My post ‘Interesting Facts’ detailed the skulduggery involved in the construction of the cardiac surgeon Professor Hugh Bentall and his team from Hammersmith Hospital/Royal Postgraduate Medical School as world leaders in their field. There was one member of Hugh Bentall’s team whose background I did not detail in that post – Arthur Hollman. Like many of those involved with the invention of all the excellence at Hammersmith, Hollman worked for the security services.
Arthur Hollman was an ’eminent’ – not for one minute a ‘mediocre’ or ‘dishonest’ – cardiologist, medical historian and plantsman. He was born above his parent’s stationery shop in Daventry, Northamptonshire. Hollman was educated at Tiffin Boys’ School in Kingston-upon-Thames. Hollman’s partner in crime at Hammersmith, Hugh Bentall, had a father who just happened to own Bentall’s, the upmarket department store in Kingston-upon-Thames. The Bentall family virtually ran Kingston-upon-Thames. Hollman went on to study medicine at UCH Medical School, thanks to a scholarship from his father’s firm, W.H. Smith.
After junior posts at UCH and Horton General Hospital at Banbury, Hollman worked in the rheumatic fever unit at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, Taplow, under the British cardiologist Paul Wood. In 1949, at Taplow, Arthur Hollman carried out unsupervised right heart catheters to study cardiac output in rheumatic carditis in convalescent children. That sounds familiar – junior doctor let loose on child patients without any mentoring, but his boss is a Big Name, so no-one will have asked any questions. Hollman then did postgraduate work in cardiology in Montreal and Toronto, 1951-52. On his return to the UK, Hollman was a registrar at UCH and Paul Wood’s clinical assistant at the National Heart Hospital in London.
Between 1957-62, Hollman was a senior registrar to J F Goodwin in the Dept of John McMichael at RPMS, Hammersmith, where Hollman worked closely with the surgical team, whose work was discussed in my post ‘Interesting Facts’. In 1957 the heart-lung machine designed by Professor Denis Melrose came into clinical use and Hollman joined the heart team. Hollman was a member of the Hammersmith cardiac surgery team who in 1959 went to Moscow to demonstrate the use of the Melrose machine. See post ‘Interesting Facts’. A photo of Hollman and the team appeared on the front page of ‘Pravda’. In 1960 Hollman pioneered left heart catheterisation with Robert Steiner.
In 1962, Arthur Hollman became a consultant cardiologist at UCH; in 1971 his consultant role was expanded to include Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Later Hollman became an honorary consultant at Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
Hollman treated patients and taught at University College and Great Ormond Street hospitals until 1987. Audrey Callaghan, wife of James Callaghan, served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of GOSH, 1968-72 and then as Chairman of the Special Trustees, 1983-90. Audrey and Jim Callaghan knowingly concealed and colluded with Leo Abse to conceal the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles and played an active role in the expansion of children’s homes in north Wales in which children were abused and then trafficked (see post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’).
Dear old Uncle Jimmy was a regular at GOSH. ‘We didn’t know.’ Audrey and Jim Callaghan definitely did.
Arthur Hollman was a senior lecturer at UCL and also served as the visiting cardiologist to the Gov’ts of the Seychelles, 1970-86 and Mauritius, 1966-72.
In the early 1970s Hollman led, and won, a campaign against an EC directive that blood pressure should be measured in kilopascals and not in millimetres of mercury.
Hollman continued teaching King’s and Brighton students in Hastings until 2013, when he was 89. Arthur Hollman had a lifelong interest in medical history. So he will have been au fait with the cock-ups, the frauds and the wrongdoing of many of those who taught him and with whom he worked. The really great thing about having an interest in the history of medicine if one is a Top Doctor is that one can very carefully write the history in such a way that it doesn’t implicate one or one’s colleagues should one expect to come under scrutiny in the near future. Thus the versions of the history of psychiatry in north Wales which were written by the paedophiles’ friends in the 1990s when investigations into the abuse of children in the region began (see post ‘More Alan Bennett’).
Hollman was President of the Osler Club of London in 1983. The Osler Club of London is a society founded in 1928 to encourage the study of the history of medicine and to keep ‘green the memory of Sir William Osler’. That memory will have been kept green as well. CRASH! Another witness dead. You won’t find that in anything produced by the green memories of members of the Osler Club. Membership of the Osler Club is open to medical men and women, medical students and persons associated with the history of medicine and in allied sciences. Perhaps I’ll apply to join.
