Tonight I have had a call from Elizabeth’s sister very upset that she is not allowed to speak to her and being told by certain staff that Elizabeth does not want any contact with her family. The staff who are denying any contact are Registered Mental Health Nurses on the ward and this is causing a lot of upset within the family. We do not believe for one minute that Elizabeth does not wish to speak to any of us and that is because whilst contact has been denied to us, Elizabeth is being kept in seclusion for a reason. Staff just stick together who on earth would disbelieve anything they say but this is what goes on in these institutions when there is something to hide and when certain professionals wish to be protected. Hiding behind confidentiality is not the first time we have come across such actions. However as I told one RMN tonight the truth always comes out in the end. So the members of staff spoken to tonight have been William and Joel or Jo. They would not give any information stating that Elizabeth said she did not want any information shared but this is what they do when they have things to cover up.
Elizabeth is still in seclusion since the 30th September and we see this as the ultimate punishment. It is also punishment as we see it to be declined contact for the family too. We have never known a hospital to decline right of contact like this to her family ever before and the reason we do not believe that it is what Elizabeth wants is because of her recent text messages to family.
Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Before the Act, English law did not provide a statutory right to privacy. Article 8 is a qualified right (other rights being absolute or limited) and provides that: Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home, and his correspondence.
Article 8 protects your right to respect for your private life, your family life, your home and your correspondence (letters, telephone calls and emails, for example). What is meant by private life? You have the right to live your life privately without government interference.
- Examples of where there could be a breach of article 8 include: 1. searches and surveillance of your home 2. separation of family members including deportation or removal of immigrants 3. care or adoption orders for children and interference with your parental rights 4. compulsory medical treatment or testing 5. if you’re treated badly in a care home – if it’s severe enough this could also be a breach of article 3 6. your right to privacy at home and at work – for example, phone tapping, the monitoring of emails and int…
Article 3 protects you from:
- torture (mental or physical)
- inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and
- deportation or extradition (being sent to another country to face criminal charges) if there is a real risk you will…
I will keep you all informed tomorrow as to whether Elizabeth is still in seclusion – this is a means of how they can stop contact because in seclusion staff can argue that a person cannot have a phone but we are increasingly concerned and it is good to question what is going on as you only have to read the files to see that professionals are trying to cover things up and are well aware that what they are doing is wrong.
So behind the provision of such “care” is my local area of Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH Trust and the CEO is Jinjer Kandola and the head of Commissioning is Peppa Aubyn and I have been speaking with Jon Robson of Enfield CCG who agrees that a CTR is necessary as how many times is the “care” of a PICU found to be totally wrong and in the community too under the community MH team when Elizabeth is said throughout the files to have Autism. The care she is getting right now on the MH ward therefore is totally wrong and seclusion is punishment and torture to someone who is forcibly drugged on drugs previously found to be allergic to against manufacturer’s instructions.