A Legend Lives

BBC News Wales have reported that 46,000 patients have had to find new Top Doctors in the past five years after GPs practices have shut. Last year’s closures were the highest in the five-year period, with the BMA saying the closures put ‘extra pressure’ on the system. The situation is particularly bad in north Wales, with many patients, including the elderly, having to travel many miles to see a GP. The patients will be on buses as well, not in expensive cars like the Top Docs.

Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of the BMA’s GP Committee Wales, said surgeries were struggling to stay afloat due to problems recruiting and retaining doctors, the ‘sheer volume’ of workloads, ‘under-resourcing’ and ‘overwhelming bureaucracy’.

Duw it’s hard, with the Top Docs being among the highest paid people in Wales, with many of them working a whole three days/week and many now retiring at 55 yrs old .

Charlotte, can I ask if Dr D.G.E. Wood, who facilitated the trafficking gang in north Wales, is still playing a leading role in GP training in north Wales and the Royal College of GPs? In 2017 Dr Eamonn Jessup, a GP from north Wales, Spoke Out About The Crisis. Eamonn is or was a colleague of Wood’s, they were both popping over to Cyprus to hold clinics together!

BBC News Wales also reported today that homeless people in Wrexham – Wrexham now has one of the biggest homelessness problems in Wales – will be housed in shipping containers. Not permanently, that would be greedy of them. They will be housed in shipping containers over Christmas. They won’t all be able to fit into the shipping containers, because only a few shipping containers will be available and there are more homeless people than shipping containers, but at least a lucky few will have a shipping container over their heads for Christmas.

 

Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Stock Photo

 

By the age of 40, D.G.E. Wood was living in the second most expensive house in the expensive (by Anglesey standards) village of Llandegfan. The most expensive house was owned by Top Doctor Terry Maxwell, the Medical Director of Ysbyty Gwynedd. Terry Maxwell presided over slaughter and scandal and was given a performance-related pay award in return for cutting the already terrible mental health services, in the run up to the Waterhouse Inquiry. After Maxwell did his best, many patients became destitute and some died. Maxwell was a heart and lung specialist who trained at Liverpool. Liverpool thought so much of Terry Maxwell that in 1984, Liverpool University rang up Terry Maxwell’s daughter Sonia and offered her a place to do medicine, even though she hadn’t applied to Liverpool. Sonia continued to turn her nose up at Liverpool and trained at one of the London hospitals instead. She returned to Gwynedd to practice as a GP in Llanberis. Sonia Maxwell is one of the GPs in Llanberis who unlawfully refused to treat a Hergest Unit patient who had complained after being wrongfully imprisoned on the basis of the perjury of Hergest staff. For further details see post ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’.

Some 20 years ago, a cardiologist from Ysbyty Gwynedd, Dr David Thomas, attempted suicide by driving his car over the edge of a mountain. He was sacked by Ysbyty Gwynedd, publicly denounced, sectioned and admitted to the Hergest Unit where all confidentiality was broken. I always wondered what it was that Dr Thomas had been so frightened of, particularly as it involved Terry Maxwell (see post ‘A Mystery From Twenty Years Ago’).

 

Let me remind the dedicated, committed, Top Docs of the wider UK of a few more of their activities.

Readers might remember that after Blair won his electoral landslide in May 1997, the Tories began ripping each others throats out and held a leadership contest. This was the moment that Heseltine had wanted, another chance for him to have a final stab at becoming Tory leader and eventually PM, but Hezza was getting on a bit and had previously experienced a heart attack when he was living it up in Venice in 1993. Hezza had been filmed climbing from a hospital trolley into an ambulance looking like death warmed up and later maintained that this was because he had gout. Hezza’s gout caused him to take four months off work and the gout also prevented him from conducting himself as usual ie. waving the Mace around, making weak jokes about the Labour Party, flicking his hairstyle about and generally being a tosser. He did make an appearance at the Party Conference, but what with that gout, he wasn’t up and leading them all in a rousing speech, he just entertained the crowd with a few arm movements.

The candidates for the Tory leadership in 1997 were Ken Clarke, Peter Lilley, William Hague, Michael Howard and John Redwood. Hague of course won, among much bad feeling, because the constituency parties had overwhelmingly wanted Ken Clarke, but the Parliamentary Party wanted Hague. The constituency parties were unaware that the Parliamentary Party were eternally grateful to Hague for organising the Waterhouse Inquiry, thus concealing the barrel of shit which was the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal and the key role that Thatcher’s personal friend, the Tory MP for Chester, Sir Peter Morrison – who had been found safely dead on 13 July 1995 – played in it. Bing Spear, the corrupt Chief Inspector of the Home Office Drugs Branch who was so accommodating re Dafydd (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’), had died on 9 July 1995. So that was two problems out of the way before the Waterhouse Inquiry.

Heseltine didn’t in the end stand in the leadership contest, although he was the stand-out favourite when John Major announced his resignation. Heseltine is someone who knows about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the role that Dafydd and the gang played in it. Heseltine was the Tory MP for Tavistock in Devon, 1966-74 and knew all about his fellow Devon MP, Jeremy Thorpe. Heseltine then served as the MP for Henley, 1974-2001 and held numerous Ministerial, Shadow Cabinet and Cabinet roles, under Heath, Thatcher and Major. He was in Gov’t with Peter Morrison and Norman St John Stevas – another MP whom I was told when I worked in London was known to be abusing boys – and will have known about the rest of the allegations of organised abuse that were concealed until very recently. Heseltine came from Swansea and there was an abuse gang in west Wales with links to Dafydd’s crew in north Wales.

Even Heseltine’s much trumpeted success at regenerating Liverpool, a cause close to his heart, was achieved – if indeed it was achieved – as a result of his close working relationship with Sir Trevor Jones, the Liberal leader of Liverpool City Council. Trevor Jones was born in north Wales to Welsh parents and he was networked into the empire of Dafydd’s gang (see post ‘He Knows Where The Bodies Are Buried’). It was Heseltine who arranged for the first of five bi-annual National Garden Festivals to be held in Liverpool in 1984. Trevor Jones arranged for the City Council to delegate the bid to the Merseyside Development Corporation, of which Trevor Jones was a Director. More than 3 million people eventually attended. Two of those people were Brown and me. When Liz Stables, the Angel who worked at the Student Health Centre at Bangor University, was still pretending to be friends with Brown and me and was extracting information from us which she then relayed back to Dr D.G.E. Wood and others in Dafydd’s gang, Liz gave us a lift to Liverpool to go to the Garden Festival. Liz knew Liverpool well, she had been a teacher there in the 1960s and used to tell me about the girls in her class whom she knew were working as prostitutes. Liz kept in touch with some of them as their adult lives really hit the pits and they ended up addicted to Class A drugs, in prison etc. At the time I thought that Liz was showing genuine friendship to some people who’d had a terrible time, but now I know that Liz was mates with Dafydd et al and that Dafydd’s gang were procuring young people for sex work outside of north Wales, including in Liverpool, I find Liz’s interest in the lives of those women rather worrying. Liz left Liverpool and teaching in 1969 to train and then work as an Angel in the old C&A Hospital in Bangor, where Dafydd and the gang were operating…

My post ‘Those Who Are Ready To Serve’ provided details of Heseltine’s role in the future of Westland Helicopters, a small ailing company in Somerset, which employed Janet Mitchell, a girl who was one of my playmates when I was young and who knew what had happened/was happening to me in north Wales, who’s career took off like a rocket after Heseltine took a sudden inexplicable interest in Westland.