It was a real laugh when the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales all started turning into historians of medicine in the 1990s, some of the Pravda extracts even found their way onto the TV. There is an archive clip of Dafydd being interviewed stressing that there is ‘no stigma’ attached to psychiatric patients any longer, that was all back in the Dark Ages.
‘You do realise that you’re suffering from manic-depressive insanity’. ‘And Professor Bluglass told me that he thought that she’d end in a ward for the criminally insane and I found that a chilling prediction’.
No stigma at all, all thanks to Dafydd and the Enlightenment.
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The Osler Club was founded by a group of British gentlemen, considered part of a medical elite and pursuing the same ideals. They were following the ‘Oslerian legacy’ which was reflected in their activities. Osler was the ‘ideal British gentleman’ who showed concern, commitment and loyalty to both patients and colleagues. The first meeting of the Club was held on 30 April 1928 around the drawing room fireplace at 27 Wimpole Street, London. In attendance was Charles Singer, the Conservator of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.The Club continued to meet at various venues, including the Medical Society of London, the Wellcome Institute, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians. In 1949, the annual dinner was held at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1957, the Club met at the Medical Society of London. A substantial bequest from the estate of the cardiologist Thomas Forrest Cotton enabled the Club to secure a permanent home at the Royal College of Physicians.
There are Osler Clubs in the US, Canada, Japan, Argentina and elsewhere in the world. The North Wales Osler Club meets in Dafydd’s sitting room and is funded by Gwynedd County Council.
Meetings of the Osler Club are carried out under Chatham House rules, whereby members are free to use anything heard at the meeting but are not allowed to reveal its source.
This thinks that it is an historical society.
Arthur Hollman wrote his first article for the Osler Club at the age of 21 on Sir William Osler and his last, on Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, at the age of 90 (‘The Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome: a very long follow-up’ Am J Cardiol 2014 May 15;113(10):1751-2).
Hollman sat on the Advisory Committee of the Chelsea Physic Garden as a representative of the Royal College of Physicians for 26 years. He was a livery member of the Society of Apothecaries.
Arthur Hollman’s interest in plants and medicine brought him the fellowship of the Linnean Society in 1985. He was curator of the physic garden at the Barbers’ Company of London. Hollman also tended the garden at Denys Lasdun’s then new Royal College of Physicians building in Regent’s Park, where in 1978 his new scheme linked its plants and trees with their medicinal uses.
Hollman was the first recipient of the President’s Medal from the Royal College of Physicians. He was Secretary of the British Cardiovascular Society from 1974-75 and then served as archivist from 1992-2013.
In 1949 Hollman married Catharine née Large, a consultant in community paediatrics. They had four daughters and eight grandchildren.
In ‘retirement’ Hollman settled back to the family home in Pett near Rye in East Sussex and pursued his interests in botanic pharmacology and the history of medicine.
Hollman’s interest in botany probably means that he was linked to the paedophiles’ friends in the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW, who were colluding with Dafydd and the gang (see post ‘Additional Security Measures’).
Dr Robert Gerber mentioned in an obituary that Hollman’s ‘family recall how he would warmly introduce them to leading inventors, academics and businessmen at professional gatherings, only to admit later that he had never previously met them.’
In 2000, Hollman, a keen swimmer, co-founded the so-called Neoteric Offshore Bathing Society at Pett Level beach, close to his home near Hastings.
Between 1991-01 Hollman published four books on plants in medicine and the history of cardiology, including a biography of Sir Thomas Lewis, the pioneer cardiologist – who had taught Hollman at UCL in the 1940s – which won the Society of Authors’ Prize for the best medical history book in 1997.
After Geoffrey Chamberlain retired from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2000, he took up a job teaching the history of medicine at Swansea University as an Apothecaries lecture, a post he retained until 2008. Whilst in that post, he wrote an obstetrics textbook, ‘From Witchcraft To Wisdom’.
Here’s the Witchfinder General himself:
Throughout all the criminality in north Wales and St George’s, the media churned out a constant diet of flattering portrayals of features of the Your Life In Their Hands genre, with the emphasis being on Top Docs Saving Lives and Caring Angels.
