to ensure that male staff were always on the premises and that on occasions they had to ask Brandt to leave the building to avoid contact with me. Staff had ‘suffered stress’ because of my ‘harassment’, Brandt had ‘suffered severely’ and frequently had to change her workplans because of ‘potential physical attack’. Fearns goes on to explain that they have been ‘trained to deal with people who are mentally ill…are used to dealing with clients who threaten us…but [my harassment] is so distressing and so persistent and is so far above the level which we can be expected to tolerate or cope with…we seek the protection of the Court…I anticipate that the Community Mental Health Centre will become [my] primary target.’ So Fearns had never met me yet made these florid allegations without producing any concrete evidence at all. Indeed at the time that Fearns made this statement, I had only ever met Jackie Brandt about twice and one other member of this team that I was allegedly terrorising once. I didn’t even know that the others existed. I was spending most of my time in London so had hardly ever been to this building that had to batten down the hatches because of my ‘potential physical attacks’. However I was writing them a lot of letters and phoning them in an attempt to get a response to my complaint – this constituted the ‘harassment’. Interestingly enough, the file also contains handwritten notes about me made by the ‘team’ as they logged my reign of terror – the notes are flippant with derogatory comments about me. They do not have the flavour of a group of people living in fear. However, a lot of patients were living in fear of this team – they were known to be highly abusive, women patients feared male members of this team visiting them at home and one patient told me that he’d been threatened with physical assault in his own house by one of them. Many years after all this, the ‘team’ were finally investigated and I was told that a number of them – including Fearns – had been dismissed for seriously neglecting patients. Brandt also swore an Affidavit on Feb 21 which was remarkably similar to Fearns’s but much shorter – odd, considering that she was alleged to have been the target of my ‘harassment’. So on the basis of no evidence at all and on the statements of a man who had never met me at all and a woman who had met me twice, Gwynedd County Council obtained an ex parte High Court Injunction against me, preventing me from going within 200 yards of the Arfon Team’s office in Bangor and preventing me from communicating from any of them. Now there’s a way to deal with complaints when social workers abuse the Mental Health Act! The man who granted them this injunction and seems to have asked no questions – despite the ‘evidence’ being letters of mine which detailed the law breaking and abuses by the mental health services – was a Justice Kay QC. Justice Kay emanated from Liverpool and did this favour for Gwynedd County Council at a relatively early stage in his career. He eventually became Sir John Kay, the Lord Justice of Appeal, a major figure in British legal circles and died some years ago. His Daily Telegraph obituary paid tribute to his ‘formidable intellect and common sense’ – so one wonders what exactly he thought was going on in north Wales at that time then. This obituary also stated that he was one of the ‘most powerful advocates’ on the Northern Circuit. Read all about his glorious legal career here https://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/jul/07/guardianobituariesWell fancy Lucille Hughes and Keith Fearns, living in obscurity in north west Wales, being able to seek him out as a potential ally. The documents relating to this injunction show that the legwork was done by a Mrs Janet Ruth Case and H. Ellis Hughes, County Secretary and Solicitor for Gwynedd. Frances Jones, solicitor, was involved in preparing some of the exhibits (my letters of complaint).

They were also busy out at Denbigh in February 1990. David Hinchcliffe wrote to Dilwyn Griffiths referring to yet another request from me for a copy of my medical notes, enclosing a copy of a truly splendid letter from Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Once more Jones stresses that I must never be given a copy of my records – on which of course unbeknown to me the nurses had documented Dafydd Alun Jones’s collusion with a corrupt police officer to illegally detain me at Denbigh. Jones makes a reference to my ‘disturbed behaviour’ and states that giving me access to my records will only ‘increase [her] unhappiness’. How touching that Dafydd should be so concerned about my happiness at this point – after illegally imprisoning me in a locked ward where I was assaulted by staff, then threatening me, then trying to bribe me, then trying to have me arrested all over again for a crime that had never happened and then telling everyone that I was phenomenally dangerous and would end up in a ‘ward for the criminally insane’. But he only ever had my happiness at heart… I’m interested in yet another reference to me being ‘disturbed’ as well – Dr X at Ysbyty Gwynedd had used the same phrase. This phrase was very popular in the 80s and 90s with health and welfare staff and it tended to be applied to people who were daring to mention things that a lot of people would rather everyone remained silent about. Famously, when Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council in the 80s, there was a paedophile ring operating in the children’s homes run by that Council. One of the children who had been abused wrote to Hodge many years later and she publicly denounced him as a ‘disturbed individual’ (just like Dr X did to me). Hodge was married to a judge by the way, Henry Hodge. So presumably she knew exactly how illegal child molesting is. Hodge has since justified her slur about the man who wrote to her by saying that we ‘didn’t understand’ child abuse back in the 80s. Oh yes we did Margaret, we all knew exactly what child abuse was which was why so many people went to such lengths to prevent people who were being molested from being heard. But there we are, Margaret is now Dame Margaret Hodge  – I bet the kids who were molested in Islington haven’t ended up with a title like that…

Now the documents reveal a little mystery occurring in April 1990. Whilst I was working in London, I had come across an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry in the March 1990 edition, written by a Dr Carl S. Littlejohns, who gave his correspondence address as the North Wales Hospital Denbigh no less. Outraged as I was at yet another person from that institution hiding under the guise of being a competent psychiatrist when he will have known what was going on there, I wrote him a letter. I see that there’s a copy of my letter included in the files – it’s not rude or threatening, but it is reminding Carl Littlejohns of exactly what was going on in that institution at the time. There is also a copy of a letter from Littlejohns, dated 10 April, to Laurie Wood, the manager of Denbigh, saying that he had received a ‘rather strange letter and am not sure what to do with it’ (actually, someone should probably have taken it to the police considering the serious abuses that it was describing). BUT – Littlejohns himself has not signed this letter – it is signed ‘pp Carl Littlejohns’ with an indecipherable signature. Then there’s a copy of a letter dated 11 April from Alun Davies (administrator at Ysbyty Gwynedd) to Laurie Wood saying ‘Please find enclosed the latest epistle from [me]. As it makes reference to an ex-employee of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, I thought you might be interested to see it. Did you speak to your colleague at St Georges Hospital and if so what was the outcome?’ Handwritten on this letter was a message saying ‘discussed with Alun Davies 12/4/90’. Now, I don’t think Carl Littlejohns himself ever received my letter. I think that he had by then left Denbigh (hence the reference to ‘an ex-employee’ in Davies’s letter), but someone had opened his mail, realised that the letter was from me and wrote a ‘reply’ from Littlejohns to Laurie Wood in preparation, but actually sent my letter to Alun Davies (who was one of the key figures co-ordinating the attempts to have me declared dangerous and locked up). Davies then sent Littlejohns ‘reply’ to Laurie Wood, along with his snotty letter about my ‘epistle’. Readers who remember reading my previous blog post ‘The Night of the (Dr Chris) Hunter’ will know that by this time I was working at St Georges Hospital in London and that our friends from the north Wales mental health services had not only got one of their contacts at St Georges to trail around after me but had even accessed mail sent to the hospital for me in an attempt to discover my address in London. And now here was Davies asking Laurie for information from one of his mates at St Georges…These people were really anxious about something…

As for Carl Littlejohns, I googled him a few days ago. He works as a psychiatrist in Chester, in a private hospital. Yet another person who will have witnessed what went on at Denbigh but has obviously kept schtum for all these years.

On the 30 April, a letter was sent from the General Manager of Clwyd Health Authority to Laurie Wood, the manager of Denbigh. He states that he’s enclosing a copy of the letter that had been sent to me by their legal advisor (Andrew Park from the Welsh Office). Laurie Wood is told that Park has ‘omitted any references to assaults on staff, as, from the information we have provided, there does not seem to be any evidence that actual assaults on staff have taken place’. There is then yet another command for everyone to keep a record of ‘incidents’. There is also a copy of a letter that Park wrote to the General Manager of Clwyd stating that he has written to me but ‘I thought it best to omit the references to assaults since I am not convinced we have evidence of them’.

So there we are, straight from the horse’s mouth. For the last three years, these people had all told each other and numerous other people how dangerous I was, that I’d end up in Broadmoor, that I’d attacked numerous people, that I’d tried to stab them, that I’d throttled a junior doctor, that I’d assaulted Dafydd Alun Jones and so on and so forth. But when they actually had to produce evidence of ‘assaults’ they admitted that they couldn’t – because no assaults had ever taken place. But Park still did his best and wrote to me accusing me of having ‘threatened, harassed, abused’ etc etc – and stated that I was not to enter premises owned by Clwyd Health Authority or communicate or attempt to communicate with any member of Clwyd Health Authority. The only exception was that if I was following up a complaint I could write to the General Manager.

Of course I knew that Park’s letter was legally meaningless and replied to this effect and told him to stop threatening me. I also asked him who I had ‘threatened, harassed and abused’ and when. I reminded him that at the Independent Professional Review into my complaint nearly a year previously, that one of the Assessors, Professor Robert Bluglass, had remarked that Dafydd Alun Jones’s ‘clinical standards’ ‘must be raised’ yet this clearly hadn’t happened. And that my complaint about being assaulted by staff had never been investigated. On the same day, May 1 1990, I also wrote to the General Manager of Clwyd Health Authority, asking why my complaint about the assault on me hadn’t been investigated, why Bluglass’s suggestion that Jones’s clinical standards should be raised had been ignored and whether patients were still being abused and intimidated at Denbigh.

The General Manager (actually an administrator called Dilwyn Griffiths who seemed to handle all the General Manager’s mail, the General Manager – another Dr David Jones – clearly didn’t worry himself about minor matters such as people being illegally imprisoned in Denbigh and assaulted whilst they were in there) then wrote to Andrew Park telling him that he’d received my letter and was enclosing it and ‘would appreciate your advice as to how we should now deal with the matters which she has raised’. (Once more, an investigation into the outstanding issues wasn’t even considered – the response was, as ever, a request for legal advice from the Welsh Office.)

So far, this blog post has been concerned mainly with Gwynedd County Council and Clwyd Health Authority and their attempts to get me into Court. But Gwynedd Health Authority had been busy in this direction too. Gwynedd Health Authority had previously tried to gain an injunction against me in 1989 but their application was refused as they didn’t manage to convince the Court that I was actually doing very much. But they weren’t deterred, they just tried a bit harder. In May, they applied for an injunction against me yet again and I went down to Cardiff for the hearing, in front of a Justice Pill. I was represented by a barrister called Ian Murphy and Gwynedd Health Authority was represented by a barrister called Crispin Masterman.  The Health Authority wanted to get an injunction preventing me from even writing to them. They were unsuccessful because Justice Pill didn’t accept their overblown statements that I was disabling their whole system simply by writing to them.  The case ended by me giving an undertaking to the Court not to threaten or assault members/staff of Gwynedd Health Authority – which I was quite happy to do. Once more, the mass of ‘evidence’ that Gwynedd Health Authority had produced was copies of my letters. Letters that had described, in detail, again and again, just what was going on in Ysbyty Gwynedd and Denbigh – very serious abuses of patients, institutional corruption and law-breaking. Justice Pill, Crispin Masterman and Ian Murphy had all read those letters. They did not behave in Court like the appalling Judge Huw Daniel did (please see blog post ‘Interesting Happenings In The Legal System’), but they completely ignored the evidence before their eyes that something terrible was happening in north Wales. Ian Murphy and Crispin Masterman are now both Judges and frequently appear in the press in south Wales when cases that they preside over are reported. Justice Pill became Sir Malcolm Pill and before he retired was a Lord Justice of Appeal. Here he is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Pill These were not stupid people. What on earth did they think was going on in north Wales? The only one of them who made any reference at all to the serious law-breaking on behalf of the mental health services was Ian Murphy, who did tell me that I could sue Clwyd Health Authority for false imprisonment and trespass to the person. (I did begin to do this but somehow that case just faded away – but not before it had severely antagonised the mental health services, but I’ll be blogging more about that soon.)

After the morning in front of Justice Pill, Andrew Park from the Welsh Office wrote to Mr PM Rees (an administrator in Gwynedd Health Authority) with a blow by blow account of the Court case. But Andrew Park had not been deterred by Pill’s refusal to issue an injunction and neither was Park satisfied with my undertakings. He was already making plans: ‘if there is to be a breach of her undertakings we shall need to act quickly’. (The phrase ‘if there is to be a breach of her undertakings’ is interesting – one would have expected him to say ‘if she should breach her undertakings’. It would perhaps be overly cynical of me to suggest that Mr Park might have felt that he was in a position to influence whether a breach was going to take place…) Mr Park then unveils a well-thought out plan, involving Gwynedd Health Authority setting up a central record of all approaches made by me, with full details of absolutely everything including any visits to Health Authority premises, any letters, any telephone calls. ‘In short a complete dossier of [my] activities since 24 May 1990 [the date of the Court case in front of Pill] should be available to me at short notice in the event of the Authority wanting to act further against [me].’ He then explains that they would then be in a position to prepare an Affidavit to bring me back in front of the judge again (with the possibility that I would be imprisoned for breaching my undertakings). But Park had also spotted another potential hazard to be dealt with. At the Court case in Cardiff, Justice Pill had mentioned that I could apply for Legal Aid in order to apply for a Court Order to gain access to my records. Park explains to PM Rees that ‘further on into the future, the Authority might well wish to prepare a list of the reasons why it will not disclose voluntarily the notes of [my] treatment to [me]’. Park then notes that he rang Alun Davies (administrator at Ysbyty Gwynedd) on the day of the Court case about the outcome of the proceedings, but won’t be writing to him as well.