After deciding not to stand for the Tory leadership in 1997, Heseltine, a very rich man thanks to his property developing and publishing business, devoted himself to his arboretum and 50 acre garden. There is archive footage of Heseltine and his family being interviewed after Heseltine left politics and every one of them ends up in tears at the memory of poor old Hezza never becoming PM, including of course Hezza himself. Is it not touching that as with Thatch, the only time that these people show any emotion is when they are kicked out of high office or indeed don’t reach it?

One of the archive clips about Hezza enlightened me as to the reason why Hezza decided not to stand for the Tory leadership in 1997. It was as a result of a conversation that Hezza had with his Top Doctor, the cardiologist Peter Mills, under who’s care Hezza was after that nasty attack of gout. After his conversation with Peter Mills resulted in Hezza deciding not to stand himself, Hezza supported Ken Clarke for the leadership.

Peter Mills, like all the best Top Docs, will have known about the Westminster Paedophile Ring, but Mills will have had a particular hotline to and interest in Dafydd and the gang, because Peter Mills, when a young Top Doctor, had worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School, which for years concealed Dafydd’s gang and a linked paedophile/trafficking gang in south London.

In an interview about his career, Mills was quoted as saying: ‘My father was a GP but I was always rather rebellious and so chose to read biochemistry at Oxford. I realised I was wrong and changed to medicine when it became apparent I was more interested in people than science. In contrast to today’s young medics, who seem forced to decide at medical school which career path to follow in order to shape their CV, we had much more freedom to choose our speciality relatively later. I believe cardiology chose me, rather than the other way around. An unexpected vacancy arose at St Georges Hospital at Hyde Park Corner where I was a locum and so I was invited to study Cardiology.’

Not only did many of the staff at St George’s conceal organised abuse, but Professor Oliver Brooke was employed as a paediatrician there from the mid-1970s until he was jailed for the possession of child porn in 1986. Brooke was a key figure in a pan-European paedophile gang. After Brooke was jailed, his colleagues and friends remained working at St George’s colluding with the gang, some of them being active members. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.

Ken Clarke knew what was going on at St George’s when Clarke was Health Minister and subsequently Secretary of State for Health, 1988-90. Furthermore, it was when Clarke was in Health that he and Thatch had to sort out a little local difficulty re St George’s. The original St George’s Hospital at Hyde Park Corner had been developed as a result of a bequest given by the Duke of Westminster in the 18th century. After St George’s had relocated to its new site in Tooting in 1980, the then Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, told Thatch and Ken Clarke that he wanted the market price for the original site which had been donated by his ancestor. The Hyde Park Corner site was a piece of Knightsbridge real estate worth millions. The Gov’t refused the Duke’s request, but instead resolved the problem by letting the Duke buy the Hyde Park Corner site for £6000.

The Duke of Westminster was the President of the City of Chester Conservative Party’s Constituency Association, the local MP being Sir Peter Morrison. Gyles Brandreth succeeded Morrison as Tory MP for Chester and Gyles has been frank that Morrison ‘having sex with little boys’ was openly gossiped about by members of the constituency association as well as local people whom Gyles met when he was campaigning. The Duke of Westminster was a close friend of Carlo. Peter Morrison’s sister Dame Mary Morrison spent most of her life as Woman of the Bedchamber to Lilibet.

Boys from Bryn Estyn were taken to the Duke’s estate for ‘work experience’ but refused to return there without explaining why.

 

Peter Mills worked as a consultant cardiologist at the Royal London Hospital and subsequently the London Chest Hospital, which both became part of Bart’s Health, for around 35 years. It was Barts who found that they were ‘unable to revive’ John Smith, the leader of the Labour Party, after his heart attack on 12 May 1994. Matt Arnold, the Head of Bryn Estyn, died from an ‘unspecified blood disease’ on 9 June 1994. On 13 June 1994 the trial of Arnold’s friend and colleague Peter Howarth and Paul Wilson for sexual offences against boys in care began.

Dafydd’s mate Professor Linford Rees was a leading light at Barts for many years and provided much protection for Dafydd. Linford Rees was from west Wales and furthermore had extensive showbiz connections via his daughter, the actress Angharad Rees and her husband Christopher Cazenove (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’). Barts’ concealing of organised abuse was given a further helping hand by the very close connections that Lady Juliet Bingley of MIND had with Bart’s – Juliet’s father had been a surgeon at Bart’s and Juliet worked for a while as a medical almoner (social worker) at Bart’s. Juliet’s son William continued the collusion with Dafydd et al in William’s capacity as Legal Director of MIND and then Chief Exec of the Mental Health Act Commission (see previous posts).

 

So after the chat with the Top Doc who was formerly of St George’s and Barts, old Hezza decided to offer Ken Clarke his support with regard to Clarke’s ambitions to lead the Tory Party and ultimately become PM. The Ken who was at the scene when the Duke of Westminster – Britain’s richest man – picked up a prime piece of Knightsbridge that the NHS was flogging off for a bit of loose change.

 

The information concerning Peter Mills’s career is provided on the website of Cavendish Medical. Cavendish Medical is a company which provides ‘financial planning’ services for ‘senior medical and NHS professionals’. I don’t think that Cavendish Medical simply manage the Top Docs’ Post Office savings accounts. Mills talks about his hobbies, which includes medieval art and explains that he has a ‘travel fund’ which enables him to jet around the globe in pursuit of this interest, the travel fund resulting from his Cavendish investments.

Peter Mills was Chairman of Cardiology SAC for the Royal College of Physicians, 2002-06, which involved Mills taking a leading role in the education of cardiologists. In 2015, the media reported that ‘Dr Peter Mills, the Football Association’s regional cardiologist for South East England’, was found by the High Court to have been negligent with regard to his treatment of Tottenham Hotspur footballer Radwen Hamed, who in 2006, when he was 17, suffered a cardiac arrest in his first game for the club and was left brain damaged. It was believed that the damages could reach £7 million.

 

The archive film of the interview with Hezza included a camera shot of the name plate of Peter Mills’ Harley Street practice, which showed that Mills shared his practice with Top Docs Duncan Empey and Michael Wareing.

I presume that Duncan Empey is Prof Duncan Empey, who has helpfully provided the following details on his LinkedIn profile:

Medical Director, Barts and The London NHS Trust, 1994-01

Professor Emeritus, University of Hertfordshire, March 2009-March 2012;

Group Medical Director, BMI Healthcare, Jan 2008-Dec 2012

Responsible Officer, BMI Healthcare, Dec 2012-Sept 2016

Trustee, National Council for Osteopathic Research, Jan 2018-present

Board Member, The Osteopathic Foundation, Sept 2017-present

 

Top Doctor Michael Wareing is an ENT specialist who works at The London Clinic. Wareing has his own website ‘145 ENT’, which contains the following information:

‘Welcome to the website for Mr Michael Wareing, MBBS BSc, FRCS(ORL-HNS), Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. Michael Wareing is a London based Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon. He has an NHS practice which is based at St Bartholomew’s & The Royal London Hospitals, where he has also been the Head of the ENT Department in 2 separate spells, 2003-9 and 2012-14. His private practice is based at The London Clinic where he has a fully equipped consulting suite at 145 Harley Street. Mr Wareing has over 25 years experience as a doctor and has been a consultant since 2000. He offers expertise in all aspects of General ENT as well as supraspecialist knowledge in Ear & Skull Base Surgery, Voice Disorders, Dizziness & Tinnitus, Sinus Disease and Children’s Ear Problems. He has concentrated his private practice in one place to ensure the very best continuity of care for all his patients’.

The ‘profile’ section on Wareing’s website tells us that: ‘Michael Wareing was educated at the Haberdasher Aske’s School for Boys, Elstree and entered St Bartholomew’s Medical School (Barts) in 1982. Following success in his preclinical studies, he took the opportunity to spend a year of further study to complete a BSc in Pharmacology. He returned to his clinical training at Barts in 1985 where he developed an interest in ENT, and won the Sydney Scott Prize for Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) in 1988. He qualified as a doctor in the same year.