The Top Docs are acutely aware of the pulling power of these stereotypes. I mentioned in my post ‘Interesting Facts’ that one of the Top Doctors who worked at St George’s when I was there, Jonathan Frappell, has established his own obs and gynae medico-legal consultancy. Jonathan knew how serious the wrongdoing with which his colleagues were involved was. Jonathan’s website stresses his experience using suitably impressive medical jargon. Just to reassure everyone that he is Human and Caring as well, Jonathan mentions that his wife is a Nurse and that he has four grown up children. This is true, I remember Jonathan’s wife and his – then very young – children.
Everyone remembered Susan Frappell. Because she refused to speak to any doctors who were below the rank of registrar, what with Jonathan being a senior reg. Then Susan made history at a dinner by refusing to speak to the registrar sitting next to her when she found out that they lived in Brixton. The dinner was attended by a Top Doc with a brain who simply coped with ‘that stuck up airhead of a Bart’s nurse who married a doctor’ by pissing herself laughing every time that Susan Frappell opened her mouth.
A Caring Family Man Married To A Nurse! It’s a comfy image which conceals something rather different.
Somebody has drawn my attention to the research collaboration between Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL and Professor Mark Williams, the former colleague of Dafydd and the paedophiles who is behind the fraud that is Mindfulness (see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’). Blakemore is one of the co-investigators of a Wellcome Trust funded project, MYRIAD, investigating ‘mindfulness and resilience in adolescence’. Her co-investigators are Prof Willem Kuyken, formerly of the shambles which is Exeter Medical School (see post ‘NHS Chief Executive Collapses In Court After Being Spared Jail’), Tim Dalgleish of the MRC and Mark Williams himself. I did already know about this piece of joint working. In a previous era it would have surprised me because neuroscientists really do not take people like Mark Williams seriously, but these days the only thing that counts is netting the dosh and a lot of it. Furthermore, as cross-disciplinary research is being very vigorously encouraged by Gov’t and funding bodies, if Sarah-Jayne wants the lucre, she’s got to work with people whom she will have most likely spent many years having a good laugh at.
Sarah-Jayne is of course the daughter of Sir Colin Blakemore, the neuroscientist who had to wait a long time for his knighthood because of his controversial animal experiments, most famously the sewing up of kittens eyes. Colin Blakemore was hated by anti-vivisectionists which was inevitable, but he was considered beyond the pale by a lot of people who were quite used to working with animals themselves. I met someone who’d worked with Colin Blakemore at Cambridge University when I worked at St George’s. He was a very extroverted chatty neurosurgeon from Atkinson Morley’s Hospital who spoke at length about Blakemore’s very questionable animal experiments. This man used to pop over to the Obs and Gynae Dept at St George’s quite regularly and chat to everyone. So as well as chatting to me, he chatted to all those who colluded with Dafydd et al and forced me out of my job.
What’s the betting that the corrupt jungle drums at the University of London being played by folk like Sir William Asscher and Lord Brian Flowers got together and gigged with the corrupt jungle drums of the University of Oxford played by Lord Chris Patten, which hosts Prof Mark Williams, as well as Prof Tom Burns? The Tom Burns who, when that neurosurgeon used to pop over to St George’s for a chat, worked at the Atkinson Morley? The Tom Burns who knew what Dafydd and the paedophiles were up to in north Wales?
Colin Blakemore has held numerous positions and has received many prestigious awards, but his later career has been at Oxford University and London University. Blakemore was Chief Exec of the MRC, 2003-07. In the Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of Blakemore’s term of office, the MRC budget increased by over one third over three years. Tony Blair’s Gov’t was most generous to the MRC whilst Blakemore was Chief Exec. At the time, there was a push for closer working between the DoH and the MRC. The DoH which had been so impressed with Mindfulness…
Oxford University found itself being particularly receptive to the miracle of Mindfulness whilst Chris Patten was Chancellor. Patten’s wife Lady Lavender was a Patron of Mark Williams’s Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Don’t bother to utter the phrase ‘conflict of interest’ yet, there’s much better to come. Patten was a member of Thatcher’s Gov’t whilst that Gov’t concealed the crimes of Mark Williams’s colleagues in north Wales. Roy Jenkins preceded Patten as Chancellor of Oxford. The Woy who concealed the crimes of Williams’s colleagues in north Wales for years and who acted as a mentor to Blair.