Just to ensure that everyone involved was kept up to speed regarding the latest Court case against me, On June 13, Alun Davies wrote to Laurie Wood, the manager at Denbigh, sending him copies of Park’s correspondence relating to the case in front of Justice Pill ‘for information’.

Readers might have assumed that after all this, energy – and funds available – for dragging me through various Courts might have been waning a little. Not at all.  Gwynedd County Council, Keith Fearns and Jackie Brandt had been beavering away at their end. On June 26 1990, Both Keith and Jackie swore ‘supplementary Affidavits’. Once more, no real evidence was produced against me. Jackie stated that she had seen me walk past her office and I had waved at her as I walked away – which she stated was ‘intimidating’. In fact me waving as I walked off into the distance was so intimidating that Jackie stressed that Fearns had then walked her to her car ‘as a precaution for her safety’. Fearns’s ‘supplementary Affidavit’ stated that he’d seen me standing outside their building on May 29. I knew nothing about any of this until I was served with papers in London, demanding my presence in Court in Chester in July because Gwynedd County Council were taking me to Court for breaching the injunction and were requesting that I be imprisoned.

I have described this Court hearing in my blog posts ‘The Arfon Community Mental Health Team’ and ‘The North Wales Child Abuse Scandal’. I’ll give a quick resume here. Jackie and Fearns were not the only people who turned up to give evidence against me, two other members of the notorious Arfon ‘Team’, Maggie Fookes and Bob Ingham, turned up as well. I had met Ingham once and I had never even heard of Fookes at the time of this Court hearing. I arrived at the Court with my always very supportive solicitor but when I arrived there was a bit of a panic – our barrister hadn’t turned up. She did turn up in the end, literally minutes before the start of the case, very stressed and angry because she had been sent to the wrong Court. The Court venue had been changed just before the hearing and no-one had told her. However, the Arfon Team and their barrister had been told. My barrister said that she had wanted to meet me properly beforehand and go through the case but now we didn’t have time. However she did tell me that the Arfon Team had obviously all lied in their statements – they had all claimed to have seen me outside their offices or witnessed instances when I had ‘harassed’ Brandt, but the times and dates all clashed. Their statements were completely inconsistent. Brandt’s own statement was truly bizarre. As part of her ‘evidence’ as to how dangerous I was, she had stated that she had given her pet dog away in case I hurt it to upset her. I had no idea that she even had a pet dog, so where her fears for this putative dog’s safety came from I do not know. We had a problem though – with the change of Court venue, we had also had a change of judge. My barrister warned us that the judge we were now landed with was notoriously harsh, a Justice Roche. Roche seemed to be in a very bad temper throughout the whole hearing. He became angrier and angrier – not with the lying witnesses, but with my barrister. My barrister was a young woman and obviously fairly inexperienced and Roche did all he could to intimidate her. When she pointed out the inconsistencies in the witness statements, Roche made a generous offer to the Arfon Team liars – he asked them if they’d like some time to rewrite their statements, presumably so that they could co-ordinate their lies. For some reason that I have never fathomed, their barrister then backed off, saying that this case had already cost Gwynedd County Council an awful lot of time and money and that they’d just proceed on the few charges against me (I think it was something like three) concerning the instances where Fearns et al had got their stories straight. So Roche was forced to throw numerous charges against me out of Court (the Arfon liars had maintained that I’d breached the injunction on many occasions). The upshot was that even Roche didn’t manage to imprison me, although I got the impression that he’d very much liked to have. When I told my friend Brown about the change of venue that my barrister didn’t know about and the newly imposed bad tempered judge, Brown observed that he wished he was able to nobble Judges. For years I wondered whether someone had been busy behind the scenes or whether it was all just a dreadful cock-up. But look what I’ve found among all the documents released to me last week. A letter from H. Ellis-Hughes, County Secretary and Solicitor for Gwynedd, ‘FAO Arfon Community Mental Health Team’. Which was unusual in itself – regular readers of the blog might remember that it was usually H. Ellis-Hughes’s deputy, Ron Evans, who was involved in correspondence about me and who seemed to have a hotline to Lucille Hughes (Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’s ex-partner and the Director of Gwynedd Social Services). But this letter was from Ellis-Hughes himself and had been signed by him. The letter was dated July 2 1990 and stated that he was attaching ‘exhibits’ (letters from me) and tells the Arfon liars to ‘thoroughly familiarise themselves’ with the Affidavits. He goes on to say that their counsel, Mrs Janet Case, has confirmed that she required them to be present in Court on July 10 1990. He continues ‘the Court is situated at 77 Northgate Street, Chester. The time for the hearing is 10-30am…I would be grateful if you could arrive at 9-30am for a conference with Counsel before the hearing. Please let me know immediately if there are any problems regarding your attendance at Court’. However, in the same distinctive handwriting that had signed this letter, presumably H. Ellis-Hughes, in the margin by the instructions as to how to find the Court there is written in brackets ‘See P.S. below’. And below the typed text of the letter is a long hand-written message, again in the same handwriting, saying ‘PS. The venue for this hearing has been changed. The hearing will be held at the Crown Court, The Castle, Chester, same date and time. This is located by the race-course, on the right as you drive into Chester over the bridge, opposite the police headquarters. There is a car park, advise the attendant that you are witnesses. I would suggest that we meet outside the barristers robing room at 9-30 am. A Court Clerk on the door will ask you the name of the case…and will then direct you’.

So more than a week before the case, Ellis-Hughes was sending the Arfon liars precise instructions to ensure that they ended up at the right court. Information that my barrister wasn’t even given on the morning of the case. Yet Ellis-Hughes didn’t have his letter retyped with the instructions regarding the change of venue, although he had plenty of time to do this. He just added an extensive note by hand. So presumably anyone else who might be copied into correspondence or have access to it would also think that the case was going to be heard at 77 Northgate Street. The change of venue was obviously a very closely guarded secret.

I have recently googled Justice Roche and Mrs Janet Case (whose address was given as King’s Street, Chester) to see if they too had reached the dizzy legal heights that some of the other people involved in this skulduggery thirty years ago had. They seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. No trace of either of them.

Whilst Gwynedd County Council did their best to imprison me, life continued at Clwyd Health Authority and the Welsh Office’s Legal Dept. On the 24 July, David Hinchcliffe (administrator at Denbigh) sent a memo to Dilwyn Griffiths (administrator at Clwyd Health Authority). The memo stated that I had rung a Kay Hemsley at Denbigh ‘threatening Sister Janice Davies’ (Davies was one of the nurses that I had complained about who was never investigated). Mr Park from the Welsh Office was soon onto it. In August he wrote to Dilwyn thanking him for his letter and saying that he was sorry to hear of the threat to Janice Davies and continued ‘Presumably this has been reported to the police. If not I would strongly suggest that it should be. The Authority could ask me to consider civil action in relation to the threat, but the difficulty is to persuade the Court that the threat was actually made or that it was [me] that made it…’ So it’s that hoary old chestnut again that they did keep stumbling across – no bloody evidence at all.

But all hell was soon to be let loose. On 10 September 1990, a memo was sent from Hinchcliffe to Dilwyn Griffiths, apologising ‘for the delay’ and stating that on 17 August I had rung Kay Hemsley ‘making allegations of a sexual nature against Dr DA Jones’. On the 18 September, Dilwyn sent a letter to the Welsh Office’s Legal Dept ‘FAO Mr Park’ stating that on 17 August I had rung Kay Hemsley ‘making allegations of a sexual nature against Dr DA Jones’. Andrew Park remember was a lawyer. So what was his response upon hearing that a former patient had made these allegations against a doctor who had now been successfully sued in a high profile case that had gone before Lord Denning, a doctor working in a hospital with a truly appalling reputation? Did Park suggest an investigation? No. On September 28 Park wrote to Dilwyn at Clwyd Health Authority saying ‘I am sorry to hear that [I am] making a nuisance of herself’. Park then asks for a signed dated note of Hemsley’s account of the conversation ‘which should include some indication’ as to why she knew the caller was me. (There was of course a problem when Kay Hemsley had reported that I’d threatened Janice Davies – there was no evidence that I’d ever done so, as Park had been obliged to point out.)

Kay duly produced the statement as requested. There is a copy of it in the file, dated 11.10.90: ‘I hereby confirm that on the 17th August 1990 I received a telephone call [from me]. She asked me to confirm that Dr DA Jones was continuing to have sexual involvement with his patients and what was I going to do about it. I obviously told her that I was not prepared to comment on her statement in any way but she continued to voice her opinion that he had been having sexual relationships with lady patients and would no doubt be continuing to do so. At some stage she put the phone down…’ Kay remembers Andrew Park’s instructions and also states that she knew it was me calling because I had identified myself to her.

What no-one did at any point was to ask whether my allegations concerning Jones might have been worth investigating.

But Andrew Park was really determined now. On 2 October 1990 he wrote to the County Secretary and Solicitor at Gwynedd County Council (the now notorious H. Ellis-Hughes). Park stated that he was acting for Gwynedd Health Authority and enclosed a copy of the Order from Justice Pill made after I’d given my undertakings in May. He also makes a reference to Gwynedd County Council obtaining an injunction against me. Park states that ‘The Health Authority seems to think that the terms of your injunction are more favourable than the one that it has. I shall be grateful if you will let me have a copy of any Order your Counsel has obtained against [me] and indeed to have any background information that you can give concerning your authorities proceedings against her. I would of course be pleased to pass on any information that I could in return.’

So Park had asked those masters in quashing dissent, Gwynedd County Council, for their help and advice in the wake of me raising questions of Dafydd’s sexual misconduct with patients.

So during 1990, a number of leading legal figures in Wales read numerous letters that I had written alleging serious abuses in the north Wales mental health services – mental health services jointly run between Gwynedd and Clwyd Social Services and Health Authorities. Some of these people were, to recap – Sir John Kay, Sir Malcolm Pill, Judge Crispin Masterman, Judge Ian Murphy, Justice Roche, Janet Case and Janet Cases’s articled clerk, Mrs J.M. Hughes. Not one of them suggested an investigation into what on earth was happening in north Wales, despite High Court cases being repeatedly brought against me – because I was writing letters of complaint.

What else was happening in north Wales during 1990? Well Mary Wynch had successfully sued Dafydd Alun Jones for falsely imprisoning her in Denbigh for a year, that received a lot of press coverage. But something else happened as well. Yorkshire TV dropped their filming of a documentary about a paedophile ring that was alleged to be operating in children’s homes in north Wales – but young people had started to come forward with allegations that they had been sexually molested whilst in care in the region. In October 1990, just as Andrew Park was asking Gwynedd County Council for their advice on how to obtain an injunction against me and was offering to exchange useful information about me with them, Stephen Norris pleaded guilty to indecency against three boys in his care whilst he was Officer in Charge of a children’s home in Clwyd. The case had been heard at Chester Crown Court. (Regular readers will know that I have been correlating some of the things that happened to me with events resulting from Alison Taylor’s attempts to blow the whistle on the north Wales paedophile ring. I am getting some of my info from this blog https://secretofbrynestyn.wordpress.com/north-wales-abuse-timeline-2/  This website mentions that one of the people alleged to have been involved in the paedophile ring was Peter Morrison, who in 1990 was appointed Thatcher’s Parliamentary Private Secretary. Sir Peter Morrison was the MP for Chester.) Legal circles are small and full of gossip. No doubt Sir John Kay, Sir Malcolm Pill, Judge Crispin Masterman, Judge Ian Murphy and many, many other people who read those letters that I was writing were very well aware that the case against Stephen Norris was happening. But as injunctions rained down upon my head and repeated attempts were made to imprison me, not one of them batted an eyelid. In much the same way that no-one in the legal depts of the BMA, MDU or Welsh Office had noticed anything amiss a year earlier. Can I just emphasise that these people were LAWYERS. They were indeed experts with regard to their knowledge of law-breaking….

I have mentioned that whilst all this was happening I was working at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London. Some interesting things were happening down there as well – but that is a story for another blog post…

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE…

A previous blog post (‘The Blog Post That Was Hacked Can Now Be Read’) describes how, after both Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities and the Mental Health Act Commission completely failed to investigate my complaints regarding my unlawful detention in the North Wales Hospital as well as the other unlawful and unscrupulous conduct of the north Wales mental health services, I was offered an Independent Professional Review regarding my complaint. This was organised by Professor Robert Owen, the Medical Complaints Officer for the Welsh Office – yet unbeknown to me, the Welsh Office had for many months been supplying legal advice to the north Wales mental health services regarding how to respond (or rather not respond) to my complaints. The post (‘The Blog Post That Was Hacked Can Now Be Read’) describes the meetings and huge amount of correspondence that was passing between the north Wales mental health services and the Welsh Office lawyers regarding me, as well as meetings and correspondence between the people that I was complaining about and Prof Owen, who was organising the investigation into the very same people. There was also a lot of people offering to give ‘information’ to Prof Owen – one of these was my former GP, Dr DGE Wood, who was not even named in my complaint. I had no idea that Wood was playing any part in all this.

Although I had requested the Review by the autumn of 1988, it was July 1989 before the Review was held. Because no-one had responded to my complaints it was by then more than two years since the events that I had complained about.

However, Prof Owen had seemed genuine in his desire to see this complaint dealt with and I was informed that the Assessors reviewing the complaint would be Professor Robert Bluglass and Dr Colin Berry. Colin Berry was a psychiatrist from Coventry. Bluglass held a Chair at the University of Birmingham and in the 1980s and 1990s was the biggest name in forensic psychiatry in the UK. He had written the 1983 Mental Health Act, as well as one of the best known textbooks in forensic psychiatry. He was frequently called upon to lead enquiries and investigations. So I presumed that such a man would recognise bad practice and law-breaking when he saw it. Indeed he very obviously did – although his reaction was interesting. Although the Review was supposedly being held by both Bluglass and Berry, it was clear to me at the hearing that Bluglass had the upper hand and was leading the way.

