Category Archives: NHS

Remote psychiatrist keeps job

Lunatic running the asylum

Doctor who freed mental patient who stabbed cyclist to death wins fight for job | Mail Online

Dr Gillian Mezey, a consultant psychiatrist, decided to let paranoid schizophrenic John Barrett out of hospital for an hour’s unsupervised leave without even seeing him in September 2004.

I mentioned this Doctor recently, she was the supposed psychiatrist that allowed mentalist John Barrett to have ‘ground leave’, which he took to mean leave the grounds, whereupon he stabbed to death poor Denis Finnegan. So I was quite astonished to find out that she has been allowed to keep her job!

Work from home

Apparently she decided that John Barrett was really a good sort, and wouldn’t hurt a fly, despite not having ever met him and being too busy on ‘other duties’ to assess him.

Barrett repaid her faith in him by not only being late back, but by purchasing a stack of knives (not sure we he got the cash for that, did she give him pocket money too?) and then stabbing the unfortunate Mr Finnegan who happened to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Still, it was apparently completely not her fault.

Mr Justice Underhill upheld her challenge, agreeing with an investigating panel that it was ‘a case of a pure one-off misjudgment’.

What rubbish. Perhaps I could give the local health trust my telephone number and dispense equally pointless, hit and miss advice. Chances are I too will only make one misjudgement and I’ve had no psychiatric training whatsoever.

You’d expect an expert to be able to tell a dangerous mentalist from a normal, functioning member of society, but if she’s just blindly accessing the patients then she isn’t doing her job and therefore should not be looking after such dangerous patients.

Compensation

As far as I know the family of Denis Finnegan have not received any compensation for his tragic death. Yet the person most responsible for that day’s events, is after some for herself!

She is suing her employers for damages to her career for breach of contract. She claims the disciplinary action against her was unlawful and ‘humiliated’ her.

She humiliated herself by conducting assessments over the phone, and not even with the patient. I am no expert but that seems to me to be a sign of incompetence and incompetence should never be rewarded.

Of course all that is irrelevant, no doubt she’ll get hundreds of thousands for her ‘misjudgement.’

I only hope that the family of Mr Finnegan sue her, it is probably the only way that they will see any form of justice, however unlikely.

Care in the Community

Lucy Yates was stabbed 27 times whilst buying chocolate for her boyfriend at her local supermarket. Her mentalist attacker had simply decided that she should die, sadly these mentalists rarely do us all a favour and decide that they themselves should die.

The girl who died THREE times: Stab victim learns to walk again after frenzied attack in a supermarket | Mail Online

A young woman has spoken for the first time of her amazing recovery after being stabbed 27 times in a supermarket aisle.

This is a remarkable story, and it was gratifying to know that not only is she on the mend, but that she hadn’t forgiven her attacker (as was reported in the press a lot at the time) at all. Good for her.

Her injuries were shocking, at the time I thought it amazing that she had survived, after seeing her list of injuries I have revised that opinion – it’s a bloody miracle.

“Lucy Yates, 20, had two collapsed lungs, a punctured liver and severe spinal damage after the attack by a paranoid schizophrenic.”

Thankfully she is now walking again.

inadequate care

We seem to have developed a bizarre attitude to mental health care in Britain over the past few decades, perhaps longer. Admittedly the Victorian idea of keeping all mental patients locked up for their own good, and then allowing the public to tour the institutions for fun, may not have been ideal treatment. However the knee jerk reaction to this of letting them all fend for themselves within society and seeing how they fare, isn’t much better either.

It may seem a fair and more civilised way of treating the mentally ill, although this is debatable, but is it a fair and civilised way of treating the rest of society? It is believed that there are about 600,000 schizophrenics in Britain today and of these about 200,000 are thought to be paranoid schizophrenics like Samuel Reid-Wentworth.