He worked in a number of busy posts in Neurosurgery, General Surgery and A&E in southeast England during his general surgical training, before taking up an ENT position at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. During this time he passed both the General Surgical and ENT Fellowships of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. His specialty ENT training gave him experience and expertise not only in District General Hospitals, but also in tertiary referral centres such as Guys, Kings & St Thomas’ Hospitals, and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. He also developed a particular subspecialty interest in Otology (diseases of the Ear) and Ear Surgery.’

Michael Wareing worked at Guy’s and Tommy’s with Ed Miliband’s Uncle Harry then! And of course with Dafydd’s friend and umbrella Professor Jim Watson the sex therapist (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).

‘In 1997 the King’s Fund awarded him a prestigious TWJ Travelling Fellowship to enable him to spend seven months in the Laboratory of Molecular Otology at the University of California at San Francisco. There he studied inner ear gene therapy and performed new and exciting research on the roles of liposomes and viruses in introducing genetic material to the cochlea.

In 1999 he was awarded the Skull Base Fellowship at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he was able to refine his interest in Ear, Acoustic Neuroma and Skull Base Surgery.

In 2000, Mr Wareing returned to St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals as a Consultant ENT Surgeon. This was a high profile position which incorporated the dual role of maintaining a general ENT practice of adult and paediatric patients from the City of London, Islington and East End of London, whilst also being the Lead Clinician in Otology, Ear Surgery, Acoustic Neuroma and Skull Base Surgery. He ran a specialist Voice Clinic, and a Paediatric Ear Disease Clinic.

From 2003-9 Mr Wareing took over the additional role of Lead Clinician for the department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at St Bartholomews and The Royal London Hospitals. This position allowed him to further develop the ENT services offered in both the City of London and the East End of London. He relinquished the role, only to be reappointed as the Lead Clinician in 2012. He enjoys working closely with many allied Health Professionals, where he is known as a helpful, reliable and considerate expert. He is in charge of the appointment and appraisal of ENT Colleagues, both Consultants and Junior Staff alike. He also has wide ranging responsibilities for the education of Medical Students within their ENT attachment, and also for GP Postgraduate ENT Education.

Mr Wareing’s Private ENT work started in 2000 when John Booth, his predecessor at Barts, saw an opportunity to retire by asking him to take over the care of his established Upper Wimpole Street Practice. In 2005 Mr Wareing chose to move his growing practice to the special setting of The London Clinic, Harley Street, where he and his colleague Mr Jonathan Harcourt are the only two ENT Surgeons to hold permanent rooms within the Clinic. Since that time he has equipped his Consulting Room with the very best equipment available for modern office based ENT practice.
Mr Wareing is also pleased to work as an Honorary Consultant for St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy, Fitzroy Square.Mr Wareing is a well respected colleague, seeing patients from around the South East of England and overseas. He has featured in articles in the Daily Mail and the Observer, in radio shows and has written book chapters on a number of topics including the development of the ear and on voice problems. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and is invited to lecture within the UK and abroad.
Tatler Doctors Guide 2013
In 2007 he was one of only a handful of ENT Surgeons to appear in the ‘Tatler’ Guide to the top 250 Private Health Professionals in the UK. He also appears in the updated 2013 version of this guide.Mr Wareing lives in North West London. He is married to a doctor and they have 4 children. He is a keen (ex single figure handicap) golfer and has been pleased to win several medical golfing society trophies. He is also a keen cyclist, and cycled with a friend from Lands End to John O Groats in 2012, raising £25000 for Deafness Research UK and Help for Heroes.’
The Tatler-recommended charidee-supporting Mr Wareing provides for us on his website the address of his Registered Office: c/o Sandison Easson & Co. Rex Buildings Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 1HY
(Company No 09903639-Registered in England & Wales)
Wilmslow is located at what was the heart of geographical area of the Cheshire arm of the North Wales/Cheshire trafficking ring.

Wareing’s website helpfully introduces us to his ‘team’:

MS REBECCA BAS

Rebecca Bas

‘Ms Rebecca Bas is Mr Wareing’s Practice Manager, Secretary and PA. She joined the team in early 2014. She has extensive experience as a Medical PA, previously working for a leading OMFS surgeon for 18 years. She ensures the highest standards of administrative care and advice for all Mr Wareing’s patients. Rebecca is responsible for the day to day running of the practice and co-ordinates the booking of appointments, organisation of any tests required, and admission for surgical procedures. She is highly dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of your care are dealt with in an efficient and caring manner, easing the path back to full health. Many of Mr Wareing’s patients pass comment on her helpful and organised approach to their care. Rebecca works full time for Mr Wareing and can be contacted during normal working hours, five days a week.’

 

MRS JACKIE RICHARDS

Jackie Richards

‘Mrs Jackie Richards is Mr Wareing’s Accounts Manager. Having worked as his PA and Practice Manager for over 10 years, she has reduced her workload but still retains a key role in ensuring efficient practice management in all spheres.’ So Jackie ensures that you cough up the money before Mr Wareing is ready to see to your every clinical need.

 

DR ANIL PATEL MBBS, FRCA

Dr Anil Patel

Dr Anil Patel is a Consultant Anaesthetist who works privately with Mr Wareing. He has an NHS practice at the Royal National Nose Throat and Ear Hospital, Grays Inn Road – just next door to the lawyers! – and has extensive experience in all aspects of ENT Anaesthesia. He is a particular authority on the difficult airway and the use of the laryngeal mask in ENT Anaesthesia and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on ENT Anaesthesia’.

 

DR KAMRAN AHMAD BMEDSC, MBBS, FRCA

Dr Kamran Ahmad

‘Dr Kamran Ahmad is a Consultant Anaesthetist who works with Mr Wareing at Barts and The London as well as in private practice. He has extensive experience of ENT Anaesthesia and is dedicated to making the ENT journey.’

 

MR IAN SABIN BMSC, FRCSE FRCS

Ian Sabin

‘Mr Ian Sabin is a Consultant Neurosurgeon who works jointly with Mr Wareing at The Royal London Hospital, where they run a combined Skull Base and Acoustic Neuroma clinic on a monthly basis and receive referrals from around the southeast of England. Mr Sabin has been a Consultant for 16 years. He has particular expertise in the Neurosurgical aspects of Skull Base Surgery and a wealth of experience in the use of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. His areas of interest include Skull Base Surgery, Cervical Spine Surgery,  and the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and pituitary tumours. Private patients requiring both ENT and Neurosurgical expertise are seen individually by both Mr Wareing and Mr Sabin and are then discussed jointly by the Consultant to ensure optimisation of management, in conjunction with patient desires.’

Mr Sabin is available for those patients whom the Walton Centre have left to die because of their association with those who have challenged the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales (see post ‘A Vampire at Glyndwr University!’). Or probably not, if a distress flare has been sent up by Dafydd.

 

Mr Wareing of Very Expensive Private Practice has featured in the media, including in that organ dedicated to the NHS ‘The Guardian’, as well as the Mirror and the BBC. Not that Mr Wareing bothers to supply a photo of these publications, he prioritised ‘Tatler’ in that regard.

 

Mr Wareing works at The London Clinic, a private clinic which sprawls over much of the Harley Street disctrict of London.

John Biffen, the Thatcherite Tory MP who went to school with my father and who knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the lengths to which a great many people were going to conceal it (see post ‘A Local Boy Made Good’), was a Trustee of The London Clinic, 1994-2002, which spans the whole period of the Waterhouse Inquiry and the publication of the Waterhouse Report.