The initial paragraphs of Bluglass’s and Berry’s report state that they had been nominated by the Joint Consultants Committee (I wonder who was sitting on that) to carry out a review of my complaints about my clinical management at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor and the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. They state that they had been provided with comprehensive documentation, including copies of case records and correspondence and had studied these at length. A number of witnesses were called to give evidence to the Assessors – I am aware that one nurse from Denbigh who was requested to give evidence refused to attend. The Assessors also took evidence from staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd and although they stated that they would be reviewing my clinical management at Ysbyty Gwynedd as well as at Denbigh, nothing relating to events at Ysbyty Gwynedd was mentioned in their report. There was also no reference at all to the one person who did not break the law – a social worker who had refused to section me when requested/ordered to do so. When I had tried to find out who this social worker was, I was told that there was no record of her. However, documents recently released from my lawyers reveal that she was a social worker called Ann Williams from Gwynedd Social Services and that her identity was known and had been documented by Ysbyty Gwynedd staff by the time that this Review was accepting evidence. There was no mention of her at any point during the Review.

The Assessors stated in their report that they interviewed me, Dr Dafydd Alun Jones from Denbigh, Dr X from Ysbyty Gwynedd, a Dr Ramiah from Clwyd Health Authority, Dr Neil Davies from Denbigh, a charge nurse from Denbigh called Michael Williams and Terence James, a social worker who worked at Denbigh. The Assessors also had discussions with Professor Owen, Dr DJ Jones (Chief Administrative Medical Officer, Clwyd Health Authority), Alun Davies (Administrator from Ysbyty Gwynedd) and Dr Duncan Egdell (Community Physician, Clwyd Health Authority). All of these people (except for Prof Owen) had either been the subject of my complaints or had been the senior managers of the subject of my complaints and had all failed to respond to my complaints.

Bluglass’s summary of the background to my complaints in his report had a few noticeable omissions. He fails to mention the appalling behaviour of a Dr Shah in Bangor Police Station before I was admitted to Denbigh (please see blog posts ‘Hippocratic Oath or Hypocritic Oaf?’ and ‘How I Arrived At Denbigh’) and as previously stated social worker Ann Williams wasn’t mentioned, although Bluglass will have undoubtedly known about her attempt to protect me. He states that Dr X had obtained an injunction against me but fails to mention that many of the allegations made by Dr X to obtain that injunction were demonstrably untrue and – the documentation available to Bluglass will have shown this. Bluglass refers to me investigating the ‘private life’ of Jones and that I had referred to ‘various matters’ in my letters. I presume that Bluglass is referring to me putting in writing that Jones had tried to threaten and then bribe me into dropping my complaint about him and me mentioning that a number of patients had made statements alleging that they had had sexual relationships with Jones (at one point he was cohabiting with two female patients at once) – Jones was also in the process of being sued by another patient, Mary Wynch, for false imprisonment. None of this was in the least bit ‘private’ – Jones was notorious in north Wales and such activities were openly discussed. Bluglass was however careful not to mention them in the report. Bluglass stated that I was ‘warm and responsive’, that my letters were ‘well written’ and that I had ‘considerable abilities’. But lest anyone was in danger of taking me seriously, he also stated that I ‘vehemently and excitedly sought to defend and justify [my] actions’ (well I was being accused of doing an awful lot of things that I hadn’t actually done – what I had done was written an awful lot of letters about some people who were involved in criminal activities whilst I was being told how unreasonable I was), that I felt that I ‘had been deeply wronged’ (er, illegally held in a locked ward, threatened constantly and accused repeatedly of very serious offences – yes I think I’d been given a pretty hard time for complaining about some psychiatrists), that I was ‘generally hostile and vindictive to Dr [Dafydd Alun] Jones and made a variety of allegations about him’  (look what he was doing – if only someone had investigated those allegations…) and that I ‘was clearly obsessed with my complaints (well it had been a full-on two year battle to even be heard). The ‘summary’ of my complaints as stated by Bluglass was substantially inaccurate and therefore constrained the terms of the Review – Bluglass stated that the interviews he conducted with staff ‘focussed upon matters relating to the main complaints’.

Bluglass was ‘concerned to have Dr Jones’s explanation as to why an informal patient was admitted to a locked ward’. Jones explained that it was because I ‘was potentially violent’, an explanation that Bluglass accepted. No evidence of my potential violence was requested or offered. Bluglass  was ‘concerned that apparently Dr Jones had only once [ever] briefly seen [me] and had not examined [me] but then gave oral evidence before the Court [to section me]… Dr Jones agreed that he’d given oral evidence. He said that he must have examined her but was unable to draw our attention to any notes relating to the examination and could not recall whether he’d actually examined her, or if he had done so, when the examination took place’. So it was pretty bloody obvious that no ‘examination’ of any sort took place at any point – Jones simply had me picked up by the police and carted off to Denbigh. When I discharged myself, he ordered nurses from Denbigh to transport me to Bangor Police Station, whereupon I was taken next door into Bangor Magistrates Court to find Jones there giving evidence declaring that I was mad and thus I was taken straight back to Denbigh again. Bluglass noted that ‘there are virtually no medical notes from [Jones] in the case record. We were concerned about this…the excellent nursing notes mentioned several times that there was no evidence to justify compulsory admission and no obvious grounds for detention…no recorded medical notes justifying…detention…we asked Dr Jones what discussions he’d had with nurses and others with regard to…the decision to detain her…but he could not draw our attention to any form of case conference…we were concerned about the time it had taken for Jones to respond to the complaints…Dr Jones explained that there were two other patients of a similar nature to this…all generated enormous number of letters and involved complaints…’ Those ‘excellent nursing notes’ actually recorded in detail how Jones had cooked up a plan with the Superintendent at Bangor Police Station to have me detained in Denbigh and that the nurses were most unhappy at being involved in all this – there is also no mention of my ‘violence’ in the ‘excellent nursing notes’. Of course at the time of Bluglass’s Review I was still being prevented from accessing my medical records, so I had no idea that the nurses were complaining about Jones’s law breaking.  Jones also seems to have fessed up to the fact that there were other patients making similar complaints to me – so how many people were being unlawfully banged up in Denbigh?

Bluglass asked Jones what diagnosis he ‘had in mind’ when he made yet another recommendation for my detention on December 29 1987. Jones explained that were times when he thought that I was on the ‘border of a psychosis’ and other times when he thought that I had a ‘severe personality disorder’. However he agreed with the discharge letter of Feb 9 1988 from a senior registrar that the diagnosis would lie between a schizophrenic disorder and borderline personality disorder. (This ‘diagnosis’ was made by a senior registrar whom I had never met – and I left Denbigh in January, not February.) Bluglass asked Jones for any further grounds that I had schizophrenia. Jones replied that he had not taken out an injunction against me, although Dr X had. Jones then stated that I had used ‘foul and obscene language in front of his small children and he felt that people who were reasonably normal do not use foul language’. Jones added that he hadn’t seen anything which would definitely say that I was psychotic. So it’s fairly clear that diagnoses made at Denbigh were rather flaky. Regarding the foul and obscene language – I do swear, but at the time when Jones made this allegation I did not even know that he had small children.  Interestingly enough, Bluglass has a daughter, Amanda, who likes to think of herself as an avant-garde artist. At one point a few years ago Amanda Bluglass was displaying her edgy crafts on the internet – one such exhibit was a little tapestry of a cosy cottage with the slogan ‘Happy Fucking Holidays’ embroidered underneath. Maybe Jones should hurry up and incarcerate her.

Bluglass then invited Jones to tell him if he’d have done anything differently in retrospect. Jones had replied that ‘he did not know if it would be in his power to do anything differently’. So Jones is clearly unable to do anything other than bribe, threaten, slander and libel people and then cook up plans with his colleagues and the local police to have them arrested for crimes that he knows didn’t actually take place knowing that the charges will eventually have to be withdrawn – but not until they’ve been imprisoned in Denbigh. Bluglass stated that he was also concerned about the use of observation and security rooms at Bryn Golau Ward as well as the management of the ward and was told that there was no operational policy. However Bluglass notes that he’s not going to investigate further. So no further enquiries were made about what was very obviously Jones’s private prison.

When Bluglass interviewed Dr X, a psychiatrist from Ysbyty Gwynedd, Dr X told him that he was ‘very concerned’ about my ‘behaviour, allegations and correspondence’. He stated the opinion that I had a ‘paranoid personality disorder’ and exhibited ‘delusional thinking’. Indeed – I did keep insisting that there were gross abuses taking place in the north Wales mental health services.

A charge nurse from Denbigh, Michael Williams, told Bluglass that I was ‘revengeful in attitude’ and ‘had a behaviour problem’. However Mr Williams ‘agreed that the ward was very full, was difficult and oppressive’. He confirmed that very little information had been given to Bryn Golau Ward before I was admitted there – only that Jones had phoned the ward and told them that I was ‘dangerous’. He also admitted that he was ‘not aware’ of Jones examining me before sectioning me. So Mr Williams knew what Jones was up to as well then. (In fact I think Mr Williams knew a few other things about Jones too. When I was incarcerated in Denbigh, Jones turned up to see me at midnight. Mr Williams came into the room and I told him that he could leave again because Jones didn’t need a bodyguard no matter what I had been accused of. Mr Williams told me – in front of Jones – that he was staying in the room and it was for my protection not Jones’s.)

Bluglass then interviewed a social worker, Terence James. He told Bluglass that I didn’t want to be in hospital, that I was depressed and that ‘feelings were heightened on the ward’. The situation was ‘volatile’ – so he agreed to section me to keep me there.

Dr Neil Davies was also interviewed by Bluglass. He maintained that it should have been left to the police to deal with my ‘offences’ and that I ‘was not an immediate threat’ to myself and others.

So during the course of these interviews, it must have been clear to Bluglass that I had been illegally admitted to and detained in Denbigh, that the ‘diagnoses’ being applied to me were inconsistent and didn’t stand up to scrutiny, that Jones was in cahoots with some corrupt local police officers, that my complaints and complaints of other patients were not being dealt with, that there were serious problems regarding Bryn Golau Ward and that the nurses witnessing all this were so horrified that they documented their feelings about it. Of course, with Bluglass being the leading forensic psychiatrist in the UK at the time, he will also have known about Mary Wynch’s legal case against Jones which had already gone before Lord Denning and was making legal history (please see blog post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Making Legal History’).

So this must have been why Bluglass stated that since my referral to Dr T. Gwynne Williams (the retired lobotomist from Denbigh), I had become ‘increasingly and seriously irresponsible, often abnormally aggressive and hostile…obsessively preoccupied with…that way that [I had been] advised and managed…[making] unremitting efforts to obtain case notes and have them changed’. Yet he then went on to say that the information provided to the ward by Jones was ‘insufficient, limited or non-existent…quite clear that Dr Neil Davies agreed that there were no grounds to detaining [me]…concerned that [I] was not in hospital as a condition of bail…[there was] no obligation on the part of staff to transport her to the police…nurses did not feel that there was sufficient grounds to detain [her]…she was dealt with as though she was detained legally…concerned that Dr Jones…gave oral evidence…without having first examined [me]…then gave…once again…very little information to the ward when she was returned…notable lack of medical notes or details of any examination….Dr Jones’s explanation that he did not record notes because of the possibility of legal action was not good practice’. Bluglass stated that he was ‘concerned’ to hear from staff that friendships between patients on the ward were discouraged and ‘worried’ that the ward atmosphere was oppressive and that I was depressed’. However it wasn’t all bad – Bluglass went on to say that he that it wasn’t ‘unreasonable of Jones to have prescribed chlorpromazine with me in an ‘excitable state’’. (He’d just been told by the social worker that I was depressed – and he also knew that I was being held there illegally, but clearly Jones’s plans to render me senseless with a liquid cosh were fine…)

Bluglass then makes it clear who was the real villain in all this. He stated that I had ‘caused considerable annoyance and distress to many other people’. (A friend of mine knew someone who many years ago had tried to challenge some of the people involved in the child abuse ring in north Wales. When this person became disabled many years later, she was denied help from Gwynedd Social Services on the grounds that she had ‘upset people’.)  Bluglass remarked that I had ‘some justification’ for complaining about being detained in a locked ward and that he was ‘very concerned’ about my management, my transfer to police custody and the procedure by which I was detained. It was a of ‘considerable concern’ that Jones had given evidence without examining me and there was ‘further concern’ about the failure to properly inform the ward about me, the lack of medical records and case notes or information about further assessments. Bluglass was ‘very concerned’ about the time taken to respond to my complaints and how Jones had delayed his response despite constant reminders. He recommended that the response to complaints should be re-examined by the Health Authorities concerned in order that a more expeditious response could be obtained. (Thirty years later, the NHS in north Wales is still regularly slammed by the Public Services Ombudsman for not responding to complaints.)

Bluglass finishes the report by saying that he hopes that I will now feel reassured that matters ‘have been investigated’ and that where criticism can be sustained he has drawn attention to such matters and that Clwyd Health Authority will be addressing these. But he then gets onto the most important bit – that it is ‘quite unreasonable’ for me to behave in the way that I have and there are more appropriate ways of dealing with complaints and that ‘doctors and others are caring individuals’ but they cannot be expected to ‘absorb’ continual harassment without complaint. Bluglass ends by saying that he hopes that I will now accept this report as resolving my complaint. So I was unlawfully imprisoned, threatened constantly, assaulted, arrested for a crime that I had not committed and many very serious unsubstantiated allegations against me were documented as fact by these ‘caring individuals’ who then refused to answer any letters that I sent about these events – these letters being construed as ‘harassment’….

