NOTICE TO READERS – Feb 19th 2018

I have just received yet another e mail from my hoster requesting that I remove my recent post about the whistleblowing nurse from the Betsi who has been sacked and struck off for having sex with her own husband. I have not been told who contacted my hoster to complain about the post content, but I have been told that there is to be a TV programme about Tawel Fan and that it will be featuring Nicola Kingston, the whistleblower. I was therefore happy to remove the whole post without going to the trouble of submitting the evidence substantiating my allegations to my hoster. Nicola is going to be given a platform that will reach a far wider audience than this blog to tell her story and perhaps finally, the spotlight will finally be shone upon the appalling practices of the north Wales NHS and the associated patient harm and loss of life.

I have not yet heard the results of the police investigation into the hacking problem that this blog recently experienced and the harassment and threats which were made to Karen Hughes, who provided the blog with a story about Flintshire MIND.

Author: Sally Baker

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