Media hides NHS rip off no mention of Cygnet billion £ ‘treatment’ out of area/no money as always.


Gillian Speke’s petition to get her grand daughter out of a Cygnet hospital has over 15,000 signatures and is blogged here

But the only media coverage she, or anyone trapped in Cygnet has had is shown here.

And this is deliberately spun to not mention Cygnet or any of the details of her granddaughters 8 year horrific over drugged treatment.

Nor the 4 million it cost the NHS.

And Gillian is described as a ‘Campaigner for treatment at home’, but ‘home’ is a euphemism for an in local area hospital .

Another lady, whose teenage daughter is hundreds of miles away in Cygnet Bury, due to her ‘self harm‘, Gillian, the News Reader and the Director of Mind Charity, all speak only  about the fact, that out of local area placements have a ‘detrimental affect on patients as they can’t see relatives as often and relatives worry about them.

No mention is made of Cygnet’s inadequate, interminable, over drugging ‘treatment’ and affect of enforced medication.

Or, of the £900 + a night minimum NHS payment with £13,000 a week for a secure ward.

Nor the unrecorded, not investigated deaths of their physically well. patients.

To which another recent death in Cygnet House, Derby can now be added by this comment made on the December 5, 2017

My sister Nina died after being given Clozapine within 4 months of being placed at Cygnet House Derby. My sister should not have been given this drug in the first place. The Drs didn’t even follow their own guidelines or any other for that matter (neglect) In fact they did not care about her or us Nina’s family or what they had done. They have got away with killing my sister.

Something needs to be done before someone else dies . Surely this is breaches all Human Right Laws?????’


Nor the many  complaints of inpatients and relatives.

The News item infers out of area placements are the only problem.

Yet family visits are supervised , regulated, and can be cancelled at any time and for ever, if deemed in a patient’s best interests.

And the new item tells us nothing about Cygnet’s ‘treatment’ except it is the ‘most appropriate’ .

And the Newsreader makes sure to add:

As ever its down to money’.

All promotes the government agenda of yet more cash for private mental, yet 200million is the latest cash strapped NHS donation.

Already some  LA funds and now a fifth of NHS total spend is on mental health services.

It does not mention that the Government has already  set a national ambition to eliminate ‘inappropriate’ out of area placements for adults inpatients by 2020-21

But figures obtained by BMA through FOIA show the numbers sent out of area in England have  in fact risen by 40% in the last two years

In 2016-17, 5,876 travelled out of their area for treatment compared with 4,213 in 2014-15.

The Liberal Democrats health spokesman, Norman Lamb was “horrified” by the figures, which he claimed exposed the government’s abject failure to tackle mental health injustices-

’ Out of placement’ issue is a continueing distraction and irrelevant to the inadequate, dangerous, for maximum profit service provision.

And in any event, why do patients need to be sent all over the country when ‘treatment’ appears similar for all ‘disorders’ – medication and containment.

Mental health services were provided much more safely and cost effectively within local hospitals before the advent of the private mental health bonanza .

Which heralded the building, harvesting and herding of captive customers all over England and now Wales .

It is this NHS bonanza and its ‘commercial awareness’, that has caused the out of area placement problem.

As the Health and Social Care Act 2012  allowed CCGs via NHS England to choose certain monopoly providers as ‘the only qualified provider’, and this forced  patients all over the country to providers like St Andrews , Acadia and Cygnet

As more local health trusts are put into Special Measures by CQC, ironically, the worse services will become, as privatisation of both the NHS Trust and their providers increase .

Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust was the first to be put into special measures last year.

Isle of Wight MHT placed in special measures

And many more .

Sheffield Health and Social Care is already private since converting in 2015 and appears the only mental health trust with no out of area placements.

‘In area placements’ and more cash will not stop the deaths of inpatients nor improve our mental health services.

But the public deception will continue until all is privatised and  maximum NHS funds siphoned off into private profit .

And this increases as more are harvested, medicated and detained.


Creation of Adoption/Fostering Industry- The Blair Years.



Adoption was once voluntary, reserved for unmarried mothers and Church Adoption agencies surviving on charitable donations and the support of religious founders.

Then the Adoption Act 1976 made Local Authorities responsible for all adoptions and allowed adoption to be forced if a parent was acting unreasonably .

A once private, voluntary, and very personal matter was now controlled by the State.

And has grown into a multi million pound Corporate industry with over 90% of adoptions forced to strangers.

As only those in the care system are available, the definition of ‘harm’ has been extended ever wider effectively now allowing the state to decide who can parent.

How could this have happened ?

Tony Blair knew there was a shortage of children to satisfy the ever increasing social need for family units.

And this basic need could be financially and socially exploited.

Within 2 years of his Premiership he set upon a personal mission as his father was adopted to transform adoption.