When I received this extraordinary report, Brown commented that Bluglass’s ability to write reports like this was probably why he was appointed to lead so many investigations into troubled psychiatric services. About ten years ago, I made contact with someone in England who’s son had become psychotic, had been sectioned and then murdered by another patient who was known to be violent. Observation was so poor in the institution concerned that the body of the young man who had been murdered had been partially eaten by the man who had murdered him. An investigation was held which the parents of the murdered man described as extremely distressing because they felt that throughout the investigation everything possible was done to discredit their son and absolve the institution concerned of blame. The investigation was led by a Professor Bluglass. The parents of the murdered man tried to ask further questions both regarding the murder of their son and the investigation, which they felt had been a complete whitewash. I was in contact with these people via a third party – they had gone into hiding because so many unpleasant things had begun happening to them.

After Bluglass wrote his report, I received a brief letter from a Mr D Griffiths ‘for General Manager, Clwyd Health Authority’ telling me that a copy of the report had been sent to Jones and Dr X and that the Authority’s Chief Administrative Medical Officer would be discussing the contents of the report with Jones. I tried to ask further questions and pointed out that my complaints about the aggressive and at one point assaultative behaviour by two members of staff at Denbigh had not been addressed. Within three weeks I had received an unsigned letter from Clwyd Health Authority refusing any further investigations and telling me that the file regarding my complaint was being closed. This letter was copied to Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Dr Duncan Egdell and one Dr Peter Higson (who was by then the Acting Manager at Denbigh). No disciplinary action had been taken against anyone. The files recently released by my lawyers contain a letter written by Professor Owen after the Review, that warmly thanks Alun Davies for the ‘excellent’ way in which he organised the Review.

When my lawyers finally extracted my medical records through a Court Order in 2005, I found a number of references to Bluglass on my records that had been made some years after his investigation. In 1991 I was admitted to Springfield Hospital in London (I’ll be blogging about this soon) and a Dr Robin Jacobson had rung Dafydd Alun Jones for ‘information’ about me. He certainly got it – among many other things, Jones told Jacobson that he was ‘very angry’ with Bluglass’s criticisms but had maintained that Bluglass had stated ‘off the record’ that I had a ‘homicidal capacity’ and ‘will end up as a criminal psychopath in a special hospital’. In 1994, Jones had written a letter to Ian Rickard, a nurse manager at the Hergest Unit. In this letter, Jones stated that Bluglass had said that I ‘could/would end up in a ward for the criminally insane’ – Jones recalled it ‘as a chilling observation’. When I read all this in 2005, I wrote to Bluglass to ask him if he could explain these comments. Bluglass flatly denied making them – however Bluglass did tell me that Dr Jacobson had asked for a copy of his report but Bluglass had refused to supply him with one. I wrote back to Bluglass and received a letter from him stating that it was all a long time ago and that he really couldn’t remember much about it. (So Bluglass too suffers from the sort of sudden memory problems for which Dr Peter Higson is well-known!) I presume that either Jones was making up his own Gothic horror story, lying through his teeth, or Bluglass was. Or that they both were.

I have heard of two other people’s experiences of Bluglass. One of these people was a nurse who had worked in the clinic run by Bluglass in Birmingham, the Reaside Clinic, who told me that Bluglass was not a very nice man and that there were some very unpleasant things happening behind closed doors in the Reaside Clinic. Another person was someone who had adopted a daughter from Birmingham. This girl had been raped when she was six. By the age of 12 she was in a secure unit in the Reaside Clinic and drugged up with chlorpromazine on the grounds that she was ‘very disturbed’. I bet she was. I was told that Bluglass and his colleagues did all they could to oppose the adoption and the release of this 12 yr old from the ‘secure clinic’.

A few years ago I had a surprise. I discovered that Robert Bluglass had requested that his name be removed from the Medical Register. The usual reason for this is that a doctor is in very deep trouble and is jumping before he is pushed. At the same time nearly all references to Bluglass disappeared from the internet and he stood down from his academic posts. So I presume that something quite momentous had happened, but whatever it was has been kept very quiet. He hasn’t suffered too badly though. Not so long ago a friend told me about an art gallery in Warwickshire, ‘Compton Verney’, one of the finest art galleries in Europe. Compton Verney is so mind-blowing that I presumed that it was in public ownership, but my friend said ‘oh no, it’s a private owner’. I later found out that the owner of Compton Verney is none other than a Professor Robert Bluglass. So that’s what one does with one’s time when one’s career of excusing people who have wrecked other people’s lives or indeed even killed them comes to a brutal end….

My blog post ‘The Blog Post That Was Hacked Can Now Be Read’ describes how the various dreadful things happening to me at the hands of the mental health services seemed to be happening in parallel with the efforts of Alison Taylor to alert the authorities to the fact that a paedophile ring was operating across north Wales through Gwynedd Social Services and Clwyd Social Services. At the same time that Alison was approaching Thatcher’s Ministers with her allegations, I was writing to Thatcher’s Ministers with my allegations. In September 1989 I was told by Clwyd Health Authority in an unsigned letter that the file regarding my complaints had now been closed after Bluglass’s thorough and extensive investigation and that I would not be receiving a copy of my medical records. In September 1989 Alison Taylor was filmed for a Yorkshire TV programme about the paedophile ring in north Wales. This TV expose didn’t end up going anywhere – by February 1990 Yorkshire TV instead had turned their attention to a child abuse scandal in England.

Readers might be forgiven for imagining that after Robert Bluglass had been deployed to discredit me and deal with the difficulties in north Wales, the north Wales mental health services might have decided that the job had been completed. Sadly not….

 

 

 

 

 

THE BLOG POST THAT WAS HACKED CAN NOW BE READ

Last night one of my blog posts was hacked. I have now taken advice and am happy to say that I have reposted the post (below) that was hacked. Many thanks to the concerned readers who e mailed me. This is a message for one of them, Pete, who is currently in India – Pete, I tried to reply to your e mail but the message inexplicably bounced saying that it couldn’t be delivered to your address. Can you e mail me again on a different address so that I can try and reply to that? Or correspond with me via the comments section on the blog? Thanks.

 

 

My previous blog posts ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’ and ‘An Expert From England’ describe the flurry of correspondence behind the scenes regarding me that was happening in the wake of my complaints about the psychiatric services at Ysbyty Gwynedd and the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. I was completely unaware of just how frantic this activity had been until last week when my lawyers released files that I had not seen before. Dr James Earp, the ‘independent expert’ from Leicester, had been tasked with writing a report about me for Bangor Magistrates Court after the mental health services in north Wales moved mountains to bring a charge of ‘threatening behaviour’ against me. Earp compiled and submitted his report in the autumn of 1987, by which time I was living in Leicester. I was unable to visit the Bangor area until the court case had been heard because of my bail conditions. (Since moving away from north Wales I had remained a regular visitor because I enjoyed hill walking.) Although I was no longer living in north Wales it seemed that a lot of people in north Wales were still taking a very big interest in me, some of these being people whom I had never heard of, let alone met. The recently released files contain scores of documents compiled by such people, demonstrating just how frenetic the correspondence and meetings about me were. The documents also reveal a degree of collusion between various people and organisations that I had been completely unaware of. Although I didn’t know these people at the time, I do recognise some of their names now – their names have featured in connection with the investigations into the serious abuse of children in care in north Wales. One of these people was Lucille Hughes, then Director of Gwynedd Social Services. Hughes was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing about the paedophile ring operating in Gwynedd Social Services but failing to act. She ‘retired’ on the eve of the publication of the Waterhouse Report. I was told many years ago that Lucille Hughes was a former partner of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and had remained on good terms with him. She now sits on the Board of Trustees of CAIS, the charity that Jones founded and still chairs. Interestingly enough, despite all these meetings and correspondence about me, the one thing that no-one was doing was attempting to investigate the very serious complaints that I had made about the mental health services in north Wales. Instead it seems that a huge well-oiled machine went into action to ensure that my complaints were never investigated and to paint a picture of me as a phenomenally dangerous nutter. There was a key player involved in this in a way that I had never before realised – Dr X from Ysbyty Gwynedd. (For more background on Dr X please see blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’. I am not naming him on this blog because he killed himself some four years ago and his widow, who was also a psychiatrist at Ysbyty Gwynedd, is still alive and living in north Wales.)

Whilst I was in Leicester I continued to pursue my complaints about the mental health services. This did not go unnoticed, although no-one was replying to my letters. The files released from my lawyers however have given me some idea of what was going on behind the scenes.

On 7 January 1988, Lucille Hughes wrote to Jackie Brandt and Keith Fearns to inform them that ‘today’ I had made a complaint about Brandt. Brandt had sectioned me in Ysbyty Gwynedd on 17 Sept 1986 and my representations about her gross incompetence were being ignored. (Please see blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’ for details regarding this event.) I was getting nowhere with either Gwynedd Health Authority or the Mental Health Act Commission. So I wrote to Gwynedd Social Services who employed Brandt. Fearns was the co-ordinator of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team, one of Brandt’s colleagues. I had never heard of him at the time that Lucille Hughes wrote this letter to him, but I later did encounter him (please see blog post ‘The Arfon Community Mental Health Team’ for more background on Fearns and his dreadful conduct) and heard many first hand accounts of his intimidating, aggressive, unpleasant behaviour. Fearns survived as a social worker in Gwynedd for decades, but some years ago he and his ‘team’ were finally investigated and I was told that he was dismissed for serious neglect of patients. He now works as a CBT therapist and has even written a book about CBT such is his expertise.

Although Fearns had never met me, on the day that Lucille wrote to him and Brandt notifying them that I’d complained about Brandt, Fearns wrote a letter to Alun Davies (Administrator for the psychiatric services at Ysbyty Gwynedd) telling him that he knew that Davies was ‘collecting examples of [my] behaviour’ and that he hoped that Davies ‘will add these to your list’ (there is no indication in the files as to what these ‘examples’ are). Fearns stated that they wanted a ‘procedure’ to prevent me from entering the building where the Arfon Team were based and that ‘we would of course seek the assistance of the police in exploring any authority policy to preclude her access’. So upon receiving my complaint about Brandt, rather than responding to the complaint, the first reaction of Gwynedd Social Services was to collude with Alun Davies (who had been involved in the sectioning of me by Brandt) and to call for police ‘assistance’.

On January 27 1988 Brandt wrote to Mr W. Oswyn Rees (Area Officer for Arfon Area Office, Gwynedd Social Services) defending her conduct on the day that she sectioned me. Brandt’s letter was also signed by Fearns. This letter was copied to Mr R. Evans (I assume that this is a reference to Rob Evans, Assistant Director, Gwynedd Social Services) and Mr R. Evans (Legal Dept, Gwynedd County Offices).

The files contain a copy of a letter to Alun Davies from H. Ellis Hughes, the County Secretary and Solicitor for Gwynedd County Council, dated 9 February 1988, although this letter contains the instruction to ‘ask for Ron Evans’. The letter is regarding me writing to Brandt and asks Davies for ‘information that you might consider useful’. However there is a handwritten note on this letter saying ‘sent on 22/2/88 R’. Presumably ‘R’ is Ron. But why did Ron not send this letter until 22 February if it was typed up on the 9 February? Here’s a clue. The files contain another document dated 22 February 1988, that is a ‘report’ written by Bob Ingham, a CPN with the Arfon Team. This ‘report’ is Ingham’s version of a visit that I made to the Arfon Team’s offices in an attempt to get some answers from Brandt. I remember the incident well. Ingham wedged himself in the hall to bar my way and at one point grabbed me by the arm and dragged me along for a few yards. I told him that he was assaulting me and he then rang the police to report me for ‘threatening’ them all. When I asked him who he was he refused to tell me but just said ‘I’m in charge here’. The police did not arrest me because they were of the opinion that I hadn’t broken any law. Ingham’s report states that Brandt ‘had been advised’ not to speak to me or answer my letters. Ingham notes that he ‘liased with Ysbyty Gwynedd’ about the incident and that he spoke to Mr Campbell and Dr X about the situation. Mr Campbell was presumably Mr D. Campbell, Assistant Director of Nursing at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Dr X was the psychiatrist who told Brandt to section me on September 17 1986.

On 2 March 1988  Fearns wrote a letter to W. Oswyn Rees (the Arfon Area Officer, Gwynedd Social Services) referring to me having been bound over to keep the peace. (This had been the result of the charge of ‘threatening behaviour’ that the mental health services had brought against me.) Fearns states in his letter to Rees that ‘the staff group here would therefore strongly urge both [Gwynedd] County Council and the area Health Authority to pursue this matter legally as [my] behaviour appears to be in breach [of court orders] and as such may be interpreted as contempt of court…’ Now I do not remember any Court Orders against me at that time that I was breaching by either writing to Brandt or visiting her office. Yet a man who had never met me was urging legal action against me by both Gwynedd Social Services and Gwynedd Health Authority, allegedly at the behest of a ‘staff group’ most of whom I’d also never met except for one whom I’d made a complaint about. Fearns’s letter was copied to Rob Evans (Assistant Director of Gwynedd Social Services) and Ron Evans (of the Legal Dept, Gwynedd County Council). One week later, on 9 March 1988, Lucille Hughes (Director, Gwynedd Social Services) wrote to the County Secretary and Solicitor, but sent it as FAO Ron Evans of the Legal Dept. Lucille made reference to a copy of a ‘report’ by Fearns of 2 March, regarding me visiting the Arfon Team’s offices on 22 February 1988. (So Fearns had helpfully compiled a ‘report’ about an incident that he did not witness and which occurred when he was not even in the building.) Lucille asks Ron ‘Do you feel that all appropriate steps have now been taken to protect our staff…Can you advise on any aspect of the case which you feel still causes you concern?’ A copy of this letter was sent to W. Oswyn Rees – who of course the week before had been urged by Fearns to prosecute me for contempt of court. And it seems that Ron Evans from Gwynedd County Council’s Legal Dept was right at the centre of all this – and there seemed to be a hotline between Lucille Hughes and Ron.

