Here is a brief resume of a tale of two siblings, but the adventures of these siblings had rather more dire consequences for many other people than the activities of Topsy and Tim/Janet and John/Dick and Dora ever did.
Ruth and Peter grew up in Llanwrst in the Conwy Valley in north Wales. Llanwrst was one of the hubs of the local elite who occupied some of the relatively few professional positions in the region during the decades following WWII. Llanwrst also had a few busy Freemasons. I don’t know who Ruth and Peter’s parents were, but it is almost certain that they were Of That Cohort. The Cohort who concealed organised abuse in north Wales in a previous generation.
Ruth and Peter are younger than Dafydd, but not so much younger that they will have viewed him as nothing more than a silly old bugger. Instead they followed in Dafydd’s footsteps. Dafydd as role model!
At her zenith, Ruth was Chief Medical Officer for Wales; she retired in 2016. Peter stepped down as Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board some two months ago.
Ruth lived in Llanwrst until she went to the University of Liverpool School of Medicine – Dafydd’s domain – from where she graduated in 1979. 1979 was the year in which Dafydd had Mary Wynch unlawfully arrested, imprisoned in Risley Remand Centre and then the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Mary’s subsequent legal action against Dafydd et al made history and received widespread media coverage in 1985. Ruth could not have missed it.
There are scant details available regarding Ruth’s earlier career, but we are told that her ‘career developed in England, initially training as a GP’; that Ruth worked ‘in academia’; as Director of Public Health in Liverpool; as Regional Director of Public Health and Senior Medical Director at NHS North West and that she led the DoH in North West England.
Previous posts eg. ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ and ‘The Mentor’, have described how Merseyside was part of Dafydd’s empire. Dafydd qualified from the University of Liverpool and Lucille, after completing a degree at UCNW, did her social work training at Liverpool University. Numerous other people who were involved with or concealed the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were Liverpool University graduates or staff. Merseyside was an area with poor health outcomes and embedded corruption and abuse in the hospitals. There were abuse scandals in many of the children’s homes and schools on Merseyside and some of the abusers had links to the north Wales/Cheshire gang. Since the 1970s, Dafydd’s various scams in north Wales have attracted staff and vulnerable clients from Merseyside. Merseyside had a massive drugs problem and Liverpool Social Services were known to be exporting their troubled and addicted citizens to north Wales, where they were ‘dumped’.
Cheshire, in north west England, was far wealthier than Liverpool, but Dafydd’s gang nonetheless also had a stronghold in Cheshire. Lucille Hughes was formerly a children’s social worker in Cheshire, as was Margaret Hanson, the Vice-Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Margaret’s husband David Hanson, the Labour MP for Delyn and Miranda’s former PPS in the aftermath of the Waterhouse Report (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’), was a Councillor in Cheshire, as was Margaret.
Whatever Ruth did in her capacity as a Director of Public Health was highly ineffective on Merseyside.
By April 2012, when Ruth’s appointment as Chief Medical Officer for Wales was announced, she was working in the Public Health Transition Team for the DoH in Whitehall, although I don’t know how long Ruth had been in that role. Ruth definitely worked under David Cameron’s Health Minister Andrew Lansley. Lansley’s time in the DoH was famously disastrous, although he only did what Cameron and the other senior Tories told him to do. Which will be why Lansley is now in the Lords. Ruth was appointed CMO for Wales when the Macur Review of the Waterhouse Inquiry was beginning as well as Operation Pallial. Tony Francis, one of Peter’s colleagues, killed himself in the same year.
The Medical Register tells us that in May 1996 Ruth registered as a specialist in public health medicine. Just before the Waterhouse Inquiry was announced. In 1996, Ron Davies, the Labour MP for Caerphilly who’s Ugandan activities blew up in Miranda’s face in 1998, was Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, waiting for the day in 1997 when Miranda would become PM and appoint Ron Secretary of State for Wales and then FM when the Welsh Assembly was established.
Ruth was a previous Committee Member and is an Honorary Life Member of the Liverpool Medical Students Society.
The NHS Wales website on 7 Sept 2015 stated that ‘Dr Ruth Hussey today announced her plan to retire next year after nearly four years as Wales’ Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of NHS Wales. The Chief Medical Officer provides independent professional advice on health and health care matters to Welsh Government Ministers. Dr Ruth Hussey joined the Welsh Government in September 2012 and has made a significant impact on health and health policy in Wales.’
By the time that Ruth announced her intention to retire, the Betsi Board had been in crisis and the crisis was getting worse, despite the Board having been in special measures for three years which were designed to ‘turn the Board around’.
‘During her tenure, the health of the Welsh population has continued to improve – Dr Hussey has worked to tackle inequalities between the health of the most and least advantaged people in Wales.’
The health of the Welsh population did not improve during Ruth’s tenure as CMO. Health outcomes for many parts of Wales remained dreadful, some of the worst in Europe and in some cases actually got worse. Health inequalities remained substantial and in some cases became more marked. During Ruth’s tenure there were a number of big NHS scandals in Wales, including Tawel Fan.
