Top Doctors In Trouble Again And News Round Up

A glut of Top Doctors from north west Wales have featured in the media this week after finding themselves in trouble.

The Daily Post online reported that Dr Richard Sion Williams, an ENT Consultant at Ysbyty Gwynedd, appeared in Llandudno Magistrates Court after being charged with threatening behaviour. Williams has been involved in a long running spat with the National Trust who own the Vaynol Estate near Bangor where Williams lives and things exploded on March 13. Two NT rangers removed approximately eight large concrete blocks that they found on a grass verge and put them back over Williams’s hedge, presuming that Williams had placed them on the verge. It seems that this scenario had happened a number of times previously and the rangers were following legal advice. The rangers then drove off, but slowly because the track was bumpy with potholes. Williams pursued them and according to John Whitley, one of the rangers, was ‘driving like a madman, very close to us, beeping his horn and flashing his headlights’. It is alleged that Williams got out of his vehicle and ran towards the rangers, whereupon Whitley told him ‘I’m not talking to you, you’re dangerous’. Williams got back into his vehicle, followed them and managed to overtake them twice, blocking their way. At one point after Williams had left his vehicle it is alleged that Williams ran alongside the rangers’ vehicle, banging on the window, yelling ‘I’m going to fucking kill you’. Whitley told the Court about Williams’s ‘sheer aggression and loss of control’, stating ‘I did fear for my safety…I really thought my life was in danger. I could see he meant me harm’. Whitley’s colleague Will Westwood claimed that ‘I thought he was going to ram us’. Williams’s barrister Ellen Owen maintained that the rangers’ story was ‘a flagrant case of lying on oath as these Courts are as likely to come across’. I hate to burst your bubble Ellen, but I think it is I who have evidence of the most flagrant cases of lying on oath that the Courts are as likely to come across – thirty years worth of documents compiled by Top Doctors, nurses, social workers and managers who lied their arses off on oath again and again, even after their own lawyers had told them that they didn’t have the evidence for their claims…. The Betsi now claims to have ‘lost’ these documents – but I still have my copies and I’ve stored them somewhere very safe, a long way from the Betsi’s paper shredders…

Another story from the Post featured the GPs of Meddygfa Rhydbach Surgery, Bontwnog (near Pwhelli), in particular a Dr Adriaan Smits. The surgery’s former practice manager, Meryl Williams, took this practice to an Employment Tribunal, alleging that the bunch of shites who double up as the partners there bullied her so badly that she was forced to resign. She has just won her claim for constructive dismissal. The story behind all this is that Meryl began work as a receptionist at the surgery in 1986 and in 1996 became practice manager, although she had never received formal training for this role. However, it seems that the previous partners thought highly of her and all was well until they retired. By 2014 the partners were Dr Adriaan Smits, Dr Gwyn Morris and Dr Zameel Haque. It was stated at the Tribunal that there was a long-running history of difficult interpersonal relationships between the surgery’s staff and the partners, particularly involving Dr Smits. In 2010 ten staff signed a letter complaining about Smits. He was described as ‘direct, brusque, blunt’ as well as ‘aggressive, irascible, overbearing’. After repeated clashes with Smits, Meryl eventually lodged a formal grievance, although at one point she had been talked out of lodging a formal grievance by Dr Gwyn Morris and she had subsequently raised the matter with the Local Health Board. After she lodged the formal grievance, the partners ‘closed ranks’, tried to discredit her and even accused her of financial irregularities, although they had no evidence of this. The partners referred the matter to independent consultants but the grievance and Meryl’s subsequent appeal were dismissed. The Employment Tribunal judge ruled in favour of Meryl however, stating that the independent consultants acted in good faith but had been unduly influenced by the partners’ approach which left them suspicious of the claimant. The judge referred to the environment of ‘oppression’ and ‘suspicion’ that Meryl worked in and that the partners could not be trusted to act fairly and reasonably in any procedures concerning her. I’m sorry to trump a Post shock horror scandal once more, but I think that the Hergest Unit and dear old Dr Tony Roberts have bettered the Bastards of Botwnog, who merely bullied an employee, accused her of nicking the dosh when she complained about them and then dripped poison into the ears of the ‘independent consultants’. When Tony Roberts did his best to ensure that I died some years ago – after I was assaulted by four staff whilst in his ‘care’ – because no-one at the North West Wales NHS Trust would co-operate with the investigation of my (very serious) complaint, my lawyer and I were instead offered a ‘mediator’ to resolve the situation. The mediator was from south Wales and was selected and paid for by the Trust. My lawyer constantly stressed to me that no matter how dreadfully the Trust had conducted themselves, we had to give the mediator a chance. So I agreed. The four staff who assaulted me refused to attend the mediation or answer any questions from me about any aspect of their conduct. Alun Davies, the manager of the Hergest Unit, refused to sit in the same room as me. Tony Roberts agreed to sit in the same room as me but only if I was accompanied by my lawyer and he was accompanied by the hospital solicitor, a duplicitous cow called Patricia Gaskell, whom I later discovered had done a very good impression of pretending to try to resolve the complaint when speaking to me and my lawyer, but behind the scenes was rolling over and reassuring violent staff and dangerous doctors that of course everything would be done on their terms. The heavily stage managed ‘mediation’ got underway and as the mediator finished outlining the terms of engagement, Roberts stood up, declared that ‘I’m not going to listen to this’ and waddled out of the room. Gaskell went after him and tried to persuade him to return but he wouldn’t. So that was the mediation. The mediator then wrote a letter stating that the situation was ‘unmediable’. Keith Thomson, Chief Exec of the Trust at that time, wrote a letter to my lawyer stating that the situation broke down because of my behaviour. He had to be reminded that it was Roberts who had walked out of the meeting before anyone had begun and that the rest of his staff refused to attend the meeting. Presumably the mediator who had witnessed all this didn’t feel able to write a letter explaining that Ysbyty Gwynedd was staffed by dangerous unhinged idiots throwing hissy fits, because it was the Trust who were paying him. At the time, Tony Roberts had such a high death rate among his patients that it showed up as a statistical outlier in the UK database. He continued to work at the Hergest Unit until last year.

There’s no guarantee of a better quality of practitioner if one ventures into the alternative medicine sector either, although having encountered Tony Roberts et al a lot of people do try this. Yet another story from the Post online features  Michael Hammond, an osteopath from Llangoed, Ynys Mon, who has been bailed to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court next month to face trial for sexually assaulting a female patient and voyeurism.

As if to emphasise just how useless the Top Doctors of north Wales are, the Post was also reporting that a Paul Hanley was jailed for 21 months at Mold Crown Court for violently assaulting his girlfriend – he was described as ‘paranoid and controlling’, with mental health issues and had grown up in care. I can only imagine the sorry story that will have been his life.

The Mail online and BBC also featured a Top Doctor Fail story, that of the murder of 16 year old Christine Edkins, who was stabbed by Philip Simelane whilst she was on a bus on Birmingham. In 2013 Simelane, described as a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’, admitted manslaughter and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. A previous report into this event of course maintained that Christine’s death was not predictable or preventable, yet at the same time fessed up to ‘serious failures’ on the part of the mental health and prison services  and paradoxically stated that had Simelane received mental health treatment the death could have been prevented. Yet another report has been produced regarding this case, one being commissioned by NHS England. It’s conclusions are just as confusing – that the death was not itself predictable nor was an attack on a member of the public, but it was clear that Simelane ‘would continue to deteriorate’ and was ‘likely to offend violently’.  Simelane had previously spent time in prison for assault and battery on his mother, but even so her subsequent please for help were ignored – before he attacked Christine, his mother had rung the police six times in two days fearing that Simelane would kill her. The report admitted that the police and mental health services were aware of ‘multiple episodes’ involving Simelane and ‘multiple risk factors’. This is not the first mental health disaster from Birmingham by a long chalk – the Birmingham that boasts the University of Birmingham Medical School with it’s flagship ‘service user research’, the Birmingham that is living with the legacy of dear old Professor Robert Bluglass CBE, the UK’s leading forensic psychiatrist, until that was he asked for his name to be removed from the Medical Register and he disappeared from his academic posts…

In the face of all this extreme hopelessness, I notice that Stephen Crabb and Jeremy Hunt were making noises this week about paying the Top Doctors and Angels more after holding out for so long! Should Jeremy and Stephen need evidence of just how distressed the Top Doctors are, I recommend that they read a recent post on Rob Poole’s blog. Under normal circumstances I would not recommend anyone to waste their time reading anything by Rob Poole, but he posted up a wonderful piece recently, in which he waxed lyrical about meeting up with his old medical school mates again on a trip to London where they saved the life of someone whom they encountered in the street – this from a man who does not tell his patients who have appointments with him that he can’t make it because he’s off on a jolly to India, so those patients are left sitting on a ward believing that Dr Poole is going to appear for a long awaited consultation at any minute. After their heroics they all got talking over a few drinks (Rob is supposed to have a research interest in alcohol abuse no less) and Rob was reminded of their days in St Georges Medical School bar (start your career as you mean to go on Rob – in the bar) when they were all so bright eyed and bushy tailed. Rob looks at them now and is gobsmacked by how many of them are jaded and disillusioned and indeed have retired! As Rob explains they have retired to go sailing, to go on round the world trips, luxury holidays…. Cos it’s all just been so hard…Rob’s blog has taken on the quality of Jeffrey Archer’s writings after he was imprisoned when he would say things like ‘Are you listening Home Secretary?’ as he recounted the terrible conditions in whichever prison that they banged him up in – only Rob is appealing to the Labour Party to save the Top Docs and ensure that they continue to trouser £100k pa as the absolute basic.

To return to Stephen and Jeremy – they are obviously worried that Theresa is going to crumble and that the other Jeremy is in danger of entering Number 10. However since Crabb and Hunt started falling in love with the NHS, Grenfell Tower went up in flames incinerating God knows how many not very well off Londoners who were crammed in there and charged £1,600/month rent and the Tories now have far bigger problems than the ever demanding Top Doctors. Perhaps a bit of that dosh that Hunt and Crabb wanted liberated could be sent in the direction of people really in need and be used to build some decent social housing. Not that it can ever be built fast enough to save Theresa’s neck -today she was reassuring the nation that the survivors from Grenfell Tower will all be rehoused locally. I don’t know how, because the only reason that any of them were prepared to pay so much rent for such poor accommodation is that there is no spare housing at all in London. Except of course for all those empty luxury properties owned by the Russian mafia.

There have been more drug raids in north Wales, class A drugs have been seized in Bangor. It transpires that all these drugs busts are part of Operation Rattle, active in Gwynedd and on Ynys Mon. Oh well CAIS is still a roaring success in controlling the substance abuse problem them.

The shenanigans at Conwy County Council continue. A recent post explained how Gareth Jones from Plaid had done a deal with Chery Carlisle, a Conservative, and a coalition was proposed. It caused an awful lot of trauma among the rest of Plaid who were horrified at the thought of the Council sharing power with the Tories and the arrangement has now been vetoed by the Plaid National Executive. Alun Ffred, Plaid’s Chair, has stated that Plaid will not form a cabinet involving Conservatives. Which is odd, because as my posts giving details of the public servants and politicians who turned a blind eye to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal illustrate, Plaid and the Tories both worked very hard to keep the lid on all that, it could have been described as a symbiotic relationship. A leaked e mail has stated that a Plaid/Tory coalition would have a ‘catastrophic effect’ locally and one Trystan Lewis has already fallen on his sword, resigning from the Cabinet because he fears that his presence has ‘put the party in a difficult position’. I think that Gareth Jones’s presence has put the party in an even more difficult position – not only did he come up with this brainwave for a coalition with the Tories, but long, long ago Gareth knew all about the sexual abuse of children in care in north Wales (please see post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake’) but his lips have remained firmly buttoned, all through the Waterhouse Inquiry, all through the years that he spent as the AM for Aberconwy…. Because no-one knew about those kids being beaten and raped did they, no-one at all…

Now to matters at Plaid-dominated Gwynedd County Council. They’re featuring in ‘Private Eye’ again. The latest issue supplies details of the generous allowances and payments that the Councillors are receiving, as they cut services and workers pay. It is mentioned that one brave Councillor told them that it appears to the people of Gwynedd that they are lining their pockets at the expense of the citizens. Nonetheless, the Councillors then voted for an increase in their allowances. Gwynedd Councillors and certain employees have enjoyed many perks and privileges that would probably precipitate a council tax strike if they were widely known about and it’s been going on for years – please see post ‘News Round Up, March 24 2017’ for the details of just the scams and fiddles that I knew about. Meanwhile, virtually all the public bogs have been shut down in Gwynedd and the parking charges have almost doubled. This affects local people as well, but it really clobbers tourists, whom the Council maintain that they are trying to encourage. (A lot of the Tourist Info places have been closed as well, which is a rather odd thing to do if you want to encourage tourists.) I’ll be surprised if any tourists return in the face of what is happening. The arguments regarding the closure of the bogs was bizarre. One Councillor some months ago when faced with allegations that this was discriminatory against people with certain health conditions maintained that ‘disabled people’ never take unplanned journeys anyway – she maintained that they always made travel plans that involved strategic bog stops. Try telling that to someone who has Crohn’s Disease, or IBS, or has had prostate surgery – the effect of these conditions is not in the least bit predictable. They certainly won’t dare visit Gwynedd in the future.