In June 1988 I was admitted to one of the psychiatric wards in Ysbyty Gwynedd when I was visiting north Wales. For once this was not as a result of unscrupulous people breaking the law, but as a result of a very helpful nursing officer who used to work at Ysbyty Gwynedd (the same nursing officer mentioned in blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’ who, after a junior doctor made a statement to the police maintaining that I had ‘attempted to stab him’ saved my bacon by making a statement saying that he was in the room at the time and I had done no such thing). I was depressed with suicidal feelings and accepted the nursing officer’s offer of a bed on the ward – of course I had no idea at the time what was happening behind the scenes and my perception then was that the main problem in north Wales was Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and his regime at Denbigh and to a lesser extent an incompetent social worker and a number of junior doctors who didn’t know what they were doing. Whilst I was on the ward, the consultant who had been allocated to me on a temporary basis wrote to another consultant who was taking over my care. On 23 June she wrote to a Dr Devakumar stating that ‘[I had] been relatively co-operative whilst on the ward…..she claims and expresses continued paranoid ideas regarding one particular consultant psychiatrist’. I presume that she was referring to Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. This statement is fascinating because the doctor who wrote it used to work at the North Wales Hospital herself and found things there so horrific that she worked very hard to escape to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Among the documents from the files there is also another letter that seems to have been written in the summer of 1988. This is a letter from Dr X to his solicitor Ann Ball of Hempsons, the lawyers used by the Medical Defence Union. The letter from Dr X indicates that although Ann Ball had advised him to take no further legal action against me he was clearly thinking of asking her to invoke his existing injunction against me. (For the background as to how this injunction was obtained please see blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’.) This was not the only letter that I have read written by Dr X and his wife demonstrating that they were ignoring their own legal advisors. There were angry letters written by them in previously released files berating their legal advisors for not understanding how ‘dangerous’ I was when Dr X and his wife were being told very frankly by their lawyers that they seemed to be over-reacting.

Dr X was not the only person over-reacting. There is a truly splendid letter written by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones to Huw Thomas (General Manager of Gwynedd Health Authority) dated 24 June 1988. This letter is Jones’s rather florid account of an encounter that he had with me in an open-plan secretaries office in Ysbyty Gwynedd when I asked him some questions that he didn’t want to answer. He made a fist and raised his arm and I thought that I was about to get thumped – so I told him that it wouldn’t be a good idea to assault me because there were witnesses present (although from what these documents suggest, Jones could have murdered me on the spot and no-one would have remembered seeing a thing). Jones lowered his arm and with a wonderful bit of ham-acting asked one of the secretaries to call someone to ‘accompany Sally back to the ward’. But Jones’s letter tells a somewhat different story. He states that ‘ [I] accosted [him] in a menacing way in the typing pool…she has repeatedly made threats and there is a general feeling among the consultant psychiatrists that she is a potential hazard…it is disturbing that she is able to wander seemingly at will and quite unsupervised…when she is quite obviously a problem of grave concern…’ Jones continues in a similar vein, alleging that Ysbyty Gwynedd is attempting to do a job for which it is not equipped ie. cater for a dangerous nutter like me. There is a letter dated 29 June to Huw Thomas (General Manager of Gwynedd Health Authority) written by Mr D. Campbell (Assistant Director of Nursing at Ysbyty Gwynedd) which is clearly a response to the rant that Jones had sent a few days earlier. Mr Campbell refers to a memorandum that Jones had sent Huw Thomas and comments that he is ‘concerned about the second paragraph’ and refers to a conversation with a nursing officer ‘about his remarks to Dr Jones’, so there was obviously some allegations flying around between the staff. Mr Campbell states that I was a voluntary patient ‘and there was no need to confine her to the ward. Indeed any such confinement would have been illegal…supervision was relaxed as she was not seen as being a danger, either to herself or others…she has long-harboured a dislike of Dr Jones. Unfortunately their paths crossed and she took the opportunity to ‘bend his ear’…’ Mr Campbell copied this letter to a Mr J Caddell, Dr DA Jones, Dr X’s wife, Alun Davies and a nursing officer.

Mr Campbell’s letter to Huw Thomas seemed to have tipped Jones over the edge. On 5 July Jones wrote to Huw Thomas ‘I think this patient is potentially dangerous. I speak from extensive experience in working with patients with personality disorder and with the experience probably of more forensic work than many general psychiatrists. You may possibly be aware of occasions when she has seemingly offered menace to other doctors…several members of staff…have been subject to her verbal threats and persistent harassment…at least 5 or 6 names spring to mind as having been given cause for perturbation. The third paragraph of this letter is quite unacceptable. It was well known that she was lying in wait for me at my clinic….To suggest that there was a casual crossing of paths is quite misleading. I do not understand what Mr Campbell wishes to convey by his expression…’bend his ear’. There was certainly a distinct air of menace…This paragraph is distorted to the point of impertinence….This is a grotesque distortion of events….and misses the point of the potential hazard. I wrote to you in grave concern….this young woman may commit grave injury to herself or to some other person. I am sending copies of this correspondence to my consultant colleagues. I think there is danger in this case and I think the tone of this letter is quite unacceptable.’ Jones copied this letter to Dr X, Dr X’s wife, Dr Devakumar, Mr D. Campbell, Alun Davies and a nursing officer. So this was what happened when someone dared challenge Jones, although that person was in a senior role himself – the Assistant Director of Nursing at Ysbyty Gwynedd. (It is interesting that Jones relies on his ‘extensive experience’ with ‘personality disorder’ and ‘forensic’ patients to try and pull rank. One reason why Jones had such vast ‘experience’ was that he constantly diagnosed patients as having ‘personality disorders’, denounced them as ‘dangerous’ and had them arrested. Thus he constructed himself as an ‘expert’ in such matters.

It seems that Jones’s tactics had been very effective. Two days later, 7 July 1988, a letter was sent to Alun Davies from Dr X and Dr Devakumar. There was a reference to the correspondence that had been exchanged ‘about the recent upsetting incident involving [me]’ and a meeting was requested ‘between consultant medical staff especially Dr Jones who seems most at risk and the administration possibly with legal advisors also present’. Although this letter was signed by both Dr X and Dr Devakumar, the rest of the letter is written as though it was written by one person only. It continues ‘personally…I feel the only recourse is to law…with her history of assaults and the use of knives could lead to tragedy…Dr DA Jones has expressed his professional opinion that this lady poses a severe threat to him…the fact that she…has recently attempted to assault Dr DA Jones cannot be ignored…all the consultants would wish to see…a definite policy towards her….involve immediate police action…and recourse to an injunction both by the Health Authority and perhaps….through the Medical Defence Union…this lady is in fact a severe danger….it should be remembered that this lady has assaulted medical staff in the past….a tragedy could occur….’

So the Assistant Director of Nursing challenging Jones had resulted in the sending of letters from the consultant psychiatrists at Ysbyty Gwynedd stressing how severely dangerous I was, an opinion backed up by references to ‘assaults’ and ‘the use of knives’ – allegations which had previously been made by the psychiatrists at Ysbyty Gwynedd but had been demonstrated to be quite untrue when the police held investigations into these allegations. I note that Mr Campbell’s initial letter in which he was very clear that I was not a danger to anyone which so enraged Jones was not copied to Dr X or Dr Devakumar. Was this why they felt able to subsequently write lurid letters backing up Jones? There was clearly so much gossip and tittle tattle about me circulating around the mental health services that it would have been inconceivable that they hadn’t heard about Mr Campbell’s  letter, but if it hadn’t actually been copied to them they could plead ignorance. But a myth had been born – a myth of serious danger, of assaults and of attacks with knives. On 14 July Huw Thomas wrote to Jones thanking Jones for his letters ‘expressing your concern’ and telling him that Alun Davies was arranging a ‘multi-disciplinary meeting’ on 15 July to ‘discuss the problem’. There are no documents in the files revealing who was invited to this ‘multi-disciplinary meeting’ or who said what there – but in my experience when a multi-disciplinary meeting was held in the psychiatry dept at Ysbyty Gwynedd, it meant that social workers were invited too. What’s the betting that Keith Fearns attended this meeting to ‘discuss the problem?’

On 12 August 1988, by which time the multi-disciplinary meeting had presumably taken place, Mr PM Rees, an administrator from Gwynedd Health Authority, wrote me a letter in which he stated once again that they would not release my medical records. This letter makes reference to the letters that I had previously received from Keith Best MP and Mark Robinson (Under-Secretary of State for Wales) outlining the legal position ie. that doctors are usually willing to check the accuracy of records and that decisions as to whether they should be released rests with the doctor with responsibility for the patient’s care but the decision should be made in the patient’s best interests. (Which was very obviously not happening in my case.) The files also contain a copy of a letter from Alun Davies to me written in August 1988 refusing to release my records, again mentioning Mark Robinson and Keith Best.

People were clearly busy in August 1988. The files contain two letters that are both dated 24 August 1988. One was written by Dr X to Huw Thomas (General Manager, Gwynedd Health Authority).  This letter reveals that Dr X had acquired a new status – he signs the letter in his capacity as ‘Secretary to Consultant Psychiatrists’. Dr X refers to enclosing ‘relevant correspondence’ regarding me. He also refers to a letter from Mr Park, acting for AJ Beale, Solicitors to the Welsh Health Authorities, addressed to the District General Administrator, stating ‘it is with the advice of the Welsh Office that disclosure of the notes should only take place in the context of a Court Order under Section 33 or Section 34 of the Supreme Court Act 1981. It was then the Welsh Office had advised no disclosure of these notes together with the Medical Defence Union. It is the opinion of all the psychiatrists and the GP involved that disclosure of these notes would be harmful to the individual concerned…in view of the fact that this individual has a criminal record with two convictions for breach of the peace and assault…’ Dr X then mentions ‘two assaults against junior medical staff and an assault against a consultant psychiatrist recently…’  He then goes on to grumble that they’ve received no ‘legal guidance and protection’ and will therefore seek involvement of BMA representation. This letter which once more makes reference to assaults that never happened also manages to lie about my ‘criminal record’ – a criminal record that was only ever gained in the first place because Dr X and his colleagues insisted on pressing charges against me for ridiculous ‘offences’. This is then used to justify refusing me access to my records – records which we now know contained details of law breaking and the most unscrupulous behaviour by mental health professionals in collusion with numerous other people. Dr X copied this letter to Dr X’s wife, Dr Devakumar, Dr DA Jones, Dr DGE Wood (my former GP, who had referred me to Dr T. Gwynne Williams the lobotomist, but who seemed to be still taking a very big interest me), Dr WB Davies (BMA) and Dr DJC Davies (Chief Administrative Medical Officer for Gwynedd Health Authority).

The other letter written on the same date was sent to Dr DJC Davies, Chief Administrative Medical Officer for Gwynedd Health Authority (who had been copied into Dr X’s letter described above), from Mr AH Chadwick of the BMA. Chadwick’s letter refers to a meeting in Dr DJC Davies’s office on 8 July 1988. This was the day after Dr X and Dr Devakumar sent the florid letter to Alun Davies regarding the danger that I posed to DA Jones, following Jones’s hissy fit when his idiocy had been challenged by the Assistant Director of Nursing. Chadwick writes ‘I expressed extreme concern re the antics of the above named lady. I also registered my concern with the apparent lack of positive involvement by the administrators at Ysbyty Gwynedd. I have today been requested by the four Consultant Psychiatrists for urgent assistance re the ongoing matter….received further alarming reports…informed of incidents of physical violence against both medical staff…there is an urgent need to arrange a meeting…between interested parties…legal representation from the Welsh Office and from the North Wales Constabulary are essential…If we do not receive a positive response to this letter by Friday 9 September we shall not hesitate to vigorously pursue this matter elsewhere.’

So the BMA were enlisted to exert yet more muscle regarding the battle against the ‘dangerous psychiatric patient’ – who happened to have made some very serious complaints about the people who were telling as many people as possible how dangerous she was. And those complaints had still not been investigated.

But the pressure was working. On 2 September Mr PM Rees wrote to Dr X about me. The letter refers to the letter that Dr X wrote to Huw Thomas (General Manager of Gwynedd Health Authority) on 22 August and states that it ‘has been passed to me for my attention’. He continues ‘you will…be aware that Dr Cedric Davies has received a letter…from Mr Chadwick of the BMA. I enclose a copy of a letter I have today sent to Mr Chadwick…I am attempting to arrange a meeting with representatives of the Legal Dept and the North Wales Police as requested’. Mr Rees reiterates that there is ‘no intention’ to disclose my notes to me. This letter was copied to Huw Thomas as well as to the Chief Administrative Legal Officer and Alun Davies.

