I highlight below the very sad case of Oliver McGowan. RIP Oliver. It makes me sad as no lessons will ever be learned unless Doctors are made more accountable.
My daughter Elizabeth is currently being forcibly drugged under Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH Trust Suffolk Ward right now on drugs previously found to be allergic to/contraindicated to her underlying physical health conditions – pinned down by up to six members of staff and injected with poisonous chemicals they know full well previously found to be allergic to.
I am hoping that Oliver’s family will at long last get the justice they deserve with a criminal investigation underway. I have decided to notify Police of my concerns right now and would urge other parents to do likewise. When a Doctor ignores everything (even putting a line through the drugs chart acknowledging previous allergy) in other cases where physical health conditions are ignored then these doctors should be made accountable after all, Drs should do no harm. Other members of staff who knowingly administer medication when drawn to attention the facts of contraindications and allergy where diagnosis is in enormous doubt should likewise be held accountable when things go wrong. It is not a matter of “please take your medication as my licence is at stake“. When Drs knowingly prescribe such enormous quantities of drugs above BNF level then there needs to be accountability as they put lives at risk. More people should be challenging this important issue.
In Elizabeth’s case she was found to be a poor/non metaboliser through the unique p450 liver enzyme tests I had done. I have to say some Doctors have respected this but NOT UNDER BEHMHTNHS. There are some areas like Enfield where anything goes and physical health conditions needing referral to Endocrinology, Neurology is ignored in favour of a MH label which some Doctors choose to stick by, ignoring and disregarding other doctor’s professional opinions. This is how death and injury can occur.
I highlight the shocking sad case of Oliver McGowan as an example of this below:
I cannot wait until the mandatory training is in place https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Documents/Topics/Learning-disability/Mandatory-training/ITT-open-Feb-2020.pdf
As a parent, I have become accustomed to being bullied, ignored, deprived of contact, excluded and ridiculed and the most nasty defamatory comments are written behind your back when the team in desperation stick together to try and cover things up when on numerous occasions things have gone wrong under care. A patient is humiliated, gaslighted and coerced and in the end the truth is revealed. This is care under the NHS and I am featuring my local area of Enfield. It is enough to put you off seeing a Dr for life when you look at the overprescribing done under Enfield MH in the past causing Akathisia. Care under the NHS in my local area has no boundaries in terms of spending and under the MH the CCGs waste enormous public funds by not providing the right kind of care leaving a patient more traumatised than ever before. How many times has she been sent to a PICU ward because the care/environment on Suffolk Ward is totally inadequate and there is no support in the community because so much money is wasted by the community MH team on legal action trying to get rid of the nearest relative. Under a PICU she was held most recently on Cygnet Godden Green Sevenoaks – this along with St Pancreas Hospital, Ruby Ward Camden, Huntercombe Roehampton had been used simply for rapid tranquilisation, not care by Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH Trust but at least Huntercombe diagnosed her as having High Spectrum Aspergers which the current RC chose to ignore.
Today I received phone calls from my daughter looking forward to seeing me and coming off the ward as the only way patients can come off the ward now is being escorted by staff but this was not allowed today. Firstly I was told by Elizabeth there was an exercise class on the ward but apparently noone came and knocked on her door to remind her of the time so she did not attend – that is if the class even took place. Then there was some kind of buffet meal provided by the GMC apparently which Elizabeth would have found quite overwhelming being autistic, especially if there were lots of patients in the same room. So I turned up at Chase Farm Hospital and this was the first I heard she was once again placed in seclusion. I am sick and tired of Barnet Enfield and Haringey Doctors putting blame on a patient’s behaviour when they are knowingly and unaccountably drugging that patient on medication previously found to be allergic to and contraindicated to their physical health. It is never ever blame on their part. It is always blame on the patient and their family but let’s face it, Elizabeth instead of getting better under their care has got worse and worse and sent from pillar to post all the way to Wales (Cambian), Bethlem where she had a mews score 3 critical and was prescribed 2 x bnf levels of drugs plus developed tachycardia. She was sent to Huntercombe Roehampton, to a care home in Northampton where she had no food at the weekend, then to St Pancreas Ward and most recently Cygnet Godden Green, the third of Cygnet placements. This Trust (Barnet Enfield & Haringey MH Trust) clearly has money to burn and yet provides nothing decent in the community.
I have just written to the Rt Hon Feryl Clark MP for her help in this matter as we as a family were having difficulty in getting through on the phone to my daughter who was recently sent a long distance away. This is her response:
We are writing in response to the voicemail message you left asking for an update on your case.
We note you refer to the complaint you have raise against health services and understand, from our correspondence with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEH MHT) that your complaint is still being investigated. Please be advised that we have not raised a separate complaint.
With regards to the enquiries we have raised, we received a response from Enfield Council but are yet to receive a response form BEH MHT. We will contact you once we have received both responses as this will enable us to provide you with an update which encompasses the wider picture.