The ‘Eye’ has another reference to wales as well. They have named a Cardiff haemophilia specialist, Professor Arthur Bloom, as someone who was putting patients at risk by using them as uninformed ‘guinea pigs’ for blood products of uncertain safety back in the 80s. Bloom had previously worked at the Oxford Haemophilia Centre, then moved to Cardiff, where he became the doctor of a little boy called Colin Smith. Bloom’s experimenting resulted in Colin becoming infected with HIV and hepatitis C and he died at seven years old in 1990. The campaign group ‘Tainted Blood’ have acquired letters written by Bloom which they maintain shows that he was criminally negligent towards haemophiliacs. That man of the people Andy Burnham, in his last Commons speech as an MP, threatened to take the letters to the police if the Gov’t didn’t act, claiming that there needed to be an inquiry as there had been a ‘criminal cover-up on an industrial scale’. Which I’m sure that there was – just like there was in the case of Mid-Staffs. In that case the name of the Minister who refused an inquiry for years despite evidence of criminal conduct and negligence was one Andy Burnham.

The ‘Eye’ also has two mental health failure stories, in this case two seriously mentally ill people killing themselves in prison when they should never have been in prison in the first place. The inquests into Callum Smith and Caroline Hunt both found multiple failures on the part of mental health services and prison staff. Both Callum and Caroline were suicidal and were ‘dealt with’ by being isolated in their cells. They both hung themselves. The coroners in each case wrote to both health authorities and the prison authorities regarding the prevention of further deaths. Which reminds me – the Betsi has by now received quite a few such coroners letters, but they don’t seem to be having much effect. Deborah Coles from ‘Inquest’ described Callum’s and Caroline’s deaths as ‘wholly preventable’, blaming the starvation of the mental health services which has led to a shortage of psychiatric beds and an over-reliance on a prison service that can’t cope. I’m a great admirer of Deborah Coles and have found her to be one of the few people working in the Third sector who is not afraid to be honest about how bad the nation’s mental health services are – note the complete silence of MIND on all these prison deaths of seriously ill people. However I do disagree with Deborah about the cause of this problem – the mental health services have been sending patients to prison now for years, regardless of the state of Gov’t investment in the services. Furthermore the mental health services in north Wales perjured themselves to ensure that patients ended up in prison if those patients had complained about the mental health services or if they were children who’d been abused in care. This is about negligent, criminal mental health staff, not money. As well as the vindictive targeting of certain patients, there has also been a philosophical and political shift, which has resulted in society failing to identify distress and instead demanding that people should ‘take responsibility’, even if their clinical condition precludes them from doing this. The sociologist Loic Wacquant has written extensively about this neoliberal penality and has taken a particular interest in how great swathes of black people in the U.S. have been criminalised and subsequently disenfranchised (actually as a result of legislation passed by Bill Clinton, assisted by that Heroic Role Model to the rest of us with ovaries, Hillary). I believe that in the UK the phenomenon is most obvious among people with mental health problems. When they don’t recover, it’s not because the care and treatment are crap or because they have a long term problem, it’s because they have a Borderline Personality Disorder and they are Untreatable and prison will show ’em. This approach very obviously led to the mortality rate that Tony Roberts presided over but such was the disaster involved that absolutely no-one would admit that this man was decimating patients and the GMC resorted to utilising forged documents to conceal the nightmare (see post ‘The General Medical Council And Yet Another Forged Document’).

The ‘Eye’s’ medical correspondent M.D. aka Dr Phil Hammond, discusses the Gov’ts lame anti-radicalisation programme Prevent. He compares the failure of Prevent with the failures of psychiatry and social work: ‘Every day psychiatrists in understaffed overwhelmed services have to prioritise the suicide risks of those who have only just started self-harming and those who have been doing it for years…social workers overwhelmed by their caseloads have to juggle the risks to abused children’. I’m not quite sure that it works like that Phil. It might now and again, for the few decent committed people trying to do a good job – and there are a few of them. However they are vastly outnumbered by their colleagues who are either punitive or simply don’t give a fuck. If you are a self-harmer you are highly likely to be met with mental health professionals who refuse to assess let alone treat you and as for children’s social services – er, the organised abuse and trafficking of ‘looked after’ children in nearly every region of the UK springs to mind… Interestingly enough Phil goes on to state that ‘some terrorists are doctors whose grievances are overfed by the UK military interventions and foreign policies…citizens must be supported to speak up’. Phil then recommends that Prevent should be widened to ‘encompass speaking up about any serious crime (child abuse, rape, murder, people trafficking, fraud, extremism) using the Crimestoppers model’. Well Phil your colleagues really have given me thirty years of hell – because I discovered that some of them were concealing a paedophile ring. This may have ‘overfed’ my criticisms of psychiatry but I have not yet resorted to locking any of them in a cage and slowly burning them to death, which is what the ISIS doctor did to someone. The ISIS doctor who had previously worked at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd before he went into action with ISIS. As for Crimestoppers – I knew someone in north Wales who repeatedly telephoned Crimestoppers to report a psychiatrist who was involved in the illegal sale and distribution of drugs, in the concealing of child abuse and in the coercion of patients into prostitution. This man also reported the suspicious death of one of this psychiatrist’s patients. Names, dates and details of the offences were given. Nothing happened. So the man rang back a few weeks later to ask why no action had been taken – only to be told that his call had been classified as a hoax. So he gave all the details again. Still nothing happened. At the time that this man was making those calls, the colleagues of that psychiatrist in the social services were being investigated for child abuse and soon after that the Waterhouse Inquiry was held – denounced by many as a massive cover up. The same psychiatrist had been sued for false imprisonment and had been the subject of numerous complaints to the GMC. But no action was taken. Hoax call? I don’t think even Crimestoppers believed that was a hoax call. So there must have been some other reason why no action was taken. Phil Hammond provides many good insights – I remember that he memorably described the London medical schools as being run by ‘fat masons’, which I am told was the prevailing situation at St Georges – but I don’t think that he’s quite grasped the essence of Crimestoppers.

Which brings me onto the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA), who also feature in the latest edition of the Eye. SOSA are the group of the former residents of Lambeth Council children’s homes who have walked out of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse. Just before they walked out, the third Chair of the Inquiry walked out, Judge Lowell Goddard. The ‘Eye’ reveals that the reason that both Judge Goddard and SOSA walked out was because the Home Office was trying to impose it’s own team of officials on Goddard. She rightly pointed out that would not make it an ‘independent’ inquiry. It is very clear that the Gov’t micromanaged the Waterhouse Inquiry and presumably they expect to do the same with the Independent Inquiry. Goddard and SOSA are still in touch and SOSA have published their own report into the happenings at Lambeth which is alleged to focus on the multiple failings of the Home Office. I have been in touch with SOSA but they have told me that their report isn’t available until later this summer due to legal constraints, but they have promised to send me a copy when it’s available. SOSA’s website names many of the paedophiles who were active in the children’s homes, so I asked them if they were going to name any of the councillors or politicians who colluded or covered up the abuse. They have named some councillors in their report but not any politicians. So if anyone wants to find out which politicians were involved – as well as other respectable members of society who believed that they’d actually got away with all this – Service Shenanigans is the site to follow.

Of course, some children from Lambeth were sent to children’s homes in north Wales. I will be posting up more soon about the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal with more names of those involved at all levels.

 

News Round Up – And Another Top Doctor Goes To Prison

This morning the Daily Post online is telling us all that the Betsi has overspent it’s budget by £80 million in the last three years, according to a report from the Welsh Auditor General. Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservative AM for Aberconwy, is quoted as someone ‘who has previously spoken out about the underfunding of the NHS by the Welsh Gov’t’. Today Janet is maintaining that she ‘welcomes’ the Welsh Gov’t covering the extra spend, but ‘given that they are monitoring the Betsi’s finances, they should have taken action to ensure it didn’t get into this position’. Janet gives some suggestions as to how this could be achieved – for example by the Welsh Gov’t allocating a more generous initial budget or by the Betsi ‘weaning themselves’ off wasteful practices such as the use of ‘highly expensive agency workers’. The Post mentions that for two years of the overspend, the Betsi was in special measures after being placed in there by former Health Minister Mark Drakeford and that the financial problems have been managed through the NHS escalation framework, which brings the Welsh Gov’t, the Auditor General and Health Inspectorate Wales together to manage the solution. The present Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has stated that ‘cash support’ will continue to be provided when required to all Health Boards to enable them to meet normal cash commitments including payroll expenditure and that cash assistance is repayable in future financial years when appropriate. A Betsi spokeswoman has been quoted as saying that the Board need to improve their quality and performance whilst safely reducing operating costs and that their Action Plan for 2017/18 starts to address this.

There is much to comment upon here. First, one wonders why Janet Finch-Saunders, as a fully paid up member of the fiscal responsibility party, is urging the Welsh Gov’t to throw even more money in the direction of this Board of fools and fuckwits. It is a Board dominated by the likes of Dr Peter Higson, Martin Jones, Grace Lewis-Parry, Lyn Meadows et al who have for years stuffed up big time in every role to which they have been appointed. None of them should have been allowed near this Health Board and things are not going to improve until they are removed, it is as simple as that. The reason that the Betsi is spending so much on agency staff is principally because no-one will work for them so dire is their reputation, but also because the Top Doctors and Angels who staff the nation’s NHS are fully aware that they can earn more by working for an agency than by conventional employment and that is why a lot of them choose to do so. It is a well-established scam that has been growing and growing for years and no-one has sought to address it – indeed before it was quite such a popular scam elsewhere, it was known to be a substantial problem in the North West Wales NHS Trust when one Martin Jones was the CEO. Can anyone spot a theme here? Of course the reason why honest capable staff won’t work for the Betsi is that they don’t want to work for a dysfunctional organisation rife with bad or frankly dangerous practices. Had politicians like Janet been honest about these practices which have been in place for many years now, bad practice could have been stopped and the Betsi would not now be comatose on the floor. But Janet and nearly everybody else said nothing at all – indeed Janet herself was even telling mental health charities not to send dissatisfied patients to her because she didn’t want to deal with their cases. So as usual too many people stood with the Top Doctors and Angels and ignored the terrifying mortality rates. But Janet is not the only one mentioned above who has added to the problems of the NHS in north Wales by colluding with abusive, lethal practitioners. Mark Drakeford knew damn well how dreadful things were, both throughout the years when he was special advisor to Rhodri Morgan and until he was finally forced to put the Betsi in special measures when Tawel Fan blew up in his face. But then this former social worker had received a long training in turning a blind eye to abuse and malpractice and instead sat around a table talking to the unions who were protecting their own members rather than the people who some of those members were harming (see post ‘News Round Up, June 11 2017’). As for the NHS escalation framework that is ‘managing the situation’, the troika of the Welsh Gov’t, Auditor General and Health Inspectorate Wales – the Welsh Gov’t no longer knows what to do in the face of this disaster (my co-researcher has suggested that someone just appoints the Chuckle Brothers in the place of the Betsi Board) and HIW ignored the slaughter and mayhem in the north Wales NHS for years (of course it did, it’s CEO was Peter Higson, who’d previously overseen the horror story that was the North Wales Hospital – Higson is now of course Chair of the Betsi). What about the Auditor General, Huw Vaughan Thomas? Well he featured in my post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’. He was Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council whilst their social services had been infiltrated by a paedophile gang and prior to that he had been Chief Exec of Denbighshire – whose social services had also been infiltrated by the paedophile gang! I’m sure that he’ll do a brilliant job of sorting it all out.

Vaughan mentioned that Health Boards will continue to receive extra cash, although he did make mention of the cash being repayable in certain circumstances. In other words, whoever finally takes over at the Betsi once Higson et al just HAVE to be removed will then be left to clear up the mess on a shoestring after Higson, Grace and Martin have broken the bank. Does Vaughan think that he’ll receive many applications for future ‘leadership roles’ at the Betsi? As for his generous offer to carry on bailing out Health Boards across Wales, let us look at how some of that tax-payers cash was spent by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

In 2009 Cardiff and Vale employed a gynaecologist called Dr Anthony Madu and paid him nearly £100k pa (the Betsi pay Martin Jones and Grace even more). Anthony Madu has just been sent to prison for two years, after failing to repay the NHS over £70k as ordered by a previous court – £70k that he defrauded them out of, by continuing to work as a locum whilst he was initially suspended and then on extended sick leave for ‘stress’. Whilst receiving sick pay from Cardiff and Vale, Madu worked at Middlesborough’s James Cook University Hospital, Sandwell General Hospital Birmingham, Scarborough General Hospital and the Royal Oldham General Hospital, Greater Manchester. I have a friend who lives in Scarborough who tells me that Scarborough Hospital has a similar reputation to the hospitals in north Wales and thus good doctors won’t work there. I suspect that the other hospitals that Madu moonlighted at will also have had similar problems. Madu had actually been found guilty of fraud in 2014 but had been spared jail on condition that he repaid the £70k. He appealed against the decision, lost but failed to repay the money anyway, hence the prison sentence. Although he was only ordered to repay £70k, the cost to the hospitals was calculated to have been £240k and he transferred £95k to a Nigerian bank account in an attempt to cover his tracks. So Madu was being treated pretty leniently. Yet there had been problems before he started fiddling – in 2009 he was suspended by Cardiff and Vale as a result of allegations relating to his conduct towards other staff and allegations that he’d falsified his post-graduate training record. And it seems that the GMC knew all about him! They had investigated him and placed restrictions on his practice – which he ignored. He also failed to co-operate with investigations. But no, they didn’t strike him off, so he just turned up at other hospitals in England. But Madu had been in trouble before he ever arrived at Cardiff and Vale. He had previously worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital and had mismanaged a labour so badly that the baby died. Weeks later Madu was employed by Cardiff and Vale. The inquest on the baby wasn’t held until 2012, but when it was held the coroner denounced Madu as an ‘unimpressive witness…largely unreliable’. No charges were brought against Madu, although the Royal Bolton did apologise to the baby’s parents.