Mr PM Rees wrote another letter on 14 September, this time to Dr Devakumar, confirming that he had ‘as requested, through the BMA, arranged a meeting with Chief Inspector Parry of North Wales Police to discuss the problems posed by [me]’. Rees states that he hopes that Devakumar attends the meeting on 18 September. He continues ‘I have been in contact with the Authorities Legal Advisor Mr Andrew Park in the Welsh Office…[who] needs further information about [me]…he will be willing to travel to Bangor to discuss matters personally’. This letter was copied to the Chief Administrative Medical Officer, to Alun Davies and to AH Chadwick of the BMA.

All this was not sufficient for Alun Davies however. One of the documents from the files is a note from him dated 30 September in which he makes reference to an article that he has seen in the Times regarding ‘a new criminal offence – poison pen letters which may be appropriate for this particular case’. The files contain another (undated) document compiled by Alun Davies which seems to have been written about this time. This is a letter from Davies to Chief Inspector Parry, North Wales Police, Bangor, stating that he is enclosing ‘a copy of a letter’ from me to Jones. Davies makes reference to Parry ‘advising’ them recently.

 By this time the mental health services in north Wales might have had a reason to have been going into overdrive and working very hard to involve as many people as possible to promote the myth that I was a dangerous nutter who should not be believed at any costs. Because my complaints had not been investigated properly by either the Mental Health Act Commission or Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities, I had requested an Independent Professional Review. I’m not sure if this option still exists in the UK NHS complaints procedure, but back then, if a serious complaint had not been resolved to the satisfaction of the patient, one could request an Independent Professional Review, in which the complaint would be reviewed by independent practitioners from outside the geographical area. I think that the granting of such a Review was discretionary – I seem to remember someone telling me that someone must have been very concerned at what had happened to me for me to have been granted an Independent Professional Review. I hoped that finally, some light would be shed on the appalling practices in north Wales. The man appointed to set up the Review was a Professor Robert Owen, a surgeon from Cardiff. I met Professor Owen and he gave me the impression of being someone who was very unhappy with what seemed to have been going on and who was determined to get to the bottom of it. I remember him commenting to me that ‘David Jones [Dafydd Alun Jones’s real name] may run rings around everyone else but he’s not going to run rings around me’. Internally I breathed a sigh of relief. However, something was happening that Brown always told me that he suspected was going on but that I had no evidence of until I read the newly released documents last week. Professor Owen was doing an awful lot of communicating with the people whom he was investigating and their colleagues.

The files reveal that on 28 November 1988 Dr X wrote to Dr DJ Jones, Area General Manager for  Clwyd Health Authority. Dr X makes reference to the fact that the Medical Ombudsman was now involved in my case ‘and that you are due to set up some form of enquiry into her care’. Dr X maintained that ‘consultation should take place between all parties because of the legal ramifications and history of assault…I enclose a summary of this lady’s behaviour up until August 1988. Since then Gwynedd Health Authority have met with Mr Park of the Welsh Office…Police are involved under the Malicious Communications Act…the Medical Defence Union are involved to enforce a High Court injunction’. Dr X expresses ‘concern’ that no contact regarding the enquiry has been made with Ysbyty Gwynedd or Brandt. He continues ‘the clinical notes should not be released to this patient by anybody…based on the advice of the Welsh Office Legal Department…it is felt by medical staff that serious harm might result to the patient and to others if they were released in any form…we would all be grateful for a clarification as to the nature and scope of the enquiry by the Ombudsman…I would be happy to provide any information as I am sure other colleagues would….it is important that he seeks it prior to proceeding any further…’ Dr X then bangs on about the risk that I was to staff. This letter was copied to Dr DJC Davies, Dr DA Jones, Alun Davies, Dr WB Davies (BMA) and the Medical Defence Union. So Dr X, who by now had a track record of making serious allegations about me that everyone, himself included, knew were not true, was offering ‘information’ to the enquiry and indeed stating that the Ombudsman shouldn’t proceed further until he had sought this ‘information’. Dr X introduces in this letter another allegation – that of police involvement under the Malicious Communications Act. I have never been charged with any offence under that Act – presumably my communications were not considered malicious enough. Dr X mentions the involvement of the Medical Defence Union to enforce an injunction – yet I have copies of letters demonstrating that Dr X was ignoring the advice of lawyers from the MDU with regard to this.

 Another document constitutes Gwynedd Health Authority notes made at a meeting held with the Welsh Office Legal Dept on 14 December 1988 regarding me. The following people were present at this meeting: Alun Davies, A Park (solicitor, from the Legal Dept at the Welsh Office), Dr X, Dr X’s wife, Dr DA Jones, Dr DJC Davies (Chief Administrative Medical Officer, Gwynedd Health Authority), Mr G Palmer (Chief Administrative Nursing Officer), Mr D Campbell (Assistant Director of Nursing), a nursing officer, Chief Inspector G Lloyd (North Wales Police), Robin Williams (administrator). Dr X and Dafydd Alun Jones ‘outlined in detail to Mr Park their involvement with [me[‘. Chief Inspector G Lloyd mentioned the Malicious Communications Act and stated that mail from me should be referred to the police ‘with a view to prosecuting [me] under this legislation’. Mr Park advised an injunction.

 So the people whom I had complained about or had vigorously supported those whom I had complained about all had a meeting with the legal representative from the Welsh Office and were offering ‘information’ to the man charged with setting up the investigation into my complaint. Mr Park from the Welsh Office was a lawyer – presumably he was therefore aware of how often the mental health services had broken the law in my case.

 But the mental health services clearly didn’t feel that they’d done quite enough to cover their tracks just yet. On 20 December 1988 Alun Davies wrote to PM Rees stating that he was forwarding my case notes and correspondence to Professor Owen. Davies states in this letter that before I was admitted to Denbigh, Dr DA Jones saw me at Bangor Police Station. This is not true. Jones did not see me or assess me in any way before I was admitted to Denbigh – he only turned up to speak to me several days after I’d been admitted. So Jones did of course break the law – people can only be detained under the Mental Health Act after they have been assessed by the appropriate people. No-one assessed me at all. So Professor Owen was about to be told another whopper.

An internal memorandum from Alun Davies dated 22 December 1988 was sent to the following people: Dr X, Mrs J Evans (who I think was a lawyer), a nursing officer, Dr DGE Wood, Mr PM Rees. Davies states ‘I have been contacted by Professor Owen who has been nominated to chair a Medical Review Enquiry Panel concerning complaints made by [me] to Clwyd Health Authority who in turn referred the matter to the Welsh Office Complaints Dept. Prof Owen believes that it would be helpful to have an informal meeting to discuss [me] and I therefore invite you to a meeting…on 4 Jan 1989….’ Davies notes that if anyone’s unable to attend, another date will be arranged.

So Professor Owen was appointed by the Welsh Office to investigate my complaint – after lawyers employed by the same Welsh Office had spent many, many months providing legal advice to the people that I was complaining about and telling them that under no circumstances should they release my records to me.

But there was someone else who was also keen to speak to Professor Owen. On 29 December 1988, Debra Lewis, secretary to Alun Davies, sent a letter to Professor Owen. In the letter she explained that she had been contacted by Dr DGE Wood, who couldn’t attend the meeting. (Regular readers will remember that it was DGE Wood who effectively started the ball rolling regarding me and the mental health services. Whilst I was still an undergrad, Wood had referred me to Dr T. Gwynne Williams, a retired lobotomist from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Wood subsequently told me that I ‘wasn’t allowed’ to complain when I raised extreme dissatisfaction with Williams.) Wood had left a message for Professor Owen telling him that Wood ‘has many details and correspondence he would like to discuss with you’. Wood was so keen to discuss these details and correspondence with Professor Owen that he provided a phone number and details of the morning which he’d left free in his diary in order for Prof Owen to ring him. I noticed something else interesting on this letter, which was sent to Prof Owen’s home address. I had assumed that Prof Owen lived in or near Cardiff. But he didn’t – he lived at Colwyn Bay. Not a million miles away from Denbigh. And in the area that was at that time covered by Clwyd Health Authority. So Professor Owen would have known all about Denbigh and Jones and the horrifying anecdotes doing the rounds locally. He would also have been living in close proximity to all the senior people in Clwyd Health Authority and may well have mixed with them socially.

So clearly the land was being carefully prepared for the ‘Independent’ Professional Review, which took place in March 1989. I shall blog about this soon.

 Previously this blog has discussed the emerging links between the problem of the serious abuse of children in care that was pervasive in north Wales and the problems in the mental health services in the region. Richard Webster wrote a now notorious book ‘The Secret of Bryn Estyn’ some years ago in which he maintained that the ‘secret’ was that there was no paedophile ring at all and that Bryn Estyn was merely another rather mediocre children’s home. Webster died a few years ago, but a blog that he wrote is still available online and is obviously being maintained by someone. This blog’s purpose seems to be to throw mud at Alison Taylor, the Gwynedd social worker who blew the whistle on the abuse that was happening. However, Webster’s blog very helpfully provides a ‘North Wales Timeline’ which lists a series of dates on which various events happened https://secretofbrynestyn.wordpress.com/north-wales-abuse-timeline-2/

It is interesting to compare the dates of certain happenings on Webster’s timeline with happenings in my life at those times. For example, at about the time when Jones was unlawfully banging me up in Denbigh, Alison Taylor was being investigated and was then suspended by her employers, Gwynedd Social Services. At about the same time that Alison Taylor was telling Margaret Thatcher that there was serious abuse happening in children’s services managed by the social services in north Wales, I was writing to Thatcher’s Ministers alleging that serious abuses were happening in the mental health services in north Wales. Alison Taylor was dismissed by Gwynedd County Council just a few weeks before Lucille Hughes busied herself writing letters about me and asking Ron Evans, a lawyer employed by Gwynedd County Council, if he had any ‘advice’ regarding me. At the beginning of 1988 Alison Taylor wrote to Tony Newton, the Health Minister, describing a brutal assault that she’d witnessed. At the beginning of 1988 Lucille Hughes and Keith Fearns started taking a very big interest in gathering ‘information’ about me in partnership with people from the mental health services with a view to bringing the full force of the law down upon my head despite the noticeable lack of serious crimes for which I had been convicted. Webster’s timeline also mentions that in 1988 Gordon Anglesea, the notorious former North Wales police officer who was last year imprisoned for abusing youngsters in care in north Wales but who has since died in prison, was promoted to Superintendent in the North Wales force in Colwyn Bay. The HQ of the North Wales Police was at that time in Colwyn Bay. As was Professor Owen. Webster’s timeline also mentions a man called Frank Beck, and notes that an investigation into Beck’s offending began in March 1989. Beck was a social worker in Leicester who was later convicted of serious offences against children. Allegations of organised child abuse in Leicester were made, involving other people as well as Beck, including Lord Greville Janner, a former Leicester MP. After Beck was convicted, a report was compiled that was highly critical of the management of Leicester Social Services in the 1070s and 80s. Social services work hand in hand with the mental health services in the UK. The first ‘independent expert’ who wrote a court report about me regarding my problems with the mental health services in north Wales who seemed to miss what was staring him in the face was Dr James Earp. Earp worked in Leicester.

I want to relate one more memory here that always troubles me. Readers may remember that some of the correspondence about me detailed in this post was copied to a man called Rob Evans, Assistant Director of Gwynedd Social Services. I met Rob Evans in person many years later when I eventually discovered the extent of Keith Fearns’s intervention in my life and complained about it. It was very obvious to me that Keith Fearns could have had Rob Evans for breakfast. As Rob Evans flailed around trying to find excuses for Fearn’s dreadful behaviour, he gave me a little speech about how practice in social work changes. As an example, Evans told me that when he worked in child ‘protection’, he used to take away the children’s shoes because if he didn’t they’d run away from the children’s home. Much more recently, I was reading the evidence that the people who were abused in children’s homes in north Wales gave at the trials. One man remembered not being able to run away from the home where he was being molested because his shoes had been taken away.

 

 

 

 

An Expert From England

My blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – and Some Serious Smears’ describes the frantic activity behind the scenes, involving people at the highest levels, in Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities after I made complaint about the mental health services. I also explain how the Mental Health Act Commission, rather than investigating my complaint to them about my unlawful detention, was actively colluding with the Authorities concerned. (There are many references in the letters between all these parties to previous ‘telephone conversations’, the contents of which never seem to have been documented.) Yet all this was happening at a time when the North Wales Hospital Denbigh was involved in a high profile legal case – which was even receiving coverage in the London based press – involving the unlawful detention of Ms Mary Wynch (please see blog post ‘Making Legal History – The Mary Wynch Case’) and had a reputation so dreadful that it had been ear-marked for closure. There had been recent damning reports about both Denbigh and the psychiatric wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd and the GMC had received numerous complaints about Dafydd Alun Jones, but had failed to take any action. And Alison Taylor, a social worker from Gwynedd, had contacted Gwynedd County Council, the police and had written to Margaret Thatcher, alleging that serious abuses were taking place in the children’s services across north Wales and that a paedophile ring was operating in the area. One would have thought that perhaps alarm bells should have rung when I started writing to MPs and Ministers at the Welsh Office alleging serious abuses in the mental health services in north Wales. The Welsh Office did act of course – they were providing legal advice to the services that I was complaining about, advising them with regard as to how withhold my medical records and the ways in which they could obtain a High Court injunction against me.

Throughout all this, there was one professional whom I was in contact with who I always knew was excellent but whom I now realise was far better than even I had realised – my solicitor, a local man with a legal aid practice in Bangor, who represented me every time that the mental health services brought charges against me. Whilst I was in Denbigh facing charges of ‘assaulting’ a junior doctor – charges which had been dropped by the time I returned to Court for the case to be heard – it was Dafydd Alun Jones’s responsibility to provide a psychiatric report for the Court about me. I had expressed concern to my solicitor about this situation and he told me that the Magistrates Courts in north Wales had started ignoring reports compiled by Jones because ‘they know what he’s like’.  However, when it was later alleged that I had ‘tried to stab a junior doctor’ at Ysbyty Gwynedd, this solicitor obviously realised that things were getting nasty.

