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April 29, 2014

Apologies for the rather emotive title but I’m really angry. Have a read of this latest report of the Learning Disability Census – http://www.learningdisabilitytoday.co.uk/two_thirds_of_people_with_learning_disabilities_in_institutions_regularly_given_antipsychotic_medication_report_finds.aspx

68% of people with learning disabilities in “hospital style institutions” (assessment and treatment units) are on anti psychotic medication. And of those 68%, over 90% of them are being coshed with them regularly. This is a scandal right? It must be? Let’s drug all our learning disabled people to the eyeballs, shut them up and take away their uniqueness.

I’m gonna quote Katrina Pearcey – this is the modern way. In Victorian times we locked people away all their lives. Now, the modern way is to douse them and send them to assessment and treatment units to be introduced to their drug habits.

Where is the safeguarding? Where are the people in power questioning the way they operate? Or perhaps they’re all in it together.

And just look at the fees these places charge – as much as nearly £4500K a week. I’m sure the coke dealer in my local would like a piece of that action.

It has to stop. Please it has to stop.

I was going to hold back from recounting the latest news with Steven’s meds reduction to the summer but reading this report has spurred me into action. We have been reducing his anti psychotic medication since the diagnosis about his liver problem in early February. Last week, the meds stopped completely. In just 10 weeks, Steven has lost 3 stone 4 pounds. Ever since a friend posted on Facebook last year about her son’s organs failing as he was carrying 10 stone of fluids around his vital organs, I have been terrified that the same thing was happening with Steven. The 3 stone he has lost in such a short time must have been fluid weight and there’s still a lot more to come. I’ve had years of psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, positive behaviour people refusing to acknowledge that the huge weight gain has anything to do with the medication and putting it all down to poor diet. And when I show them what Steven actually eats, I am then cast as lying and not taking food issues seriously.

The medication was killing him, as it probably is for some of those 68% of people mentioned in the report. But nobody is really interested because there are huge profits for the drug companies and the owners of the assessment and treatment units.

It’s the modern way of “making a killing” in more ways than one.

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53 Comments
  1. Magi permalink

    Just totally Barbaric. I’m glad Steven is doing well xx

  2. Savagely Cruel……. and very very Scary……..

    • Pauline Thomas permalink

      Psychiatrists that give anti-psychotic medication to people with a learning disability are prescribing blindly. These people are unable to accurately communicate their awful side effects or how they are making them feel. They have to suffer first before anyone notices. It is outrageous that these medications are dished out in order to keep this people from complaining about their lives. ‘Hate the services and making a fuss?’ ‘Here’s a pill to keep you compliant’ ‘Unhappy about losing your day services?’ ‘Heres a pill to stop you from worrying about it’ No one bothers to look at why they are hurting, or more to the point, do anything about it.

      The numbers of people with LD who are now seeing pyschologists and psychiatrists have risen in my borough and I would suspect that most of them have been put on medication. A quick fix but a long term disaster with the added risks of bone loss, leucopenia and pyschosis related illness.

      The CEO of Mencap rightly denounces the practices of keeping people drugged and in long stay hospitals far away from their families. It was, however, the big charities that was behind the radical changes to social care (‘Valuing People’), which demonised day centres in favour of independent organisations (like themselves) to fill the gap. It worked for some but was a disaster for others, especially older people who had built up friendships. Many of these people with LD whose lives were so cruelly broken, became ‘challenging’ and consequently have become candidates for the long stay hospitals (laughing called assessment centres) and the inevitable chemical cosh.

  3. Good to hear Steven’s weight loss. Glad you’ve been vindicated re diet and medication has been demonstrated as suspect.

  4. Alice Moore permalink

    I am glad Steven has succeeded in coming off the drugs and that you are exposing this scandalous abuse of some of the most vulnerable people in society. Pauline Thomas hits the nail too.

  5. Kay permalink

    Assessment and Treatment? Sounds more like Abuse and Torture.

  6. Weary Mother permalink

    Like every parent of a learning disabled child reading this report today, I am wearily shout out loud blisteringly outraged, but not surprised by the numbers or the abuse……..

    I have just finished reading some newish research on the role of women in Nazi Germany.
    This research asserts that the whole Nazi nation was complicit at some level in the murder and abuse of millions of stigmatised people. It concludes that this could not have occurred without the willing cooperation of thousands of women; the so called caring sex. Doctors and nurses, the caring professions, held down and injected their most vulnerable countrymen. The nurses said that they believed that they were doing it out of kindness. This may appear a pretty extreme analogy to draw against 2014 Britain. A Britain where many hundreds of the most vulnerable adults and children in our society are isolated in institutions 100’s of miles away from the familiar, that is their life and routine; their mum and dad and their home, their friends, their relatives and their siblings . And then they are forcibly drugged with toxic life shortening drugs.