According to estimates, this 200,000 (0.32% of the population) are responsible for 10% of murders in Britain. That means about 100 people every year are killed by paranoid schizophrenics. A worrying statistic, especially as:

“The 10% or so from which will emerge the perpetrators of most of the serious violence are identifiable in advance. A structured programme in which the criminogenic personality and behavioural factors, substance misuse and social dislocation are managed together with the active symptoms of the disorder could prevent the progress to violence.”
Schizophrenia and violence: from correlations to preventive strategies

If this is the case, why are so many in Britain going on to kill? And these statistics do not of course include those like Lucy Yates, who survived. Who knows how many are attacked each year by paranoid schizophrenics.

budgetary constraints

The fact is there just isn’t enough money spent on mental healthcare, there never is. The Government tries to cover this up with schemes like care in the community and such like, roughly translated as ‘You’re on your own.’ But mental healthcare has always bore the brunt of cut backs as it is a side of the NHS that most people, thankfully, have little to do with.

If the frequent murders and attacks by such people were not evidence enough of such practices by the Government, then the fact that thousands of children across the UK are forced to look after their mentally ill parents, without any state support – should be.

Phrases such as ‘dropped through the cracks’, ‘slipped through the net’, i.e. we missed them, are used a lot each and every time one of this mentalists kills someone and there is an inquiry, yet it happens over and over again.

psychopath

Mentalist

Samuel Reid-Wentworth is a psychopath of the highest order, as he warned one of those trying to aid Lucy Yates by pulling her clear.

“I’m a psychopath – I’m going to come and stab you if you don’t let her go.”

Sadly, for everyone involved and for future victims of Reid-Wentworth, no one took this as an excuse to beat him to death with a tin of luncheon meat.

Although he hasn’t been sentenced, it is highly likely that his sentence will be an irrelevance. No matter what he gets, in a few years, maybe less, there will be a queue of do-gooders trying to get him released, thinking only of his human rights, so that he might enjoy a relatively normal life.

At which point he will be re-assessed and described as ‘no longer a danger to the public’, before going on to kill someone within weeks, sadly never the idiot that set him loose.

Presumably this wasn’t the first time that Reid-Wentworth had hurt someone, as the article above states, there are usually many indicators and a build up to such an attack. But, as he was only an out-patient, it seems that these signs were either missed or ignored and he was no doubt not considered to be a danger to the public.

Still we can breathe easy now that he is safely behind bars, unless we start thinking about the other 200,000 similarly afflicted people in Britain, and wondering just how many of those 200,000 have files that bear the stamp – ‘No longer a danger to the public.’

On the 19th February 2009, Samuel Reid-Wentworth was sentenced to be detained indefinitely, which basically means until some other leftist idiots decides that he has learned his lesson and will no longer be a danger to the public.

Nursing: The Caring Profession

The NHS has a lot of problems, one of the biggest is a lack of staff and resources, because of this the NHS has had problems in recent years keeping staffing levels at acceptable rates, despite the good pay many nurses leave because they find the job too demanding. Enter the foreigners…

Nurse suspended after ‘chatting on a mobile phone while taking patient’s blood’ | Mail Online

A hospital nurse has been suspended for allegedly chatting on her mobile phone while carrying out a blood test.

I am not surprised in the slightest by this, I have spent time in hospitals and it is alarming just how much of the staff there are not English, and not just the nurses but doctors too. There are German doctors, South African doctors, Ghanaian  doctors, Italian doctors and Indian doctors, and this was on just one ward!

I understand that there may be a shortage of doctors but surely doctors are not that thin on the ground?

an offer they couldn’t refuse

Had she not died in 1980, I am sure Hattie Jacques would be most displeased by the state of modern nursing.

I believe this has more to do with one simple fact, whatever country they live in, doctors can make far more money here in Britain than at home. I heard one German doctor say he can make five times more here, than at home!

Five times more, for that I’d move to another country, as long as it wasn’t France.

Nurses too earn a pretty penny. I believe that the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse is around £20,000, around the same as the national average salary. This again is going to attract nurses from abroad, and it seems that nurses from two main areas of the world are filling the nursing shortage. West Africa and the Philippines.

The Nigerian nurse in the article was on the phone whilst taking a patients blood, but in my experience the patient mentioned got off lightly. The West African nurses tend to be quite large women, and I have witnessed them manhandling patients around the bed in a most undignified manner. They seem to care little for the patients that they are meant to be attending, particularly the elderly.

If you attempt to bring them up on it they look at you as though you have lost your mind.

The actions of some of the nurses left me quite shocked. The Filipinos tend not to be much better, their English was terrible, surely they should have a decent standard of English before being taken on in such a role? Communication was a nightmare, as was making them aware that some of their actions were inappropriate.