After the junior doctor concerned alleged that I had tried to stab him (please see blog post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – And Some Serious Smears’), I was taken to Bangor Police Station. During the course of the time that I was at the station a number of memorable things happened. At the station, the officer on duty, Sgt Morgan, told me that statements made by hospital staff were inconsistent and it seemed clear that the junior doctor had lied in his statement. Whilst I was at the station however, Dr X from Ysbyty Gwynedd phoned Sgt Morgan, told him that I was ‘very ill’, ‘dangerous’ and that they would be sending a doctor to the station to section me. Sgt Morgan told Dr X that he ‘couldn’t’ do that and hung up on Dr X. Within minutes, Janice Davies, a ward sister from Denbigh, rang and told Sgt Morgan that I’d threatened her. Sgt Morgan hung up on her too. At this point Sgt Morgan observed to me that ‘they’re all conspiring against you up there’.

Although I wasn’t charged with attempting to stab anyone, I was charged with threatening behaviour, so I was detained at Bangor Police Station overnight. I had three visitors whilst I was there. I would have had another visitor as well, but Sgt Morgan wouldn’t let him in. That was Dr DGE Wood, my former GP, who, the documents from my lawyer reveal, was still taking a very keen interest in me and my activities although I was now living in Leicester. My first visitor was a police surgeon whose name I never knew. To be fair to him, I wasn’t very co-operative but he was frank enough to tell me that he could see why this was. He was remarkably good humoured but did of course ask me if I fancied another stay in Denbigh. I refused and to his credit I presume that he then refused to section me. Then late at night, one Dafydd Alun Jones arrived. He walked into the Sgt’s area where I was sitting and told me that he didn’t think that I’d been ‘helped’ by Denbigh and that I should not be ‘involved with’ the psychiatric services that night. I observed that Denbigh wasn’t really helping anyone. Jones stood up and said ‘I think ewe should be in prison’ and left. Then my solicitor arrived and asked me what Jones had said. I replied ‘I think ewe should be in prison’. My solicitor observed that Jones was saying that because I’d complained about him.

My solicitor told me that he was going to apply for bail for me because there was no way that he wanted me remanded at Risley Remand Centre. He also said that a psychiatric report would be required and he didn’t want that from Risley either ‘because their reports all say the same thing’. By the next day, my solicitor returned to tell me that he had contacted the psychiatric hospital in Leicester, where I was now living, and they’d agreed to provide a report for the court. I was then allowed bail and I returned to Leicester, where I made enquiries and found out a lot more about Dafydd Alun Jones and Denbigh (please see blog post ‘The Mysterious Silence of MIND’).

I soon received an appointment from the Towers Hospital to see a Dr James Earp, a forensic psychiatrist, for the report. Dr Earp wanted to admit me to the hospital – I was still experiencing serious depressions – but after what I had seen at Denbigh there was no way that I was going to agree to that. So I saw him as an outpatient. As with the police surgeon at Bangor Police Station, I got the impression that Dr Earp was fully aware of why I had so little confidence or trust in him. Dr Earp did compile a report for the Court and then provided a shorter additional report. I have been given legal advice that I cannot reproduce the Court reports on my blog without permission from the people who compiled them (I will be seeking that permission from a few people very soon…), so I cannot reproduce extracts of Earp’s report here, much as I’d like to. However, he did not appear to be mad or corrupt as so many practitioners in north Wales seemed to be and he came up with a diagnosis that I think was probably quite appropriate (I have major reservations about psychiatric diagnoses but Earp’s was probably the most accurate).

I had given Earp a detailed account of my experiences in north Wales and he admitted to being ‘surprised’ regarding the way in which I had been admitted to and detained at Denbigh. However, although he clearly spotted a number of things that didn’t add up at all, he concluded that I was trying to ‘discredit’ practitioners in north Wales. At the time I simply assumed that he could not imagine the enormity of the malpractice in north Wales – it was fairly clear that he was no D.A. Jones himself and I presumed that he really had no idea of what could be happening up there.

But during one of our conversations, Earp let something slip. He was discussing life in north Wales generally and said that he’d only ever visited the Denbigh area once and had been surprised because he had asked someone for directions and discovered that they ‘could only speak Welsh’. So Earp was well aware of how provincial the area was – he would also have been aware that in an area like that, many local people would find it very difficult to challenge the medical establishment in the region. Since then I’ve often thought about what Earp said. Why would he be visiting the Denbigh area? Of course he may have been a tourist, visiting the castle or going hill walking…But he needed to ask directions to somewhere. Denbigh town is pretty compact and the castle is very near the centre. But the North Wales Hospital isn’t, it is quite a way out. There were/are no signposts to the North Wales Hospital and no indication of how to get there. If you’re in the town and you are not local, you would have no idea of how to get to the hospital. A friend who came to visit me when I was there discovered this – he had to ask someone for directions.

In the years following my adventures at Denbigh, I discovered that many, many people in psychiatry knew of it’s grim reputation. At one point when I lived in London I shared a flat with a psychiatric nurse who had trained in Liverpool who asked her former tutor if he knew anything about Denbigh Hospital. She later told me ‘my tutor knows Denbigh Hospital, he says its terrible’.

By the time that I met James Earp, Mary Wynch’s legal case against Jones and Denbigh had been widely reported. This was the first time that anyone had ever sued a psychiatrist for wrongful detention under the Mental Health Act and it was making legal history. The case had even involved an appeal to Lord Denning, the Master of the Rolls. Every forensic psychiatrist in the UK would have been following that case, because of the legal implications for their own practice. By the end of 1986, UK psychiatrists were fully aware that there was a rogue practitioner at Denbigh in north Wales. And I suspect that Earp had visited the North Wales Hospital himself at one point but like everyone else had got lost on the way there.

In retrospect, it could be said that James Earp had been vey culpable indeed by ignoring something terrible that was staring him in the face. But Earp’s allegation that I was trying to ‘discredit’ practitioners in north Wales was a very minor shot across the bows indeed in comparison with the comments and activities of some of the ‘experts’ whom I subsequently encountered…

Behind The Scenes – At The North Wales Hospital Denbigh

My blog posts ‘Hippocratic Oath Or Hypocritic Oaf?’, ‘How I Arrived At Denbigh’, ‘The Case of the Disappearing Clinical Psychologist’ and ‘The Distressed Young Woman Who Vanished’ give some idea of just how seriously and casually the law was being flouted by some people in north Wales with regard to the means by which people were admitted to and detained in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and also suggest that some pretty monstrous things were happening out there. I had other clues that this was a completely lawless institution regularly hosting some very bizarre happenings whilst I was there. I had been there a number of days before Dr Dafydd Alun Jones condescended to visit me, but when he did it was in the middle of the night – I remember being ‘interviewed’ by him at about midnight. None of the staff on the ward concerned, Bryn Golau, batted an eyelid at Jones doing this. Years later I was told by a former psychiatric social worker who had worked in north Wales that Jones was very obviously floridly manic a lot of the time and would conduct ward rounds in the early hours of the morning. I have also never forgotten another comment from a member of staff made a matter of hours after I’d arrived at Bryn Golau. I had got into a confrontation with another patient – she had attacked me but in a fairly inefficient way, she had seen me writing (I was actually writing an essay for the MSc that I was pursuing at the time as part of my course work) and she had rushed over to me and ripped up all my paperwork. I shoved her off me and unfortunately she fell onto the floor. I then heard a nursing assistant – who was only ever identified as ‘Marion’, but whom I later discovered was quite dim – remark to the charge nurse ‘I think this young lady ought to go downstairs’. The charge nurse said nothing in response to this but he did come over to find out what was going on. I was curious as to what the reference to ‘downstairs’ had meant, but I never heard ‘downstairs’ mentioned again whilst I was there. But a few years later when I was living in a small village near Bethesda, I discovered that a lot of the elderly people there knew Dafydd Alun Jones because he had originated from Bethesda. They would freely talk about his unpleasantness and how grim Denbigh was. I had a friend who spent a lot of his time in the company of an elderly man from Bethesda and he told my friend an awful lot about the abuses that were alleged to go on at Denbigh. One day my friend told me that the old man had talked of a cellar-like place at Denbigh where patients were locked in and left, in the manner of some Gothic horror – staff referred to the cellar as ‘downstairs’…

There were a number of nurses in Bryn Golau who were clearly very unhappy with what was going on and who did seem to be trying to do their best for patients in very restricted circumstances. Two members of staff there – the ward sister, a Janice Davies, and an SEN, Stephen Rose – were abusive and were very obviously colluding with Dafydd Alun Jones. They would lie about patients conduct, attempt to harass and intimidate patients, elicit conflict between patients in order to break up friendships etc. On one occasion Rose assaulted me.

One interesting ritual in Bryn Golau was afternoon tea for the staff. They’d all gather around one big table, out would come the tea-pot and cups and they’d spend the best part of an hour chatting and socialising with each other – sometimes nurses and nursing officers from other parts of the hospital would arrive and join in. Whilst they were having their tea, quite an interesting process would take place – the staff would completely forget that patients were present and might be listening. It seemed that tea time was a forum for general gossip and for discussing the wrongdoing of the medical staff at Denbigh, particularly Dafydd Alun Jones. I heard a lot of interesting things at tea times. Most of the staff neither liked nor trusted Jones but were very obviously cowed by him. There also seemed to be a lot of friction between Denbigh and the psychiatric wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd, with staff having complex allegiances and being at war with each other – staff from Denbigh maintained that the wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd were unsafe and hopeless, whereas staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd levelled the same allegations at Denbigh. (The irony was that the wards and management of both places had both been subject to damning criticism following external investigations and by this time Denbigh had been ear-marked for closure.)

Another interesting thing that happened whilst I was in Denbigh was Jones’s attempt to nobble my solicitor. Fortunately I already knew the solicitor who was representing me regarding the ‘charge’ that I was facing whilst I was in Denbigh – I had previously consulted him when I first encountered problems with the psychiatric services at Ysbyty Gwynedd. However when Jones finally arrived at Denbigh to see me, he felt able to state that he had telephoned my solicitor and was ‘most surprised’ to find that he already knew me. He announced this in front of a group of nurses. So just as Jones turning up to visit patients in the middle of the night was an everyday occurrence, clearly so was him contacting patient’s solicitors without their knowledge or permission. Thank God I actually had an honest solicitor…

When I got out of Denbigh (as described in my blog post ‘The Case of the Disappearing Clinical Psychologist’, this was sudden and unexpected and did not seem to involve discussions with the ward staff, let alone me), I went straight back to London where I was on a postgrad course lest Jones had me arrested on yet another trumped up charge. As soon as I got to London, I contacted the Mental Health Act Commission and made a formal complaint to the authorities at Denbigh regarding what had happened, although I’d already had indications that the Mental Health Act Commission were pretty hopeless – they were by this time supposed to be investigating the circumstances of me being sectioned by a grossly incompetent junior doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd some months previously, whose English was so bad that he could not understand what I was saying. My first encounter with Dafydd Alun Jones had occurred then – the day after the incompetent had sectioned me, Jones turned up and told me that he would only let me out if I agreed to leave Bangor immediately and that if I returned he’d have me arrested. This alone should have alerted the Mental Health Act Commission to something being very wrong, before I even ended up in Denbigh.

My memory of returning to London and then raising my concerns regarding events in north Wales with the Mental Health Act Commission and the authorities at Denbigh was one of being constantly messed around, with my letters usually being ignored and information being withheld. I do not ever remember any of my complaints being dealt with appropriately, let alone resolved. So it was enlightening to find documents relating to all this among the numerous documents released from my lawyers to me last week.

Among the documents is a letter from me, dated Jan 1987, requesting a copy of my medical records from Denbigh. My request had been turned down flat, with the administrator at Denbigh, a Mr D. Hinchcliffe, stating that the records were ‘legally unavailable’ to me. I knew this to be untrue, because I was being refused copies of my medical records by Ysbyty Gwynedd and had sought legal clarification – the situation was that it was at the discretion of the practitioners who had compiled the records, but any decision had to be made with the best interests of the patient in mind. There is a copy of another letter dated March 1987 that I subsequently wrote to Mr Hinchcliffe at Denbigh explaining this. There is a copy of a letter from Hinchcliffe to me again refusing me a copy of my records but stating that he was ‘currently investigating the points you have raised with the medical staff’. The reproduction of this letter is poor and it is not possible to make out the exact date on it, just ‘1987’.

However, the files recently released contain correspondence between NHS staff compiled at the time that I have not seen before – these documents provide a picture of life and practices behind the scenes at Denbigh. It appears that it was taken as an absolute given that I was not going to have access to my medical notes. There is a letter to Jones from the administrator simply stating that of course Jones wouldn’t want this – it seems that no-one even had to ask him. The administrator then wrote me a letter stating that it wasn’t in my best interests to see my medical records – which was exactly what Ysbyty Gwynedd had done when they discovered that they were allowed this legal get-out clause. Being me, I didn’t go away and wrote further letters and was still requesting a response to my complaint.