Sir Richard Southwood was VC of Oxford University, 1989-93. It was at that time that Mark Williams was pretending to have achieved great things by Mindfulness. Even when Williams was still at Bangor University he openly told colleagues that what he wanted was a Chair at Oxford. Southwood knew many paedophiles’ friends at Bangor (see post ‘The History, Boys…’). Before Mark Williams left for Oxford, he was a PVC at Bangor. This fraudster and colleague of a paedophile gang was helping to manage the institution.
Colin Blakemore has worked for SANE, the charidee founded and run by Marjorie Wallace, who concealed the crimes of Mark Williams’s colleagues in north Wales (see post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’).
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore was educated at Oxford High School and St John’s College, Oxford. She graduated from Oxford with a degree in psychology in 1996. So Sarah-Jayne will have been taught by her father’s colleagues and may well have known Mark Williams and Tom Burns when she was still an undergrad.
Sarah-Jayne completed her PhD at UCL in 2000. Her PhD supervisors were Prof Daniel Wolpert and Prof Chris Frith. Daniel Wolpert is the son of the biologist Prof Lewis Wolpert who was Professor of Developmental Biology at UCL.
At a time when serious concerns were being raised about the effectiveness and safety of SSRI anti-depressants, particularly by Dr David Healy in north Wales – who managed to keep schtum about the activities of Dafydd and the paedophiles but carried out a substantial amount of excellent work demonstrating serious problems with SSRIs as well as a high degree of dishonesty on the part of Big Pharma regarding the use of clinical trials data – Lewis Wolpert became a walking, talking advert for SSRIs.
Most of Lewis’s career had been concerned with work on chick embryos but a Personal Trauma resulted in Lewis Wolpert becoming a Service User Extraordinaire. Lewis received vast media coverage after he revealed that SSRIs had saved his life, would save many other lives and anyone who claimed otherwise was an anti-science ignoramus. Lewis had been in bed one night when he suddenly felt a massive urge to commit suicide. Mrs Wolpert realised that this was a medical emergency and called an ambulance. An ambulance was dispatched to the Wolpert residence immediately and Lewis was rushed to, I think, UCH. Which was of course the hospital arm of Wolpert’s employer.
Wolpert received care so good that he waxed lyrical about it ever after, which included treatment with SSRIs. They did the trick. Lewis responded to the SSRIs in exactly the way and within the exact timescale that the manufacturers claimed that SSRIs exert an effect. Lewis was certainly fortunate, because a great many other people did not have that experience. But then they weren’t senior members of staff in the University of London which was in receipt of enormous funding streams from, er, the manufacturers of SSRIs. Call me cynical, but the University of London was run by Lord Brian Flowers who had colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles and ignored research fraud under his nose for years, at Hammersmith and at St George’s and no doubt in other places as well (see posts ‘A Bit More Paleontology’ and ‘The White Heat Of This Revolution’).
Not only did Wolpert experience a reaction to SSRIs that was a marketing dream for the manufacturers of SSRIs, but he received the sort of outstanding mental health care that I have never known anyone else experience, at UCH or anywhere else.
In 2011, Wolpert published ‘You’re Looking Very Well‘, a book on the social and scientific aspects of aging. The book was withdrawn from sale by its publisher in 2014 after being found to contain numerous passages copied without attribution from the scientific literature and from various websites, including Wikipedia. Publication of Wolpert’s upcoming book, ‘Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?’, was also delayed after passages of that book were found to be copied without attribution. Wolpert apologized and took responsibility for the ‘errors’. I’m surprised that Lewis felt that he even had to bother publishing a book asking that question. It’s because of our brain structures Lewis, everyone knows that. It’s our corpus callosa, they result in women being better at multi-tasking than men, as I was repeatedly told by numerous people some years ago. That’s why women can have a job, look after the kids and do the washing up, whereas men can’t. Obvious.
The corpus callosum is the grey bit in the middle. The washing up centre in next to the hoovering and dusting centre. In some women, the centre for expensive frocks is bigger than in other women. Diana, Princess of Wales had an enlarged centre for expensive frocks.
And our hormones mean that we go insane when we hit the menopause and are then magnetically attracted to purchasing books by Miriam Stoppard.