Lost in translation

Whatever happened to the little girls who wanted to look after sick people?

I got the distinct impression that they just didn’t care about the people that they were looking after, and if they are here purely for the remuneration, why should they? I have heard plenty about translators and staff having to provide literature to patients in other languages, but never have I been on a ward for which English was not the primary language!

Nor would I have expected to need a third party to help me explain to a nurse simple everyday actions. It may be part of modern Britain to mingle with newcomers to this great nation, but the last place you want to run into a language barrier is in hospital. The most depressing aspect for me were the struggles of the elderly, who just gave up trying to make themselves understood, indeed I am sure a few them didn’t quite realise that they were still in England.

I’d like to say that the English nurses were better, but they were largely absent and the few that did flit in and out tended not to want to get their hands dirty with trivial things like patients. And why should they, after all they are now by and large degree educated, and think of themselves as quasi doctors. Plus, they now have foreigners to do the hard work.

Crazy people

Lucy Yates, stabbed 17 times in Somerfield, is a ‘living miracle’ – Times Online

The family of a young woman who was stabbed repeatedly in a supermarket described her yesterday as kind, gentle and caring.

Another example of an innocent happily going about her daily business, and ending up being stabbed by a mentalist. I can only imagine the sheer unbelievable terror this poor girl must have felt when this man, who apparently didn’t know her, suddenly decided to stab her to death. Fortunately he hasn’t succeeded and the young girl is still alive, but fighting for her life.

A Sussex NHS organisation that helps patients with mental health, learning disability and substance abuse problems issued a statement yesterday saying that it knew the accused man.

As usual this was yet another mental patient that no one knew what to do with and so let him live as if he were a normal member of soceity, when clearly he was not.

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said that it was “very shocked to hear of this terrible incident”. The organisation said: “We can confirm that the person who has been arrested is known to our services. We are unable to comment any further at this stage.”

Another example of a patient being declared as ‘not a danger to the public’ before going on a loony rampage. It isn’t too much to ask for taxpayers to expect to be able to go about their normal business without fear of being attack by some nutjob.

I don’t think that anyone would dispute that these sorts of people need specialist care, and that they should receive it, but in the absence of such care or a cure, they should not be released into the community and left to their own devices.

This month another former patient of the Sussex health trust, Benjamin Frankum, was sent to Broadmoor Hospital after he was found responsible for the murder of a 34-year-old landscape gardener last year. Frankum had broken into Daniel Quelch’s parents’ house in a Berkshire lane and stabbed him 82 times.

Quelch was only staying there with his children to keep his mother company. For reasons known only to the mad as a hatter Frankum, he broke into the house, took a knife from the kitchen and began stabbing Daniel Quelch. When Quelch refused to die, Frankum returned to the kitchen to find a sharper knife before returning to finish off poor Mr Quelch.

These events are becoming more and more common as our healthcare systems fails this people, and then fails to protect the rest of society from them.

We only seem to hear of these events when they are fatal or particularly brutal and this makes me wonder just how many of these cases there are each year. There was a woman stabbed by another mentalist in a shop near me just a few months ago, fortunately it wasn’t serious and she survived. This incident barely made the news, and then of course only the local news.

The two incidents above are from one health trust in the past year, and these are only the serious incidents, there are another 151 primary care trusts. Just how many people are stabbed or assaulted by these mentalists each year?

NICE spends more on PR than drug testing

Watchdog’s £4.5m PR budget: NICE spends more on ‘spin’ than drug tests | Mail Online

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which has been widely criticised for banning drugs from NHS use as too expensive, squandered £4.5million on ‘communications’ last year.

Pisstaker – Rawlins

My first question would be why on earth do they need a communications budget? Surely their recommendations are made available to the NHS trusts already?

Just who are they trying to reach for £4.5 million in one year? For that price the idiot in charge, Sir Michael Rawlins, could use his mobile phone to call anyone in the UK and remain on the phone for 42 years! Or even call everyone in the UK and talk to them for a minute!

This was £1.1million more than the £3.4million the controversial organisation spent on assessing new medicines.