At the conclusion of Madu’s previous trial, Judge David Wynn Morgan praised Cardiff and Vale for taking action against Madu when they caught him fiddling and stated that ‘it may be that tragedy was avoided by the timely actions of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’. Tragedy wasn’t avoided – a baby had already died, but not at Cardiff and Vale. No doubt had Madu caused any tragedies at Cardiff and Vale no-one would have been told anyway. Had Cardiff and Vale been told about the dead baby at Bolton when they employed Madu? If so, why did they employ him? Did they know about his run-ins with the GMC? If they didn’t know about any of this, why didn’t they? Who supplied Madu with references, either for Cardiff and Vale or any of his other jobs? Is there going to be an investigation into any of this or indeed into the GMC failing to stop him? I very much doubt it. Madu was known to be a problem at the Royal Bolton and they did what is always done with problematic doctors – they passed him onto someone else.

I can only compare the case of Madu, who had killed a baby and then swindled again and again yet was given chance after chance, with that of Dr Sian Caiach. Sian was a surgeon working in Wales who in about 2000 discovered two of her colleagues perpetuating a fraud by using NHS facilities to treat private patients without declaring it. Sian reported them to the Wales Audit Office. The WAO investigated and found that the fraud reported by Sian had indeed been committed. Those doctors were not dismissed. Nonetheless, Sian was suspended, sacked and eventually prevented from practicing by the GMC. At one point the rationale for stopping her working was that she would damage the ‘mental health’ of her colleagues. Presumably they might feel a bit anxious lest she discover what they were up to. Years later Sian was permitted to practice again after being subjected to the most offensive comments from the GMC – but only under very restricted circumstances. Honest whistleblowing surgeon with a commitment to the NHS? Christ we hadn’t better let her loose. It seems that Sian is too honest for party politics as well – her name was on the Plaid candidate list but was removed. Yet numerous members, councillors and politicians of that party were involved in colluding with the abuses in the mental health services and children’s homes in north Wales.

I mentioned earlier that a Betsi spokeswoman had stated that they needed to improve their quality and their performance. So how are they doing? Well, according to the BBC News Wales site, it’s business as usual. A 75 year old lady was admitted to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and died shortly after, having experienced the sort of dreadful care of the elderly that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is well-known for. The old lady suffered from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and was admitted to Ysbyty Glan Clywd in Nov 2015 after a fall at home causing her to break her femur. She was given surgery and transferred to the HDU (High Dependency Unit). The trouble occurred when she was then transferred to an orthopaedic ward. Her family raised concerns when they discovered her sitting in her own faeces and after they had to visit her out of hours to give her food and drink because this wasn’t being done by the staff. The old lady’s son was told by a nurse that she had been ‘spoiled’ on the HDU (where presumably the staff actually did what they were paid to do). The old lady then developed pneumonia and died. At the inquest the conclusion was recorded as accidental death with the fall as a contributing factor. Which would seem to be a complete lie. The old lady’s family took their complaint to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales who upheld their complaint, stating that there had been inappropriate communication, inadequate nursing care and that the elderly lady had been admitted to an inappropriate ward. To show how seriously that the Ombudsman took the matter of an old lady being left sitting in her own crap whilst being given no food or drink, subjected to non-existent ‘nursing care’ – whilst her family were insulted by the staff – and then dying, he awarded the old lady’s family the grand total of £250. Martin Jones spends about that on a pair of his infamous cufflinks. As always though, the learning has been embedded and the service users empowered. The Betsi has stated that it has tackled the problem by appointing doctors from a range of backgrounds to support geriatric patients on orthopaedic wards, with a consultant to lead the service. Which seems to be missing the point – in this case it was the Angels who had disgraced themselves rather than the Top Doctors. Furthermore, ‘staff have received training in dignity and respect for patients’. Should this have been needed? If I were looking after a bed-ridden friend or relative even I would not leave them sitting in turds. But then I’m not an Angel.

As with Huw Vaughan Thomas, Mark Drakeford, HIW et al, there is a legacy involved with the problem that this old lady encountered. Elderly care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has been absolutely dreadful for many, many years as detailed in my post ‘How Much Do Staff Surveys Really Tell Us?’. Staff ensured that their own families did not end up there and some ten years ago a retired Professor from Bangor University, Clare Wenger, was so appalled by what she witnessed as a patient there that she compiled a dossier and sent it to over 100 people. Clare Wenger’s specialism was in old age care and she had led a major 20 year study into this which was funded by the Department of Health. Notwithstanding all this, Clare Wenger was denounced as a stuck up old cow who expected special treatment. The elderly continued to be neglected and abused and throughout it all the former CEO of the Trust that ran Ysbyty Glan Clwyd before the Betsi was created, Gren Kershaw, was awarded the accolade of Best Chief Executive in the UK by ‘Nursing Times’. Kershaw has now retired and works as a ‘management consultant’. And the elderly are still neglected and abused by the staff who voted for him to be given an award by ‘Nursing Times’.

Now another story from the Daily Post online, combining two common themes of this blog, politics and the Betsi. It has been announced that Plaid and the Tories have gone into coalition to run Conwy Council. So the Counci leader is now Gareth Jones and his Deputy is Cheryl Carlisle. Gareth is a Plaid Councillor and is the former AM for Aberconwy. Many years before that Gareth was a member of a panel that conducted one of the numerous investigations that was held into the sexual abuse of children in care in Clwyd. So Gareth knew that there was a serious problem – but like so many people he’s remained silent for years. However he has announced that the new Cabinet is an ‘open administration based on inclusiveness and transparency’. If Gareth is now going all inclusive and transparent it’ll be a first for him. As for Cheryl – well she’s a Conservative and is a member of the Betsi Board! Cheryl now holds the Cabinet portfolio for ‘children, family and safeguarding’. We should just be thankful that it’s not Gareth overseeing those particular matters. The Plaid group in Conwy seem to have done something odd. There had been a previous agreement for Plaid, Labour and the Independent Group to work together, but this backfired when much of the Plaid Group voted for Gareth Jones in the leadership election. What can be going on? But then something else peculiar happened this week involving Plaid. Dr Eurfyl ap Gwilym, a policy advisor for Plaid, publicly announced that they would be willing to support the Tories on ‘some matters’. Now some people are saying that they have no problem with that if it benefits Wales, but Leanne Wood – Plaid’s leader – and many of her colleagues, loathe everything about the Tories and have made ‘no deals with Tories under any conditions ever’ a central theme within Plaid. How does Leanne feel about her colleagues snuggling up to the Tories? Plaid are really proud of Eurfyl ap Gwilym because he famously floored Paxman on ‘Newsnight’ a few years ago. However, he does sometimes take surprising stances. I was at a conference where he spoke some years ago and he provided a devastating critique of Blair’s H.E. policy. I much appreciated this, because Blair imposed an ill thought out policy on UK universities which was never going to work with the staffing and funding available and it did very great damage, resulting in, among other things, a vicious snobbery between different universities. But Eurfyl seemed to be firing his ammo at the wrong people. After stating that he was an ‘unashamed elitist’, he went on to put the boot into graduates from less prestigious universities who had found themselves working at Tesco, saying that they didn’t deserve anything other than a job in Tesco. Those graduates were very much the victim of the problem not the cause. Most of them did not know that a degree from Glyndwr University doesn’t have the same currency as a degree from a Russell Group institution – New Labour led them to think that once one had a degree, one would waltz into a well paid professional job immediately after graduation. They were conned and it was not their fault. Furthermore, going to university on large amounts of borrowed money was sold to them on the promise of high salaries after graduation – no-one mentioned widening their horizons or gaining a liberal education or critical thinking skills, it was the mythical ‘graduate premium’ that was used as the carrot. Meanwhile the kids of Cabinet Ministers carried on applying for places at Oxbridge because their parents knew that there was a difference in status between institutions. As for deserving to work in Tescos – I’m not sure that anyone deserves the fate of that particular regime, where it’s minimum wage on the tills and insults from harried customers as well as a supervisor of questionable quality breathing down your neck. Perhaps Eurfyl would like to give it a go himself. I did try to speak to Eurfyl after his presentation when everyone started on the wine and nibbles, but he blanked me and proceeded to work his way around the room only speaking to the most important people there. People nearly as important as him.

Plaid’s cosy relationship with the Tories has echoes of the historical arrangement that this blog has revealed with regard to the child abuse in the north Wales children’s homes in the 70s, 80s and 90s. That abuse – as well as the linked abuse in the mental health services – was facilitated by many members of Plaid and their representatives, whilst certain Tory Ministers sat at the top of the tree concealing the whole mess. Meanwhile the likes of Sir Peter Morrison, Thatcher’s aide and Conservative MP for Chester, and Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon, son of Lord Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, actually abused the children in care themselves. The state bureaucrats who grossly mismanaged the local authorities, as well as the health and care professionals, occupied various positions in the pecking order below them. Thus a whole structure was kept in place. The only people who didn’t benefit were the kids/patients – they were coerced into providing sexual services and either died, or spent a lifetime travelling in and out of places like Risley Remand Centre or the North Wales Hospital if they dared complain about what was happening to them.

Now I have arrived at one of my running themes on the blog – highly paid people who are pissing all over the rest of us whilst caring – I can report that my mates the BMA have been in the news again. Specifically the BMA GPs representatives. A Dr Sophie Quinney, representing a group called ‘Wales For GP Survival’, has been making claims that GPs are retiring early or cutting down their hours ‘to stay sane’. Which is odd, because I thought that they retired in their mid 50s because their pension pots were so big that they didn’t have to go on until they dropped. Furthermore, despite any stress that their job does involve – and if you’re a GOOD GP it is stressful – the GPs that I know who chose to work part-time were all honest enough to admit that they were so well-paid that they could just work three days a week and still live very comfortably. But members of the BMA representing GPs have been crawling out of the woodwork everywhere with their tales of woe and they all seem to be giving out the same message – that is, if the Gov’t doesn’t do what we say, we will all stop working and then what will you do? I presume that there has been a BMA conference somewhere and they all voted to take a leaf out of the book of Violet Elizabeth Bott i.e. that they would thcweam and thcweam until they were thick.

Indeed, one of those participating in the thcweaming is someone known to me, Dr Graham Thomas, who works in the Corwen Health Centre. Graham has appeared in the Daily Post online urging ‘politicians and patients to put pressure on the Betsi Board to help the practice out’. Graham is rattled because his surgery is in danger of losing it’s Rural Support Payment of £52k which it has received – presumably from the Betsi – for the last 15 years. The Post reports that this is a ‘cry from the heart’ and that Graham, as a GP, ‘speaks from experience’. Graham states that if the Betsi takes over the management of the practice – Graham is suggesting that if the Rural Support Payment is not forthcoming that is what will have to happen – patients will have longer waiting times. He makes reference to the time a few years ago when he assisted at the practice when it was managed by the Betsi and says that ‘I just knew that I was unable to give the time and attention that some of those patients required’. Now I happen to know that although he is a very capable doctor, Graham Thomas is also capable of very great deceit and like Councillor Gareth Jones mentioned earlier, Graham often keeps schtum about terrible things when he shouldn’t. I know this because I used to live in the same village as him, I was in the same hill walking club as him and I used to know him very, very well. He made quite big efforts to cultivate my company, just at the time when I had started making it known that I intended to publish my truly dreadful experiences with the mental health services. Graham knew exactly how bad those services were because he used to work at the Hergest Unit and he saw the neglect, the abuse and indeed the deaths himself. He did not raise any concerns with anyone. He still did not raise any concerns when he left the Hergest Unit and worked in the area as a GP. He still said not a word when he became a more senior GP. He knew that the Hergest was dreadful and he didn’t even bother to send his own patients there, but he did not raise a concern. Neither did he raise concerns when members of the staff at the Hergest Unit were perjuring themselves in an attempt to ensure that I ended up in prison. He knew about it, because I lived just down the lane from him at the time and he used to regularly ask me what I was going to do about the threats and harassment that I was receiving from his colleagues. Although Graham knew how bad many of the staff working in the mental health services were, he was still happy to ensure that they acquired yet another dodgy doctor. On one occasion I got into conversation with a psychiatrist in the hill walking group who had just taken a job at the medium secure unit in Llanfairfechan. I asked him why he had come to Wales and he told me that he hadn’t been able to gain employment after some unspecified hoo ha in his last job. But Dr Graham Thomas had very kindly helped him out and got him a job in north Wales! At one point some charming character threw dog turds at my house. Graham admitted that he knew who did it. I told him that I wanted to report this matter to the police – so Graham refused to reveal the identity of the culprit. He also knew that his colleagues were slandering me. I only discovered the extent of this when he asked me for advice. He had fallen out with a charity that he had been involved with – although I wasn’t ever sure of the details – but it seemed that he believed that they were accusing him of unlawful practices. He was worried that his reputation would be damaged and didn’t know what to do to challenge it. So he asked me for advice, as someone whom he knew to have been subjected to a smear campaign – by his own colleagues. The last time that Graham and his wife spoke to me was after I told them that I had finally had a bellyful of the mental health services and that I had instructed my lawyers to begin action and that I had every intention of one day publishing everything that I had witnessed. Graham and his wife Casi never spoke to me again.