Sarah-Jayne’s other PhD supervisor Prof Chris Frith was educated at the Leys School – Trumpers’s husband Alan Barker was Headmaster of the Leys School, it has a thriving alumni network. Trumpers was the Health Minister who appointed Jimmy Savile to the management team at Broadmoor. See post ’95 Glorious Years!’.
Chris Frith completed his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1969. At that time the Institute of Psychiatry was part of the Maudsley Hospital. Frith did his PhD with H.J. Eysenck, who later became rather discredited. Frith was a PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry when that place was heaving with Top Doctors who had worked with Dafydd – Dafydd had passed through the Maudsley himself just a few years previously – and were concealing his wrongdoing as well as other serious crime (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).
Chris Frith is married to Uta Frith, whom Sarah-Jayne names as an ‘influence’ on her work and with whom Sarah-Jayne has published. Uta Frith did her clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry either when Dafydd was still there or soon after. Uta then completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1968. So she knew the crowd who were concealing Dafydd’s wrongdoing as well.
Dr Tony Francis also worked at the Institute of Psychiatry after he qualified. Tony Francis enthusiastically embraced and promoted Mark Williams’s Mindfulness work.
Chris and Uta Frith won the European Latsis Prize in 2009 and also the Jean Nicod Prize in 2014.
After Sarah-Jayne had completed her PhD with two colleagues of a gang of paedophiles, she received two Royal Society Fellowships in succession, which funded her work at UCL, 2004-13.
Colin Blakemore is a Fellow of the Royal Society, as is Chris Frith. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz is a member of the Council of the Royal Society. Sir Leszek succeeded Colin Blakemore as Chief Exec of the MRC.
Mindfulness didn’t only grip the imagination of the DoH and Oxford University, the Welsh Gov’t were seriously impressed with Mark Williams’s research fraud as well and began introducing Mindfulness into just about every context that they could, including in schools. Sarah-Jayne’s Mindfulness research is part of the Mindfulness in schools programme.
Edwina Hart, Welsh Gov’t Health Minister, 2007-11, is part of the ‘Swansea Mafia’. Lord Brian Flowers came from Swansea. Mark Drakeford was Welsh Gov’t Health Minister, 2013-16. I wrote to Drakeford and told him that I had witnessed Mark Williams’s research fraud when it was carried out. I did not receive a reply to my letter, but just weeks later, Drakeford appeared in the media promoting Mindfulness. Drakeford formerly worked as a social worker for Dyfed County Council, whilst a paedophile ring operated in Dyfed, with connections to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales.
Another former PhD student of Chris Frith’s hit the big time as well as Sarah-Jayne – Prof Geraint Rees. Geraint Rees is Dean of the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at UCL. He is also a non-executive Director of UCL Business PLC.
Geraint’s colleague Sarah-Jayne is Co-Director of the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Neurosciences at UCL. That’s the Sarah-Jayne who’s project with Mark Williams is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
It’s small world down there at UCL, nearly as small as the world of the paedophiles’ friends at Bangor. If I had been Fergus Lowe, I’d have been knocking on the door of UCL demanding some of the riches that were extracted from Gov’t and funding bodies in return for keeping quiet about Dafydd et al. Oh hang on – that’s exactly what Fungus was doing…
Until 2016 Geraint Rees was a member of the Francis Crick Institute Executive Team; he was Deputy Head of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, 2012-14; and from 2009-14 the Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Rees is also a Senior Scientific Adviser at Google DeepMind. He was the elected Deputy Chair of the BMA Medical Academic Staff Committee, 2007-12.
During those years, the BMA were causing havoc in Wales, as they led a co-ordinated attempt to bring down Mary Burrows, the Chief Exec of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, because she had dared challenge the criminal conduct of some members of NHS staff. During that time, the wife of the VC of Bangor University died after the members of the BMA who staffed the Walton Centre found that there was no effective treatment for her. The VC who then became the Chairman of the Betsi when Mary was Chief Exec…
‘We’re the paedophiles’ friends and you can’t get us.’
Fings Break you see…
When it was mooted – by Edwina Hart no less – that patients from north Wales should go to Swansea for elective treatment rather than the Walton Centre, the charge against Edwina’s plan was led by Professor Robert Owen, a retired Liverpool University surgeon (see post ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’), who in 1989 co-ordinated the cover-up of the crimes of Dafydd et al in the wake of my complaint (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’). Robert Owen’s campaign to ensure that patients from north Wales remained in the hands of the butchers of Walton was supported by a ‘memorandum’ submitted to the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee, signed by ‘retired professional people from north Wales’. Every one of whom had played a key role in concealing the wrongdoing of Dafydd and the gang (see post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University!’).