This is of course made all the more shocking as this is the group that plays God and decides who lives, and who dies, purely as a budget calculation.

The rest is spent on such things as salaries – NICE’s annual report for 2006/07 revealed that wages accounted for almost 37 per cent of the budget – accommodation (eight per cent) and external contracts. Almost 300 full-time staff are employed in London and Manchester.

It a shame that they don’t take such a miserly approach when it comes to PR, or their own wages.

The watchdog looks at whether drugs are cost-effective for the NHS, with the annual cost threshold set between £20,000-£30,000, above which they are considered too expensive.

Unsurprisingly the average wage in NICE is £40,000, so ‘too expensive’ is clearly a benchmark that they don’t apply to their own ‘services’.

NICE should be made up of citizens who do it simply as volunteers, not the cronies who are after honours and knighthoods. After all this is who it concerns, not the elite who can afford private health care anyway.

Immigration – The Reality

We’ve been told for years that immigration is beneficial to Britain, its economy and its people. Yet a Lords report has proven all the governments claims on immigration to be wildly inaccurate. Furthermore the report has acknowledged what ordinary British citizens have known for some time, that immigration has a detrimental effect on the existing population and benefits only the immigrants themselves.

powell Two weeks on Sunday will be the 40th anniversary of what is probably Britain’s most well known and controversial speech regarding immigration. Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood speech.’ This speech is largely remembered as being a racist, and anti black speech and generally discredited as consisting of hyperbole and far right propaganda.

However, having grown up and lived in many ‘culturally diverse’ areas, and never having really given much credence to the famous speech or even heard nor read it, I find that looking it over for the first time, much of it now appears to ring true.

Enoch Powell warned that:

“…not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

Today that transformation is clear to any who wish to see it. Never before have so many residents of the nations capital been born outside of Britain. A third of Londoners were born outside of the UK, the British born population of London has been declining rapidly. 33.3% of Londoners are now classed as non white. 32.2% of those that live in Birmingham are classed as non white, in Leicester that figure is 37.4%. In Wolverhampton, where Powell was once an MP, 23.5% of his former consistency are classed as non white. This is of course a startling change in just 40 years, and certainly never seen before in Britain.

“For reasons which they could not comprehend, and in pursuance of a decision by default, on which they were never consulted, they found themselves made strangers in their own country.”

For people living in those areas during those times it was a very strange experience, going from a majority to a minority in a generation. To see a whole neighbourhood change and not just the faces, but businesses too and the whole culture of the area.

Powell also estimated that by the year 2000, there would be 5-7 million immigrants and their descendents living in the UK, making up approximately one tenth of the population. He was pretty much spot on and indeed 1 in 10 people in the UK today are non white.

Today more British born whites emigrate than ever before, hundreds of thousands per year, virtually the same rate as those coming into Britain.

“They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition,”

There is at the moment a maternity crisis within the NHS, whether or not that is related to immigration is debatable but as the Lords report points out, immigrants may pay taxes, but like everyone else they also use the services they are entitled too. Of course immigrants tend to have lower paid jobs than British born workers.

As for schools, again there is a problem with school places, a problem that the Government keeps trying to resolve by making sure that the schools have less and less choice on pupil selection.

“…at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker; they began to hear, as time went by, more and more voices which told them that they were now the unwanted.”

Three quarters of all new jobs in the UK over the past decade have gone to immigrants. Positive discrimination, although illegal, is rife in many organisations as they struggle to meet the quotas needed to prove that they are not ‘institutionally racist’.

Hundreds of thousands of school leavers each year discover they are unable to find any meaningful work and have little in the way of career prospects in Britain’s so called modern and dynamic employment sector. Unemployment amongst the native population continues to rise, whilst millions of immigrants arrive each year to work.

The native workforce are becoming the unwanted ones that Powell spoke of; frustrated at being unable to find work, whilst the influx of foreign workers proves there is work available, just not to them.

The story of the woman in Powell’s speech may have seemed far fetched to most people 40 years ago, but for any white people that live/lived in largely immigrant areas, or have ventured into such areas, the description will be very familiar.

“She is becoming afraid to go out. Windows are broken. She finds excreta pushed through her letterbox. When she goes to the shops, she is followed by children, charming, wide-grinning piccaninnies. They cannot speak English, but one word they know. ‘Racialist’, they chant. When the new Race Relations bill is passed, this woman is convinced she will go to prison. And is she so wrong? I begin to wonder.