‘She oversaw the response to the largest measles outbreak since the introduction of the MMR vaccine, securing improved vaccination rates across Wales. She has also led work to ensure NHS Wales has been fully prepared to respond to a range of health threats, including the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa.’
I knew an Angel – a highly competent Angel – who volunteered to assist with the Ebola outbreak in Africa. When she returned, she told her friends that the much publicised mission to Africa was chaos, so badly organised that it was a health risk itself. That did not appear in any media report.
‘Dr Hussey led the initial response to the Francis inquiry…’
That inquiry was Chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC, who in 1991 was the MDU barrister who acted for Drs Tony and Sadie Francis, colleagues of Peter’s, when they attempted to have me imprisoned on the basis of their perjury. Robert Francis knew that the Drs Francis had lied and had been advised by their solicitors not to proceed with the legal action against me. Robert Francis also knew that I had alleged that patients in north Wales were being seriously abused and that mental health staff and managers had been involved in criminality. See post ‘The Sordid Role Of Sir Robert Francis QC.’
The Francis Inquiry concerned whistleblowing in the NHS. Francis’s recommendations were widely criticised as selling whistleblowers down the river and offering them no protection. In 2012 a Betsi nurse blew the whistle on patient abuse in Tawel Fan Ward. Peter sacked her. None of the staff who were filmed undercover abusing patients faced disciplinary action. Some of them were caught abusing patients again a few months later. They still were not sacked.
‘[Ruth] has worked to improve the quality of NHS healthcare, including the successful introduction of appraisal and revalidation for all doctors.’
I attended the Betsi Board meeting at which the plans for revalidation of ‘all doctors’ was discussed. The Medical Director of the Board told the Board that revalidation would be phased in over a period of some ten years. For the first two years, only doctors who volunteered to be revalidated would be. For the next few years, only the doctors who were judged to be performing well would be revalidated. Then revalidation would be gradually rolled out, with those doctors who’s practice was considered to be poor being the last to be revalidated. So that’s another 10 years of patient neglect and harm before anyone even speaks to the Top Docs responsible.
‘[Ruth] is currently leading work to implement and embed the prudent healthcare principles in the NHS and social care in Wales, with a particular focus on strengthening primary and community care.’
Primary care across north Wales is in crisis because no GPs want to work with the crazed abusers already in post, so recruitment is impossible. Primary care in many other parts of Wales has the same, but less extreme, problem. Social and community care is virtually non-existent in north Wales, as well as in other parts of Wales.
‘Dr Hussey was awarded an honorary degree from Swansea University for her contribution to improving health in Wales.’
Ruth hasn’t improved health in Wales, just look at the stats. Swansea University is run by Rhodri Morgan’s friends and relatives. Lesley Griffiths was Health Minister when Ruth became CMO. Lesley Griffiths is a former medical secretary at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and was a Wrexham County Borough Councillor when WCBC ran Bryn Estyn, while boys were abused there. See posts ‘History Repeats Itself, First As Tragedy, Second As Farce’ and ‘Hey Hey, DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’. Rhodri’s mate Mark Drakeford was Health Minister for most of Ruth’s time as CMO. Griffiths and Drakeford failed to hold Peter to account when they were Health Minister.
Ruth also has an Honorary degree from Bangor University. She was awarded it in 2016, while Peter was a member of the governing body of Bangor University.
‘Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: “There is a proud tradition in Wales of bold action from government to improve public health. Ruth’s leadership on the Public Health (Wales) Bill sits firmly within this tradition. I am very grateful for the advice she has provided and I wish her all the best in her retirement.”’
The Welsh Gov’t, from its very inception, has ignored serious organised crime in the NHS. Because of this, the Public Health (Wales) Bill is neither here nor there.
Dr Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, said: “Ruth is passionate about improving health and healthcare, especially improving outcomes for the Welsh population and addressing the role that poverty can play in creating ill health. It has been a privilege to work with her and to have the benefit of her experience and commitment to new approaches.”
Ruth has never shown any passion for improving health and healthcare, she has been completely indifferent to those whom she has been paid to care for. She has never addressed the role of poverty; indeed poverty in Wales has benefited Ruth greatly, in that most of her countrymen/women have not had Ruth’s opportunities, which enabled the mediocrity that is Ruth to rise to high office.
Ruth sits on the Board of Governors for The Health Foundation. The Health Foundation website tells us that ‘Ruth recently Chaired a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and is now a commissioner on the Lancet/ LSE Commission on ‘The Future of the NHS’…
Ruth is Chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee; Board member of the Food Standards Agency; a member of the Health Equity Board; a member of Public Health England; an Advisory Board member for the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and School of Public Health Research…She became a Governor of the Health Foundation in February 2018. An interest in tackling health inequalities and involving communities in their health and wellbeing has underpinned her work.’
So Ruth keeps telling us.
In 2016 Ruth was awarded a CB for her work in healthcare.