I suspect that as in the case of Professor Catherine Robinson, someone else who was colluding with a great deal of wrongdoing, Graham only ever befriended me to find out what I knew about his colleagues and where or when I was going to publish and was very probably relaying everything that I told him straight back to those we know and love. Two other very odd things happened to me during the time when I was socialising with Graham and Casi. I was looking for a house to rent and I viewed one near where they lived. I told them that I had viewed it and they were very encouraging about it. So I handed over the deposit, rent etc and moved in. After a few weeks it was clear that not only did the landlady have quite serious problems herself but that there were a lot of structural problems with the house that were so bad that they constituted a health and safety risk. I mentioned them to Graham one day who, it transpired, knew all about them. He also knew that previous tenants had moved out of the house after discovering what I had discovered and had also had problems with the landlady. I didn’t remember him telling me about any of that when he encouraged me to move in. The other experience was even more weird. One day after my car broke down, Graham made a very generous offer. He had a car that he could sell me, at an incredibly low price. He said that he was more than happy to do a favour for a friend and I greatly appreciated being able to acquire the car. About a month later, I was driving the car when I was rammed from behind by a man who then became phenomenally aggressive when I asked him for his details. I persevered and eventually I extracted his name, insurance details etc from him. I discovered later that he was a retired officer from the North Wales Police – who I had begun to have quite a lot of problems with by then. In fact during the time that I lived a few doors down from Graham an awful lot of bizarre things happened to me, usually at the hands of people who I then discovered were friendly with Graham and Casi. After I left the village, I found out that Graham and Casi had over the past few years been asked to leave numerous chapels, community organisations and charities. Like me, a lot of people had some very odd experiences with them. I’m glad to hear that it’s onward and upward for them though – Casi is now aiming for ordination in the Church In Wales! And Graham obviously is going to thcweam and thweam until he’s sick. At the time that he was so keen to discover what action I was planning to take against his negligent, abusive, criminal colleagues, Graham was the BMA’s representative for the GPs group in north Wales.

Graham has already recruited one politician to his cause. Llyr Huws Grufydd has publicised Graham’s demand for £50k as a ‘cry for help from a busy rural GP practice’. But then Llyr described Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’s ‘nursing home’ Ty Gwyn as a ‘beacon of excellence’, as it imploded after the population gradually realised what a scam it was. Llyr is a Plaid AM for north Wales. Unless he’s joined the Tories by now.

The Chinese military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu was alleged to have said that ‘if you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by’. As far as I can see if you watch the north Wales media for long enough the names of the people involved in the most dreadful abuses of their positions will float by.

 

 

 

News Round Up, June 11 2017

Recent posts of mine relating to the Waterhouse Inquiry, the decades of abuse of children in care that have taken place in north Wales, as well as the rot in the region’s mental health services, have pointed the finger at the Flintshire region as a source of people who concealed misconduct and malpractice. So it’s quite fitting that a number of news stories recently have featured dodgy dealings in Flintshire – the boil has obviously not been lanced.

A story that featured on both BBC News Wales and the Daily Post online was that of Patricia Reid, 57, a social worker from Flintshire, who crashed her car on the A55 at St Asaph whilst she was driving over the alcohol limit on May 25. Ms Reid caused a  seven car pile up and five people were taken to hospital. She pleaded guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court and was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £140, with £85 costs and a £30 surcharge. The Court heard how Ms Reid had been ‘distressed’ because her mother had been admitted to hospital and had downed ‘several’ glasses of wine. It was also said that Ms Reid was ‘depressed’ due to being out of work and, being a social worker, was ‘massively over-qualified’ for many jobs on offer in the region. No matter how much one feels for Ms Reid’s plight, I can but contrast this tale of woe with the treatment meted out to the clients of Ms Reid’s colleagues ie. the ‘service users’ of the region. I have covered court cases involving many of them on this blog. Cases past and present include a patient (me) convicted of staring at a social worker in Safeways and on another occasion calling an NHS manager a fat idiot whilst on the phone to his secretary; another patient charged with threatening to endanger life when he phoned a psychiatric nurse and told her that he was so suicidal that he felt like chopping a gas pipe – he ended up in Walton Prison for three weeks; a psychiatric patient jailed for ‘threatening a psychiatrist’ because her pet cats had died and in her confusion she seemed to believe that the psychiatrist had something to do with it; and very recently numerous people with mental health and addiction problems being banged up for ‘sleeping in Wrexham town centre’ or even ‘standing still like a zombie after taking Black Mamba’. Let’s not forget some of the offences that the children who complained of being molested in the north Wales children’s homes were charged with – a memorable one being stealing a packet of chewing gum. What on earth would have happened to any of us if we had got pissed, gone out driving and caused a seven car pile up? So Ms Reid was distressed because her mother had been admitted to hospital. The ‘service users’ who are being banged up for ludicrous reasons have far more problems than that – some of them don’t have a roof over their heads, some of them have been bereaved in tragic circumstances, they nearly all have money problems and they also have far more serious mental health problems than being depressed due to being out of work. Furthermore Ms Reid finds that as a social worker, she is ‘massively over-qualified’ for most jobs in the region. Well as a ‘service user’ one can be in possession of a PhD and one will still be recommended to attend a MIND drop in centre for ‘recovery’ and then told to do whatever badly paid zero hours contract job comes one’s way. The story of Ms Reid confirms what I and others have long suspected – that those staffing the abusive, neglectful ‘services’ in the region know that they would be in the same rather leaky uncomfortable boat as their clients should they ever lose their jobs and that is why they stick together like glue, refuse to acknowledge the dire state of affairs in the health and welfare services and use their considerable political muscle to threaten any politician who dares suggest that an investigation or even reform might be needed with being voted out.

The Daily Post online also reported that a police officer from Flint, Sgt Neil Hughes, has denied two charges of voyeurism, specifically by using his mobile phone to covertly film a ‘young girl’ in her bedroom on two separate occasions ‘for his sexual gratification’ between July and Dec 2016. He was rebailed to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court for trial. Prosecuting barrister John Philpotts suggested that in view of the defendant’s job, consideration should be given to appointing a judge from outside of the area, such as from south Wales. There’s no point. I have presented a mountain of evidence on this blog demonstrating that the legal, police, medical, social care and judicial network that is used to conceal wrongdoing extends across the whole of the UK.

Another story from Flintshire earlier this week was that of Oakmere House in Hawarden- a home for adults between 18-65 with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs – being served with an urgent order from CSSIW (Care and Social Services Inspectorate) suspending it’s registration on the grounds of fears of ‘serious risks to life, health and well-being’. CSSIW maintain that staff whistleblowers approached them and also claim that  previous concerns about the ‘mistreatment’ of residents were ignored by management. CSSIW have now produced a ‘damning report’. As is so often the case with CSSIW though, this case may not be all that it seems. The ‘mistreatment’ of residents involved: the police not being called after a resident broke two panes of glass and needed restraint; a resident ‘grabbing a member of staff’ and two residents cutting themselves with razors that they’d found. These were people with learning disabilities and autism – that combination leads to very difficult behaviours. Was Oakmere House supposed to carry on like the Hergest Unit and have distressed residents arrested for, basically, throwing wobblers? Another allegation that the CSSIW levelled at Oakmere was residents money going missing – but we are not told how much money this was. It is unacceptable but patients in NHS wards are constantly relieved of their possessions and no-one shuts the hospital down. CSSIW also alleged ‘inappropriate physical restraint’. There have been complaints that staff in the Hergest Unit assaulted and injured patients under the excuse of ‘restraint’ but those complaints were dismissed by the managers. So where does this action against Oakmere leave the NHS? People in the psychiatric wards in north Wales are killing themselves. All that’s happened to the Betsi is that it was placed in special measures following the scandal at Tawel Fan – and what happened to patients at Tawel Fan alone was far, far worse than the happenings at Oakmere House. The father of a resident has spoken in support of Oakmere House. His son had been there for 10 years and was ‘content’ there. His son has now had to be moved elsewhere, which will no doubt be distressing and confusing for him. This father had observed that the CSSIW report was ‘a little harsh’ – however he has noticed that Oakmere is employing ‘more and more agency staff’. Just like the Betsi then. Although Oakmere have put in a ‘robust action plan’ and ‘worked closely with the inspectorate and commissioners’, it has been ‘unable to address issues concerning staff’. Sounds like the NHS to me. Nonetheless, CSSIW have stated that when they see ‘no improvement’ they will ‘always act to protect people’. Every bit of evidence relating to the Betsi suggests that it’s problems have got even bigger since it was placed in special measures… Flintshire County Council is now monitoring Oakmere under it’s ‘escalating concerns’ procedures.

But is Flintshire County Council in any position to pass judgement? One news story this week has been that of Conservative AM Mark Isherwood raising the matter of the conduct of some Councillors in Flintshire on the floor of the Senedd. Mark’s wife Hilary was a Flintshire Councillor for 13 years and the Isherwoods are alleging that Hilary was subjected to the most dreadful ‘misogynistic bullying’ from certain other Councillors. Mark is calling on the Welsh Gov’t to take action against Flintshire’s Chief Exec Colin Everett and Deputy Leader Bernie Attridge. It seems that Hilary Isherwood has been subjected to much aggro on Twitter, including on one occasion in 2014 when Bernie sent out a tweet describing her as a ‘bitter twisted Tory’ and stating that ‘Fir coat and no knic… comes to mind’. (I presume that he meant ‘fur’.) Women politicians are making a very big issue of slurs on social media at present and although the threats of murder and sexual violence that some have received are gross and need challenging, I think Hilary probably should have just ignored these old farts. Furthermore her choice of coats and undies are no business of Bernie’s and are unrelated to her abilities as a Councillor. (By the way Bernie, Vivienne Westwood famously wore no knickers when she visited the Palace to pick up one of her gongs.) It’s interesting that Hilary has come under attack though. The attack has taken the form of crude insults that are usually directed at women rather than men, but I suspect that what might have really pissed the other Councillors off is that Hilary’s husband has actually worked very hard indeed to support people who have had some very bad experiences with the mental health services and NHS in north Wales. Mark Isherwood has been prepared to make representation on behalf of people who have been completely blanked by everyone else. I note that in her interview with the Post, Hilary observed that she became a Councillor to help vulnerable people. It’s not the sort of aim that I usually associate with Tories, but whilst the Labour Party in England and Plaid in Wales have been campaigning on behalf of the Top Doctors, Hilary’s husband has indeed been beavering away behind the scenes doing his best for people who have been stuffed over by the Top Doctors et al abusing their positions. I’ve never met Hilary but I did speak to her on the phone a few years ago and she wasn’t at all bitter and twisted. She did try to persuade me to vote Tory which I made fairly obvious was unlikely to happen, but even knowing that, Mark Isherwood still met me and wrote letters on my behalf. He didn’t get very far, but that’s because we were dealing with criminals in the North West Wales NHS Trust. The irony in all this is that the relevant Cabinet Secretary has responded to Mark Isherwood by saying that he proposes new obligations to ‘uphold standards of conduct’ and encourage ‘respectful relationships between elected members that recognise diversity and celebrate it’. So who is the man spouting lame clichés about recognising and celebrating diversity (although I hardly think that being female counts as being ‘diverse’, we form a greater proportion of the population than men) – step forward Mark Drakeford, former Health Secretary who was in post when Tawel Fan exploded in his face. That’s the Mark Drakeford who used to be Professor of Social Sciences at Cardiff and who knows what a failing, abusive, dysfunctional organisation looks like – indeed he has published about scandals in healthcare himself – and he knew that there was a barrel of shit in north Wales because for many years he was special advisor to Rhodri Morgan. Yet Mark just couldn’t bring himself to admit how bloody awful the NHS in north Wales is. I have also heard accounts of Drakeford being somewhat disrespectful to the relatives of those who were abused in Tawel Fan. Furthermore I wrote to Mark myself to inform him of the research fraud that underlay ‘mindfulness based cognitive therapy’ (MBCT) – I didn’t receive a reply but only weeks later Drakeford appeared in the media with a few mindfulness practitioners reiterating the miracles that ‘research’ has demonstrated stem from it. Drakeford isn’t an idiot and I have puzzled for a long time as to why he ignored the genocide in north Wales yet farted around trying to ban e cigarettes in the grounds that they lead us all into the hands of the Devil, but the other day I found a clue. Many years ago, before he was an academic and before he was involved in politics, Mark Drakeford was a social worker – in Dyfed. Presumably the Dyfed where Ioan Bowen Rees was County Secretary, the Ioan Bowen Rees who later became Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council and who ignored and concealed the rampant abuse of children in care  (and of mental health patients) that was pervasive in Gwynedd and who invited ‘officers’ from Dyfed to investigate when the lid could not be held down any longer. For some reason the ‘investigation’ by Ioan’s old mates from Dyfed didn’t resolve very much… Please see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ for details of this shameful period of Gwynedd’s history. There have of course been allegations of organised child abuse in Dyfed. So as Mark watched the carnage in north Wales when he was Health Minister and ‘talked’ to the Top Doctors – God they must have thought that Christmas had come when he was appointed Health Minister, they’d got rid of Edwina and she’d been replaced by a tame social worker – patients continued to die. Because the whole region has been screwed by the legacy of a paedophile ring Mark – you plonker…

