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20 year old Daughter Sent to The Wrong Hospital for ‘Treatment’ Now in Segregation for Her Own Safety

Dear Dame Barbara Hakin,

We have made NHS England aware our daughter is still in a Medium Secure mental health hospital since October last year waiting for the Commissioner of the service to acknowledge that she was sent there by mistake.

We, and our daughter, were totally misled at her Mental Health Act assessment on October 3rd 2014. Absolutely no one mentioned that she was being referred to a Medium Secure service. The prerequisite Access Assessment was not carried out in accordance with the NHS contract for secure services and contrary to NHS Commissioning guidelines neither was an actual referral made for secure services. Our daughter only found out from her clinician that she was in a secure service a week after admission when her doctor returned from holiday.

Everyone just assumed that the appropriate assessment has been done.

She was supposed to have been going to a new hospital for ‘intense psychological therapy’. That’s what is stated on the medical recommendations. The hospital does not even offer therapy. They just medicate patients and lock them up. This containment without therapy is contrary to the Mental Health Act and all sense of propriety. Our daughter has only seen a psychologist three times in the last two months.

This is not appropriate treatment.

Despite our daughter and her family raising our concerns about the link between prescribing her an SSRI drug and the clear repeatable correlation with increased impulsivity and aggression, the hospital still ignores us. This is a well documented effect of the medication but when it happens each time doctors have just blamed the diagnosis rather than accept the evidence. This perpetuates an insidious and constructed cycle of abuse.

When we alerted NHS England to the mistake all they have to say is that they will investigate and tell us what happened by the 4th of February. We are not interested in why is happened. Just get her out of the wrong hospital now.

The Commissioner of the service, Louise Doughty, will not just simply admit that no one can lay their hands on the Assessment that should have been done in October. Without that Assessment, our daughter was put at risk by placing her in a Medium Secure ward when she posed no danger to others. This makes the detention there unlawful, negligent and contrary to the Code of Practice principle of least restriction.

Because of threats from other patients she is now in Long Term Segregation. She was only given clean underwear after six days of asking staff. This only eventually happened when her parents emailed the CEO of Partnerships in Care, Joy Chamberlain – the company that runs the anachronistic asylum called the Dene. The Care Quality Commission has been alerted and it was only yesterday our daughter’s detention and sensory deprivation was in some way relieved by staff giving her a TV in her cell. Prisoners are treated better than this.

Our daughter has sat in either seclusion or segregation since Christmas Eve. No access to therapy and no stimulation other than calling her parents daily if the staff allow this. She is denied incoming calls even though the hospital cannot offer a therapeutic reason why she is not allowed calls.

Since her stay she has been robbed, threatened by patients and staff, been denied therapeutic leave and access to therapy and her condition has utterly deteriorated. The staff make up arbitrary rules to disallow previously agreed phone privileges. The place is not fulfilling the third criteria for a section under the mental health act – that appropriate treatment is available.

This is not care in any sense of the word.

Despite our daughter and her family raising our concerns about the link between prescribing her an SSRI drug and the clear repeatable correlation with increased impulsivity and aggression, the hospital still ignores us. This is a well documented effect of the medication but when it happens each time doctors have just blamed the diagnosis rather than accept the evidence. This perpetuates an insidious and constructed cycle of abuse.

NHS England are now trying to retrospectively assess our daughter for secure services in order to cover up their negligence in October. Our daughter should not have been placed into any level of secure environment from the outset without having first been told. This negligence now means that her only route out of the system is via a step-down to lower security. This, especially with the setback of not having access to therapy for over three months, has effectively increased the length of her detention contrary to Article 5 of the European Commission of Human Rights.

We need you, Dame Barbara Hakin, to remove our daughter from the Dene now. There was no justification for sending her there and there is no justification for keeping her there.

Yours sincerely,

Peter & Maria
07925 375 794
NHSNegligence@modernasylum.com

One comment

  1. We have a system that is cruel and abusive and in breach of human rights. Staff carry out their duties but not all agree but there is a culture of bullying. I thoroughly sympathise with the points mentioned in this letter and can identify with the treatment and cruelty and breach of human rights. Under NHS and private sector care where my daughter was sent breach in human rights, attempted severing of family contact/supervised phone calls etc – coercion and general bullying and harassment. This is care under the mental health services in the UK for you. “No risk to self or others” Not on a section or CTO. A patient becomes an “object” – to keep someone in care costs a fortune and to give a patient huge amounts of drugs concomitantly prescribed – one to counteract the effects of another, ignoring the physical wellbeing of the patient is highly negligent.

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