Vowing to increase the number to 40% of those in care by 2004/5.

So began the biggest shake-up of adoption for 25 years launched with military precision.

£66.5m was provided to English LAs.

Financial allowances for adoptive parents and a streamlined systems were introduced.

LA adoption scorecards with national targets were introduced.

Councils were put under a legal duty to consider adoption within just six months of a child entering care, be it on a voluntary or on an enforced basis.

Allowing little time for ‘rehabilitation’ back to their birth parents.

A national adoption register was created matching children with potential parents.

Adopters were given the right to an independent review if rejected.

They were no longer ‘automatically excluded from adoption on grounds of age, health or other factors, except in the case of certain criminal convictions”.

CAFCASS was created to represent the interests of children in court proceedings..

The then and continuing Chair of the British Adoption and Fostering Agency, whose purpose was to promote adoption and fostering was made the chief executive of CAFCASS.

Every child was represented in court by a CAFCASS guardian who assessed his welfare for the courts.

Such was our common law’s abhorrence to the alienation of a parent’s right to their own children, adoption without consent had not been introduced until 1976.

But under Blair’s Adoption and Children Act 2002 parents had no rights.

The Act placed a ‘child’s needs’ at the centre of the adoption process, aligning adoption law with the ‘welfare principle’ in the Children Act 1989, allowing the state to dispense with a parent’s consent whenever it thought it necessary in a child’s welfare.

This welfare was based on the expansive threshold criteria in Childrens Act 1989, further extended by a new welfare checklist in s 1, ACA 2002.

But this list didn’t mention a parent’s right to their own children under s 8 HRA, nor their relationship with younger children, as parents were deemed not to have any meaningful relationship  with their own children, particularly as those parents were cast as abusers and/or incapable.

This was despite expert evidence that any interference with the bonding process in a child’s early years could result in a serious development disorder resulting in highly disturbed and distinctive patterns of behaviour, which was increasingly being diagnosed in adopted children.

Nor was the affect of root cutting, adoption per se and adoption breakdown in the list.

In fact the loss of a parent’s right to his child and that child’s right to his natural family was barely debated in Parliament, despite our adoption laws already at that time resulting in more permanent removals in the world, except for the US and Portugal being the only other European country to allow adoption without consent.

This draconian approach to family welfare and disregard of parents’ rights was also in stark contrast to the European Court of Human Rights’ decisions.

Which made a clear distinction between taking a child into care, where the European courts were prepared to give domestic authorities a wide margin of appreciation and was not normally in breach of Art 8, P, C and S v The United Kingdom [2002] 35 EHRR 31, as
“a temporary measure to be discontinued as soon as circumstances permit”

And the removal of parental rights by adoption, which can only be justified in exceptional circumstances.

In 2006 1,300 babies aged between a week and a month were removed from their mothers for ever, a rise of 141% in a single year and the number adopted rose from 970 in 1996 to 2,120 .

By 2016 2,700 babies were removed each year.

Fees  paid per adoption in 2008 were:

£12,660 for an adoptive family approved by another LA

£19,889 for families from VAAs with an additional fee of £3,315 to cover post adoption services

London LAs and VAAs are also able to charge an additional 10% London weighting

And then, just before the end of Blair’s Premiership, along came Baby P.





UHS/ Cygnet Behavioural Health Industry grows despite its inadequacy.


In 2011 the CQC made a routine announced visit to an Alpha psychiatric hospital in Sheffield and spoke to staff and patients on all three wards.

And found it failed to comply with seven of the government’s standards of quality and safety.

By law providers must meet all standards, but there is no sanction at best, and very rarely will a hospital be put into special measures.

And as confidential commercial contracts, we have no details of the lengths and contractual terms of NHS contracts.

Alpha Hospitals (NW) Limited were given 14 days to produce plans to show how it intended to achieve compliance.

Three years later Cygnet was bought by USA’s Universal Health Services for £205 million.

Simons Stevens 10 years chief executive of UHS’s global division , after leaving  his job as Blair adviser on NHS public investment is now chief executive of NHS England .

After UHS took over Cygnet bought all its three of Alpha’s Hospitals in Woking, Bury and Sheffield for 95 million.

But now 6 years on and billions of public NHS money later, ‘treatment’ appears even worse in the former Alpha Sheffield hospital.

So bad in fact, a Labour MP Louise Haigh wrote two months ago to the Health Secretary demanding an urgent meeting about care in Cygnet Sheffield.

The CQC had rated the hospital “inadequate” on safety.

Cygnet’s response was health and wellbeing of patients was its “absolute priority”.

Why would it not be ? They are paid  a minimum of £900 a day. £13,000 a week on secure wards.

The CQC inspected Sheffield 3 times in just 13 months, twice due to serious incidents.