Talking of Top Doctors – one of them from Harefield Hospital has landed himself in hot water. Mail online reported that Mohamed Amrani, a ‘world renowned heart surgeon’, has been given a six month suspended sentence after groping the breasts of one female colleague and then some years later slapping the bum of another one who worked at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital. He has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years, pay £8000 in prosecution costs and undertake 25 days of rehabilitation activities. Judge Anne Molyneaux described him as an outstandingly good surgeon and that it may be in the public interest to allow him to continue practising. One could be forgiven for thinking that Amrani was what tabloid newspapers used to call a ‘sex pest’, a sort of Benny Hill in scrubs. However there are indications that he could well be a very much greater problem than that. He faced other charges as well, including two of assault by penetration and a rape charge. The jury were unable to reach a verdict on the rape charge and a retrial has been ruled out, so a not guilty plea was recorded. His defence barrister, Stephen Vullo QC – who also acted for Rolf Harris, so Amrani hired the best – described him as an ‘exceptional man with a flaw’. (Just a little one.) As in the case of Top Doctor Ian Paterson who was recently imprisoned, there seems to be another attempt here to deflect blame onto the Trust and the Trust alone, rather than the many people whom it was acknowledged knew how Amrani behaved towards woman. The Trust admitted that Amrani was one of their stars, that he brought a lot of dosh into the Trust and that he operated on many more patients than his colleagues did. The Trust acknowledged that private practice brings in a huge amount of money for the Trust. It was suggested in Court that the Trust had protected Amrani because of his status. Regarding the rape allegation, Amrani had described it was ‘pure fantasy’ and had stated that ‘hospital records suggest it never happened’. Well hospital records certainly would never have recorded it if it had have happened. Complaints had been made about Amrani by a number of different women between 2004-2015. The first complainant was told when she raised concerns ‘just ignore him, he does it to everyone’. Pretty much like dear old Dr Dafydd Alun Jones then, who was the subject of constant anecdotes from female staff. They did not like being around him, they took precautions to not be left alone with him, one trainee clinical psychologist told me how he summoned her to his office ‘to talk about psychology’ only to take out an ancient photo of himself and ask her ‘don’t ewe think I was handsome?’ and a man who had been married to one of Jones’s secretaries told me how Jones would regularly ask her to come into work wearing various items of allegedly erotic clothing ‘because they’re my favourites’. So when I complained about his inappropriate conduct towards me I was of course told that I was ‘deluded’. It is now up to the GMC – the GMC who did not take action against Dafydd at any point despite numerous complaints against him – to take action against Amrani. He’s already got a plan if they do place restrictions on his practice – he’s off to Morocco to practice because GMC restrictions don’t apply there. In the same way that the psychiatrist who was involved in the death of Dr Sara Ryan’s son Connor Sparrowhawk buggered off to Ireland to practice lest the GMC take action against her.

Now for a few lines about the general election results. Ieuan Wyn Jones, the defender of some very great wrongdoers, I’m glad to say fell flat on his face on Ynys Mon and was not elected. Time to retreat from public life Ieuan, particularly as this blog is exposing everyone like you who colluded with a few things that you shouldn’t have. Theresa May is in a terrible mess and the dreadful Boris is planning another coup. And this morning Heseltine was on the radio ranting that Jeremy Corbyn ‘is at the gates’ – brilliant, I hope that someone let’s him in, but prevents Diane Abbott coming through with him though. I’m touched to note that Heseltine is now being constructed as a man ‘of the centre’. This is the man who refused to rule out soldiers being told to fire on protestors at Greenham Common and who mobilised thousands of soldiers and police officers to confront CND protesters in other locations (some of whom were alleged to have assaulted and even raped protestors but those allegations were never investigated) and who used to boast that his massive company never paid it’s bills until they had received numerous reminders because that way they got to sit on more money for longer. Heseltine also constantly made public his opinion that Cameron was a fine leader and PM. What he did not make so public was that Cameron had been one of Heseltine’s daughter’s mates when they were young and they were both well known for hanging out with a bunch of vacuous champagne swilling Hooray Henries. Heseltine also proffered his opinion this morning that the 2008 financial crisis was due to the general public spending too much. I’m so glad that it was nothing to do with the global banking system and the misconduct of those who worked within it.

Among all the excitement surrounding everybody’s expectations that Theresa is finished, some members of the Labour Party have been popping up in the media, including in Wales – most recently one Lord Murphy aka Paul Murphy, former Welsh Secretary and former N Ireland Secretary, who has featured on this blog recently. Keen readers might have noticed that among my discussions of organised child abuse and dirty political deals that undoubtedly involved protecting some of the people involved in that abuse, I have not yet mentioned the Kincora boys home scandal in Belfast. I am well aware of it, as well as of the links that it has to some of the matters that I have discussed and I am busy researching…. I didn’t know until this morning though that the Kincora boys home scandal has been specifically excluded from the Independent Inquiry Into Child Abuse. Now there’s a surprise… My co-researcher has sent me loads more material and I’ve discovered more gems in the Waterhouse Report. We’ve also dug up yet more dirt on Baroness Patricia Scotland and even more links between her and those who caused so much havoc in north Wales. There will be more posts soon with more people named. So they all might as well start preparing their statements and making their way to their local cop shop…

 

Ysbyty Gwynedd Hits The Daily Mail

Late last night a reader of the blog sent me a link to a Mail online story that I missed, regarding the wrongdoing of a Top Doctor. It’s another corker – the headline referred to a ‘senior NHS heart doctor’ who ‘forged prescriptions to feed an addiction’ and whose ‘disciplinary hearing was shrouded in secrecy’. I had to read more…

Martin Royle, 45, a consultant cardiologist ‘from Liverpool’, had previously been given a suspended prison sentence for forging prescriptions – repeatedly – and it seems for leaning on a junior doctor to assist him. Royle had been employed at St Helen’s and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals and they sacked him – not just for the forged prescriptions business either, but also for carrying out procedures on patients that he was not trained to do and for moonlighting at a private clinic whilst he was on call at another hospital. Entertainingly, whilst employed in Liverpool, he had featured in a leaflet issued by the Trust entitled ‘Trust In Us’, describing Royle as a member of their ‘highly skilled team’.

Royle’s misconduct hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was held entirely in secret, due to privacy rules regarding ‘the physical or mental health of a doctor’. The statement from the panel, Chaired by Edward Doyle, another Top Doctor, is so heavily redacted that no-one is any the wiser as to the background to Royle’s criminal offences. Doyle did however comment that the Tribunal had concluded that ‘public confidence in the profession’ would be ‘severely affected’ by knowledge of Royle’s convictions and the ‘matters which led to them’. So the gory details must be grim. It’s OK though – this lying cheating doctor who nips off to do a bit of private work whilst on-call for the NHS is not a risk to patients! He is continuing to practice ‘under supervision’. Indeed he is currently busy working at a hospital in Wales – Ysbyty Gwynedd. Who else would have employed him with a record like that? As with the sexually harassing gynaecologist at St Georges Hospital Medical School who was so much of a liability on the London circuit that he was sent to Cardiff, Royle was sacked by a Liverpool hospital – and sent to Bangor. Remember, Royle is now working ‘under supervision’ – the supervision of that bunch of lying hopeless dipsticks employed by the Betsi, which is in special measures….

Compare the treatment of Royle, a man with addiction problems, with the treatment of Craig Nikovic, the addict discussed in my last post. Craig is back in prison because he breached conditions relating to early release conditions – for being found asleep in Wrexham town centre and nothing else. He was asleep in Wrexham town centre because he was homeless. Royle however is a highly paid Top Doctor who will undoubtedly have somewhere very comfortable to live, whose crimes relating to his drug use actually seem to be rather more serious than Nikovic’s, but Royle has been afforded privacy and protection by the medical establishment and has now been let loose on the unsuspecting citizens of north west Wales. And Dr Edward Doyle believes that ‘public confidence’ in his ‘profession’ will be damaged should the background of Royle’s offending be made public…

Of course, ‘the profession’ has been pissing all over the people of north Wales for years – this blog began life as an expose of this. The GMC were so keen to protect the lethal Dr Tony Roberts that someone somewhere forged a letter from me (see post ‘The General Medical Council And Another Forged Document’). Then there’s our old friend Dr Dafydd Alun Jones – Dafydd’s wrongdoing is so great and will be familiar to regular readers anyway so I won’t repeat it all here – who was never subject to disciplinary action despite the scores of very serious complaints about him to the GMC.

There is however a bit of info regarding Dafydd that I have not yet detailed on the blog – I was reminded of it when I read about Royle working at a private hospital whilst he was on-call for the NHS. This type of moonlighting was a regular practice of Dafydd’s. One afternoon a week he used to hold an general psychiatric outpatients clinic at Ysbyty Gwynedd (this was before the Hergest Unit was built). He never ever turned up. Sometimes he would dispatch a clueless junior doctor from the North Wales Hospital in his place who didn’t know any of the patients, but usually he wouldn’t even do that. There would be managers and other staff wandering the corridors wondering if Jones was going to actually send someone over to hold the clinic or whether a lie would have to be told to the waiting patients to cover Gwynedd Health Authority’s arse. I witnessed all this because when Jones and his managers refused to reply to my letters of complaint I turned up at his ‘clinics’ on a few occasions to ask for a response. So I found out what was going on. I also found out how little effort that Gwynedd Health Authority were actually making to deal with Jones’s dreadful behaviour – because I found out where he was when he wasn’t at his NHS clinics. He was holding private clinics elsewhere. I found this out because Jones employed a ‘secretary’ to deal with his private practice. The details of this secretary were publicly available, as was her contact number – it was given to me by someone who worked at the North Wales Hospital when I rang them and told them that I was a patient who wanted to contact Jones (which I was, although I was of course a patient with a very serious complaint). So I had a laugh with Ysbyty Gwynedd and when they used to tell me that they ‘didn’t know’ where Jones was, I used to tell them myself, having found out from his private secretary earlier. On most occasions he would be at the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital in Chester or at the North Wales Medical Centre in Llandudno. They still did NOTHING – there was no attempt at all by them to ensure that Jones carried out his NHS responsibilities. On one occasion when they were all farting about telling me that they didn’t know how to contact him, I rang him myself (his private secretary had given me his mobile number). For once he wasn’t in a private clinic, he was somewhere socialising with a lot of other people and obviously had his phone on speaker phone, because when he answered I simply said ‘Jones, you are supposed to be at a clinic in Bangor, why aren’t you there?’ and I heard uproarious laughter in the background from a number of unknown men. That evening the mental health services tried to have me arrested. The only time that Jones bothered to turn up to his clinics was when the Hergest Unit opened and he was given ‘responsibility’ for the drug users – because he was using those ‘clinics’ to build up a substantial business (please see post ‘The Evolution of A Drugs Baron’). And when I heard him carrying out the transactions with the drug users, I was banned from the Hergest Unit…

I discovered something else odd about Jones as well during that period of time – specifically, that he was also holding ‘clinics’ at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds. I had never been to the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds and although I thought that an hotel was a very odd place to hold a clinic, by then I’d realised that Dafydd was so mad that he was capable of anything. But of course in recent years, the Queen’s Hotel has become famous for something else – Jimmy Savile used to hang out there. The Jimmy Savile who molested hundreds of people, including teenagers in various homes and patients on NHS premises, some of them psychiatric patients. The Jimmy Savile who used to turn up at Ashworth Hospital, an institution with which Dafydd had connections. The Jimmy Savile who some people have alleged was known to be visiting children’s homes in north Wales. That’s the children’s homes that it is now admitted were being used by a paedophile ring – the ring that was protected by Dafydd and his mistress Lucille Hughes. Of course it has never been confirmed that Savile was visiting children’s homes in north east Wales – because the Waterhouse Report only limited it’s remit to investigating whether children had been abused by people employed within the care system or not. So how politicians and Ministers then managed to make public statements maintaining that there were no ‘public figures’ involved in the abuse I do not know – because Waterhouse had deliberately avoided investigating whether there were.

 

 

More Bad News From The Betsi

Daily Post online is reporting that the figures for A&E waiting times at the Betsi have revealed the ‘poorest April performance’ since before 2010. Janet Finch-Saunders, Conservative AM for Aberconwy, condemned the figures and demanded action from Vaughan Gething, the Cabinet Secretary. The Welsh Gov’t and Nigel Lee, Director of Secondary Care at the Betsi, defended the Health Board’s performance, maintaining that the Welsh Gov’t are working very closely with the Board to support improvements and that A&E staff are ‘working hard’.

So Janet has spoken out about A&E waiting times – but not one politician, even during this election campaign, has said a word about the steady stream of deaths of people with mental health problems under the care of the Betsi, although there have been a number of inquests on such people in the last few days. One of these patients died as a result of failings in Ysbyty Gwynedd A&E – people may get cross having to wait a long time but the mental health patients are DYING. Lot’s of them. But then Janet isn’t that bothered about mental health patients. When I rang a branch of MIND in north Wales a few years ago to raise my concerns – yet again – about the neglect and abuse to which Hergest patients were being subjected mentioning the case of a friend, I was told by the person on the other end that MIND knew all about this but if I complained my friend would receive even worse treatment. My knowledge of the Hergest Unit suggested that was indeed very likely, but when I pointed out to MIND the undesirability of the situation I was simply told that MIND would not be taking my concerns forward. I asked if any local politicians had shown any concern and I was told that not only had they not shown any concern, but one of them had actually asked MIND not to refer mental health patients onto her because she did not really want to have to deal with them and because there was an election looming she’d be obliged to take up their complaints if they contacted her. That was an AM called Janet Finch-Saunders.