In Ian MacGregor’s book ‘The Story Of The Miners’ Strike 1984-5′, MacGregor mentions that when he read that John Paul Getty II had given £100k to the striking miners’ Christmas appeal in 1984 which had been launched by Anne Scargill, Arthur Scargill’s wife, MacGregor called upon David Hart – the shady right wing figure who was behind many dark matters during Thatcher’s years in office – to arrange a meeting between MacGregor and Getty at ‘The London Clinic’ ‘where he was more or less permanently in residence’. At the meeting, Getty gave Hart a cheque for £100k to the National Working Miners.

Scargill’s daughter is a Top Doctor. Scargill’s friend Michael Mansfield QC who founded the Socialist Labour Party with Scargill knew what was happening to me in north Wales in 1993 because I wrote and told him about it. I wrote to Mansfield and explained that I had been prosecuted under the legislation introduced by Thatcher’s Gov’t to criminalise picketing miners after I attempted to get answers from the north Wales mental health services when Top Docs and Gwynedd Social Services social workers had broken the law. The much publicised police investigation into a possible paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire was underway when I was prosecuted and when I wrote to Mansfield. He wrote me a one line reply thanking me for my letter.

 

The website of The London Clinic is a source of high quality entertainment. We are told that ‘The London Clinic is one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise. The London Clinic has a number of premises across Harley Street and Devonshire Place…’

The London Clinic may be one of the UK’s largest private hospitals, but they’re all heart down at The London Clinic: ‘The charitable status of The London Clinic means that our surpluses are reinvested back into the hospital and our journey since 1932 has seen significant expansion and development’.

This charidee has been so successful at raising dosh to reinvest back into itself that The London Hospital’s Duchess of Devonshire Wing cost ninety million quid and that was a few years ago.

Highlights in the evolution of The London Hospital include:

In 1932, The opening of The London Clinic, which was performed by the Duchess of York, accompanied by the Duke of York (later King George VI) on 18th February 1932.

On 10 May 1949, a visit by Winston Churchill to Anthony Eden (later Lord Avon), presumably when Eden was laid up in The London Clinic.

In 1963 Elizabeth Taylor was spotted leaving The London Clinic with her knee in a splint after falling on a film set.

In 1989 HRH Prince Carlo opened the physiotherapy department at The London Clinic.

In 1991 HRH Princess Margaret, aka Ma’am Darling, who availed herself of the services of a few private Top Docs herself in her quest for chemical recreation (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’) opened the MRI unit in the radiology department. Ma’am Darling’s husband Lord Snowdon was the bisexual son of a Welsh Top Doc; Lord Snowdon was reputed to have used the services of rent boys and used to visit north Wales. As an elderly man, Lord Snowdon had a relationship with Marjorie Wallace, who’s selfless service to Top Docs who were involved with serious organised crime was pretty much unsurpassed (see post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’).

In 2002, TV star Martine McCutcheon opened the latest development of The London Clinic at 119 Harley Street. Martine was an actress in East Enders. As was Barbara Windsor, who probably would have been a more suitable celeb to have opened a new bit of The London Clinic.

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In 2005, Nigel Havers opened the new consulting room suites at 145 Harley Street. Nigel is the son of Sir – later Lord – Michael Havers, the Tory MP for Wimbledon, 1970-87, who had many constituents who doubled up as Top Docs at St George’s. Havers was the corrupt Attorney General for England and Wales as well as for N Ireland, 1979-87, who consistently blocked the prosecution of ‘VIP paedophiles’, as well as the prosecution of nearly all not such VIP paedophiles in north Wales/Cheshire. His sister Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss concealed the extent of the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And The Culprits Were Named’) and during the brief few minutes for which she Chaired the IICSA, Butler-Sloss tried to prevent any investigations into the Anglican Church. Butler-Sloss is a high profile Anglican.

In 2007 the Duchess of Devonshire attended the official opening of the new consulting room building at 5 Devonshire Place. The Duchess of Devonshire, who was born Deborah Freeman-Mitford, one of the famous fascist family.

Debo’s daughter Emma married Tobias Tennant, son of the 2nd Lord Glenconner. Charlie Tennant, the eldest son of the 3rd Lord Glenconner, was the heroin addict who flogged photos of Princess Margaret in fancy dress at a knees-up to raise money for drugs. Charlie’s dad the 3rd Lord Glenconner  owned Mustique, the island that Ma’am Darling used to visit to let her hair down with her toyboy Roddy Llewellyn, where she wandered around in a kaftan like a Royal Elizabeth Taylor. Charlie Tennant died in 1996, of either Hep B or HIV, I’ve forgotten which. Debo’s daughter Sophia’s second husband was Alastair Morrison, Sir Peter Morrison’s nephew.

After David Cameron became PM, Debo gave media interviews stating that Cameron and his drip of a wife ‘were rather good for the country’. Debo was mates with Sam the Drip’s father, Sir Reginald Sheffield. Sam’s mum Annabel later divorced old Reggie and remarried William Waldorf Astor III – the son of Bill Astor who starred in the Profumo Affair – who was the nephew of her own stepfather, Michael Langhorne Astor.I cannot help thinking that if these domestic arrangements were occurring on a council estate in Merthyr Tydfil, they would be the cause of much pompousing and huffing and puffing from Call Me Dave.

 

2007 was a good year for The London Clinic. As well as Debo opening their new block, members of staff at The London Clinic joined the Xtreme Everest expedition. Lest anyone believes that the staff of The London Clinic just went up Everest to enjoy themselves, the website of The London Clinic reminds us that the Everest expedition was about Research and Helping People. The London Clinic is pursuing ‘research’ up Everest which will benefit hundreds of thousands of people no less.

In 2010, Joanna Lumley opened the consulting rooms and pathology laboratory at 116 and 120 Harley Street.

In 2010 The London Clinic received another visitor almost as glam as Joanna Lumley. HM the Queen Lilibet opened the new, purpose built, state-of-art cancer facility at 22 Devonshire Place. Debo didn’t peg out until 2014, so perhaps she was too busy admiring Cameron and the notepaper which his wife designed for a living to make it to the opening, so Lilibet substituted.

In 2011, HRH Princess Alexandra opened the new Eye Centre at 119 Harley Street and was greeted by Professor Robin Williamson.

In 2011, The London Clinic received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. International Trade in what is not made clear.

In 2013, members of staff at The London Clinic were off up Everest again, continuing their investigations of human adaption to hypoxia at high altitude. Definitely not on a jolly.

In 2017 Camilla opened the new state-of-the-art 13 bed ICU at 20 Devonshire Place.

 

As all good charidees do, The London Clinic has a Patron, a Life President and a Board of Trustees.

The Patron is Camilla:

 

 

The Life President is The Duchess of Devonshire. Or was, until she turned her toes up.

The Board of Trustees of The London Clinic acts as its Board of Directors, overseeing and directing the activities of the charidee.

The Trustees are:

  • Mr Hamish Leslie Melville – Chairman
  • Lady Otton
  • Mr Manish Chande
  • Professor John Gribben
  • Mr Nicholas Melhuish

Hamish Leslie Melville, the Chairman of this medical charidee, is a banker. Melville is: Chairman, Investment Banking Committee of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc; Chairman of Mercantile Investment Trust plc (formerly J.P. Morgan Fleming Mercantile Investment Trust plc; was MD of Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd, 2005-08; Chairman of Mithras Investment plc, 1994-08; Chairman of Old Mutual South Africa Trust plc; Director of Scottish Investment Trust plc, 1996-07; of Northern Recruitment Group, 1997-04; of Persimmon plc, 1995-10; of Jamestown Investments Ltd, 1992-94; Eclipse Film Partners No 1 LLP, 2006-14; 73 Cadogan Square Freehold Ltd, 2007-08; Erlangers Ltd, 2000-06; Scottish Woodlands Ltd, 1992-05; Brechin Castle Centre Ltd, 1996-02; Dunedin Capital Partners Ltd, 1992-95; West Highland Woodlands, April 1992-June 1992; Batsford Estates (1983) Co Ltd, 1991-92.