Nowadays though, those children do not smile. They are much more likely to display anger and aggression than mirth. There are twice as many racist attacks against whites each year, than against non whites. Four times more whites are murdered in racist attacks each year, than any other ethnic group.

Powell was right, few white people complain for fear of being branded a racist. They just move away.

The most prophetic point that Powell made in his speech was that he believed that although many immigrants wanted to integrate, most did not. He also noted that some immigrants had a vested interest in promoting racial and religious divisions.

“…with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population”

_44537340_comp226_170 Repeated investigations, inquiries and think tanks have stated that there are deep divisions within British society, and that these divisions are caused by immigrants not wanting to integrate. Today’s religious extremists and home grown terrorists exemplify this. They are so far removed from ordinary Britons they see nothing wrong in wholesale cold blooded murder of them.

Many immigrant communities are so far removed from British society that they either ignore or are oblivious to British laws and ignorant of the language. Worse they bring parts of their culture, and customs that have no place in Britain or are criminals themselves.

The argument for the virtually unchecked immigration policy that Britain has at the moment is based on the fact that Britain benefits from it, but this report has shown what many in Britain today already know, those supposed benefits in reality are either hollow or non existent.

Apparently the influx of foreign workers supplements our existing workers, creates jobs and fills vacancies that would otherwise have been unfilled. The report however points out that most workers that enter Britain are unskilled and they do not fill the job vacancies, the number of which have remained the same despite the flood of workers.

The billions spent teaching immigrants English and treating diseases that are brought in such as HIV and tuberculosis could be spent benefiting British born citizens and plug the gaps in education and the NHS.

The report stated:

“There has been little or no positive impact on the living standards of the existing population.”

For those that are competing with the immigrants for the low paid jobs, it is clear that immigration is having a negative impact.

Despite all this, the Government is refusing to change its current immigration policy, Gordon Brown has already dismissed the report. I am sure that soon the usual suspects will be wheeled out to start bandying around words like racism, xenophobic and insular.

After his speech Powell became something of a pariah among the political elite, yet received widespread support from the public. A popular cry amongst the far right has been ‘Enoch was right’, yet time is proving that he may well have been.

The question is no longer whether Enoch was right, but why are successive governments ignoring the evidence about immigration?

Scots prescriptions go down, English go up!

Another example of how great devolution is, for everyone but the English who are paying through the nose for it.

pills Today in Scotland the prescription charges, which ironically is for the NHS (National Health Service), which is anything but ‘national’ anymore, went down by 25%. At the same time, the English have seen theirs rise by 25p. I can only assume that as there are 5 time more people in England than Scotland, this is to pay for the Scottish decrease?

This of course comes after the Welsh have already abolished their prescription charges. After a decade of devolution it has become clear that the only ones benefiting from this system are the ‘devolved states’, moreover it is now abundantly clear this is a one way process, England will never have its own parliament.

Apparently the amount of tax paid by the English, Scots and Northern Irish is roughly the same, even though the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish have two layers of government and the MPs serving in their devolved parliaments can earn more than the Prime Minister of the UK!

English taxpayers are facing more and more hardships, with the rising price of fuel and rising taxation, yet have to continue to stand by and watch concessions being handed out to everyone but them, all whilst paying for them!

All four parliaments are a drain on the English taxpayers, but only one actually answers to and benefits the English tax payer.

This step is just the latest in the Scottish governments long term plan to abolish prescription charges altogether. But as an English taxpayer I can’t help but wonder if the prescriptions charges for me have increased, so that the MSPs can make the decreases that they have promised the Scots.

“Mr Salmond knows he can’t get Scottish independence from the Scots alone. He needs equally short-sighted and disaffected English voters to go along with his plans. Crafty fellow.”
Michael White – Guardian.

If that is his plan, well I can only say from my point of view, that it is working. The sooner the Scots get their independence, the sooner English taxes will go down and the English standard of living will go up. Moreover we’ll be able to start using words like English, England and Englishness again, and be proud to be English, rather than British. Of course that will mean off loading another one of Europe’s poorest states, Wales.