But the machine at Denbigh was obviously encountering problems too. There is a copy of a letter written to Dafydd Alun Jones by Laurie V. Wood, the Unit General Manager at Denbigh, dated 24th April 1987. The reproduction is poor, but this seems to be a letter referring to complaints that I and two other patients had made about Jones. The letter states that Jones has not responded to ‘numerous requests both orally and in writing’ and that ‘I really do not want to have to ask our three Health Authority [illegible] to interview you formally about this’. Then there is a copy of a memorandum dated 6th May 1987 written by Kay Hemsley, Assistant Administrator, (please see blog post ‘How I Arrived At Denbigh’ for details of Kay’s other activities regarding my complaint) to Laurie Wood, in which she states that Jones phoned her to say that his responses to the complaints from me and the two other patients were ‘somewhere in the system awaiting typing’ but ‘he gave me the following comments’. There is a reference to one patient whom Jones maintains is ‘no longer in his care’ and he ‘thought that the matter had died down’. There is then a reference to another patient with Jones stating that he hadn’t seen the original letter of complaint, but that he had arranged to see the patient’s mother to discuss it – in Jones’s outpatients clinic. There is then a truly ominous sentence – that at lunch time on that day ‘the mother was admitted to the North Wales Hospital’. So ‘the mother’ couldn’t get a response to her complaint about her son, Jones invited her to an outpatients clinic to discuss it – and then banged her up in Denbigh. Kay then documented Jones’s comment regarding my complaint  – that Jones ‘does not wish to enter into correspondence with this lady. He would be prepared to see her at any clinic but will correspond only with medical practitioners.’ It was then noted that they’d received another letter from me ‘today’. This memo from Kay Hemsley had been stamped ‘7 May 1987 Unit Administrator North Wales Hospital’, so presumably had been received by Mr D. Hinchcliffe. There is a letter to Mr Hinchcliffe from Jones, dated 7th May, in which he states that he won’t communicate with me but that he is willing to see me in outpatients in Ysbyty Gwynedd. Jones continues ‘you must be aware of the complications which arose in relation to her both in the North Wales Hospital and in Bangor and I felt that I had to act as properly as I could with the full anticipation that there might be problems arising but with no intention of being drawn into protracted correspondence with [me]…I will only communicate with our general practitioner’. (The slip Jones makes when he refers to ‘our’ general practitioner is revealing – presumably the man that he is talking about is Dr DGE Wood, my former GP, who had initially referred me to a colleague of Jones’s, T. Gwynne Williams, whom I found out many years later had been the notorious lobotomist at Denbigh. Wood had become very angry when my then partner Brown and I attempted to complain about Williams and stated that we ‘weren’t allowed’ to complain. The files released last week contain documents demonstrating that unbeknown to me, DGE Wood had been colluding with Jones behind the scenes before, during and after I was in Denbigh. Wood was indeed ‘their’ general practitioner.)

There is a copy of a letter to Mr Hinchcliffe from Dafydd Alun Jones dated 14th May 1987 telling him to ‘acknowledge this note [could this be a reference to the recent letter from me that Kay Hemsley had referred to?] and tell [me] that although I am not really going into written correspondence other than with a medical practitioner, I am very willing to see her at my clinic if she should wish it’.

Among the documents released recently is another most interesting letter, but again the reproduction is very poor – it is clearly a letter from someone charged with managing Denbigh and the part of it that can be read says ‘I wrote to Dr DA Jones on ..[illegible] 1987 and Mr Wood wrote on the 29th April and on 8th May 1987..[illegible]…the matter had ‘died down’ and he had ‘nothing to add’…Dr Jones…would be willing to see her in his outpatients clinic at Ysbyty Gwynedd…[my name] is currently residing in London which I am sure Dr Jones is aware of and his invitation to attend his outpatients clinic is somewhat farcical, similarly the administrative changes does not alter the fact that he was the consultant in charge of the case at the time. My concern is that he appears to be neglecting his duty with regard to compliance to complaints procedures…’

There are familiar themes here regarding Jones’s approach to dealing with complaints – firstly, he is obviously stating that he is no longer responsible for my ‘case’ (due to administrative Jones was no longer the consultant covering Anglesey which was where I had lived prior to moving to London) and secondly he thought that this was another matter that had ‘died down’. Presumably Jones worked on the assumption that you ignore all complaints, refuse to correspond with anyone at all about it, claim that ‘the matter had died down’ and if the complainant doesn’t go away you invite them to an outpatients clinic where you section them. But who was the author of this letter who clearly knows exactly what Jones is up to? It is not Laurie Wood because the author mentions writing to Laurie Wood. There was one other manager in the north Wales mental health services at that time responsible for overseeing the services and associated complaints – and that was one Dr Peter Higson, present Chair of the Betsi Board. Other documents previously released to me from Denbigh had Higson’s name on them in relation to Jones not responding to complaints and I think that dear old Higson was the man behind this letter too…

There is another very illuminating document regarding why no aspect of my complaint about Denbigh was ever resolved. That is a copy of a letter to Mr Hinchcliffe from ‘D.K. Jones, Acting Senior Nurse’. This letter states that s/he is ‘unable to comment on the two main issues ie. her request for a copy of her medical notes and the medication she was prescribed…medication is prescribed by medical staff and the nursing staff only administer it.’ The letter goes on to claim that when I was admitted to Bryn Golau on 17 December 1987 ‘she was in quite a disturbed state and despite her very obvious intelligence had little or no insight into her condition. She was placed on Section 35 of the Mental Health Act on 19th December 1986 and regraded to Section 2 on 29th December 1986. She went on leave on 7th January and was officially discharged on 25th January 1987. The letter admitted that ‘she may well have a point regarding the simplistic method of questioning employed when assessing patients – the questions could be more of a flexible nature and tailored to the individual…I am sorry to be of so little help…but her complaints are aimed more at the ‘system’ rather than the nursing she received.’

Now the contents of this letter are completely inconsistent with the contents of the nursing notes made whilst I was in Bryn Golau. I have described in my blog post ‘How I Arrived At Denbigh’ how the nursing notes described in detail the plan that Jones hatched with the police at Bangor in order to have me taken to and then detained at Denbigh and how the nurses noted that they didn’t want to be part of ‘this deal’. Again and again the nursing notes state that there were no grounds for detaining me under the Mental Health Act and that Dr Neil Davies agreed. The nursing notes also detail a phone call from DA Jones in which he stated that he would ‘prefer’ for the nurses to state that I should be detained under the Mental Health Act. The nurses refuse to do this. At no point do the nursing notes state that I was ‘in quite a disturbed state’ with ‘little or no insight into [my] condition’. The nursing notes do however state that although Dr Neil Davies had already stated that there were no grounds to detain me under the Mental Health Act, after talking to a psychiatrist from Ysbyty Gwynedd about whom I had complained, Dr Davies then said that I should be sectioned. The only time the nursing notes even come close to stating that I had any sort of mental health problem was after Jones et al had stitched me up with the police in Bangor, when they make a reference to my ‘paranoia’ about Gwynedd Health Authority and my references to corruption in the north Wales NHS. Of course the nursing notes compiled days previously demonstrate that there was indeed the most appalling corruption going on in the north Wales NHS, indeed it was so bad that the nurses in Bryn Golau didn’t want to be part of ‘this deal’. Regarding the ‘medication’ – I discovered that I had been prescribed huge doses of chlorpromazine, although no-one had diagnosed me as psychotic. (I noticed that nearly everyone in Bry Golau had been given the same prescription, no matter what their alleged diagnosis.) To their credit, the nurses didn’t ever suggest that I should take it – no doubt they noticed that it was completely inappropriate. So the dosing up of absolutely everyone on that ward with a uniform liquid cosh of ‘medication’ that has many debilitating side-effects was never addressed. But there were other aspects to my complaint too – the abusive staff that I named earlier in this post, Janice Davies and Stephen Rose. Their (mis)conduct was never addressed. When I repeatedly raised the matter of Stephen Rose’s constant aggression towards me and his eventual assault, I simply received a letter from Denbigh stating that no other nurses ever noticed anything untoward and Stephen Rose had now left Denbigh to work at Park Lane Hospital. (Park Lane Hospital was a secure hospital in the north west of England that became engulfed in scandal regarding staff assaulting patients and allegations that children were being taken into the hospital in order for paedophiles to gain access to them. One wonders what sort of a reference the authorities at Denbigh gave Rose for him to take up a job at Park Lane.)

So a complaint involving unlawful detention, the flagrant breaking of the law in numerous ways, inappropriate medication and an assault – among other things – was never ever investigated by the authorities at Denbigh despite all the documentary evidence that the staff had themselves compiled. At the time that I made this complaint, another patient, Mary Wynch, was suing Clwyd Health Authority – because Dafydd Alun Jones had unlawfully incarcerated her for a year (please see blog post ‘Making Legal History – The Mary Wynch Case’). And staff were actually documenting that Dafydd Alun Jones was banging the mothers of patients who had complained up in Denbigh. Its quite incredible isn’t it.

As for the Mental Health Act Commission – of course I got nowhere, but that’s par for the course. However, the newly released files do contain a gem of information that has been previously kept well-hidden from me for thirty years. My blog post ‘Hippocratic Oath or Hypocritic Oaf?’ describes a very honest social worker who visited me in Bangor Police Station but refused to play ball with the appalling Dr K. Shah and Dafydd Alun Jones. Her name is mentioned in the files – she was an Ann Williams who worked for Gwynedd Social Services. So Ann Williams could have given evidence to all and sundry involved in this if anyone had really wanted to investigate – but no-one ever referred to her again. The files of course contain further evidence of Jones’s outrageous behaviour. It was recorded that after I was released from Denbigh, Jones had contacted the Student Health Centre in Bangor (although I’d graduated several years previously – but hey, I’d complained about Jones’s lobotomist colleague who had been doing a few shifts up there), he had notified ‘their’ GP, DGE Wood and he had also contacted my tutor in London. How about that for breaching confidence and ethics in one fell swoop? There are also some hints in the newly released documents to other very serious wrongdoing – there’s someone whom I remember played a substantial role in events at Denbigh but it looks as if all references to him have been removed. I will be investigating this further…

Attentive readers will have noticed one obvious loose end regarding this tale. Although he refused point blank to correspond with me regarding my complaint, Jones did kindly offer again and again to meet me in his outpatients clinic at Bangor to discuss my complaint. Of course, I had no idea that when he’d done this to another complainant he’d sectioned her. So what happened to me? Well I made it very clear that I didn’t want an outpatients appointment for clinical reasons, if I went to an outpatients clinic it would be to discuss my complaint. It was made clear to me that this would be the only way my complaint would ever be discussed. So I went to the outpatients clinic – where I was arrested. But that’s a story for a future post – as is the story of how Jones et al in north Wales mobilised some of the biggest names in UK psychiatry at that time to ensure that my complaints regarding the north Wales mental health services were completely silenced…

A Letter From The Betsi – Jan 11th 2017

I have just received a letter from the Betsi ‘Concerns Team’ thanking me for my e mail that they received on Jan 4th 2017 (please see blog post ‘Formal Complaint Made To The Betsi’) and offering their ‘sincere apologies’ for the distress that I have experienced. My ‘first point of contact’ whilst my complaint is being looked into is a Mr Gareth Davies-Jones.

The letter tells me that ‘we take confidentiality seriously’ – which is obviously why for years staff from the mental health services in north Wales felt able to casually gossip about me to my neighbours and even telephoned my PhD supervisor and employers (please see blog post ‘A Town Called Malice’). The letter explains that in order to investigate, they will need to access my medical records – but ‘please be assured that only people immediately dealing with the investigation will be able to look at your notes’. Which is certainly interesting, because back in 2008-09 when Martin Jones (former CEO of the North West Wales Trust) had taken to writing me increasingly threatening, aggressive letters, there was information in some of those letters that suggested that Martin had accessed my medical records, which, as a non-clinical member of staff, he should not have.

Now here’s the Betsi’s get-out clause – investigating my complaint ‘may involve speaking to staff and seeking clinical opinion’. Presumably this will be the staff and ‘clinical opinion’ that constantly lied, misjudged and misrepresented me, giving rise to this complaint in the first place. They will of course therefore be investigating themselves.

The Betsi have also been kind enough to include with this letter a leaflet from the Community Health Council – which tells me that the Community Health Councils are ‘independent statutory organisations that represent the interests of the patient and the public’ in the NHS. They claim to be the independent NHS ‘watchdog’ and ‘provide a free and independent advocacy service’. I have watched the Community Health Councils in north Wales collude with the abusive mental health services since 2003. One member of the CHC is a retired psychiatrist from the Hergest Unit, another is a retired surgeon from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. A recent addition to the CHC is the former LibDem AM Eleanor Burnham – her wiki entry states that she was a member of Denbigh Hospital Mental Health Tribunal. That’s the same Denbigh Hospital that made legal history when a patient successfully sued for unlawful imprisonment, due to abuse of the Mental Health Act (please see blog post ‘Making Legal History – The Mary Wynch Case’) and subsequently illegally incarcerated me. I suspect that other abuses of the Mental Health Act will also have occurred there. I note that Eleanor’s wiki entry also states that her early career was in ‘social services management’ – would that be for the social services in north Wales that is now known to have had a paedophile ring operating within it’s childrens services? Of course if the CHC had ever done the job that it claims to do, the Betsi wouldn’t be in this mess anyway. I cannot help but feel that the ‘independent watchdog’ is more of a yapping Jack Russell, making much noise but not actually achieving very much.

I note that I have not yet heard anything further regarding the medical records of mine that it was admitted had ‘been removed’ by staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd (please see blog post ‘An E Mail To The Betsi Chairman’).

I don’t really hold out much hope regarding this ‘investigation’ by the Betsi. All I can do is publicise the whole process in order to illuminate the abuses of mental health staff in north Wales – which appear to be rampant – and the complete lack of accountability.