Melville is also the former Chairman of the National Trust, Scotland.

In Jan 2006, the business diary from The Torygraph reported that ‘Credit Suisse First Boston managing director Hamish Leslie Melville has upset his neighbours with plans to build a 43-turbine wind farm on his Lochluichart estate in the Scottish Highlands. Leslie Melville, along with a company formed by Savills and a Dutch wind farm developer, has applied for planning permission to erect the windmills on land the developers describe as “degraded habitat”. Local residents disagree. They’ve set up a protest group called A Wind Farm Too Far, arguing there’s plenty of wildlife and that the steel giants would wreck the view and threaten tourism. Apparently, rather than take an annual rent, the estate has opted for a stake in the venture. My Scottish mole estimates that if all goes according to plan, the project could rake in £625 m over the wind farm’s 25-year lifetime. Not a bad return for Leslie Melville – a former Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland – who was unavailable for comment.’

 

Lady Helen Otton is a Lady as a result of being married to a Sir, namely Sir Philip Otton, a former Lord Justice of Appeal, 1995-01. Lady Helen describes herself as a ‘conference organiser’. She was a Director of: Everyman Action Against Male Cancer, 2010-13; ICR Enterprises Ltd, 2010-13; The Maytree Respite Centre, 2005-10; Classical Opera, 2002-06; Nottingham Law School Ltd, 199394.

Some years ago Lady Helen Otton’s name appeared in a ‘Daily Mail’ article which named and shamed ‘acolytes’ who had ‘dined at tax-payers expense’ with Tony and Cherie Blair.

 

Manish Chande describes himself thus: ‘Manish is a senior partner of Clearbell Capital LLP and has over 30 years of real estate experience and is involved in all aspects of the business. Manish is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Manish co-founded Mountgrange Investment Management in 2007 and was the CEO of Mountgrange Capital, a private property investment and development group from 2002. He was previously a board director at Land Securities plc, CEO of Trillium, a pioneering sale and lease-back property business; and CEO of Imry, a publicly-quoted property investment and development company. Manish originally trained as a chartered accountant at Midgley Snelling & Co. between 1975 and 1980 and worked at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in London from 1980 to 1985. Manish has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1980. In 2008 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He was a Commissioner of English Heritage between 2003 and 2011. In 2007, Manish was appointed a Trustee of The London Clinic and in 2012 he was appointed a Trustee of the Canal and River Trust.’

The London Clinic’s website says of Professor John Gribben: ‘Professor John Gribben graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1980. He subsequently trained in Haematology at University College London and in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, where he remained on the faculty for 17 years before returning to the UK. He specialises in haematological cancers including lymphomas, leukaemias and bone marrow transplantation. His NHS post is as Consultant Haematologist and Medical Oncologist Barts and The London NHS Trust.’

He is the author of more than 300 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed publications and has a global reputation for his work in researching new drugs and forms of cancer treatment. He has grant funding from The National Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK for pioneering studies in leukaemia and lymphoma. He has sat on and chaired numerous international executive committees dedicated to investigating new approaches to cancer care, and several of the editorial boards for professional publications which are focused on cancer. He has lectured across the world on new therapies for cancer treatment.’

John Gribben features on the website of Barts Cancer Institute, which mentions that he was a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow 1987-89, at UCL and a Fogarty International Fellowship, 1989-1991, at Harvard.

 

Nicholas Melhuish is a ‘fund manager’: ‘Nicholas Melhuish joined Amundi in 2013 as head of global equities. He was previously head of global equities at UBS Asset Management (2007-2012), lead portfolio manger for global equity strategies at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management (2003-2007) at San Diego, California and in London and senior portfolio manager, international core equity, at Putnam Investments, London (1999-2003). Nicholas started his career as an analyst and small cap portfolio manager at Schroder Investment Management (1991-1999). He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford and is also a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of the UK.’

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Take note: the Top Docs of The London Clinic trained in the NHS and for most of their careers held senior NHS jobs as well as extensive private practices. Now who was looking after their NHS patients when they were busy at that charidee The London Clinic? Just look at how many of those involved in running the charidee are people who work in global capitalism…

 

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Other news:

The Governor of HMP Berwyn, the UK Gov’ts new ‘flagship’ prison – the biggest prison in the UK – which no English authority wanted in its back yard but was welcomed with open arms by the idiots who represent Wales in both the Senedd and Westminster, has been suspended over unspecified ‘allegations’.

 

Operation Pallial has resulted in another conviction of an elderly sex offender who worked in a children’s home in north Wales. Once more the bravery of the victims has been praised. If only someone had listened to them as well as the screams coming from the numerous other victims 30 years ago. I cannot share the police’s excitement at their inadequate action decades too late. The elderly paedophile who has just been imprisoned was not convicted until he was 79 yrs old because the full might of the British state was deployed to protect him, not the kids whom he assaulted. Many of them will be dead now anyway, kids in care and Empowered Service Users don’t usually make it as far as 79 yrs old.

 

Dafydd is in his late 80s, as is Lucille.

 

Sir Norman Bettison, the former senior officer of the South Yorkshire Police, has been told that he will no longer face any charges as a result of the Hillsborough disaster. Bettison had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office. He was accused of telling lies about the ‘culpability of fans’ and his role in the wake of the tragedy, but the CPS has now said that insufficient evidence meant there was no real prospect of securing a conviction. This is because of ‘changes in the evidence of two witnesses’ and the death of a third witness. How very convenient.

Sir Norman was accused of untruthfully describing his role in the South Yorkshire Police response to Hillsborough – where over 90 people died – as ‘peripheral’ in a 1998 comment to then Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir David O’Dowd, when applying for the job of Chief Constable in Merseyside. He was also accused of lying to Merseyside Police Authority when he said he had never attempted to shift blame for the disaster ‘on to the shoulders of Liverpool supporters’. Bettison was alleged to have lied in a statement issued on 13 September 2012 following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, when he said he had never offered any interpretation other than that the behaviour of Liverpool fans did not cause the disaster. He was also accused of misconduct over a statement released the following day in which he said he had never ‘besmirched’ Liverpool fans.

The court heard that the prosecution relied on two witnesses, Mark Ellaby and a woman identified only as Mrs J. It was alleged by Mr Ellaby that, over a pint in a pub while on an MBA course together in 1989, Sir Norman said he had been appointed to a team, the role of which was to blame the fans. Paul Greaney QC, defending Sir Norman, said it took ‘repeated requests’ from the defence for the other students to be traced by the IPCC. When ‘eventually’ they were, fifteen other students and a lecturer were contacted and ‘not a single one’ recalled Sir Norman expressing any ‘inappropriate view’ about Hillsborough.

Those witnesses with the very bad memories were on an MBA course. They will now be running the NHS, the Social Services, the County Councils, teaching in university business schools and of course like Bettison, some may have achieved high rank in the police.

It’s OK Dafydd and Lucille, you have nothing to worry about at all. I’ve got 10,000 documents, dozens of people were found dead, but you are absolutely safe from any risk of prosecution.

 

My post ‘Additional Security Measures’ details the fabrication of documentation by the Home Office and the order to stress the alleged bad behaviour of the fans rather than the inadequacies of the police that Home Office officials gave before the publication of the Report into Hillsborough by Lord Justice Peter Taylor. The Home Office were ably assisting Dafydd and the gang at the same time.

