The General Medical Council and Yet Another Forged Document

This blog has previously mentioned that I raised concerns regarding the conduct of many of the psychiatrists who have featured on this blog with the General Medical Council again and again. My first encounter with the GMC was back in the 1980s when I reported the lobotomist Dr T. Gwynne Williams to them for writing lies on my medical records and carrying out crude alterations to those records when I complained about him to Dr D.G.E. Wood, the GP who referred me to him and who ran the Student Health Centre in Bangor where I saw Williams. The GMC didn’t investigate, they simply responded by saying that they were sympathetic to my complaint but the nature of my complaint was outside of their remit. I subsequently made a complaint about dear old Dr Dafydd Alun Jones who had illegally imprisoned me, lied repeatedly and then tried to threaten and bribe me into dropping my complaint about him – guess what, no investigation yet again, although I was aware by then that complaints about Dafydd had been pouring into the GMC and at least one concerned a death. Some years after this, I made a complaint about the psychiatrist employed at the Hergest Unit who has previously featured on this blog who was a neighbour of mine, whom I knew to be violent towards his partners and whom I knew to be medically unfit to practice as he was suffering from a severe mental illness himself. The CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust at the time, Keith Thomson, wrote to the GMC stating that I had ‘made outrageous allegations’ against staff. There was no action taken against this doctor. Some two years later I heard that he had assaulted his wife so seriously that she had been sectioned due to her distress and his two children had been taken into care on the grounds of severe neglect. It was only at this point that he disappeared from the Hergest Unit and indeed the Medical Register.

At about the same time as complaining about my violent neighbour who was ordered to ‘treat’ me at the Hergest Unit, I made a complaint to the GMC about somebody else at the Hergest Unit – Dr Tony Roberts. I have given brief details about Tony Roberts’s conduct in previous posts. To summarise, I was admitted to the Hergest Unit in 2002 deemed to be severely depressed. I have in my possession the opinion given of one of the people who admitted me who stated that my life was at risk. I was at the time a patient of the psychiatrist whom I have referred to on this blog as Dr X’s wife. (Dr X was a psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit whom I have now found out was working very hard to have me declared dangerous, was lying about me ‘attacking staff’ and made a number of attempts to have me locked up – I have only recently discovered all this. He killed himself about four years ago and was married to another psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit, who is still alive and living in north Wales, which is why I have not identified either of them on this blog. What they were involved in was dreadful, but one of them is dead and I am not and the one who is not dead I imagine now has a fairly grim existence.) As well as having Dr X’s wife as a consultant at that time, I had an excellent key worker, an occupational therapist who has now retired. This man constantly blew the whistle about the abuses going on in the Hergest Unit and was ignored. Alun Davies the manager was known to despise him and many attempts were made to drive this whistleblower out of his job. He was eventually sent to Coventry by virtually everyone who worked in the Hergest Unit and Gwen Bethan Roberts, an abusive nursing assistant employed there, referred to him as a ‘bloody pain in the arse’ in front of me. I reported this incident but no action was ever taken against Gwen Bethan Roberts. Within days of me being admitted to the Hergest Unit, Dr Tony Roberts, who at that time was clinical director, apprehended Dr X’s wife and the whistleblower in a corridor and ordered them off my case. I did not know about it and would never have agreed to it – I loathed Tony Roberts. Dr X’s wife and the whistleblower were not invited to attend any transfer of care meetings and were not asked for their clinical opinion – they were simply ordered off my case by Roberts and he refused to discuss the reason why with them. Tony Roberts then diagnosed me with a ‘borderline personality disorder’ – on the basis of one twenty minute consultation during which I said nothing. On the same day he documented that I was not suffering from any mental illness and that there was no reason for me to be detained. But no-one let me out – I was detained in Taliesin Ward, a locked ward and during my time there I had been assaulted and sustained bruising as a result of this. My assailants were Gwen Bethan Roberts, Michelle Shaw, Dave Wood (all nursing assistants) and Sian Ruth Lloyd, whom I later found out was a registered nurse who had only recently qualified from Bangor University and was far too inexperienced to have been left in charge of that ward. (Further details of the violent conduct towards me and other patients during my time on Taliesin Ward can be read in ‘Who Is In Need of Restraining?’) I repeatedly requested access to the police to report the assault but this was refused. This assault happened on my first night on Taliesin Ward – Tony Roberts came to see me afterwards. He was made well aware that I was requesting the police to report the assault. He could see that I was injured. I was not let out of that ward until my bruises had disappeared – although Roberts had documented previously that he did not believe that I was ill and there was no reason for me to be detained. When I finally left the ward, Roberts waddled up to me and announced smugly that the police wanted to interview me. I told him they could interview me at home. I hitch-hiked home because I had no money and the Hergest Unit refused to provide transport. Within hours of arriving home I was arrested for ‘threatening to kill’ Alun Davies – what I’d actually done was tell his secretary, over the phone, that he was a fat idiot. (The story of the trial, the Hergest staff being prepared to perjure themselves, the extraordinary behaviour of the judge – the dreadful Huw Daniel – my acquittal and the subsequent forging of a Certificate of Indictment as well as the alteration of my PNC record can be read in posts ‘Interesting Happenings In The Legal System’, ‘Behind The Scenes Regarding Those Legal Happenings’, ‘Even More Confusion Regarding Those Legal Conundrums’ and ‘Update On Those Legal Conundrums’.)

