This short visit is planned just before Xmas for between 2 – 3 hrs. A record compared to what I was allowed before on previous visits but of course two members of staff will be present to supervise this visit.
I am meanwhile waiting for a reply to my email below.
“My daughter is miles away from home now and hardly sees anything of me and so I would like to know the following:
Why have you only made arrangements with her father and excluded me from the beginning? She already had a firm of solicitors acting for her – why did you exclude them and try and replace them with Welsh Firms? -…………………………. most confused about this.
Why am I having escorted visits and supervised phone calls? (This arrangement does not apply to her father). I have a letter from Dr …………………stating that she is too mentally unstable re Xmas.
I have already said to you that I feel you do not trust me and you have said this is not the case. I offered you references from my police training which you declined. You have not given me any valid reason. If it is not fact you do not trust me and especially as I have said before I would not attempt to get her off the drugs – what is it then?
For how long do you intend to keep on with this arrangement of supervised phone calls and visits?
How long do you intend to keep my daughter at your hospital?
I look forward to hearing from you.
AND THE RESPONSE FROM THE WARD MANAGER:
With regards your query in connection with replacing your daughter’s solicitor with a Welsh firm, this was at her request, because she felt she wanted to choose her own solicitor rather than have one that had been chosen for her prior to her transfer to St Teilo House.
THIS COMMENT ABOVE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. ELIZABETH WAS MOST CONFUSED AND TOLD ME SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT ALL THE LETTERS WERE ABOUT FROM THE WELSH SOLICITORS AND ALSO TOLD ME THAT A MEMBER OF STAFF SUGGESTED A WELSH FIRM OF SOLICITORS BECAUSE SHE WAS IN WALES. IT IS NO WONDER HER TRIBUNAL FAILED! WHEN I SPOKE TO HER SHE SOUNDED VERY CONFUSED AND DID NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT A TRIBUNAL WAS ALL ABOUT. THIS WAS HER STATE OF MIND AT THE TIME AND SHE MUST HAVE JUST TAKEN THE DRUGS.
“As you state in your email, Dr ……….has already set out in her letter to you dated 23rd November the reasons why …………..will not be granted extended unescorted leave over the Xmas period. However Dr ………..did agree that escorted leave at Xmas will be facilitiated and that is why you have been allocated a time to see ……………….on the 22nd December. Please let me know if this time is not suitable for you.”
“I would like to reiterate that your supervised phone calls have been arranged at your daughter’s request. This will continue for as long as she wants. However, we are happy to change the day and time as I appreciate that you have difficulties speaking on the telephone at the previously artranged time because you are travelling home from work. Please let me know if you would like the time to be rearranged.”
Elizabeth’s latest text to me the other day asked after her pet cat and that I should look after him. She was looking forward to coming to stay but the team have put a stop to this. I cannot say more about these comments that she wants supervised phone calls!
ELIZABETH’S COMMENTS “Mum staff are watching me all the time.” “I will call the police on them – you are still my Mum” – apparently the supervised phone calls and escorted visits only apply to me not her father. I h ave heard he has had unescorted leave but what is bad is they do not give you a reason.
” At her CPA Meeting in August, your daughter’s treatment plan was agreed by the team. She is still currently in the assessment phase of this plan and accordingly her Responsible Clinician does not consider she is well enough to be discharged from hospital, as this depends on when her mental state improves. However, please be assured that your daughter’s clinical condition and treatment are being kept under close review.”
Elizabeth felt dizzy and suffered a panic attack because of her fear of heights when I went out on the escorted leave with the manager. She is of no danger to society – she has no strength, she had to hold on to my arm thanks to the high level of drugs she is on. They could forever say this as an excuse and keep her a prison forever. Elizabeth said “Mum I may never get out of here” – “why did you put me in hospital” – She was in fact transferred from the Bethlem where she was promised a drug free period of assessment by Prof Murray which was not carried out and three more drugs introduced and then within a day or so to Cambian Four Star Wards giving no time for anyone in the family to say goodbye even.
“In relation to your comment about not being trusted, I can only reassure you again that this is not the case“.
WHAT IS IT THE CASE THEN?