The police officers who fabricated and altered witness statements in the wake of Hillsborough were from the South Yorkshire force. The South Yorkshire force were involved in the brutality towards striking miners in 1984-85 and in the collusion with the paedophile gang in Yorkshire.

 

Bettison joined the South Yorkshire Police in 1975. In May 1993 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. In 1998 he became Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. Bettison retired from the police in January 2005 to become Chief Executive of Centrex, which provided training and development to police forces in the UK and enforcement agencies throughout the world until it was abolished in March 2007. Bettison rejoined the police service in January 2007 as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. He attempted to secure a package to receive both a retirement pension from Merseyside and a salary from the new post; he threatened legal action but the claim was settled out of court.

Jimmy Savile was on excellent terms with the police right across Yorkshire. The Merseyside Police colluded with Dafydd and his gang.

 

After the Battle of Orgreave was brought to the UK public by the Great British Press, Liz Stables, the Angel at the Student Health Centre at UCNW/Bangor University, told me that ‘those miners should be shot’. Liz was part of the trafficking gang in north Wales. One boy at Bryn Estyn maintained that he’d been sexually assaulted at gunpoint. But then I was followed by a gun wielding policeman before I left Wales, as was someone who made a witness statement about me being threatened by NHS staff and managers from the North West Wales NHS Trust.

 

After the Court case in which all charges were dropped against Bettison, Bettison talked of the ‘loss of loved ones’, the ‘enduring tragedy’, ‘a devastating loss’, ‘all of our sympathies’ and then reminded everyone that ‘I have been forced to deny, strenuously, that I was guilty of any wrongdoing in the aftermath of the disaster’.

A few weeks after Liz told me that the miners should be shot, she told me that she’d been at an event where dear old Dafydd dropped by in his helicopter and that ‘Dr DA was great’.

Never mind a murdering paedophile gang, the boys in blue got their priorities right:

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Radio 4 Mentions A Name From The Past

I’ve just been listening to the PM programme on Radio 4 only to find to my surprise that they were running a nostalgic feature, ‘from our archives twenty years ago’, on a man whose name I remember – a Dr John Marks, an addiction specialist from Liverpool. Dr Marks was considered a radical voice in the treatment of people with heroin addiction and his work was widely praised, including by the local police force who registered a huge drop in crime committed by addicts whilst John Marks led the treatment programme in the region – the police maintained that Dr Marks had stabilised so many of the addicts that they had given up crime and were leading productive lives.

I heard about John Marks during the mid 1990s – he had wanted to work in north Wales but Gwynedd Health Authority blocked his appointment. I knew a lot of people who were greatly disappointed by this decision. The decision was particularly unfathomable because the substance abuse remit was being held by one Dr Dafydd Alun Jones who was due to retire and a lot of the saner people in the north west Wales mental health services (most of whom have now given up and left the region in despair) were very much looking forward to seeing the back of him. Jones did eventually retire but not without a lot of kicking and screaming – but as part of his ‘package’ it was agreed that none of the outstanding complaints against him would be followed up and that he would retain the remit for ‘substance abuse’ via CAIS. So Gwynedd Health Authority actively blocked the appointment of a capable man with an outstanding track record – in order to favour Jones. It’s incredible isn’t it.

But a lot of very odd things were happening in the mental health services in north Wales during the mid 90s as the North Wales Hospital Denbigh breathed it’s last. I have previously blogged about the numerous attempts to have me labelled as ‘dangerous’ and incarcerated in the wake of my complaints about Jones. These attempts gained a new lease of life in the mid 1990s, but I have only recently found out the details from documents recently released from my lawyers.

Dafydd Alun Jones himself continued to make an enormous fuss every time he even saw me. I now have in my possession some wonderful letters that he wrote after he saw me in a corridor at the Hergest Unit ‘talking to a nurse’. I hadn’t done anything to him, I hadn’t said anything to him – he had just seen me. And this had precipitated a flurry of letters from him to all and sundry regarding the ‘extreme danger’ that I posed to him. I remember at the time that I was referred to a forensic psychiatrist – why I was not quite sure – for an ‘assessment’. It transpired that this was solely because of crazed allegations from Jones that I was planning to murder him. The forensic psychiatrist involved, a Dr Chris Jones, wasn’t quite as dreadful as some others that I met and I note that he gave a very firm opinion that I was not a danger to anyone – he also informally stated that if I was going to kill Jones I’d have done it by now, after all by that time I’d been trying for ten years to have a serious complaint against him investigated. Nonetheless Chris Jones’s opinion was ignored and there was a further attempt to prosecute me for allegedly threatening a woman called Bridget Lloyd, a CPN with the Arfon Community Mental Health Team – who had previously prosecuted me for ‘staring at a social worker in Safeway’s’ no less, namely a woman called Jackie Brandt, who has featured previously on the blog. The case against me regarding Bridget Lloyd collapsed and I was found not guilty. However I now have some documents relating to this that I hadn’t previously seen. What was going on behind the scenes was, as ever, bizarre. Bridget Lloyd had made statements to the police claiming that I was a danger to her children (I didn’t know that she had children) and that the threat from me was so great that Gwynedd Health Authority had issued her with a mobile phone for her to carry when she went into Bangor in order that she could ring for help lest I attacked her. Yet at the same time Bridget Lloyd had stated in a memo that she was sure that I wouldn’t recognise her if I saw her. Furthermore, the psychiatrist from the Hergest Unit whom I call Dr X on this blog, who was my psychiatrist at the time, had not only been fully behind this nonsensical prosecution, but had prepared a psychiatric report – for WHEN I was found guilty. The not guilty verdict seems to have thrown them all and another flurry of letters was exchanged concerning what they would now do – it was noted that there would be no apology made to me. As ever, a number of meetings were held in secret to which people whom I had never heard of were invited to ‘discuss’ and ‘share’ information about me. Another very odd thing happened at this time as well. Dafydd Alun Jones made a statement to the police claiming that a brick had been thrown through the window of his house and he ‘knew’ that I’d done it. (I hadn’t.) No evidence at all – but he knew that it was me. Then there was another Dafydd Alun Jones experience at this time. I remember being called into a meeting with Alun Davies, the manager of the Hergest Unit and was told that Ysbyty Gwynedd had received some ‘anonymous letters’ making ‘serious allegations’ against Dafydd Alun Jones and that it was believed that I knew who wrote them. I asked Davies if these letters were about me – and he simply replied ‘they don’t mention you by name’. So presumably they referred to me by context. Davies then showed me the envelopes and asked me if I recognised the writing. I didn’t. But I remember discussing it with a friend who was well aware of the scores of allegations of serious misconduct on the part of Jones, particularly the anecdotes circulating regarding his conduct towards female patients and she observed that the writer of those letters was probably a nurse – it was someone who knew to whom to address the letters, someone who didn’t dare identify themselves and someone who was very concerned at what Jones was doing. I heard no more about the letters. My own complaint against Jones went uninvestigated and in the end Alun Davies bellowed at me in a corridor that I had to ‘put up and shut up’.