Ruth is not the only Role Model For Wimmin who was a Top Doctor in the upper echelons of Gov’t. When I was a Trustee of WEN Wales (Women’s Equality Network Wales), I met a recently retired female Top Doc who had spent years as a Gov’t/Welsh Gov’t adviser. This Top Doc was an enthusiastic Soroptimist and invited me to join the Chester branch of the Soroptimists. I didn’t mention it at the time, but I would never have been able to do that because Lucille Hughes is a leading light in that branch and has been for many years. I wondered at the time if the Soroptimists, including the Top Doc whom I met at WEN, somehow didn’t know who Lucille is. I have recently been told that they know exactly who she is and Lucille’s Top Doctor mate knew who I was, which is why an invitation was extended which had I fallen for it would have caused me great problems.
I met Lucille’s Top Doctor mate via another Trustee of WEN Wales, Carwen Howell. Carwen is a retired Welsh Office senior civil servant, she was their most senior adviser on pharmaceuticals. Carwen has disappeared from the list of WEN Wales Trustees and indeed has disappeared from the internet entirely since I blogged about her a few weeks ago. Dim problem, another one of Lucille’s mates has turned up as a WEN Wales Trustee, Ann Hodgson.
Ann Hodgson is the Immediate Past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with 80,000 members in 124 countries. Ann was also Chair of Multiple Sclerosis Society Cymru (National Council). She is a professionally qualified Bank Official with 24 years’ experience gained in a variety of demanding and challenging roles within the Lloyds TSB Group and the voluntary sector.
Ruth’s brother Peter is I think a bit older than Ruth. Peter completed a first degree and then a PhD in psychology at UCNW (Bangor University). He did that when the Psychology Dept at UCNW was a semi-derelict house containing a small number of people who worked with the paedophile gang and did what Dafydd told them, Dafydd ruling the roost at the Psychology Dept at the time. The infrastructure of the wider UCNW was also the domain of Dafydd’s gang and the Principal of UCNW was Sir Charles Evans, a former Liverpool neurosurgeon who was colluding with the trafficking gang.
After his PhD, Peter worked at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh as a clinical psychologist. Peter worked in that position while patients were sexually, physically and financially abused. He worked there when most of the patients there were imprisoned illegally, some of them in a dungeon. Peter was in post when Gwynne lobotomised people who complained; when gay men were subjected to ‘aversion therapy’ although homosexuality had long been decriminalised and the institution was imprisoning men as well as women who had complained about the trafficking gang; when pregnant women who’s pregnancies were inconvenient to other people were imprisoned there and when their babies disappeared or were abducted.
Peter was involved in the ‘training’ of clinical psychologists in north Wales, both at Denbigh and as a psychology lecturer at UCNW.
In the late 1980s, Peter became the General Manager of the North Wales Hospital. Gwynne had retired and died by then, so the lobotomies had stopped, but every other abuse continued. Peter failed to investigate even the most serious of complaints, including my own. His name is all over my documents. Peter was subsequently appointed General Manager of the wider mental health services in north Wales during the 1990s, after the North Wales Hospital Denbigh had begun to close down. Again, in this position, Peter colluded with crime and failed to investigate serious complaints, including mine; his name crops up in my documents over a period of years, as NHS/social services staff perjured themselves and destroyed/forged/planted evidence.
Peter also served as a Director of North Wales Health Authority; Peter was then appointed interim Chief Executive of ELWA, a training and education quango. Peter’s friend and fellow psychology graduate and Director of the North Wales Health Authority, Enid Rowlands, was Chair of ELWA and there was a row over the conflict of interest involved in Peter’s appointment as well as the failure to explain where a huge quantity of money had gone. See previous posts.
After the unhappy business at ELWA, in 2004 Peter was appointed as Chief Executive of the newly formed HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales), a post in which he remained until 2012. In that position, Peter came under fire for failing to investigate numerous serious complaints about the NHS, including, er, mine. Peter also played fast and loose with inspections, giving troubled, dangerous NHS Trusts clean bills of health and even reassured people that the North West Wales NHS Trust, which had the second highest suicide rate among women in England and Wales, was ‘excellent’.
In 2012 Peter ‘retired’. HIW was declared to be not fit for purpose. Peter was the only Chief Executive which HIW had ever had.
Peter then decided that although he had retired, the NHS was still in need of his services. He was appointed as Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The following year, the Board was placed in special measures as a result of the Tawel Fan Scandal and the dangerous maternity services. The performance of the Board continued to decline. The Board sank deeper into debt, despite regular huge bail outs from the Welsh Gov’t. Peter scarpered two months ago.
One cohort of citizens in Wales continue to benefit from Peter’s sense of duty: the learning disabled residents of the supported accommodation provided by the social enterprise Cartrefi Cymru, of which Peter is a Director. Cartrefi Cymru does have some very good staff and at least one manager who is excellent. However, the pay rates are very low and Cartrefi is having trouble recruiting and retaining staff because after the Gov’t raised the legal minimum rate of pay for night-time on-call staff, Cartrefi rearranged the shift patterns to ensure that the staff didn’t receive the new rate of pay. It wasn’t the managers decision, it was a decision taken by the Directors of Cartrefi.