    At the same time other families grovel for some/any support to help them care for their son or daughter at home. Nearly £5000 a week paid to strangers to hide our children away in institutions where neglect scandals seem to break daily in the press. This is progress? Where has the library of PhD research, the mountain of degrees and diplomas and diaries full of chummy conferences – got us. Where have decades long strings of yet more and more new dogma and gobbledy gook taken us…..

    I saw the worst of the old LD ‘bins’ first hand. And in these ‘bad’ old days I saw small handicapped children with snot and tears all over their faces, ignored – dragging their fouled nappies around a ward while all the staff sat drinking tea, laughing….. feet on desks. I saw the ”rows of unsmiling ‘mongols’ making cardboard boxes’ in the warehouse big….. old industrial training centres. I too was nearly knocked out by the stink of the largactyl administered to the innocent, friendly and trusting residents at 4 oclock in the afternoon, in the first group homes. Their staff (drawn from the old bins) getting ready for a quiet evening, Like many others outraged by all this, I sacrificed slogged and studied, for value and respect for my son and others like him.

    We did achieve better, and we hoped.

    And now 2014…….We are in KP et al’s ‘modern’ times where ‘moderately’ learning disabled – (newly and more cheaply labelled) people sit in the park and/or walk the streets, isolated. Privateers can make huge profits from farming their most fruitful commodity yet – vulnerable humans. LA officers and NHS leaders can sign off and appear to forget the people in their costly contracts, psychiatrists sign off shameful prescriptions and unqualified and inexperienced carers just ‘carry out orders’ ………….

    An over the top analogy?

  7. anonymous permalink

    They call it integrated “HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE” does any body get it? Also, “NO HEALTH WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH”. Basically drug em up and make loadsa money for Big Pharma at the same time deplete the NHS by spending billions annually on Psychiatric drugs….Create more sickness due to adverse effects and possible brain damage….Well people I think we have had enough…..

  8. Shirley Buckley permalink

    We all know it is more than wrong but does any one of you have any idea how to stop it. I dont.

  9. Sally permalink

    Mark,I think the problem is that what should be one of a possible set of treatment possibilities-medication-is being:
    used as pretty much the sole means of treatment or of management-handed out like smarties.
    being pressed on with, even when the patients are having significant side effects without their regime being re-examined.
    Here’s the sequence, I think.Day centres,were done away with. .A model of LD people suddenly being independent was used. This was idiotic. And the charities, blindly walked into it. Charities can provide wonderful things but without the State being legally responsible for the bedrock, we’re in trouble.
    Lots of people have noted on your blog that their young person’s behavior became worse when the Day centres etc were taken away and the current unstable and inadequate system was put in. And people with LD will also sometimes have behavioral problems either as part of their condition or because they have another diagnosis such as a mental illness. This can mean not only are they suffering but the people they live with can have extreme trouble coping and shouldn’t be required to do this alone.
    Now we come to the next problems!
    No day centres to provide a break and stability and enable the Carers to regroup/get advice.
    Very few good places for people with LD to live outside the home if that would be the best choice.
    Very few clinicans who specalise in treating people who have LD
    Treatment centres, which sound like a good idea-either to understand the behavior or to institute a different way of handling it ,being holding bays with very little treatment, poor care, few qualified workers,and an over reliance on medication.Parents are left trying to cope with terrible situations because they are afraid to call in help.
    .Anybody prescribing anti psychotics-or any medication should have a clear rationale for doing it, be able to give an idea of what symptoms they are hoping the medication will help with, have a time line of when you can judge whether or not its has helped and a review date.If someone is having side effects this must be taken seriously .In Stephen’s case i get the impression that his dramatic weight gain was somehow blamed on you-all those diet sheets!

    Weary mother, somewhere lurking in the back of all this IS the (eugenic)idea that really..it would be best…and kinder..if these (LD) people weren’t around..and after all they don’t contribute…
    Its when you are asked again and again if you had tests in pregnancy (why is this dud person here? Why have you inconvenienced society this way?) Its there when a social worker says “your child has already had a very generous package of”..It was the when I had a UKIP canvasser in the High street shout that they’d slash council tax. I stopped and said I had a disabled son-council tax paid for whatever services he has.Why would I want it reduced?The distaste on that man’s face!

  10. wearymother permalink

    Shirley

    People power?

    Not simple, I agree, for our children and other vulnerable people cannot do it for themselves. Our abused are not alone. Another disgusting abuse scandal, in a care home, broadcasted to day. Some old abused people have children and siblings who can bellow outrage for them. People with mental health issues are isolated and getting next to nothing care. ‘Cared for’ children, what a misnomer and so many others are all victims of Public commissioners,who appear not bothered to check how well our money is spent. And they walk away teflon coated from abuse scandal after scandal. The first thing that must happen is that responsibility and accountability be and penalties where deserved, be imposed on the care commissioners and care providers. Not a flash of insight, all been said before many many times.

    Norman Lamb says their should be no hiding place for poor care. So Norman, it will be a start when you insist that CE’s and LA officers, who purchase poor or abusive care and then fail to monitor how competently our money is spent, be sacked and fined or jailed, or all three? For no penalty no change?

    Legislators have the power to ensure this. But they, up till now, have chosen not to – no pressure or pain currently, but they too want to keep their own teflon coated, nil accountability (to us) jobs. It is up to us to make them listen and become accountable.

    Optimistically, there are many voices gathering together at present to speak out against all the abuses and disrespects of our family. Professionals, the good care managers and social workers, are challenging and speaking out together, more and more publicity can only put pressure on care commissioners. Campaigns. like 107 days for Connor, are a strong and highly visible unifying voice. Mark is a brave and brilliant voice for all.

    All these together plus champions with clout, who have loud voices and power to influence will help us. Social Policy changes only when the pragmatic powerful are shamed publicly and made to pay the cost of their failure. We must all cajole, shout and persuade as and when.

    Then there are the big Charities? Currently many seem to have sold out to the market place: only purveyors of their published altruism………………………………. for the highest price?

    They must begin to help us and ours and start keeping their their brand and public promise,…..or we shame them, name them, and replace them?

    I can be done…? But… ‘Somebody Else’ won’t so it for us. Parents and all the good guys who stood with us, together, did it before…………………………….

  11. Sally permalink

    Weary mother, legal accountability, what a good idea! How much more carefully things would be done! Lets be clear, we aren’t talking about things which nobody could have reasonably forseen. We are talking about about problems which could be seen a mile off.
    When any wonderful Vision or Initiative (“Non building based services”?) is announced there have been a lot of protests by parents and carers. These are dismissed. These fools only protest because they don’t understand how wonderful the new deal will be and that what they fear won’t come to pass.
    But let’s imagine we could say: “OK. We say XYZ will go wrong. You say it won’t. Are you sure on that? Because if what we predict happens-and we are happy to define clearly what we’d see as a failure-you will be in court subject to hideous fines and jail. Are you that confident now?”
    We’d have to factor in their use of salami tactics-one slice at a time. The new set up would be great..but..watch as the resources are removed, the clinical staff are replaced the services withdrawn..every slicer would say “I only did this bit, I’m not responsible for the whole thing flopping.”

  12. Shirley Buckley permalink

    All of you who have e mailed WE HAVEN’T GOT A CHANCE. I have been through 5 years of the CoP,,coming up to 10 barristers, innumerable judges, solicitors etc, tens of thousands of pounds, every complaints system there is, MPs, doctors, consultants, to no avail. SS have just over ruled my EPA for Martin’s benefits, etc. If you all can find a QC who will take on SS and the private firms that run the care system, I can put the money up. Its no good going for legal aid, that system is as corrupt as the rest of them. I have every proof that the firm that runs Martin’s home is running a scam, but no one cares.

    • anonymous permalink

      Just have faith, and do not give up, in Bob Dylan’s words, “times they are a changin”.

  13. Weary Mother permalink

    Mark ever so slight digression alert here (mine’s a very stiff whisky this time) just read the report of Panorama tonight.

    Our vulnerable sons and daughters are drugged senseless in back wood bins, for it reduces care costs and ups the big profits etc. The old people on Panorama tonight, abused out of sight by the probably cheap (and probably too few) carers, are to have camera’s put in their rooms. Saves ‘loads a money’ all round in management costs etc, for the only cost is to the worthless old person’s privacy. No need to go and chat with same, etc or treat as human being, just look at screen in office: resident breathing so still alive, quality care. CQC happy with this?
    But is cost effective… or what?

  14. Sally permalink

    Mark, mine’s a lemonade.Arrgh-did you hear the R4 interview this lunchtime on exactly this subject? A couple were interviewed who live in Cornwall and their autistic son, who has challenging behavior was being treated at what they agreed was an excellent place. Trouble was, its in Birmingham with all the heartbreak on all sides that distance means. The Cornish LA executive was interviewed. Yes, its a long way away. Yes, it costs around £350,000 per person per year. No, it wouldn’t make sense to buy and staff such a facility in Cornwall for that sum. (I didn’t quite follow his argument on why not.) However, there is hope! The are introducing-drumroll-person centred plans. Gosh, these did sound good. With these, such facilities will be but a small part of the (all together now) treatment package. Why, family and friends will be involved! Problem solved!
    This seemed to mean that no additional funds would be put in, Cornwall was not going to set up a quality establishment in the County, but all would be sorted by including the family. As the family was already involved, clearly, I was at a loss to understand what additional magic they could bring.

  15. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Mark I might, just might, have found a pro bono barrister

    • anonymous permalink

      Shirley, Are you kiddin? Who? Where? and How? Looks like he/she will be busy for life. Can you let us know his/her name? Told you to not to loose faith…….

  16. Shirley Buckley permalink

    anonymous Ive been networking re this for years. IF ANYTHING COMES OF IT it will be for all us.

  17. Edna permalink

    The same happening to people with dementia. We can do something- both individually and collectively, but it requires persistence and energy- most of us are worn out / ill to take action. But it is possible.

    First use all social networks / blogs that would be willing and sympathetic to take action in mobilising a public response and inundating our politicians. Individual MP’s are useless but inundating them to get a response and then inundating relevant parliamentary members and committees with the anger and experiences and even getting media involved in our personal experiences (yes this can back fire when the media ‘use us’- but nothing happens if nothing is done).

    We cannot create a good caring and humane society with the politics and jobsworths in the health and care system ruling our lives and abusing the vulnerable like this. Safeguarding has become a farcical job creation joke and the disconnect between state ‘approved’ abuse and the abuses elsewhere is just not being raised enough.

    The abuse is not to provide adequate care / services whilst a gravy train of people raking our hard earned taxes abuse us with their fat salaries and power. The abuse is to deny full rights to the vuolnerable and their families over a back covering state system. There are a few goood people in the system- but too weak to walk away and publicly join the cry against it with us.

    I fear for all our own futures and those we care for.

    • Anon. Just been catching up on the comments and those two links are phenomenal. Very exciting reading. Can’t quite get my head around some of the stats – a 92% increase in the prescribing of anti-depressants in 10 years! And I love that quote about the drugs not curing a chemical imbalance – they create a chemical imbalance. Brilliant stuff

      • anonymous permalink

        Finally UK awakening up. How on earth they have been allowed to get away with all this with no redress beggars belief. A crime against humanity…

        Won’t be long before Ethical Lawyers who have the balls to come forward to represent families who seek justice for damage done by bad pharma and bad practice……All evidence based. Oh! and, all in the name of Mental Health under the Mental Capacity Act 2005…….Such powers given to destroy lives, displace and traumatise families.

  18. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Mark I just thought things were improving when Martin has been informed he cant come home until 21 June, the home hasn’t enough staff that can drive (he is allowed home for a Sat afternoon once every six weeks). And Surrey SS contacted the DWP over ruled my EPA and have had themselves made appointee. All Martins benefits are now paid to them and not to me. This is all illegal, and Im pretty sure the QC I might have found wont touch it. What shall I do????????

    • Crikey Shirley – I dont really know what to suggest. It doesn’t sound right that SS can suddenly become appointee. Speak to your lawyer – it may be that you have to make an application to court to become Martin’s deputy. Also, I’d get the lawyer to chase up the Saturday visit – they can’t go back on the agreed care plan, just because there aren’t enough drivers – its their responsibility to find one.

  19. Pauline Thomas permalink

    Sally just read through the posts again and when you say that people think our loved ones do not contribute anything to society, i suggest you tell them that there are thousands of people earning a living from our sons/daughters. Psychiatrists, charities, care home companies, social workers, care staff and many more.

  20. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Mark there isn’t a lawyer who will touch this. Martin has capacity which fluctuates with his epilepsy from one minute to the other. I have applied for a deputyship, but only because the court said he didn’t have capacity. This is so complicated. What SS did was totally illegal,but you cant touch them in the courts. Because Martin has capacity he has to employ the lawyer. Anyway the whole MCA is unworkable.

  21. Sally permalink

    Mark, I have also looked at the links and one group is against all drugs being used for mental illnesses and seems to suggest that all psychiatric drugs are unnecessary and create addictions. (No. Whoever wrote that doesn’t understand the differences between different groups of drugs)

    I am against the inappropriate prescribing of medication for learning disabled people with or without mental illness especially if there’s no rationale,. no review date, no other supports or treatment services. But if we claim that all psychotropic drugs are bad we will just look silly. Anybody who thinks that, say, antispychotics are no good in any case and that psychosis can be cured by positive thinking etc etc hasn’t spent an awful lot of time with the really acutely mentally ill-and hasn’t spent much time with people who were that unwell before there were any effective drugs and so have so many negative symptoms they are leading awful lives with substantial brain damage.
    Its like saying that all behavioral problems for the LD are created by the system, rather than they often are created or are at least worsened.If we overstate our excellent case we will be shot down. Yes, the antidepressants/antipsychotics are being overused shamefully in the LD with shamefully inadequate thought in the face of all other resources vanishing. Yes, the effect of sloppy prescribing for the LD is especially unethical because this group have very limited capacity to report any problems and to protest.
    We have a very strong case.

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  23. cmgregson permalink

    Anyone who finds themselves or loved ones trapped by institutions or community living arrangements they cannot leave needs to read this Supreme Court judgement: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/deprivation-of-liberty-safeguards-supreme-court-judgments If someone is under continuous supervision and control and are not allowed to leave a particular place, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards MUST be in place if a person lacks the capacity to consent. This looks on my reading to be a legal requirement even if someone is compliant with the arrangement.

    This should be a powerful tool for anyone who appears trapped and effectively imprisoned in their care setting, wherever that may be.

  24. Liz. permalink

    People like me and Weary Mother have been struggling with this for a very long time – and are coming up against the last, the most terrifying reality – what happens when we die? I hope times are changing, but we have seen them change before, and change again, with not much really changing. Some things – quite a lot of things – are better. The rhetoric has certainly improved. But power doesn’t shift much.

    Just found myself wondering could the Court of Protection by an aid in this? In my view, politics, politicians, are not much of a help. Too self serving. Social Services and Local Authorities to often the problem rather than the solution, though God knows it shouldn’t be that way. The law, though – that is a very powerful weapon. CoP sometimes overly impressed with official views, but that seems to be changing. One thing I learned late was that we all do need to know the law, and push hard to use it. Not easy, but as you discovered, Mark, contacts in that world make a powerful difference. Mybe that is where we should be looking for allies.

    • Edna permalink

      There are few legal ‘big guns’, if any, with ethics and morals to challenge the system and ‘bite the hand that feeds them’ . Much legal work and money comes the way of local authorities / CoP / public bodies. For us the citizens of a supposedly democratic country we are ‘stuffed’ when trying to raise legitimate concerns about the ‘state systems’.
      .
      We are talking about safeguarding. The very people and intsitutions we seek to challenge have created a powerful industry for themselves.around this complex area. They set the rules /agenda they want. They can harm and abuse with impunity- and no legal challenges. If a carer is merely suspected of anything, even if nothing has happened or will happen,,or as many of us know false / fabricated and embellished reports are written about us in social services records, we can expect to loose access,to our loved ones. Our evidence is ignored.

      How to change this power imbalance – in these times of distrust o these bodies sand their senior staff we have an opportunity- but who will challenge and which judges will be willing to break the mould to work to change the laws?.

      These people are not public servants any more. There are a very very few good people, but they do nothing to protect our vulnerable from these harms…

    • Weary Mother permalink

      Yes Edna, you are right. My son is 48 next week. It is not a good time for me to die.

  25. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Edna I have challenged and challenged and challenged for Martin. He byhimself and without any help returned the case to the Court of Protection last August nothing happened because no one would do an assessment. Previously I appeared in the Court of Protection without a lawyer solely because I have the experience of Martin’s epilepsy. The House of Lords Select Committee has said the MCA is not fit for purpose, but no one can tell me what to do now to right this huge wrong. The Act is discriminatory. It isn,t the carers who do the wrong they dont know better it is the managers and the people who employ them.

    • Edna permalink

      Shirley
      I feel for you and all the others enormously and it distrssess me to think we have such inhumanity in a ‘care system’.. I tried to get lawyers (the expensive media savvy variety) to take up a case but found they do little expect eat your money and the law allows social services to abuse it. Like you I wanted a wrong righted, but I found I was merely presented with a ‘gagging clause’. The misuse and abuse of best interests decisions is rife and findng a senior barrister willing to challenge is near impossible as their paymasters are the state.

      My experience of the MCA use even 5 years ago highlighted very very poor understanding and oppressive use, supported by cases reported from CoP which I read. Things have not changed…leopards do not change their spots.

      You are very right. C/ arers under enormous stresses may at times ‘break’ get frustrated and act unintentially in a way that cause distress to someone they love, just through the weight of 24/7 caring. But no 24/7 carer does not feel enormous guilt and regret afterwards. But these care systems and their abusing staff are another matter- they make a living and seem to enjoy the power they hold over the vulnerable (including us as carers who are also vulnerable).

      Our caring does not end when the person we care for is put in an an institution, because we cannot be assured of non abusive harmful care from these places hidden from public eyes ,

      There are 6 million carers I find it incomprehensible we have no clout to challenge this abusive safeguarding system- but that is because all the charities are eating taxpayers money for their own benefit instead of working for us.

  26. anonymous permalink

    Maybe LAWYERS need to think about working on NO WIN NO FEE basis in all area’s of LAW….Is this not why they enter the BAR in the first place to uphold INJUSTICE.

    Surely greed should not be the defining factor in practicing LAW……Again I say the Americans seem to understand this ethical practice.

    HERE IS AN EXAMPLE.

    http://sheller.com/our-attorneys/detail.php?attorney=Stephen-Sheller.

    • Edna permalink

      It appears from some ‘legal blogs’ lawyers do not work to counter injustice but to uphold the laws of the land. Injustice is what we feel, the lawyers deal with the law and whether an act is lawful and then if an injustice is established compensation is possible.

      It takes someone very special and committed to humanity to integrate the law and injustice so as to make a fairly watertight case to challenge the current system. My experience is that ‘class cases’ where particular groups of people suffer a particular category of injustice that can be successfully fought are more likely to appeal to some law firms where funding may be easier dealt with; the reputation on winning such cases is publicly enhanced.;

  27. Shirley Buckley permalink

    Edna and anonymous As I e mailedpreviously I might have a pro bono QC. I want a group action that takes on whoever allowed a law to be put into practice without any safeguards. Up to now I haven,t found a single lawyer or barrister who didn,t charge me for even saying hello I need your help. I lived in the States, and there might be some pro bono lawyers, but their justice system is even more corrupt than ours. And it is politically run.

    • anonymous permalink

      Please excuse my ignorance, but, I do not believe that all Lawyers are corrupt. It’s the system that dictates. One just follows where the money is.

      I was recently told that L.A’s. despite austerity have plenty money to challenge us ordinary folks when we stand up to the blatant wrong doings, for god sake we don’t invent our experience we actually see it.

      That some of us have the intelligence to see the wrong doings and the balls to speak out. Surely wrong doings/complaints should be used not against us, but to learn and make corrections.

  28. Edna permalink

    anonymous

    No one with enough ethics and morality needs or seeks to ‘follow where the money is’ . There have always been people who stood up to oppressive and harmful state supported actions which deny human rights. Like Mandela they end up in jail- but never give up.

    That LA’s are using my taxes to take action I wold not condone. Recent pubic reporting of public sector complaints systems is damning:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10764414/Hostility-defensiveness-and-denial-millions-suffer-in-silence-due-to-public-sector-complaints-system.html

    Even i many lawyers are not corrupt, they are not moral.

  29. anonymous permalink

    Whistleblower receives OBE. Does that apply to all public sector workers?

    How many professionals have been compromised? How many remain quiet to protect themselves and jobs?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27244206

  30. anonymous permalink

    Mark, is this for real? Without your campaign you may have never got Steven home. sorry but could not help but to point this article out…

    Many of us respect our privacy yet when a grave injustice is done we want to shout out and inform.

    Deem one to lack capacity then take control.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2591240/94-year-old-gagged-secret-court-Draconian-order-silences-pensioner-row-council-social-workers.html

    • Edna permalink

      It is real- I have just read the actual court judgement- not the media variety. We really need to be scared and this article will make social work and the CoP even more negatively viewed by the public.- It could be us next.

  31. anonymous permalink

    Found this, yet still very little reporting regarding the fact that this poor teacher lost her life because of legalised drugs.

    http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/yoursay/swindonletters/11189226.Drugs_behind_crimes/

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