Well this is fascinating considering the content of my blog post ‘Interesting Happenings In the Legal System’, written earlier today. An item has appeared on BBC News Wales concerning the inquest into the death of Iwan Wyn Lewis and reports that police have been ‘criticised’ for visiting him as a sectioned patient in the Hergest Unit regarding his bail arrangements http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38521798
So Hergest Unit consultant psychiatrist Dr Olufemi Adebajo who was ‘extremely unhappy’ regarding the police visit has said that the visit could have added to the patient’s distress and that he didn’t think that the police should be able to come to the ward without special permission. Is this really a psychiatrist from the Hergest Unit speaking? From the same Hergest Unit that has been notorious for years for mounting prosecutions against patients for ludicrous reasons, for regularly calling police to the Unit to confront patients and for using the police to throw patients out of the Unit?
There is also a glaring inconsistency in the Hergest’s account here. Adebajo told the Coroner that ‘it’s quite possible – even likely’ that the officer’s visit could have added to the patient’s agitation and distress. Yet it is also reported that the day before his death Iwan had asked staff for extra medication for his agitation but staff did not increase the dosage ‘because they could see no sign of agitation’. So who’s telling the truth – Adebajo, who thinks that the visit increased the patient’s ‘agitation’, or staff who refused him extra medication when he asked for it because they could see no sign of agitation? I note that the police visited Iwan in April – he left the Hergest Unit on the evening of May 2nd and was found dead shortly after. So it sounds as though there should have been sufficient time for staff to work out whether Iwan’s ‘agitation’ had increased or not and to react accordingly. They obviously didn’t. Adebajo stated that he’d known Iwan for two years and did not consider him a suicide risk. What if Adebajo had simply got this wrong – after all nothing else about this story suggests that the Hergest Unit knew what they were doing. This sounds suspiciously like yet another Hergest catastrophe to me, with the Hergest trying to pass the buck onto the police.
Interestingly enough, I think I know someone who has encountered Adebajo and his clinical skills. Someone I know who has had the most dreadful problems with the Hergest Unit was eventually referred to a doctor at Hergest whom he simply called ‘Femi’. I note that Adebajo’s first name is ‘Olufemi’. My friend reported that the Femi that he saw at the Hergest was absolutely dreadful, arrogant, aggressive and rude (pretty much par for the course then). He particularly remembered Femi telling him that he couldn’t argue with ‘thousands of years of medical science’ when my friend questioned his diagnosis (personality disorder of course, what else). So the dear old Hergest Unit has wisdom that can be traced back to the Ancients…Presumably that’s why there have been so many deaths up there which are always blamed on someone else. Usually the patients themselves are blamed but this time the police seem to be constituting a convenient scapegoat. Considering how often the police have to take care of the patients that the Hergest Unit have refused to treat, they must be seething in the wake of this particular allegation.
By the way, my friend was so concerned at Femi’s conduct that for his next appointment he took in a concealed recorder and recorded the whole lot. He decided after this second encounter with Femi to seek help from the private sector.
I’ll be interested to hear the outcome of this inquest.