But there was someone else who was busy as well – Lucille Hughes, the then Director of Gwynedd Social Services and one time partner of Dafydd Alun Jones. Previous blog posts have described in detail the lengths that Lucille – who had never met me and had never managed any ‘service’ that I had ever been in receipt of – had gone to in writing to and co-ordinating letters between numerous people who ‘knew’ how dangerous I was and the solicitors at Gwynedd County Council whom Lucille seemed to have a hot-line to. After Jackie Brandt, a social worker employed by the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and an employee of Lucilles, had taken me to court for ‘staring at her’, Brandt made a number of further complaints about me which were duly documented and sent to Lucille, who in turn had written yet more letters to Jackie Brandt and the lawyers at Gwynedd County Council, explaining that they would certainly be pursuing further opportunities to take me to Court and if possible have me imprisoned for breaching the Injunction that they’d obtained against me on the basis of previous unfounded allegations and lies (please see previous blog posts). What were these incidents that Brandt had complained about that were so serious that Lucille was gearing up for Court action and my possible imprisonment? Well one incident occurred when Brandt visited Ysbyty Gwynedd when I was a patient there and reported that she’d seen me ‘prowling around the ward’. Nothing else, I was just ‘prowling around’ a ward where I had every right to be. The next incident involved her walking past me in the corridor in the Hergest Unit. She claimed that I had asked her how many people that she’d locked up that day (I may well have done this, after all they were detaining people illegally both at Ysbyty Gwynedd and at Denbigh and I now have the documents to prove it). This very nearly started the Third World War – Brandt wrote letters to all and sundry describing how she had been with a ‘paranoid and reluctant client’ (God don’t you just love the way these people talk about those whom they are paid to care for) and had to explain to the paranoid and reluctant client that I was a ‘disturbed patient’ no less (I bet that really did the ‘paranoid and reluctant client’ a world of good). Brandt, her line manager the abusive Keith Fearns (please see previous blog posts) and Lucille, had vigorously lobbied the clinical managers at the Hergest Unit regarding my outrage, demanding that I should be banned from the Unit because of the danger that poor old Brandt was clearly in. For once, a clinical psychologist (whom I always remembered as being very pleasant) with a managerial role basically told them not to be bloody stupid and that surely, as someone claiming expertise in dealing with distressed people, Jackie Brandt could hardly claim to have been put in danger simply by me making this comment. All hell came down on that psychologist’s head, aggressive and furious letters from Lucille Hughes were written to him and his own managers, spitting blood that he had dared suggest that Brandt was being less than honest. Brandt then announced that she would no longer attend the Hergest Unit if I was allowed in there. The clinical psychologist disappeared from the Hergest Unit soon after this. Years later I got to know someone who knew the clinical psychologist concerned and they told me that he had escaped the Hergest Unit for a research job and in the end wanted to ‘get out of the NHS’ altogether and went to live on a canal boat in England. So that’s what happened to the one sane person who tried to stand up to Lucille Hughes…

As well as these very direct attacks on me, I noticed other things happening at the Hergest Unit around this time. It was conspicuously going downhill, although it was newly built. Relationships between the consultants were very obviously dreadful and patient care started declining. The best staff began to leave and the remaining staff were very obviously being treated badly. One thing that all the patients noticed was that the member of staff who was the one person raising concerns about standards of care was being treated very disrespectfully by the authorities – this man was a team leader but he and all of his team had to cram into one small office and they did not have a phone. Indeed they were the only staff in the Hergest Unit who did not have a phone and this caused serious problems for patients wanting to get in touch with them. So one patient, for a laugh, told the other patients that he would see if he could get this team a phone. He rang up BT, simply said that he was John Mullen, the Chief Executive of the Health Trust, and that he wanted to order an extra phone and phone line. The response was immediate – a voice asked ‘will that be on the special arrangement Mr Mullen?’ So the patient said ‘oh yes of course’. I was listening in on this phone call. The patient was not asked to demonstrate who he was, there was no mention of an invoice, no such details were discussed at all. Just the mention of a ‘special arrangement’. Two days later a phone was installed in the room that the patient specified. Everyone thought this was very entertaining, but as Brown commented when I told him, that patient had almost certainly stumbled upon a massive fraud. What was this ‘special arrangement’ that was referred to? Why was there no talk of any invoice or paperwork? It was all completely irregular. Brown suspected that managers of that Trust were probably charging their private phones to the NHS under the ‘special arrangement’ – and quipped that the patient could probably have ordered a car as well with no questions asked.

It was also during this period of time that Dr David Thomas the cardiologist from Ysbyty Gwynedd tried to kill himself and was hung out to dry by Ysbyty Gwynedd, along with the psychiatrist who had treated him, as well as her husband – and then huge budget cuts were imposed upon the Hergest… Please see blog post ‘A Mystery From Twenty Years Ago’ for the full details of this shabby sequence of events.

I have discussed these events with a number of other people, former staff and patients who can also remember them, and everyone agrees that a collective madness took over the NHS in north Wales but no-one can grasp the full picture. Why build the Hergest Unit and start shutting great swathes of it down within three or four years? Why turn down the services of someone like Dr John Marks in favour of the dreadful Dafydd Alun Jones and CAIS? Why was it virtually career suicide for a clinical manager in the NHS to stand up to Lucille Hughes? Why was there such an exodus of the better staff from the Hergest Unit over a period of three years or so? And who was behind the fraud that the patient having a laugh over a telephone being installed unwittingly discovered? Brown has always maintained that for this sort of chaos to break out and for a newly built unit to start to be dismantled, something at regional level must have been going on, as such decisions won’t have been within the power of the CEO of the Trust. Further evidence of this is that there was a reorganisation which resulted in the mental health services in north west Wales being constructed as a Trust in their own right – I have been told by a former member of staff of the Hergest Unit that was the end for them as it was seen to be a way of strangling the day care service at the Hergest Unit and shifting the ‘service’ into the community, which in reality meant giving all the resources to the abusive Arfon Community Mental Health Team, over which Lucille Hughes seemed to have control.

Of course something else that was happening at this time was the ‘yes to devolution’ vote and the associated decline of the Welsh Office, which was, as detailed in previous posts, concealing criminal activity in the mental health services in north Wales. But something else was happening as well. More and more people were coming forward maintaining that they had been sexually molested as teenagers in care of the Social Services in north Wales and the Waterhouse Inquiry was well on it’s way. That was the Waterhouse Inquiry that eventually named one Lucille Hughes, Director of Gwynedd Social Services, as knowing about a paedophile ring operating in the Social Services but failing to respond. A paedophile ring that it has constantly been alleged had links to people at the very highest levels of Government. Which would of course have been the Welsh Office. Might there have been some very worried people in the health and welfare sector in north Wales at this time?

I have one other abiding memory of the Hergest Unit during those days. That is of Dr X completely imploding. He could be heard shouting and yelling in corridors, demanding the immediate presence of John Mullen and was telling patients that there were such serious budget cuts planned for the Hergest Unit that patients could die. (He was right about that, some of them did.) At the same time, other doctors were undermining him and sneering at him and nurses were telling patients that Dr X was ‘mentally ill’. In the last week two people have suggested to me that a lot of people might have thought that Dr X was about to reveal the extent of the wrongdoing in the mental health services. I responded that Dr X was in it up to his eyeballs himself and they both observed that Dr X didn’t care – he was feared to be a loose cannon. Dr X killed himself four years ago. Just as the Macur Review that was set up to investigate whether the Waterhouse Report had been a cover-up was established and at the time that Operation Pallial announced that it would be taking further evidence from anyone who had been a victim of the north Wales paedophile ring.

Would any of those consultants who fled from the Hergest Unit whilst all this was going on care to take a trip down memory lane and let the rest of us know what exactly was happening up there? I’d be particularly interested to hear from one Dr Gwen Jones-Edwards, whom I discovered three years ago was clinical director of Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Southern General is a flagship hospital, one of the western world’s leading neurology hospitals. How does a mediocre jobbing psychiatrist in a dangerous troubled psychiatric unit employing a psychiatrist whose former bedfellow is concealing a paedophile ring end up as clinical director of Southern General, particularly when she’s not even a neurologist? Maybe Dr David Healy could let us all know via his blog – after all, he is about the only psychiatrist still at the Hergest Unit who was there during the mid 90s and my medical records demonstrate that Gwen was very happy to please David Healy. She recorded on my medical records that Dr David Healy had said that I was not to be treated, instead if I asked for help from the Hergest Unit I was to be arrested. Neither Jones-Edwards or Healy had ever been my consultant.