So there you are everyone – Janet wants your vote and Theresa has vowed to make mental health a priority but if you’re being abused or neglected by the mental health services you can sod off nonetheless. Then the Tories will butcher your disability benefits and it’ll be off down the food bank for you and then eviction.

Failings In Care – But Another Narrative Verdict

The media have reported that a narrative verdict has been returned by John Gittins, the coroner who carried out the inquest on Sgt Lee Johnson who hung himself whilst a patient at the Heddfan Unit, Wrexham Maelor. Yet another narrative verdict in the face of what everyone acknowledges was the suicide of someone who was in the care of the Betsi mental health services. If anyone ever did have any doubts about what has been going on in north Wales, this case makes it crystal clear – inquest verdicts are being manipulated to conceal the size of the problem that is the mental health services in north Wales. It is only two years since Danielle Robinson hung herself in the Heddfan Unit. We were told then that ‘lessons had been learned’ – they haven’t. Anyone familiar with the physical layout of the Heddfan Unit will know how easy it is for staff to check on patients, the building has been designed for that. So how are people managing to hang themselves? Hanging is not a quick or easy method of killing oneself – and a key element of health and safety requirements of mental health units is the identification and removal of ligature points.

Another factor was introduced into the explanation for the death of Sgt Johnson – he had been drinking whilst in the Heddfan Unit and it was known that drink made him suicidal, but staff commented that he was reluctant to discuss this. I noted in my previous post ‘It’s Yet Another Inquest Into Yet Another Death’ that the standard response of the mental health services in north Wales to people with drink problems is to refuse to treat them and refer them to CAIS, a charity shot through with failure and dodgy practice. So that will probably have been why Sgt Johnson was reluctant to discuss this – Sgt Johnson and his wife were/are police officers and Sgt Johnson’s wife mentioned in the inquest that they had previously had dealings with Heddfan professionally. So they will have known about the attitude towards patients with drink problems (it is the police who are called upon to throw the patients with alcohol problems out of the hospitals). I also mentioned in my previous post that the acute mental health units run by the Betsi actually breathalyse patients and searches their rooms if they are suspected of drinking. Unbelievably, John Gittins commented at the inquest that this policy is effective but needs to be made more robust. No this policy is almost certainly what led to Sgt Johnson’s death – the policy on alcohol is so rigid and draconian that people with alcohol problems feel unable to discuss this and resort to sneaking in alcohol if their problem is that bad. The Betsi are carrying out their own version of Prohibition – it didn’t work in the U.S. in the 1920s and it’s not working in north Wales now. The only choice that people with alcohol problems have is to knock on the door of CAIS, an organisation with some of the sleaziest people in north Wales on it’s Board, including a number who concealed a paedophile gang (please see post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’) But wasn’t it concluded that Prohibition failed because it pushed the alcohol trade into the embrace of gangsters?

I notice that once more Dr Stuart Porter, the man who was memorably described to me as sporting a pair of ‘wanker’s glasses’ by a less than impressed patient – who was refused treatment by Porter et al although he was seriously depressed – has been wheeled out as the public face of the Betsi and was referred to as the ‘interim clinical director’. Porter’s previous stomping ground was the Ablett Unit – the Unit that released a patient with no aftercare maintaining that he was ‘feigning illness in order to secure accommodation’. That patient was actually seriously ill and went on to decapitate someone (please see post ‘Homicide Committed By Patient At Ablett Unit’). It was of course the Ablett Unit that hosted the infamous Tawel Fan ward, where elderly mentally ill patients were left to crawl around naked on a floor covered in urine and faeces whilst  nurses swore at them and discussed their sex lives. One of those patients was found to have an untreated broken arm. It was Tawel Fan that led to the Betsi being placed in special measures. So with Porter and his glasses at the helm it’s obvious that the mental health services are heading for the stars…

There is however a long and glorious history of people in the public domain colluding with the appalling mental health services in north Wales. I was reading parts of the Waterhouse Report yesterday in preparation for a future post and I was gobsmacked to read that Rob Evans, the senior manager of Gwynedd Social Services responsible for mental health services, had given evidence to the Waterhouse Inquiry and described the community mental health services as among the best in Europe. He was talking about the Arfon Community Mental Health Team there. Who perjured themselves in order to obtain High Court injunctions against people who complained about them, who perjured themselves again in order to try and have those people imprisoned for breaking the injunctions, who assaulted patients in the team’s office in Bangor and who threatened to assault patients in their own homes. The Arfon Team had done all these things by the time that Evans made that comment to the inquiry and what’s more Evans knew it. Furthermore, not long before Evans was called to give that evidence, he had been responsible for investigating a complaint of mine regarding the constant harassment and aggression that I was receiving from the Arfon Team. The complaint remained unresolved and the aggro towards me from the Arfon Team continued. I now have documents in my possession written by Rob Evans regarding my complaint. He had asked Keith Fearns, the psychopath who was the ‘leader’ of the Arfon Team, ‘what he wanted done’ with me. Fearns had replied ‘lock her up’. Evans had told Fearns that wasn’t possible. Fearns had repeated ‘lock her up’. Evans noted that the situation was unresolvable and that he was leaving his post imminently so he did not intend to pursue this matter further. The best in Europe? Before Evans had been appointed Director of Mental Health, he had been involved in child care. When Evans met me to hold a futile discussion regarding the problem that was Fearns and his gang of thugs, Evans kept stressing that ‘social work practice’ changes with time and what was acceptable at one point may not be acceptable in the future (what relevance this had to social workers lying in court and assaulting their clients I do not know). As an example Evans said that when he used to place children in children’s homes he used to take away their shoes to stop them running away ‘but you’re not allowed to do that now’. When the former residents of the north Wales children’s homes gave evidence at the trials of the men who had sexually abused them, one of them stated that he had tried to run away after being sexually molested. So someone took his shoes away to stop him. I think at the very least, Rob Evans should now be prosecuted for lying to the Waterhouse Inquiry. (Another thing that I remember Rob saying to me was that some children hated him for placing them in the children’s homes but he knew that he’d done the right thing because their parents ‘should look after their kids properly’. Rob thought that they weren’t doing this so he handed their kids over to a paedophile gang. Nice work Rob.) The Waterhouse Report also mentions that Rob Evans’s employment prospects were limited and that he wasn’t a Welsh speaker. So what did Rob do when he stopped being Director of Mental Health for Gwynedd? He became Director of Community Services for Anglesey! The last time that I saw the dreadful Rob he accused me of ‘arrassin’ him because I dared question him about the documents that he compiled about me after he met Fearns in the wake of my complaint. So I ‘arrased him. Well he handed fresh meat over to a fucking paedophile ring.

Rob was not alone in believing that an abusive service imprisoning it’s clients and driving them to suicide was leading the field on a European level. As the closure of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh loomed, Dr Dafydd Alun Jones made regular appearances in the local media and was described as ‘Europe’s leading forensic psychiatrist’. He wasn’t even a forensic psychiatrist. But he was banging up people who had complained about the abuse in the children’s services and mental health services.

What was it about the paedophile’s friends that made them obsessed with their status as Europe’s leading? Couldn’t they have just gone for gold and announced themselves as global leaders? Or were there better facilitators of a paedophile gang somewhere on another continent?

 

It’s Yet Another Inquest Into Yet Another Death

BBC News Wales are reporting on the inquest at Ruthin of Lee Johnson, 45, a police sergeant with West Mercia Police, who was found hanged in the Heddfan Unit, Wrexham Maelor, whilst he was a voluntary patient there. Emma Evans, clinical psychologist, told the inquest that Sgt Johnson had discussed his mother’s suicide, his difficult childhood and his experiences in the RAF and the police. It was said that Sgt Johnson had had some ‘horrible experiences’ at work and was under investigation for alleged misconduct. Dr Evans commented that Sgt Johnson had a drink problem and often felt suicidal under the influence of alcohol, but was reluctant to discuss this. Sgt Johnson’s wife Barbara, who is an officer with the North Wales Police, told the inquest that she presumed that the Heddfan Unit would be a place of safety. Consultant psychiatrist Nafia Hussein described Sgt Johnson as a ‘model patient’ who was quite happy to be in hospital and to engage with anything that he thought might help. Dr Hussein commented that Sgt Johnson was very open about discussing harming himself. Dr Evans last session with Sgt Johnson had been the day before he died and she commented that it was clear to her that ‘it wasn’t going to be resolved overnight’.

It needs to be asked exactly how Sgt Johnson managed to hang himself whilst an inpatient. I know the layout of the Heddfan Unit and it is not difficult for staff to keep an eye on patients. It is quite a new unit and the building was supposed to make it a flagship unit – the physical conditions there are very good. Yet Sgt Johnson is not the first person who has died there. It’s also worth remarking on his reluctance to discuss his alcohol problem. The north Wales mental health services have a very punitive attitude to people with drink problems – if someone is found to have a drink problem they are usually flatly refused treatment and referred to dear old CAIS instead. The problem is particularly bad at the Hergest Unit, where there seems to be a pathological hatred of people with drink problems. There are shades of the same attitude at Heddfan. When I was a patient there some three years ago, a number of patients were livid because after one of the nurses suspected that one of the group had been drinking – none of them had and no-one worked out why they had been accused – the rooms of all the patients in that friendship circle were searched and patients were breathalysed. Yes, a group of hospital patients were actually breathalysed and were told that if they didn’t agree to this the police would be called and they’d be forcibly thrown out of the unit. It is highly likely that Sgt Johnson had got wind of this dreadful view of people with alcohol problems and feared being refused treatment.

The mental health services run by the Betsi show absolutely no ability at all to learn from previous disasters – no, the learning has not been embedded – or even observe and listen to patients to gain some understanding of how they feel. Their view of patients has not changed for years – they are viewed as subhuman, devoid of feelings and can only be ‘managed’ by coercion and crude manipulation. Sgt Johnson, in case they hadn’t noticed, was a grown-up and probably had considerably more experience than the staff did of dealing with people in distress – after all, it is usually the police who attend to people with mental health problems in north Wales because the mental health services are so unhelpful. And the inpatient units in north Wales regularly call in the police to throw distressed patients out (the Hergest has a track record of calling the police to taser patients). So where was Sgt Johnson supposed to turn when he couldn’t cope? No wonder he couldn’t discuss his drinking, he probably feared that one of his wife’s colleagues would be summoned and requested to blast a few thousand volts through him. Yes, that has happened to at least one patient in the Hergest Unit.

There’s still another week of the election campaign to go. So Plaid have got seven more days to continue to promise to build a medical school on the foundations of the ‘excellence’ to be found at the Betsi. And all local politicians have seven more days to not mention a word about the two inquests over the past 48 hours on mental health patients in north Wales who have hung themselves whilst on the receiving end of the excellence of the Top Doctors. And of course to entertain the whinging from the Top Doctors regarding ‘pay restraint’ – by my calculations a 1% rise on £100,000k is pretty good going. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Or indeed a few thousand volts through you when you’re so distressed that you’ve ended up in a psychiatric unit.

Electioneering and Other News

The various ‘leaders’ of the main political parties are all participating in ‘Ask The Leader’ sessions for the BBC at the moment. I am so disillusioned with our democratically elected representatives that I haven’t bothered to watch these screenings – furthermore I can predict what most of them are going to say. However there’s no escaping the Strong Woman on her Independence Journey – highlights of her session last night are featured on BBC News Wales online today. Once more I understand that Leanne is demanding another medical school in Wales – presumably this will be the one at Bangor that Plaid have been begging for recently, to be based on the ‘excellent’ healthcare research at Bangor University and the ‘excellence’ to be found among their partners, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Not only has this blog detailed some of the very dodgy research and associated practices that has been going on in the healthcare and psychology research groups at Bangor, but I began writing this blog in response to the genocide and chaos that is prevailing at the Betsi. The Betsi is of course still in special measures, although their delusional Chairman Peter Higson only days ago was waxing lyrical about how they expected to be released from special measures early. So imagine my surprise when, as I was checking BBC News Wales online this morning, I discovered that Nick Bennett, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, is so concerned about the number of complaints that he is receiving about the Betsi that he’s going public about it. Well there’s a solid foundation for Leanne’s medical school to be built on.

