An Opportunist Tweets

I’ve just carried out my regular check of local politician’s twitter feeds and I’ve had a nasty shock. Rhun ap Iorwerth has received a tweet from the odious Keith Fearns thanking him for his comments on ‘Week In Week Out’. I haven’t seen the programme, but I see that Fearns has ended his tweet with ‘OCD’. So this is another effort by Fearns to promote himself – since being sacked from his job as ‘team leader’ of the highly abusive Arfon Community Mental Health Team for neglecting patients, Fearns has set himself up in business as a ‘therapist’, specialising in OCD.

Rhun, do not allow yourself to be used in this way. Fearns is, to put it in the vernacular, a complete scumbag. He has a thirty year history (at least) of abusing vulnerable people who had the misfortune to have contact with the Arfon Team. In my own case alone, he lied on an affidavit when he had never actually met me, he then lied again in another Court case in an attempt to have me imprisoned, he acted as the henchman for Lucille Hughes (the Director of Gwynedd Social Services, who was his boss who was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating in the social services but failed to respond), he intimidated other healthcare professionals in an attempt to access confidential information about me which he had no right to access and he colluded with another social worker, Jackie Brandt, in repeated attempts to invoke Court action against me for ‘crimes’ that I had not committed. When the Assistant Director of Gwynedd Social Services, Rob Evans, asked Fearns what he wanted ‘done’ about me, Fearns replied ‘lock her up’. When I started teacher training, Fearns told a third party that he’d ensure that ‘no decent person’ would have anything to do with me – within a year he had threatened my employer, made fallacious allegations against me and breached confidentiality. I have heard many first hand accounts from other patients of similar behaviour from Fearns. Fearns does not confine his vile attacks to patients. I knew a former neighbour of his who could barely believe it when they were told that he was a mental health social worker – Fearns had carried out such a campaign of harassment against an elderly relative of theirs who lived with them that they moved house. I was also told that Fearns attempted to assault another mental health professional who had crossed his path when this man walked down the road outside Fearns’s office. Whilst Fearns ‘led’ the Arfon Team, new people would join the team and either go off sick within weeks or leave their posts. One very brave woman made a complaint of workplace bullying against Fearns. She was off work sick whilst it was investigated, which took many months. No action was taken against Fearns. She then returned to work. That evening she rang a friend and told them that she had been sexually assaulted by an unidentified male member of the Arfon Team to let her know what happened to staff who broke ranks – she left north Wales within days and never returned. Fearns was described to me by a former mental health social worker as ‘the most abusive professional that I have ever known’. For details of the many incidents on this blog involving Fearns, just use the search engine…

Rhun, as a politician you’ll be used to asking people to support you. Even if you only had a majority of two, you would not need the support of this toxic sociopath.

Author: Sally Baker

I am a writer and a sociologist, originally from Somerset, but I've been based in Wales for most of my life. I had my first encounter with a mental health professional in 1984 at the age of 21. My GP described this man to my then partner - who also became a sociologist - as someone who had experienced 'considerable success'. My meeting with this psychiatrist was a disaster and we attempted to complain about his insensitivity and highly inappropriate behaviour. That was the first time we were threatened and pressurised to withdraw a complaint against a mental health professional. This man is long dead - he was a retired psychiatrist from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, T. Gwynne Williams, who was working shifts in the student health centre at University College of North Wales (now Bangor University). We discovered years later that this 'successful man' was notorious - he had been an enthusiastic lobotomist...

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