Adults and children, are being, forcefully herded, under MHA section/’best interests’ MCA, from all over the UK, to St Andrews Northampton, on the pretext, of no local provision.
The government policy is to phase out all NHS public mental health hospital admissions by 2017, so all will be private.
Anticipating this multimillion pound units were built at St Andrews to accommodate hundreds of under 18s.
Here is a BIJ investigation into their under 18 provision of 110 beds each charging a minimum of £220,000 a year tax free and parents forced to pay top up fees on top for basic facilities.
St Andrews has the largest under 18 mental facility in Europe.
Large means more efficient and therefore more profitable.
NHS England are paying this ‘charity’, £5,000, minimum, and yearly increasing, public money per week for each patient.
If under 25, more money can be claimed now under education funding.
Bi polar Sophie is a beautiful 21 year old ‘bi polar’ patient whose Mum has a facebook and Petition to the PM for her release . Please sign.
Read the sad story, of a mother miles from her 13 year old autistic daughter Maesie.
Tom Costello, at 72, found himself being driven 100 miles from Hampstead, against his, and his family’s wishes, and detained illegally, for four months, because, St Andrews, was the only place, his difficulty, with the, most common form of dementia, could be contained.
A dementia spokeswoman commented, that such a patient, should be able to be treated at home.
And, Tom would still be in St Andrews, but, for his family, and high profile.
Tianze, a high functioning autistic, poet, and piano player’s risperidol, was stopped at 16, when he started lactating, resulting in violent episodes.
When Tianze refused an assessment, he was forcefully removed, to Westlane Hospital Middlesbrough, 200 miles, from his home in Scotland.
He was to be sent to St Andrews, even further away, but campaigning, and publicity, appeared to have averted this move.
But, despite a tireless campaign by his parents, he was not returned to Scotland, and, they had to sell their home, and company, to live near him.
Tianze,is 18 next month, and despite a home care package, and promise of a return to the love of his family, another, adult hospital has been recommended.
Leo Andrade-Martinez’s 17 year old son, was placed in St Andrews.
And, it took a very public, and political campaign, to move him to another more suitable hospital
What local provision, would be needed, for the learning disabled, self- harming, common dementia, the autistic, or, those suffering the after effects of a recent brain injury?
And how much of this behaviour is actually caused by the medication the patients are put on ?
Autism, is not a mental illness, but at most a development difference, yet it has recently be placed with learning disability in the Mental Health Act.
What these people need and would cost far less is a local NHS short stay, medication, if necessary, and then to be returned home to their family, where they can be individually monitored by, an independent of, a recycled profit making cabal?
Since when, did a learning disability/autistism/head injury, allow sectioning, under the MHA, or, incapacity encagement for life under the MCA ?
And warrant, the building of Europe’s largest, 16-18 year old residential unit ?
Since, it was realised, huge, stable, unaccountable profit from public funds, could be made by the mental health industry.
It costs the NHS at least £5,000 per week often much more per patient, for St Andrews commissioned care, which from CQR. and inspections is understaffed.
Here is a you tube video of a young autistic man sent from Spectrum to St Andrews, he describes the very painful restraints and encagement he suffered.
The National Audit Office produced a report, 4 years after the Winterbourne abuse was revealed by uncover media.
‘The scale of the problem remains unchanged. According to the HSCIC census, there were 3,230 hospital in-patients with learning disabilities, autism and or challenging behaviour on 30 September 2014, with an average length of stay of 547 days and living an average 34.4km from home. In 2013, equivalent figures were 3,250 in-patients (though this may have been an underestimate), 542 days and 34.5km.
Doctors take an oath, ‘to do no harm’.
Yet, those ‘treating’ patients in St Andrews, use largely unproven, unnecessary medication.
Producing, apparently, little other than sedation and greatly worsening the patients mental and physical condition and quality of life..
Side effects of medication, can cause great harm, and,result in mental illness, and even death.
The physical health of the patients is not monitored, other than a routine by nurse health check, which, if any resistance is shown, is tick boxed refused.
Even were deaths on similar medication, and symptoms on the same ward occur , these are not even discussed, or prevention taken to avoid further deaths.
Long term patients, will be subject to similar health concerns, as if, they were not mentally disabled.
And, are in a far more vulnerable position, because, they cannot describe their symptoms, and, the effects of their medication.
The anguish of pain, is indistinguishable from mental disturbance.
And, often made impossible by medication.
They will be given no pain killers, and may spend years in excruciating pain.
As my daughter did, with poo up to her chest internally, treated with Risperidol.
How must those in St Andrew’s, who died in similar circumstances have suffered?
Such vulnerable patients, need extra vigilant ,medical attention, not nursing oversight, easily refused.
That is why last year a staggering 1400 learning disabled died last year, probably more this year.
That is 3 a day.
Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said:
“Overall we rated St Andrew’s Healthcare as Requires Improvement.
“Many of the children and young people admitted to St Andrew’s Healthcare have severe mental health problems and have a history of behaviour that has put themselves or others at risk. Despite that, we were surprised at the number of occasions when staff had resorted to physical restraint. The staff at St Andrew’s Healthcare must ensure that when restraint is used it is by the safest means to minimise the possibility of harm to the patient.
“St Andrew’s Healthcare has had difficulty recruiting nursing staff and many posts were vacant. It has been relying heavily on the on the use of agency and bank nurses “The service has given us assurances that it is making the necessary improvements and we have already witnessed some of these in action.
“People deserve to be treated in services which are safe, caring, effective, well-led, and responsive to their needs and this is what we look at when we carry out our inspections. We will continue to monitor this service closely and this will include further inspections.”