This morning someone who read my post ‘Interesting Facts’ which contained accounts of the backgrounds and work of Hugh Bentall and his son the clinical psychologist Professor Richard Bentall sent me a copy of a paper published by Richard Bentall (in an ethics journal no less, which made my correspondent laugh) in 1992. Bentall gives his address as being Liverpool University. ‘Interesting Facts’ provides details of Richard Bentall’s many links to Dafydd and Liverpool University is of course Dafydd’s alma mater. Dafydd had a great many mates working at Liverpool University in 1992 who were concealing his wrongdoing, including Professor Robert Owen.
I still haven’t found out in which NHS forensic unit Richard Bentall worked. However, whether it was Ashworth on Merseyside or not, if Bentall worked at Liverpool University in 1992, he’ll have known what was going on at Ashworth at that time. Including that murder of a patient, whom it was alleged had been beaten to death by the Angels. Who was appointed to investigate the murder? None other than Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Bluglass. To assist with the investigation, Bluglass selected a senior Angel from his own unit, the Reaside Clinic in Birmingham and a senior Angel of Dafydd’s from Clwyd Health Authority. Someone else known to the paedophile gang worked at Ashworth at the time of the beatings and murder – Dr David Mawson. David Mawson got the hell out of Ashworth in about late 1991/92. How do I know? Because he had just run away screaming before the shit hit the fan when he was hired to provide an ‘independent opinion’ on me.
David Mawson was friendly and entertaining and certainly didn’t carry on like Dafydd. But like everyone else, he just couldn’t bring himself to admit what Dafydd et al had done, although he knew and had access to all those records in which Dafydd and co had detailed their own wrongdoing.
I shouldn’t be surprised. Because in 1992, when Richard Bentall was working at Liverpool University, the North Wales Police were investigating the possibility of a paedophile ring in north Wales. The Chief Constable refused to co-operate with the investigation and in 1993, the investigation ended and it was concluded that there was no evidence of a paedophile gang. The gang who’s members’ written admissions of law-breaking and sexual exploitation of patients were all over my medical records. To which everyone but I had access.
Because the people who knew about the misconduct of Dafydd et al are myriad and legion, I still have more to name on this blog.
One such person who has featured here before is Dr Phil Thomas, who worked at the Hergest Unit in the 1990s. Phil Thomas was actually very nice, but he certainly knew what his colleagues were doing. Phil chose the solution which nearly all good doctors did when they found out what was happening – he buggered off and left us at the mercy of Dafydd and co. Phil later left the NHS completely and took up solely academic positions, because he concluded that it was not possible to practice as an NHS psychiatrist without abusing one’s patients. I do admire Phil Thomas for this, but I really wish that he would now speak up about the serious crime which he knew was endemic when he worked in north Wales, along with all his critical psychiatry campaigning work…
Phil Thomas’s friend and co-author is Dr Pat Bracken, another psychiatrist who is well-known for his critical stance with regard to psychiatry. Brown knows Pat Bracken as well. Pat Bracken and his circle are lively intelligent people, he must have heard what was going on in north Wales.
Two other people who witnessed the abuses and the madness in north Wales for years scarpered to the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, at about the time that Operational Pallial re-opened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal – Dr Gary Davies and his GP wife, Clare.
Gary did a degree in psychology at Bangor University and then did his PhD at the same time that I did mine. Gary’s PhD involved working with local Top Doctors with a view to of course improving rural health services in north Wales. Gary knew as well as I did that the situation in north Wales was so dire that the services will never be improved until there’s a spate of convictions. Gary’s dad was also a Bangor psychology graduate. Gary was very friendly with a lot of people who knew the grief that I was continuing to receive at the hands of the paedophiles’ friends and he could well have known about John McTernan’s brother-in-law nicking my computer.
Gary grew up in Bangor and went to Friars School. Friars School operated a two tier system. The kids from Maesgeirchan – the council estate where Ty’r Felin children’s home was located, who’s staff were trafficking kids to Dolphin Square as well as to other locations – were considered a pain in the bum and if possible were excluded, but there were also a lot of the kids of the middle classes who went to Friars School. Their parents were the lecturers, police officers, social workers, Angels, Top Doctors, teachers, NHS managers etc who staffed the ‘services’ in who’s care kids were abused. Many of their own children followed them into those jobs. Gary will have known scores of them.