The most recent inspection in July focused on the Haven ward, and identified a number of issues which caused the CQC to have “significant concern for the health and wellbeing of patients”.

Haigh mentioned to the House of Commons that a young woman was found by the inspectors to have MRSA with open wounds on a ward.

The CQC also found shortfalls in patient risk assessments, reporting of incidents and safeguarding procedures..

Haigh has since written to NHS England, Jeremy Hunt and Cygnet Healthcare over a “lack of learning” from incidents at the hospital

The Sheffield’s hospital’s latest CQC report of 17 th November is here

Comments of patients in Sheffield on the net are damning .

Maddie Colbrook -2 months ago

my brother got triggered because of all the blood stains on the walls you really need to sort that out of something bad will happen to him and I hate you for not listening to his period issues SORT IT OUT NOW OR I WILL BE SUEING YOU LOT

SL -a year ago

A lot of gossip with staff everyone knows everything about everyone. Not as professional as I would’ve hoped when it came to legal matters. No support given when it was needed.
Bullying from some staff members.
Doesn’t get cleaned as thoroughly as I would’ve thought with it being a hospital. Blood can remain on walls for months.
Over all pretty disappointed with the experience.

Despite all this in June, Cygnet  announced NHS England had confirmed Cygnet Health Care, as a partner in 3 out of the 11 new programmes commissioned for mental health services.

This was the second commission following a wave including Cygnet announced last year.

The 11 new care model programmes will be given a £300m commissioning budget.

Worth  £75 million to Cygnet.

To create new models of care for low and medium secure adult mental health services, Tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services and eating disorder services.

‘By creating new partnerships ( presumably with Health and Social Care Trusts) to explore new opportunities to improve care pathways for our service users.’

Cygnet continues to increase its empire, building new hospitals the latest in Coventry, a 56 bed specialist mental health service is to be opened by Debra K. Osteen, President of the Behavioural Health Division of UHS admissions in March 2017

Cygnet has its own events company and hosts work shops, conferences, award ceremonies, and training on all aspects of behavoural health, the new mental.

It has created its own world from awareness , detection, diagnoses and treatment.

700 attended its latest UK Yorkshire Regional Conference

It has its own annual National Service User Awards.

It intends to control all aspects of behaviour ‘disorders’.

How they are diagnosed , treated, even socially perceived.

Personality disorders, anorexia, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis, depression, PTSD, autism, learning disability, neurological injuries, even domestic violence.

But treatments appear similar- the most profitable, detainment and medication.
And all ages are harvested children via CAMHS and adults via AMHS

It’s PR and professional presentation is honed-

‘Cygnet Health Care has been providing a national network of high quality specialist mental health services for almost 30 years.
With a true focus on outcomes those who use or commission our services can be assured we are an experienced, service-user focused, provider of quality treatment, care and rehabilitation’.

But what are the comments and experiences of its service users ?

Cygnet Hospital Ealing



Christina Jacob  3 months ago

My relative went in as a voluntary patient in March.

By the end of the week they had them on a section 3 was giving them olanzapine injections. I told them the drug had been used in the past and didn’t suit.
Relative became really unwell was not taken care of sent to a god awful place came back months later.
I went to visit and they had had a meeting and put a safeguarding thing in place on me.
I am a woman in a wheelchair who has complained constantly about how my relative had been treated. This place could not organize a piss up in a brewery oh hang on the place is one big boozefest

Extremely poor level of patient care. Very unprofessional and incompetent staff including the managers. Vulnerable people with learning disabilities and those who self harm require a safe, therapeutic and positive setting to recover and receive treatment, and this is not the place!

Heather Maclatcy
A month ago
Cygnet I wouldn’t send anyone to this place is not compliant in my view with the mental health act or the code of practice ie restrictive practices form the hospital management down to day to day staffing and some of the practices as seen on hansa ward leaves a lot to be desired Like how some of the staff deal with patients when they are in distress ie restraint isn’t practices are like how you would treat prisoners in prison bending joints in the wrong way which is not at all acceptable, because it could lead people lifelong injury plenty of other ways in my opinion how to get someone to comply with instructions non-pain compliant techniques, lucky was not a issue with me I felt bad for other patients
And as well to get medical care at Cygnet leaves a lot to be desired I had to go Private for dental treatment because The RC would not grant leave to see specialist dentist is medical leave and these guys stretch the truth to the max like in mental health tribunals they lie through their teeth
You are CCG do not send your patients to this hospital under any circumstances
If you got a loved one in this hospital exercise your rights as nearest relative to get them discharge under the mental health act

And what  do Cygnet workers think ?

And here are stories of those trapped in hospitals.

And two of the many who have died in Cygnet ‘care’.

Jody -Bury Cygnet

Jonathan Chamberlian Ward Cygnet Stevenage

Buzzfeed here explains their investigation into Cygnet Services

Patients are being made much worse this is not ‘treatment’ as required by law under MHA.

