I received a letter from the CQC assuring me that my complaint and issues were being referred to their compliance team for consideration.
I believe there needs to be changes to the above Mental Health Act 1983 as patients can get abused as it stands. There needs to also be changes to the complaints procedures and investigations so that in serious cases individual cases get investigated properly. If things are not looked at on an individual basis and when a local team is doing nothing to address serious matters then how are things ever going to get improved.
As it stands the Mental Health Act 1983 allows a detained patient to be given medication WITHOUT thei consent in certain circumstnaces. While you are detained under the ACt your psychiatrist is authorised to give you medication WITHOUT your consent for up to 3 months after you were given medication. At the end of that 3 month period and you still do not wish to take your medication your psychiatrist must contact the CARE QUALITY COMMISSION who will arrange for you to be seen by an independant doctor. This doctor will consult with your psychiatrist, a nurse and another member of staff who is not a doctor or nurse but who is professionally involved in your care. ONLY IF THIS INDEPENDENT DOCTOR AGREES THAT THE MEDICATION IS NCESSARY CAN IT BE GIVEN TO YOU THEREAFTER WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT.
This does not protect some people who have multiple diagnoses in their files that conflict with one another – no medication has worked because they have been the victim of terrible crime such as rape or have been abused and instead of giving decent care like counselling which addresses these issues that person is given drug after drug after drug – the drugs themselves cause psychosis and have the same effects as LSD.
The Law and the whole system is geared up to protecting the doctors and professionals involved and does give due care or consideration for a vulnerable patient who may in the first place have had no serious mental illness but could have suffered a breakdown caused by trauma for instance which, given time and counselling, could have been resolved by more humane treatment without plying drugs after drugs. Unfortunately, the majority of doctors believe in these drugs and they do not care about the long term health of the patient who can suffer all sorts of serious effects such as diabetes, lung, heart problems.
These professional doctors are open to abusing a patient’s rights – the law unfortunately is 100% on their side and they are not made to be accountable from what it would appear and there is nothing in place for a helpless and vulnerable patient to defend themselves with. Many patients are weakened y the effects of the medication and their families are too stressed out themselves to speak out and of course some familiies turn their back on a person who is not behaving in a good manner – they believe these professionals when they say it is caused by their condition, however I could see instantly that the drugs were the factor in Elizabeth’s case and having done my research I AM RIGHT. Many patients die as a result of enforced drug treatment and this is why I am conducting this blog as I fear for my daughter’s life right now. SHE IS CURRENTLY BEYOND HELP NOW AND UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE TEAM WHO ALL STICK TOGETHER. I BELIEVED INITIALLY THAT THE DOCTOR HIMSELF WAS THE ONE IN CHARGE THERE BUT THE TEAM ARE STICKING BY THIS DOCTOR WHO HAS NOT GIVEN ANY EVIDENCE AS TO HIS FINDINGS AND PROOF OF HER CONDITION AS THE TEAM ARE STICKING WITH ONE LABEL WHEREAS ANOTHER HIGHLY QUALIFIED EXPERT HAS GIVEN ANOTHER LABEL.
THE LABELLING OF PATIENTS IN ITSELF IS VERY HARMFUL AND ELIZABETH KIND OF GAVE UP ON LIFE THE MINUTE SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A SERIOUS CONDITION HOWEVER I SHOWED HER IN THE FILE THAT SHE HAD ANOTHER CONDITION CALLED ASPERGERS. IT MAKES YOU QUESTION HOW SOMEONE CAN ARRIVE AT SUCH A DIAGNOSIS – PSYCHIATRISTS INTERVIEWED ON CDS AND RECORDINGS I HAVE OPENLY LAUGH AND SAY THERE ARE NO WAYS OF TELLING WHAT CAUSES A MENTAL ILLNESS. SOME EVEN SAY IT TAKES JUST 2 MINUTES TO COME UP WITH A DIAGNOSIS AND OTHERS SAY THE DIAGNOSES ARE VOTED FOR – THIS IS EVEN M ORE SHOCKING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DSM AND SEE JUST HOW MANY DIAGNOSES THERE ARE IN THIS BOOK AND THE FACT THAT PSYCHIATRISTS GIVE THESE POWERFUL MIND ALTERING LSD LIKE DRUGS TO CHILDREN AND I KNOW THIS IS THE CASE FROM MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
AS I HAVE SAID THERE NEEDS TO BE CHANGES AND SOMETHING DONE TO PROTECT THE PATIENT.