In the enquiries we have raised, have asked the relevant bodies for reassurance that they are aware of Elizabeth’s situation and are working to provide her with both the social and medical care and support she urgently requires. So where is such care under this brutal area – it is punishment not care when the treatment and facilities for care are totally wrong and inadequate. It is an area where they have money to burn on private sector PICUs instead of improving the quality of care on the acute MH wards where a patient’s physical health is overlooked because a doctor who is in charges chooses to ignore and overlook and carry on prescribing drugs previously found to be allergic to.
As we have advised you previously, sadly we are not in a position to comment on medical diagnoses therefore we are sorry that we are unable to assist you with this aspect of your concerns and wish you the best in your pursuit. Then you need to address this important issue in Parliament because young vulnerable people like my daughter are dying as a result of care and treatment provided under MH where certain Doctors choose to totally ignore a patient’s physical health and wellbeing knowing full well that a drug found to be previously allergic to is prescribed and parent’s advice are ignored. I am not even a Dr to state that what is going on is wrong and I WANT THIS MATTER ADDRESSED IN PARLIAMENT BECAUSE IT AFFECTS LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE.
To date, we have received a high volume of information from you and appreciate you sharing your concerns with us however, we would greatly appreciate if you could, in a clear and concise email, set out exactly what you would like us to do to assist Elizabeth whilst considering the representations we have made thus far and our stance on some of your concerns. We hope you will understand and agree that due to the complex nature of this case, we require this email as a steer moving forward. I want everything addressed in Parliament as here is a good example of the most abusive care in the UK – drugging a patient – with drugs prev allergic to and contraindicated putting their life at risk and blaming their behaviour on wrongly treatment. and neglect when the diagnosis is completely and utterly wrong and other Doctors say so not me. The amount of money wasted by providing the wrong kind of care in PICUS far and wide should be made accountable to the general public as it is after all public money when I spent a fraction of this money on decent humane care only to left without a scrap of support in Enfield on my daughter’s return. The other area is tribunals and bullying the Nearest Relatives when paperwork is drawn up unlawfully time and time again by unaccountable professionals who go out of their way to avoid blame and try to put blame on the parents/families and patients instead of apologising.
THERE IS NOTHING COMPLEX IN THIS CASE. IT IS A CASE THAT SHOULD BE LOOKED UPON AS TOPICAL RIGHT NOW AND THAT LESSONS NEED TO BE LEARNED WHEN VULNERABLE PATIENTS DIE AS A RESULT OF DRs PRESCRIBING DRUGS KNOWN TO BE CONTRA INDICATED AND ALLERGY RELATED AND THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THIS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN PARLIAMENT AND ALSO THE MANDATORY TRAINING MENTIONED IN THE LINK ABOVE IS PUT IN PLACE.
MY DAUGHTER WANTS AN AUTISM/ASPERGERS ASSESSMENT AND THE CURRENT RC IS IN DISPUTE WITH MANY OTHER DOCTORS AND THEREFORE NOT PROVIDING THE RIGHT KIND OF CARE AND TREATMENT AND SENDING ELIZABETH ALL OVER THE PLACE WHICH IS MORE TRAUMATIC FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS A DIAGNOSIS BY SO MANY OF COMPLEX PTSD AND ASPERGERS/ DEVELOPMENTAL DIAGNOSIS.
The sad case of Oliver McGowan should be noted and lessons learned but that is not being done in Enfield under Chase Farm Hospital. My daughter is once again in seclusion on Suffolk Ward. She was not allowed out with me today. A proposed short break has not been agreed by the current RC. Elizabeth who I saw yesterday could not stop crying. Elizabeth could not swallow her food without being ill. Elizabeth was walking like she did when they forced Clozapine on her and now on Suffolk Ward once again yet more brutal treatment is being dished out and you as an MP should address this treatment. I want everything made public on Twitter as this is affecting many people in other areas too and I want everyone to learn from ENFIELD BARNET AND HARINGEY MH TRUST and the COMMUNITY TEAM I have featured in my story “Get Her Back We Are Paying for that”.
I note that you feature comments supporting George Floyd well I too support those comments but I wish to further draw to your attention the fact that vulnerable people of all ethnic backgrounds who suffer from MH and LD/autism are being dreadfully abused by their treatment much of which goes on under the NHS acute MH wards themselves and then someone within the Trust spends £13000 pw on private ATUs – this is enormous money to spend on a totally wrong environment and I would like an explanation as to why this money is not being spent on care in the community to prevent people like my daughter being incarcerated in such dreadful places as acute wards where behind closed doors terrible treatment goes on. I would also appreciate your assistance for my daughter to be properly and independently assessed because there is huge conflict on the diagnosis the hospital RC sticks to against so many other Doctors opinions.
We look forward to your response. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RESPONSE RIGHT HERE ON TWITTER SO THAT I CAN FEATURE THIS IN MY NEXT BLOG. IF NOT THEN I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MEETING WITH THE RT HON FERYAL CLARK
On behalf of the Office of Feryal Clark
Member of Parliament for Enfield North
House of Commons
Tel: 0207 219 6607
Last of all I asked for a copy of the Code of Practice when it came to length of seclusions under Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH Trust – I am most interested to hear how long a vulnerable patient is held and abused in this way as Elizabeth was held for than just a few days and deprived of fresh air and exercise.