Leanne also waxed lyrical about the need to increase funding to the security services and the police – so Leanne’s flying the law n order flag! (Well along with Hywel Williams and Elfyn Llwyd she did beg for a prison in north Wales which will house dispossessed people with mental health and drug problems.) As is Jeremy Corbyn – it seems that no party leader dares do otherwise in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack. But this is a little odd coming from Leanne. Leanne tried to derail the criminal investigation into the north Wales paedophile ring that caused havoc in north Wales in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Furthermore, it has now been admitted that one reason why many of the members of that paedophile gang were never brought to book was that there was extensive police corruption involved, particularly among the North Wales Police – Gordon Anglesea WAS a senior officer in the North Wales Police and justice only caught up with him last year when he was finally imprisoned for child abuse – and there were also rogue members of the security services involved. The public figures whom it is now acknowledged were involved with that gang, such as Thatcher’s PPS Peter Morrison, MP for Chester, would all have been ‘vetted’ by the security services – they will have known what he was doing, ‘vetting’ by the security services does not merely consist of two references from previous employers. The corruption at the Welsh Office and Home Office in the 80s and 90s that has been detailed on this blog which enabled abuses to continue unchecked in the mental health services and children’s homes in north Wales will undoubtedly have been known about by the security services. Then there are all the other rumours that swirled around north Wales in the 80s – that the security services were agent provocateurs in the holiday home arson campaign, and that they were involved with the attempts of corrupt police officers to frame people like Bryn Fon and Dewi Prysor. Of course no-one is sure of what was going on – the security services are also known as the secret services so they do tend to keep things secret. I very much doubt that joining up is anything like the Python sketch where someone applies to join, is asked ‘can you keep a secret?’, replies ‘yes’ and is then told ‘well you’re in’. But maybe Leanne does think that it works like that. Even so, surely it must have occurred to her that if there were rogue elements in the security services colluding with a paedophile ring whose victims kept being found dead, the investigation into THEM will now be even more sensitive. I very much doubt that it would even be done by a named group within the security services – how could it be, the info would be at risk of leaking immediately. Ditto investigations into police corruption – it’s not going to be bloody Z cars. Leanne, all your promises of extra money and plods will do is supply more dosh and plods to the ones who aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing. The ones who’ve been stitching up the victims of the mental health services and the paedophile ring for the last thirty years. But maybe that’s exactly what Leanne wants. After all, this blog has named a number of Plaid politicians and candidates who undoubtedly colluded with the abuses of the mental health services who were in turn concealing the paedophile gang. I have mentioned before that I have seen signs that there is a major criminal investigation still continuing in north Wales. They’re not going to tell you what they’re doing Leanne. Even after the terrorist attack. They might keep wheeling out Gov’t spokespeople and quoting the numbers of people under surveillance and the number of plots that have been foiled – but do you really believe any of it? It’s a secret! They won’t be telling anyone anything. And they don’t need to – UK legislation relating to organised crime and terrorism is now so draconian that the security services can read any electronic communication, can put anyone under surveillance and can pretty much do anything anywhere anytime without seeking permission. My co-researcher and I are currently digging further into the miscarriages of justice that seem to be related to the paedophile ring and the mental health services, as well as the corruption in police and legal circles and the successive cover-ups – it’s a slow process because we are having such trouble accessing original documentation, but we have discovered a few interesting things which I’ll be blogging about soon. Of course many of the biggest names involved are now dead – which is probably the only reason why we’ve been able to get our paws on the documents – but there are a few folk still with us who did a lot of things that they shouldn’t have…

Talking of dodgy police, the media are reporting on the failure of a Steve Curtis to win his unfair dismissal case against The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Steve Curtis is a former acting assistant Chief Constable of the North Wales Police who resigned from his post at the BASC after getting drunk at a sumptuous hotel do and swearing at and threatening to kill Alasdair Mitchell, the BASC’s director for the north of England. Curtis then claimed that he was left with no option but to resign, stated that there was a conspiracy against him at the BASC that had destroyed his ‘trust and confidence’ in them which breached his contract and therefore he had been unfairly dismissed. Which is an interesting way of repacking a resignation after you’ve threatened to murder your boss.

I made reference earlier to the dodgy research from Bangor University that I have previously detailed on the blog. One of the biggest scams was Professor Mark Williams and his claim to have witnessed miracles with Mindfulness (please see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’). Williams et al have been very successful in persuading journos and celebs to endorse mindfulness and one of their most enthusiastic mouthpieces is Ruby Wax. Ruby’s official bio is that she endured years of mental health difficulties, went from therapist to therapist with no luck but her life was then transformed after pursuing Williams’s MA in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at the University of Oxford. After this Ruby started popping up in the media saying that she had a Masters in ‘Brain Science’, but I presume that a real brain scientist must have threatened to do her for misrepresentation because she then started talking simply of a Masters in MBCT. She talked about how she never thought of herself as clever until Mark spotted her huge potential (I bet he did) and allowed her onto his course without any qualifications. (I hate to burst your bubble Ruby but Mark’s Masters in Mindfulness at Bangor was exactly the same deal – no qualifications needed, just ‘life experience’. And the handing over of dosh obviously.) Ruby has appeared in the online Guardian, again talking about her depression and the Masters in MBCT. Ruby explains that her children didn’t realise that she was ill until they were in their mid teens because her husband ‘covered up’ for her. So she can’t actually have been that unwell then. If Ruby really had suffered from severe depression for years, her kids would have known all about it and no-one would have been able to ‘cover up’. So I suspect that Ruby’s much publicised ‘bipolar disorder’ (or as she’s framing it in the Guardian at present ‘depression’) was the celebs version – feeling a bit ropey periodically. It won’t have been the one that the nutters experience – unable to work or look after themselves for years, downward social spiral ending in homelessness and destitution. Ruby’s like the other MIND ambassadors, they seem to do remarkably well whilst suffering from severe mental illnesses. Alistair Campbell directed Blair’s election campaigns, kicked the BBC in the knackers and intimidated so many people to such a degree that Dr David Kelly was found dead in the midst of it all; Stephen Fry became a millionaire and did QI and God knows how many other programmes/films/plays/books and Melvyn Braggg did In Our Time every week on Radio 4, wrote a few books and managed to get into the House of Lords. My God, the Hergest Unit patients need to take a few lessons from them, they just all go to prison or die. As well as shedding light on the ‘severity’ of her mental health problems, Ruby’s interview in the Guardian confirms something else that I have long since suspected. That her Masters from Oxford University in MBCT actually  only took ‘three days a week every few weeks’. Now most people with a Masters have beavered away solidly for a year for about 50 hours a week at least… I do not know why they bothered though. In 2015, Ruby, with nothing more than her ‘lived experience’ of ‘mental illness’ and her ‘Masters’, was appointed a visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey. Which is gobsmacking, because when I worked there in the late 80s, they were the one university that was desperately trying to get nursing taken seriously as an academic subject. This was spearheaded by one Rosemary Crow, who it was widely joked, ‘must be the only nurse in the country with a PhD’. (In those days it was very unusual to find a nurse with a Bachelors degree.) I see that Professor Rosemary Crow is still associated with the University of Surrey. I’m not sure that Ruby’s appointment has done nurse education any favours. But then Ruby has proved to be the kiss of death before – she famously endorsed Kid’s Company…

Now for the sorry story of someone with mental health problems who has not had the benefit of Mark Williams’s Masters degree. Jodey Whiting, 42, from Durham, has killed herself after her ESA was stopped – she missed an appointment with JobCentrePlus after not seeing the letter telling her of her appointment. Jodey had previously worked as a shop assistant but had to retire early because of her multiple mental and physical health problems, which included a brain cyst and curvature of the spine. She suffered such severe chronic pain that she was on morphine. Ah, if only she’d concentrated on the breath, sat comfortably on a chair whilst remaining silent, planted both feet firmly on the floor and lived in the moment – she’d still be alive. And probably a millionaire celeb with a Masters from Oxford.

 

News Round Up, May 20 2017

There is great excitement because a machine that goes ping – the first of its kind in the UK – is being assembled in Newport. The machine in question is a proton beam machine at the Rutherford Cancer Centre and the company behind all this is Proton Partners International (PPI). PPI are boasting about this ‘most advanced piece of cancer machinery’ and the Welsh Gov’t have stated that proton beam therapy will be available at the centre for NHS Wales patients within the next year. But as is often the case with machines that go ping whose arrival are heralded in the media, this may not be quite such a step forward as it might seem. Although PPI Chief Exec Mike Moran has stated that it will ‘certainly improve’ clinical outcomes and experience for patients, it is admitted that it is unclear how many patients out of the 500 per year who will be treated will be NHS patients. So not many patients are going to be treated anyway – and no-one has any idea how many of those will be NHS patients from Wales, as opposed to very wealthy patients from across the globe. Furthermore, NHS England is currently building two similar centres in-house, in hospitals in London and Manchester and NHS Wales might refer patients to those centres. PPI are at present building centres in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool. But here’s the rub – PPI have received 10 million quid from the Welsh Gov’ts Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund. So the Welsh Gov’t have given 10 million quid to assist a company who are going to flog ‘therapy’ for rare cancers to the global elite. Now if you are a member of the global elite who has a spinal tumour that may benefit from proton beam therapy, I’m sure that you will be delighted to give this a go. But should the Welsh Gov’t really have handed over 10 million quid – we are not a wealthy nation – to a company who are going to make vast profits from treating the sort of people who are rarely to be found living in Wales? There is no commitment at all to NHS patients from Wales – and even if some are treated at this centre, NHS Wales will be charged handsomely for their treatment. It is only a few days since I blogged about an appearance on the ‘Today’ programme of an executive from the ‘life sciences’ industry (namely AstraZeneca) who was maintaining that the UK Gov’t needed to invest ‘billions’ in the NHS or these companies would leave the UK. So this is a pretty good deal for such companies – they get millions in start-up funding, they then treat small numbers of private patients for profit and if they do agree to treat even smaller numbers of NHS patients, they will charge the NHS for doing so. Exactly what sort of business model is this?

In the wake of the news that the police have been called in to investigate the deaths of newborns at the Countess of Chester Hospital (where some babies to mothers from Wales are born), Marc Jones, a spokesman for the North Wales Health Alliance, is expressing ‘concern’. The NWHA has featured previously on this blog. This is an organisation spearheaded by a budding Plaid politician, along with a few stragglers from other parties, who remain strangely silent regarding the carnage in the mental health services (and indeed scandals in other parts of the Betsi). They would seem to be a pressure group that was formed in 2013 to prevent the loss of neonatal services from north Wales. These were services that were so bad that – along with the mental health services – they were responsible for the Welsh Gov’t placing the Betsi in special measures. Services that were so dysfunctional that part of the special measures plan was entitled ‘achieving normality’. And of course, before NWHA was formed, there was such a high rate of unexplained mother and baby deaths at Wrexham Maelor that the midwives wanted risk managers called in, but the hospital managers (this was BEFORE the formation of the Betsi) refused to do this because they feared reputational damage. The NWHA are now demanding that the proposed Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre should be opened ‘as soon as possible’. This is the centre that the Betsi already know that they will have great difficulty staffing – because no-one wants to work in the ‘abnormal’ services in north Wales. The NWHA have made no mention at all of the huge problems that have plagued the services in north Wales for many years – problems that I suspect will be every bit as bad as the problems in Chester, but that are not being publicised. Could this be anything to do with the fact that Phil Banfield, a high profile BMA spokesman, is also an obstetrician in north Wales, at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd? One of the problems in the north Wales maternity services was an obstetrician at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd who was identified as the most ferocious bully who was unable to work with anyone else. That particular Top Doctor has never been named – what’s the betting that they are still in their job? Antoinette Sandbach MP has also pitched into the Countess of Chester row. Antoinette was previously an AM in north Wales. Although Antoinette did speak publicly about her distress regarding the loss of her own baby and the lack of support for parents who lose a child to cot death, I do not remember her uttering a word about the dysfunctional dangerous services in north Wales…

By the way, I was at the public meeting where Mary Burrows, who was then CEO of the Betsi, discussed the Board’s plan to treat neonates outside of north Wales because the care would be safer. (So Mary was well aware of how bloody dangerous the services were in north Wales and wanted to ensure that babies did not continue to die unnecessarily.) An angry mob – who had all arrived by coach and were very obviously being manipulated and co-ordinated by one very aggressive man whom no-one would name but seemed to be some sort of rep from an NHS Union – screamed and hurled threats at Mary, the Chairman Merfyn Jones and Dr Lyndon Miles, the Vice-Chair. No newspaper reported the conduct of this mob and not one of the on-looking politicians even appealed for calm. Mary, Merfyn and Lyndon resigned shortly afterwards. They probably felt that they’d had enough of trying to protect the population of north Wales from mad, dangerous practitioners only to have abuse and threats hurled at them. For further information regarding the excesses of obs and gynae in north Wales please read post ‘The BMA And It’s Ethics’…

The Guardian are reporting that the police are investigating deaths at an Essex mental health unit, the Linden Centre in Chelmsford, where there have been seven suicides by hanging since 2000, despite repeated criticism from the Care Quality Commission regarding the existence of ligature points and other health and safety failings. Yesterday an inquest found that the State failed to protect the life of Richard Wade who died in May 2015. It was judged that he ‘killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed’ and that the ‘risk of suicide was not properly and adequately assessed and reviewed. Adequate and appropriate precautions were not taken to manage Richard’s risk of suicide’. In 2015 it was concluded that ‘the Trust’s leadership style did not promote sufficient grip or pace to bring about changes…changes took a long time to implement…’ The Essex police have put out a statement saying that ‘this is in the very initial stages of work, led by the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, therefore we cannot confirm numbers at this time, nor timescales…’  The Hergest Unit has a far, far worse record than the Linden Centre. I have stated on this blog recently that I have seen signs that there is some sort of major criminal investigation taking place in north Wales but that reporting restrictions are in place. Reporting restrictions of course apply to bloggers as well as journalists. I was recently e mailed by a Court whom I cannot identify informing me that I cannot blog about a certain case or indeed even show anyone the e mail that I received. Wake up those we know and love, I really cannot make it any clearer… (Cue continued deep slumber and snoring from the Bangor and Wrexham areas…)

The Mail online are reporting that the BMA’s Local Medical Committees Conference in Edinburgh have decided to ballot the Top Doctors on whether to close their lists to new patients as a form of industrial action. They’re cross because NHS England’s ‘GP Forward View’ five year plan is only giving them an extra 2.4 billion per annum – according to the Top Doctors this is ‘an inadequate sticking plaster’. Furthermore the Royal College of General Practitioners have stated that appointments ‘needing a translator’ take longer than 10 minutes. I note that this need for a translator has been phrased very carefully – Brown told me some years ago that in the midlands there were examples of translators being needed because it was the doctors who couldn’t speak English…. I think that the Top Doctors have shot themselves in the feet so often now that they’re barely capable of walking (they clearly have been incapable of thinking for quite some time).