Trapped on a prison-like ward where she is under the team’s control, she has no choice and her rights have been stripped from her. There is an organisation called Rethink and similar one called Mind at local level. Again these organisations have no powers to investigate abuse to the vulnerable patient under the control of these so called professionals.
They tried to get rid of me as nearest relative in such a manner that involved phone call after phone call, email after email, threat after threat. I am not on medication myself thank God! if I had been then I would have been weakened by all of this.
The Psychiatrist in charge wanted to override me as mother and obviously the team do not like me because I have been outspoken – outspoken in defence of my daughter who I fully believe has been misdiagnosed. HOWEVER NOONE IS LISTENING.
The mental system in the UK offers no choice in care apart from drugs after drugs however the Maudsley have good facilities not available at local level. I have got the Maudsley to give the supplements from the Orthomolecular Psychiatrist according to his prescription. Elizabeth told me the other day that one of the main things that have worked for her are the oils. I brought a collection of oils including Joy to the ward but none of the staff gave her any but they are allowing her these oils and Elizabeth said she finds them calming. Why cant the NHS provide the electronic cigarettes – they promote non smoking but for mental health patients who are so stressed out by the awful conditions on the acute wards – why are these not provided?
The fact is there are all these organisations at present but none have any real powers to intervene.
The PHSO and Local Government Ombudsmen have done nothing to put right matters and then where else do you turn to. Your local MP cannot help and just writes a few letters. How many times does someone desperately ill because of the effects of the medication have to end up on local acute wards – all the time going downhill and behaviour becoming more and more erratic.
The whole mental health system is a shambles and needs improving tenfold so patients and their rights are not abused and that professionals are made to be more accountable. There needs to be a much better system in place as it is NOT working.
When I have called into Parliament noone appears to be interested and you are treated in a dismissive way. It is apalling because mental health issues affect others that get more attention such as unemployment and crime. There is always much publicity in the press about reducing crime, policing, unemployment, and public spending. Well mental health converges on all of these if not more. In the community often these patients who have been long term in hospital for anything up to 2 years can become very dependant upon other people and need one to one care. It is not the best option to have someone home as they need to gain their confidence and become independent. Having said there there are instances where families cannot have that person home to live because of their behaviour which is very very sad.
I believe that the minute Elizabeth got put on anti-depressants back at the age of 19 and took herself off them in one go – that was the start of matters and I saw a significant change in her behaviour – in fact she was unrecognisable. It is since I obtained a copy of Dr Ann Blake Tracy’s book, Prozac Panacea Pandora that I have learned the full dangers of these awful drugs and the first one Cipralix was prescribed by her GP – immediately her face came out in terrible sores. I believe Elizabeth was allergic to this drug and was on around 30mg. You should never ever do what she did and take yourself off a drug in one go. This can lead to terrible withdrawl symptoms and relapse and relapse I believe is what happened and then worse was to come – one drug after another with label after conflicting label and all the time I am watching her deteriorate and every time on her own accord she tried to get herself off the drugs, this proved impossible. You cannot take yourself off these drugs by halving the medication or by skipping every other day. IT SIMPLY CANNOT BE DONE THIS WAY BUT IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE SO I FOUND OUT AND DR ANN BLAKE TRACY HAS PRODUCED A CD IN THIS RESPECT AND SHOWS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE.