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8 Years of Punishment in Cygnet Hospital

gillian grandaughter

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION   DIABOLICAL: This could happen to YOU: CASE STUDY: E.T. FACTS: Mummy’s Helper: Is like a mum to two younger Brothers. DAILY CHORES: Tidy / Clean, ironing Etc. FREE TIME: 0-5% AGE 14: 2004: RAN AWAY from AGGRESSIVE Dad. HAPPY: Lived with Nan for 6 months. No problems: Punctual √ Honest √ Helpful √ Aggressive X Wants to be a nurse. (Photo, on left, in white top – taken then) FORCED to return to Mum. 2005: RAN AWAY at 10am in PJ’s whilst Mum at work. (REASON: Not known by Nan until 2017): (Fled STEP-DAD’s unwanted sexual advances). NO (statutory) INVESTIGATION DONE WHY she was HOMELESS. She was BLAMED & FALSELY ACCUSED by Mum: “… she is an attention seeking drama queen…” & not questioned by Children’s Services’s Trainee Social Worker (sw). NAN BLAMED by Mum (scape goated): “it’s all her fault.” Nan not questioned by sw. NOT ALLOWED to live with NAN. REFUSED TO GO “HOME”: (Drunk) Mum & sw in Charge of “Plan”: Ensured NO help available to “Force her back home” – police used. ON STREETS approx 3 MONTHS: In TERRIBLE State. Terrified / Forced back to Dad, locked in. Ran away. Terrified / Forced back to Dad again. Ran away. Nan complained (in writing) sw has got it VERY WRONG. Stage 2 Complaint IGNORED by Children’s Services. Nan told “you have no rights – you are only a grandmother.” INCARCERATED for approx 2 MONTHS: DUMPED & Locked IN a disused empty former children’s home, kept in ISOLATION. Only equipment / activity: A snooker table. Promised access to Education by sw but that never happened. CONTACT with Nan restricted. ACCUSED of thumping sw. FOUND GUILTY (at Magistrate’s court). Terrified. Sent to SECURE UNITS in UK, many miles away from family & friends. ISOLATED: Contact with Nan not allowed. Inmate advised: Self Harm to PROTEST UNJUST INCARCERATION. AGE 17: PUT in St ANDREW’s, Northampton, DIAGNOSIS: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (has one symptom – self harming; need minimum of 5 symptoms to meet criteria). (Done as label, to invalidate). DETAINED under Mental Health Act, on SECTION 3: “for own safety” (by Children’s Services, before handed over to Adult Services): Placed in care of (Mental Health) CARE MANAGER: NO INVESTIGATION DONE. PUT in Cygnet hospital, Beckton. Transferred to Cygnet hospital, Stevenage: INADEQUATE SAFEGUARDING: 7 YEARS: “ALLOWED to self-harm” by staff, paid for one-one Care. Every protest…

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Immigrant Doctors on the NHS: A Good Thing or Bad Thing?

nigel farage

Not wanting to sound the horn or anything, but: PEOPLE, THERE IS A GENERAL ELECTION COMING UP! Come May unless you adhere to Russell Brand’s non-voting strategy, then you could well be heading to the polling booth. We heard of ‘weaponising the NHS in the buildup and it looks like a weird old forthcoming election with the rise of UKIP and some pretty unsettling times here in the UK and indeed in the wider world. I put a picture of Farage on this post as I have heard time and time again people citing immigration as a key issue. I am very pro-European in essence. As a Translation student and a man with a passion for foreign languages, I embrace the ‘otherness’ of cultures from abroad. I think that in expelling immigrants and abandoning the European we would instantly be cats back into the stone age. Immigration brings us a net benefit in terms of capital, cultural diversity and skills in the workplace, plus it would be rather difficult to study foreign languages in the education sector if all foreigners are thrown out à la Farage. But, politics aside, immigration is a real issue. We hear of how our NHS is full of nurses and doctors from abroad. In fact, I believe that I am correct in saying that proportionally, the NHS employs more foreign workers than the average organisation. I think that in healthcare, some of my pro-immigration views do distort. I can especially remember when my dying grandmother was in hospital. She came from a pre 1960s immigration boom generation. She was supporting an RAF pilot during WW2 and part of the incredible effort made by home soil women during that conflict. Her values and ideas were very old-fashioned and quite a bit different from my own. I felt a bit ashamed when she was openly cursing foreign NHS workers during her treatment. I found it a little rude, but, who am I to judge? I come from a more tolerant generation whose values have been shaped by a different set of problems and I live in a more or less totally globalised world. I wonder though, how the older, often politically silent generation feel about their healthcare needs being attended to by foreigners. We are constantly told how our education and especially higher education system is among the best in the world. If that is the case,…

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