The media are still obsessing about the ‘evilness’ of Ian Brady after his recent death and ‘anonymous’ ‘psychiatric nurses’ who ‘cared’ for him at Ashworth have been supplying their insights for the benefit of the rest of us. One of them curiously described the ‘daily miracle’ that treating Brady constituted. The same person stated that they all had to put their feelings about his crimes aside and ‘ensure that he was treated like every other patient’. Brady had been in Ashworth since 1985. Conditions at Ashworth were so grim with violent assaults on patients, murders and the ‘nurses’ belonging to the National Front and intimidating the (few) staff who were trying to improve conditions for patients, that there were two inquiries into Ashworth in the 1990s and many people still feel that it should have been closed down. On one occasion the clinical psychologist responsible for running ‘anger management’ sessions had a punch-up with another member of staff. Female patients who were frequently in Ashworth – not because they had committed crimes but because they had experienced such serious sexual violence that they just constantly injured or tried to kill themselves – complained that they were being abused in this ‘hospital’. A member of staff employed at the North Wales Hospital who violently assaulted patients was transferred to a job at Park Lane, which was one of the hospitals that merged to form Ashworth. A senior nurse from Clwyd Health Authority who was overseeing the horrors at the North Wales Hospital was part of the team who investigated a murder at Ashworth – but then one of the inquiries at Ashworth was led by Professor Robert Bluglass, who had concealed criminal activities at the North Wales Hospital. Things at Ashworth obviously did not improve despite the inquiries and bad publicity – I have previously blogged about a people trafficking scam in north Wales that was inducting female patients from Ashworth into prostitution (please see posts ‘A Very Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’ and ‘News Round Up And Crime Report, May 14 2017’). It was therefore interesting to read that a nurse called Tom Mason had commented that ‘we had to give Brady meals. This seemed like a strange thing to do for someone who had done the things that he had done…’ Did they expect to be allowed to starve him to death? His crimes were terrible but forcing victims of sexual violence into prostitution is hardly savoury. Another anonymous ‘nurse’ remembered that in 1994 Brady tried to sue the Express newspaper for publishing false claims that he’d assaulted one of their writers and that they had to arrange the trial. But they observed that the ‘caring machine rolled on’ despite Brady’s ‘complaints and games’. The ‘caring machine’ – staffed by members of the Prison Officers Association who had joined the National Front, who were brawling with each other and beating up the patients….I think that they were playing as many games as Brady. There were also media comments from one Tony Thompson, a ‘national advisor in mental health’ and later ‘director of practice development at Ashworth’. He observed that there was ‘public pressure’ to have Brady ‘contained and guarded’ – of course there was, ‘nurses’ from Ashworth kept writing books and giving stories to the media banging on about how ‘evil’ he was and reminding everyone that he was in Ashworth for torturing and murdering a number of children. Did they really do this in an attempt to campaign for his release? Tony Thompson is now listed on LinkedIn as running a ‘consultancy’ ‘advising’ on matters such as homicides in the NHS – having failed to achieve change at Ashworth I’m sure that the NHS will be delighted to hire his ‘expertise’… Another feature attributed Brady’s crimes to the ‘permissive society’ no less (I think that the world has just returned to the 1960s without me noticing). That will be the society that Dafydd was complaining about (please see post ‘A Serious Moral Collapse’) as he recommended learning Bible verses in Welsh – whilst he and Lucille facilitated the activities of a paedophile ring. Or the society that so upset Huw Daniel – as he led the prosecution against the gay Minister Rev Emyr Owen who was framed for a crime that could not possibly have been committed (‘Updates, Common Themes And News, May 5 2017). He’s a No Nonsense Judge! Or the society that upset the scores of lawyers, judges and politicians who have been named on this blog as turning a bling eye to or even concealing the same vicious paedophile ring that Dafydd and Lucille facilitated. Not that there WAS a permissive society when Brady committed his crimes – Gwynne the lobotomist was still busy in the North Wales Hospital, which contained women who had been banged up in there for becoming pregnant outside of marriage whilst Dafydd shagged them. And that was still going on when Dafydd imprisoned me there illegally in 1986. It’s all a bit reminiscent of Mary Whitehouse maintaining that she kept seeing pornography on the BBC in the 60s and early 70s. She was obviously watching a different BBC to the rest of us, all we saw was racist and sexist comedy programmes.

A recent post of mine discussed the links between the concealing of the criminal activities at the North Wales Hospital and the north Wales paedophile ring and Thatcher’s Gov’t, including the role of Leon Brittan (please see post ‘A Few Of The Relevant Politicians Re Mary Wynch’s Case’). I noticed that there was a feature on the Guardian website discussing the violence that was inflicted upon the miners at Orgreave by the police. It was suggested that the confrontation with the miners had been orchestrated by the Home Office and the police, because Thatcher’s Gov’t wanted to give the NUM a beating, both metaphorically and literally. It seems that during the 80s Brittan et al had their very own police force, beating the living daylights out of miners and student protesters, yet failing to take action against a vicious paedophile ring. The feature was interesting to read though, particularly as the Tories have always maintained that there was no malice involved in their battle with the miners. Yet there is film footage in existence (unless it has been destroyed by now) showing Ian McGregor and his wife at a dinner party after the Strike, discussing whether the miners really ‘suffered’, as they sold everything that they owned and relied upon soup kitchens. The McGregor’s helpfully explained that the miners were simply ‘paying the price for insubordination’. Presumably as were the kids in the north Wales children’s homes who found themselves banged up in mental hospitals if they complained about what was happening to them… But did some of them really deserve to die en masse in a house fire???? Surely a soup kitchen and destitution would have been sufficient!

Lastly, Unison – that union that has so many members staffing the dear old NHS but keeping schtum about the horrors within until they put in for a pay claim – has stated that women are being put off politics by online ‘trolling’. I think that women are being put off politics by politicians actually (as are men). Did not the admirable Mhairi Black recently say that she is bitterly disappointed with the idiocies at Westminster and will probably stand down at the next election? I also keep meeting people who, if they were of my generation, would probably have been interested in entering politics but are instead pursuing careers in campaigning and other forms of activism and are of the view that all politicians have succeeded in doing is silencing their concerns. Which is exactly what I hear from whistleblowers who are trying to raise concerns about what is going on in the NHS… As an example of the trolling of women politicians, Unison have named Leanne Wood who has been receiving offensive tweets from scumbags. I’m sure that this was not a pleasant experience but then neither was being the victim of the north Wales paedophile gang – that’s the gang who were the subject of the criminal investigation that Leanne tried to derail. Oh, Leanne knew about Prestwood People Trafficking Ltd as well, because I e mailed her about it! I do not remember receiving a reply…

 

A Tale Of Two Inquests

The Daily Post online are reporting on two inquests of people with mental health problems. Glenys Thomas, 89, was found floating in a canal near the Poacher’s Pocket pub at Gledrid near Chirk on New Year’s Day, 2017. An inquest at Ruthin heard that days before her death, Glenys had been diagnosed with dementia and doctors had recommended that she obtained extra support to help her cope. However, her son gave evidence suggesting that Glenys had been encountering problems for quite some time, about a year previously becoming confused, paranoid with irrational thoughts. A post-mortem revealed that Glenys had drowned and it was stated that there was no evidence of suicide (although how would they ever actually know??).

The inquest of Michael Bryn Jones is also taking place at Caernarfon. This death was clearly the result of yet another monumental cock-up on the part of the Hergest Unit. Michael, who was 38, was found dead after 80 days as a missing person, after he left Ysbyty Gwynedd. On April 2 2016 Michael took a bus to Bangor from his home in Llandudno and then took a taxi to the Hergest Unit. at 12-45am he was sent from the Hergest Unit to A&E, arriving there at 1-23am. He left two minutes later. His next two hours were described as a ‘mystery’ – CCTV showed him leaving the hospital site at 3-20am on April 4. He was last seen at 5-57am walking towards Llandudno. Eighty days later he was found hanging in a wood at Caerhun near Bangor. The Coroner Nicola Jones pointed out that there were ‘missed opportunities’ to find Michael – he had been in the hospital grounds until 3-20am and a simple phone call to raise the alarm could have resulted in a more effective search. It was also revealed that Michael had tried to take his own life five times previously. It was reported that on March 21 2016, he had been taken to the hospital after taking tablets. He was assessed by a psychiatric nurse on Beuno Ward in the Hergest Unit and seen again by a doctor on March 24. On April 1 he walked into the sea at Llandudno and was driven to Ysbyty Gwynedd by the police – he was believed to have walked back home to Llandudno.

Michael was clearly very distressed and had obviously been so for some time. The inquest has been told some very worrying things by his brother Gavin. Michael had told Gavin that someone had hacked into his Facebook account and Gavin stated that Michael seemed ‘agitated’ and ‘extremely paranoid’. Michael said that he’d received death threats and sounded very frightened. Michael’s mother Eileen Slinn told the inquest that Michael had suffered on and off with anxiety and depression, which led him to drinking heavily. Ms Slinn stated that he ‘was absolutely convinced he’d upset people on Facebook. He was very Welsh nationalist and said that he was getting messages from people saying that they would kill him and his family’. It was also revealed that at the end of March 2016 Michael was discharged from the Hergest Unit after six days, with a plan to be treated at home in daily visits by psychiatric nurses. Hergest nurse Debra Burnstold told the inquest that Michael had told her that he was drinking heavily, going on religious sites, posting his opinions up and receiving such negative results back that he feared for his safety. After the ‘home treatment plan’ was drawn up, Ms Slinn ‘pleaded’ with the Hergest Unit, telling them that ‘he needed to be in and be safe’, but she was told that ‘there was a care plan and they couldn’t possibly change it’. She stated that ‘as a family we felt we weren’t being listened to at all’.

So AGAIN someone turned up at the Hergest Unit in distress, but was sent over to A&E, unaccompanied in the middle of the night. Entirely characteristic of the Hergest Unit – and they were probably very rude to Michael when he turned up as well, they do not have a track record of treating people with compassion or sympathy. Michael then left A&E but no-one raised the alarm – yet he was still nearby in the hospital grounds, no doubt in distress, for another two hours. This was a man who had recently been a patient at the Hergest and who had repeatedly tried to kill himself. As usual, there seems to have been no concern showed about his welfare at all. As for his previous six day stay at the Hergest Unit and the subsequent plan to treat him at home by daily visits from psychiatric nurses – I know someone else who was given that arrangement by the Hergest Unit. The nurses never turned up. The nurses doing the ‘home treatment’ are of course the same sloppy, negligent, callous nurses who have been mistreating their patients on the wards at Hergest for years. Why would their attitude or practice improve when they are despatched to the patients’ homes? Of course the Hergest Unit wouldn’t change the ‘care plan’ or ‘listen to the family’ – scores of patients have died because the Hergest Unit were following ‘care plans’ that weren’t working, that everybody could see weren’t working, but the staff involved would listen to absolutely no-one. The man who is referred to on this blog as the ‘Hergest whistleblower’, the one really good member of staff that they had who constantly raised concerns about patient safety and was ferociously bullied and loathed in return, told those fuckwits repeatedly when the ‘care plans’ were proving disastrous. In one case that I know of where the ‘care plan’ drawn up by the dreadful Dr Tony Roberts had been so unsuccessful that it resulted in extreme embarrassment to the Unit – the ‘care plan’ in question consisted of an order to all staff to ‘do nothing’ when the patient rang up asking for help because they were suicidal – Roberts was asked if he would have done anything differently given the situation again. His reply? ‘Communication could have been better’. Roberts really believed that the only mistake he had made was not convincing enough people of the value of his crazed ‘plan’. That lot are irretrievable, it is time to stop ‘giving them advice’ because yet another patient has died, or asking them ‘if they would do things differently’ – it is time for a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive and to shut that Unit down. It is so unsafe there that even if Michael had been admitted, he may well still have died.

There is of course another factor in this particular case, where there is much emphasis on Michael’s mental health problems. He’d been receiving threats to kill him and was terrified. He was later found dead. Did the Hergest Unit bother to tell the police that someone was threatening to murder one of their patients?

I await the next fucking fool of a local politician to tell us all that nurses need higher salaries, that a medical school should be built at Bangor on the basis of the ‘excellence’ that exists at Ysbyty Gwynedd, the Betsi and the ‘mental health researchers’ at Bangor University and that the only problems men with mental health problems face is ‘stigma’ and the fact that they ‘won’t ask for help’. Hey Hywel, when you waltz back into Parliament after the election – because huge swathes of the electorate have no idea of the sort of man that you actually are when they encounter you on the campaign trail with your big smug grin, blaming everything on ‘Tory cuts’ – are you going to hold your victory party at the home of a Hergest nurse again? How about sharing the photos online, so that your constituents can see where your loyalties really lie? With your nose deep in the Westminster trough, hanging out with a bunch of charlatans and shites who are killing their patients…