Gary now holds a senior position at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. Specialising in rural healthcare of course.
Gary’s wife Clare was for years a GP in north Wales. For a long time Clare worked in the GP practice in Llanfairfechan, although she and Gary lived in Tregarth. Clare knew how bloody awful the mental health services were, she was one of the local GPs who had to constantly compensate for the danger that the mental health services were placing her patients in. A great many of the paedophiles’ friends live at Llanfairfechan, because for many years the institution for learning disabled people, Bryn-y-Neuadd, was located there.
Dafydd’s mate and colleague on the CAIS Board of Trustees Cledwyn Williams was Director of what was then known as Mental Handicap Services whilst the paedophile gang ran riot. Dafydd’s colleagues Dr Michael Craft and his wife Ann carried out research at Bryn-y-Neuadd, which involved helping people with learning disabilities to explore their sexual needs (see post ‘The Old Devils’). The Crafts ‘supported patients in their sexual relationships’ as well. Yet more pioneering research from the sex offenders of north Wales.
After Bryn-y-Neuadd was closed down and the vegetables – as they were described to me by a senior manager of Bryn-y-Neuadd who was a member of the panel interviewing candidates for a job as an Advocate to work at Bryn-y-Neuadd – were planted into the community, Bryn-y-Neuadd served as the HQ for the NHS Trust. The site also subsequently housed the medium secure mental health unit in which victims of the paedophiles’ friends were banged up, if necessary without trial.
North Wales certainly has a good supply of quality produce among its Service User Community, as classified by the North Wales Psychiatric Association DSM.
Many of Clare’s patients whom she saw in her role as a GP were thugs past and present who abused the patients of Bryn-y-Neuadd.
Clare is enjoying the good life in Scotland as well. She worked as the Isle of Lewis GP for a long time, but I think that she now also has a senior position in the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Whilst rooting around earlier, I discovered something interesting in an old copy of ‘The Lancet’. On Feb 9, 1963, a letter to ‘The Lancet’ was published from I. Atkin, Park Prewett Hospital, Basingstoke Hospital. Atkin quotes frightening statistics regarding the dire fate of seriously mentally ill people – ‘unrecovered psychotics’ – who had been released into the community with inadequate care, some of whom had died. Atkin’s told readers: ‘We must carefully assess the possible ‘burden on the community’ before discharging unrecovered psychotics, otherwise the general public will rebel and bitterly accuse us of failing in the treatment and care of those patients who are not really fit to live in the non-hospital community’.
It was some three years later when ‘The Times’ reported on a scandal from north Wales. Hundreds of seriously ill institutionalised patients from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh had been, without prior warning, herded onto coaches one day and bussed out to unsuitable accommodation on the north Wales coast. They were found a few weeks later destitute, starving and lice-ridden. The person responsible was one Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, a leading light in the National Association for Mental Health (MIND), who was promoting ‘community care’.
In 1987 as I sat illegally imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital, Angels told me that they feared what would happen with the forthcoming move to community care, because ‘there are no facilities in the community’. Which there weren’t. Neither did anyone bother to develop any. Three small acute mental health units were built in north Wales, which were staffed by the former staff of the North Wales Hospital who’s bad attitude to the patients remained unchanged. At Bangor, in the early 1990s, a good day centre was developed at the Hergest Unit. It thrived for about three years, when it was then closed down. Scores of patients became destitute and died. Because there were still no facilities in the community.
It was reported yesterday that the numbers of severely mentally ill homeless people dying in London are rocketing.
Meanwhile, at Oxford and UCL, millions are being given to Mark Williams, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and their colleagues to develop ‘Mindfulness programmes’ to be rolled out globally. The work is all based upon a research fraud which was perpetrated by Mark Williams in the late 1980s – when patients began to become destitute and die at the hands of a gang of paedophiles who couldn’t be bothered to look after them and were blowing NHS funding on mindfulness retreats and training rather than services which would keep patients alive.
February 1963. It is now June 2018. The patients are still dying destitute on the streets. Dafydd has remained fully employed throughout his whole career and is now worth a fortune.