For approximately two years Tony Roberts ensured that it was absolutely impossible for me to access any mental healthcare. He ordered all other practitioners not to treat me on the grounds that I was ‘his’ patient yet he was maintaining that I wasn’t ill so wouldn’t be getting any treatment from him. He ignored numerous letters from my lawyer requesting a transfer of my case to someone else and he terrified two junior doctors at the Ablett Unit when I tried to access care there in an emergency. At one point when I was suicidal and rang the out of hours GP service, he ordered them to ‘do nothing’ on the grounds that I was ‘a known troublemaker’. After this occasion I also found out that it had been documented upon my medical records by the violent junior psychiatrist who was my neighbour that I had ‘set fire to the Hergest Unit’. I have never set fire to anywhere.

Along with my lawyer I made a formal complaint about the whole Taliesin Experience as well as Tony Roberts. Ysbyty Gwynedd’s hospital solicitor, Patricia Gaskell, did a very good impersonation of someone pretending to facilitate the investigation of my complaint. I now have documents demonstrating that she was happily telling the staff who assaulted me that they didn’t need to face me or answer my questions and both she and the dreadful Caroline Frayne, the complaints officer, were sending e mails with derogatory comments about both myself and another patient who had complained. Gaskell offered to set up a mediation as a ‘way forward’. I agreed and Ysbyty Gwynedd paid professional mediators to hold a mediation. Alun Davies refused to sit in the same room as me. The violent nursing staff refused to attend. Tony Roberts attended and then walked out of the mediation after approximately three minutes without contributing. The mediators subsequently wrote a report stating that the situation could not be resolved by mediation – they noted that it was Roberts who walked out, not me. I then tried to go through the NHS formal complaints procedure – that came to a stop when the Reviewer wrote back to say that he couldn’t proceed due to Keith Thomson the CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust refusing to co-operate. During all this I also discovered that Tony Roberts continued to document yet more lies about me ‘threatening’ doctors and them being too frightened to treat me.

In the wake of this I finally went to the GMC about Tony Roberts. They were incredibly difficult to deal with and I was subjected to rudeness and aggression on the phone from Rebecca Townsley, one of their staff. By this time it was clear that there was a very big problem at the Hergest Unit and with Tony Roberts. He had such a high suicide rate among his patients that it showed up as a statistical outlier, the second highest rate of suicide among women in the whole of England and Wales. The GMC had also recently been mired in scandal – Sir Donald Irvine the President had been charged with reforming and restructuring the organisation in the wake of scandals such as Alder Hey, Richard Neale – and dear old Harold Shipman. On the day that I wrote to the GMC about Tony Roberts, the GMC website was displaying an apology to the victims of Harold Shipman, stating that they’d changed their ways and were now much more rigorous in their responses to concerns from patients. Guess what – they did absolutely nothing about Tony Roberts.

I had presumed that as ever, down at the GMC, they had simply assumed that I was a nutter and they didn’t realise just what Roberts was doing. However, in the bundle of documents that my lawyers released to me a few weeks ago there is a document that I had not seen before. It is a document released from the GMC – and it is allegedly the letter that I wrote to them complaining about Tony Roberts. But this is not the letter that I wrote. Like parts of my medical notes were in the wake of me complaining, it has been altered. Many of the phrases used throughout the letter are not phrases that I use. There is for example a sentence in there saying ‘I was very disturbed at the time’. Now I don’t ever use the word ‘disturbed’ – I use ‘distressed’, ‘upset’, ‘disorientated’, or even just ‘ill’. I never describe people as ‘disturbed’. And the reason that I don’t is because I know that this is a phrase that people use when they wish to discredit others who are trying to talk about things that people would rather they remained quiet about. Dame Margaret Hodge received a letter from a man who had been abused by a paedophile in one of the children’s homes that she ran when she was leader of Islington Council – Hodge dismissed him as ‘disturbed’. Dr DGE Wood told me that I was ‘very disturbed’ when I complained about Gwynne Williams the lobotomist. The dreadful Jackie Brandt, minion of Lucille Hughes, Director of Gwynedd Social Services when a paedophile ring was operating within its ranks, described me as a ‘disturbed patient’. I NEVER use that word. But there are two other giveaways in this ‘letter from me’ as well. I have never worked as an administrator or secretary, so I have never been trained in how to write an ‘official’ letter. When I write a letter, I write my own address in the top right hand corner, but I never write the address of the person to whom I’m sending the letter on the left hand side as people trained in office administration do. The ‘letter from me’ to the GMC is laid out in the way that office staff would write it – the GMC’s Great Portland Street address is there on the left. But there is another glaring error as well. The Hergest whistleblower who did so much to help me but was thrown off my case by Tony Roberts has a very unusual forename, I think it is Nordic. No-one at the Hergest Unit ever learnt how to spell it properly – they all misspelt it in exactly the same way. But I have always known how to spell it correctly. As well as releasing the alleged letter that I wrote to the GMC, my lawyers have also released other documents that I wrote on virtually the same date. On all those documents I spell the whistleblower’s name correctly. Yet the letter to the GMC purporting to be from me misspells his name – in exactly the same way that all the Hergest Unit staff misspelt it…

Author: Sally Baker

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

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