This is a tale of two young autistics in Sheffield.
One living at home with loving parents
The other ripped from his parents, to face abuse, alone, and isolated,
in independent living.
And to die, of unexplained injuries, and a heart attack, after huge doses of anti-psychotic drugs, were pumped into him,in a private Adult Treatment Unit, charging £4,500 per week.
This is a tale of evil, and corruption.
Of profits, for a privatised NHS, and, independent living providers.
Of colluding courts, and Local Authorities.
This is a tale of me, a mother, sick with worry.
And another mother, who had warned, they would kill her son, with their ‘treatment’, but they continued, and he died.
Thomas Rawnsley, was transferred, via a deprivation of liberty order, granted by the Court of Protection, under the Mental Capacity Act, against his parents wishes, from his home in Bradford, to a hospital in Peterborough, and then, to a privately run, ‘independent’/ supported living facility in Sheffield.
His loving mother was replaced by itinerant carers.
One of whom, a large man, would kick him into his room,
and, regularly threaten, ‘How many fingers can I break this time ?’, and then bend Thomas’ fingers back, but they did not break, only because, Thomas was double jointed.
Thankfully for Thomas, there was a witness, prepared to risk all to whistle blow.
How much violence, and, verbal abuse goes unseen, ignored, or blamed on self harm, or mental illness ?
Thomas’ ‘carer’, received a suspended prison sentence in February 2014.
Despite this desperately traumatic abuse, Thomas was not returned to the love, and care of his parents, and familiarly of this friends, and community.
But forced to remain, in the same independent living unit, as Thomas was earning more than £3,000 a week.
Understandably,Thomas’ trauma, and unhappiness, made him difficult to care for.
And, his carers warned him, that he was, ‘Acting out, and they had medications for that.’
See, the Justice For Thomas Post reblogged later. Now disappeared.
The independent living provider, sent Thomas, to an Adult Treatment Unit in Sheffield, for his ‘medication’.
Fortuitously, for this new ATU, as it had been threatened with closure, and, for a long time, Thomas was its only patient.
This appears to be the same group of multimillion pound assessment centres, build on the back of my daughters illegal, off label Risperidone trial in 2007, when our complaint to CAMHS, lead to the LA taking court proceedings against us.
It is where, her National Autistic Society wanted to send Issy in 2013, just before she, refused to return to their care, with a faecal impaction, 7 stone in weight, with 2 rotten teeth, and suffering PTSD from their carers abuse.
The only ‘treatment’ in these centres, is high dosage antipsychotics.
No dentist, no clearing out of impaction, no peace with her family to get over her PTSD, just more emotional abuse.
It is also where Issy would be sent if there had ever been any violent/uncontrollable incidents. See my post Respite and the secret social worker.
The Unit promised Thomas, he could go home for Christmas.
At the last minute, permission was withdrawn on the grounds, he would not want to return, and, his subsequent behaviour,might be difficult.
So much for disabled person’s independent autonomy, human rights, and best interests.
And the mockery of his supposed ‘independent’ living as an adult.
The Unit only eventually agreed to let Thomas go home, after realising he knew about the trip, and someone would have to tell him it was off.
Thomas’ poor mother described him in the Unit;
He can’t eat, he can’t talk – he just dribbles. He’s been turned into a junkie; he’s addicted to his anti-psychotic drugs because he’s kept on the maximum dose to make it easier for them to cope. It breaks my heart. He sits naked in a corridor just wrapped in a quilt. He has no modesty or dignity in there. He is my beautiful, beautiful little boy. When I ask the unit why he’s left naked like that they tell me it’s what he wants. I ask them lots of questions, I don’t get real answers. I think they see me as a trouble-maker but I’m not, I’m Thomas’s mum.
On the very day Thomas lay dying,a few miles away, social workers, sat in my kitchen, inspecting clothes, already photographed by teacher/care workers.
And the a Service Manager, held meetings on her ‘concern’, that she had seen Issy, naked in the kitchen, on the way to her bath.
No one saw, or cared, about Thomas’ abuse, this was the ATU’s purpose, he was keeping it open, making huge profits for its corporate owners.
Thomas was earning £4,500 ( with drugs and kickbacks ) per week, for our privatised NHS.
And, 3,000 per week for our privatised independent living industry, their contract with LA would still be in place.
So much for budget restrictions, these on only placed on support at home.
They are the excuse, for enforced away from home living and big bucks for the privatised monopoly ‘care’ services, from central government.
The weekend before Thomas died, his parents noticed ‘unexplained injuries’, including carpet burns, and he was ‘’struggling with a chest infection that they knew was serious’.
There is little medical attention in these Units, as in Issy’s £9,000 per week National Autistic School.
He collapsed, and died shortly afterwards of a massive heart attack.
He was just 20.
And had spent the last two years of his life in hell.
Will there be an inquest?
Unlikely, and if there is, all experts, providers, have financial/career/systemic interests in covering up the truth, and continuing their income and investment source.
Will the Unit be closed down now, as it is at present under used, and serves no purpose, but to torture, and drug those who cause any problems, to their itinerant carers, in their 3,000 per week independence.?
Not, if the state, can steal more autistics from loving families.
Thomas. collapsed, and became brain dead on the 3rd February 2015.