A Mystery From Twenty Years Ago

After I wrote yesterdays post regarding the death of the Hergest Unit patient that the Betsi attributed to the ‘serious flooding’ that prevented staff from getting to work, I received an e mail from a reader. This reader pointed out the many other inconsistencies in this story, such as an alleged extensive search for the patient after he went missing but his body being later found on the perimeter of Ysbyty Gwynedd. The Hergest patient who died was sent to Aran Ward from the Hergest Unit – the reader who e mailed me told me that he had been a patient on Aran Ward years ago and conditions and care were so bad that he called it ‘the death ward’. One thing this reader remembered was being told that a ‘highly qualified and specialised consultant’ was coming to see him because he was alleged to be the only man in the north Wales area who could work the necessary piece of kit. Nonetheless Aran Ward never managed to get to the bottom of my correspondent’s medical problem. However my correspondent remembers that after he left Aran Ward, the ‘highly qualified and specialised consultant’ became the centre of a major scandal at Ysbyty Gwynedd because it transpired that he did not have the qualifications that he claimed. My correspondent told me that he could not remember the name of this doctor – however I think that I know who he might have been talking about.

About twenty years ago it was revealed that a cardiologist at Ysbyty Gwynedd who I think was called David Thomas had lied about his qualifications. He was a doctor, but he didn’t have one of the postgraduate qualifications that was usually required for a consultant post. Ysbyty Gwynedd absolutely hung this man out to dry and a panel of senior figures from the hospital and the Health Authority held a press conference and made some utterly damning comments about Dr Thomas, stating that they’d never employ him again under any circumstances. These was done in the wake of a protest from Dr Thomas’s former patients, who all said that although they accepted that he should never have lied about his qualifications, because he was a very good doctor they wanted him back. But there was another reason why there was sympathy for Dr Thomas and indeed why the story came to the attention of the media in the first place – Dr Thomas had tried to kill himself by driving his car over the edge of the Sychnant Pass. That was the first that anyone heard about the whole business. Dr Thomas survived but was taken as a patient to the Hergest Unit and one of my friends there was a patient on the ward along with him.

There are a number of things that leap out at me here. Firstly, Ysbyty Gwynedd was choc full of doctors doing a lot worse than lying about their postgraduate qualifications. This blog has described again and again how doctors are only disciplined or dismissed when they fall foul of their colleagues – so Dr Thomas’s senior colleagues did not like him for some reason. Secondly, Dr Thomas had not simply left Ysbyty Gwynedd quietly and found another job – he had made a serious attempt at killing himself after falling foul of his colleagues at Ysbyty Gwynedd. Documents in my possession now demonstrate the appalling corruption that pervaded the NHS in north Wales at that time – and indeed still pervades the region – as well as what the authorities were prepared to do to people who tried to challenge their wrongdoing (like me). I suspect that Dr Thomas was a very frightened man. Thirdly, Dr Thomas ended up in the Hergest Unit after his suicide attempt. Not only was this a complete breach of his confidentiality – all the patients knew that ‘the heart doctor’ was in the Unit with them – but it was unheard of for a doctor from Ysbyty Gwynedd to be treated there. Indeed, there was a special service in north Wales for ‘sick doctors’ (and you couldn’t find more sicker doctors than some of that lot) and this service was run by a Dr Devakumar, one of the psychiatrists from the Hergest Unit itself. So why was Dr Thomas not given the service that the other doctors received when their mental health hit the buffers? I remember another thing about this case as well. There was a consultant in the Hergest Unit who did agree to treat Dr Thomas and who was very sympathetic to his plight. I was told by a member of her family that she was then subjected to a witch-hunt by the hospital authorities because of her support for Dr Thomas.

So Ysbyty Gwynedd had a doctor who was enormously popular among his patients, who was the only man in the whole region who knew how to operate some of the hospital equipment – but on the basis of what was a misdemeanour in comparison with what regularly went on in that hospital, he had been driven to attempt to kill himself and was then effectively refused appropriate care for his extreme distress. Followers of the this blog might remember my recent post ‘He’s Not The Messiah, He’s A Very Naughty Boy’. In this post I describe how a member of staff at Bangor University, Professor Catherine Robinson, witnessed what was happening to me at the hands of the North West Wales NHS Trust and commented upon the repeated attempts to imprison me that ‘you wouldn’t have survived a prison sentence and you weren’t meant to’.  In previous posts I have mentioned a friend of mine who fell foul of the Hergest Unit after complaining about their gross incompetence and wrongdoing and who continued to attempt suicide only to be refused all treatment and care no matter how depressed he became. When his partner made an appointment to see Dr David Healy, she was staggered to be told by Healy that her partner ‘will carry on doing this until he kills himself’. No more care or treatment was forthcoming.

Ysbyty Gwynedd drives its opponents to suicide. And if they happen to survive a suicide attempt they will find themselves denied treatment – so presumably they’ll carry on attempting suicide until they kill themselves…

I suspect that like me, like my friend who was the subject of Healy’s dire prognosis and like a few other people whom I know to have been shafted – some of whom died – by the north Wales NHS, Dr Thomas knew something about those we know and love that they didn’t want him to publicise. I note that Dr Thomas was a cardiologist. Yesterday my post ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ discussed the conduct of the former Medical Director at Ysbyty Gwynedd, the deeply unpleasant Dr Terry Maxwell. Maxwell was the man who inflicted so much damage upon the Hergest Unit that it never recovered. Maxwell was probably Medical Director of Ysbyty Gwynedd when Dr Thomas was fired and tried to kill himself. Maxwell was a ‘heart doctor’ as well – he would have been Dr Thomas’s boss.

So what did Dr Thomas know about Terry Maxwell? As ever, readers with information are welcome to contact me…

Regarding Dr Thomas being the only man who knew how to operate a crucial bit of equipment on Aran Ward. I came across another case of a machine that went ping on a medical ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd that couldn’t be used, in the late 1980s when I had been admitted there after concerns about my heart. I was being treated by a very nice but obviously stressed junior doctor who had just qualified from Cardiff. She explained that she wanted to put me on a heart monitor and wheeled a machine over and connected me up to it. She did all the appropriate things but couldn’t see any trace of the machine actually working, but she wasn’t sure whether that was because she wasn’t au fait with the machine or whether the machine was broken. She went over to ask for help from the nurses on duty. I witnessed her repeatedly tell those nurses that she had a patient whose heart needed monitoring but that the machine didn’t seem to be working. She was ignored. As she persisted, the nurses turned their backs on her and walked away. At no point did anyone arrive to assist her. So I spent the next two hours wired up to a machine that wasn’t working and everyone on that ward knew it. I eventually took the wires off my chest and went off for a wander around the hospital. A few hours later a junior doctor turned up to ‘assess’ me, told me that he noticed that I’d made a lot of complaints about the mental health services and that perhaps I was quite an ‘extreme person’. I was then discharged with no further follow up. Being an extreme person I didn’t tell this man that I knew that he knew that I’d been knowingly wired up to a machine that didn’t work when there was a concern that my heart might not be doing what it should. But being an extreme person I am now blogging about all these things that could actually have killed me and will have killed other extreme people who had complained. Neither did I tell him that I had a friend who had just graduated from Cardiff Medical School who told me that no one wanted to work at Bangor because terrible things were alleged to be going on up there.