We have a purported ‘cash strapped’ NHS, which is siphoning off public money to allow private US multi nationals to make as Cygnet has £6.3 million profit a year and pay nearly half a million salary to their head.

Worse still, the NHS appears not to care about the ‘treatment’ paid for and outcomes for service users.

And here are Cygnet CQC ratings.

CQC CygnetDO2Bl6qWAAELizv

Yet as shown in its 2018 Newsletter Cygnet goes from strength to strength, it is the government’s chosen provider main provider, too big to fail, creating its own world of exemplary ‘service’.












Occupational Stealth – Be wary of revealing mental health issues at work .


A review commissioned by our Prime Minister revealed 300,000 workers lose their jobs annually due to mental health.

But why are so many losing their jobs and what would be the effect of ridding the workplace of the mental health taboo?

Could it be an employer’s increased use of Occupational Health Services ?

70 years ago Clement Atlee set up a committee which concluded the Ministry of Health as a public independent body should be the provider for British Occupational Health Services.

But this was ignored, and today Occupation Health is a multi million pound private industry.

With the Department of Work and Pensions alone spending over £3,147 m on it annually.

The Committee’s wish was for the services to be completely independent of employers.

But they are still today paid for and commissioned by an employer, and such services owe their paramount duty to that employer, and this is confirmed in the Occupational Health Professionals’ Codes of Conduct.

Yet, there is clearly a conflict of interests between an employer’s interest to make profit and the health of his employees.

And such an employer’s control over Occupational Health destroys a patient employee’s right to medical confidentiality with the service.

But despite this, Dame Carol’s Black’s 2008 Review of the Health of Britain’s working population, put Occupational Health provision at the centre of the then Brown government announcing a

”new vision for the health of the working age population”,

” in which the relationship between health and work becomes universally recognised as integral to the prosperity and well-being of individuals, their families, workplaces and wider communities”.

But this review appeared to radically change the very nature of the occupational health service, from that of ensuring an employee’s duties did not adversely affect his health, to ensuring that his health did not adversely affect his duties.

And health concern, particularly mental due to its vagueness can be a useful, paternalistic tool of control of an employee.

As it allows management to silence whistle blowers, ensure collaboration, avoid constructive dismissal , and stress, discrimination and harassment( including sexual harassment )claims.

Line managers are encouraged to refer employees to occupational health, as soon as they have any concerns about their physical or mental ill health.

If an employee refuses a referral, he may be suspended in his own and the employer’s interests, and even disciplined for insubordination.

So effectively an employee can’t refuse an assessment.

Yet that assessment is paid for and remitted by his employer and therefore for his purposes, primarily at best to ensure health concerns are not and/ or will not interfere with an employee’s work duties.

But it can be used as a tool to control employment and to discover an employee’s health history and present issues, despite doctor patient confidentiality.

And worse still, an employer can refuse to allow an employee to see the whole ,or any part of an Occupational Health Assessment.

As whilst s. 2 (1) of the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988, gives an individual a right of access to any report relating to his physical or mental health, prepared by a medical practitioner, who is, or has been, responsible for his clinical care.

‘Clinical care’ is being, interpreted narrowly, so as not to include occupational health care, resulting in an employee having no right to access their occupational health assessment.

Further, section 7 (1) of part 3 of the Education (Teachers’ Qualifications and Health Standards) (England) Regulations 1999 provides that,
‘ A person in relevant employment shall not continue in that employment if, he does not have the health and mental and physical capacity for that employment.

Section (2) (b) providing that when deciding this capacity, employers can consider information,

‘such has been furnished in confidence on the ground that it would not be in the best interests of the person concerned to see it’.

So any information, occupational health, line manager ,another employee or indeed any information on an employee’s health ‘furnished in confidence’ can be withheld from an employee in his best interests.

This is a beyond terrifying extension of employer paternalism which managers but few employees will be aware of.

This Regulation refers specifically to teachers including academics but similar regulations and/or contractual terms probably apply to most occupations.

Rights of access to assessments can be similarly refused under

The Data Protection Act 1998 Sch 8 part 3 para 3 (a),

‘where permitting access to the data subject would be likely to cause serious harm to the physical or mental health or condition of the data subject’ .

So employees can be assessed ,as unfit for their present duties, without ever knowing why, or being allowed sight of assessments, despite the devastating consequences on their present and future employability.

In addition, the excuse of confidentiality can be used by management in respect to other employees, making it impossible to ascertain targeting, and the fairness of the process.

And ‘fit notes’ give occupation health and line managers control over an employee’s ability to return to his former duties.

As rather than just certifying an employee is fit to return to work GPs are now required to certify, that he may be fit for work if certain stated concerns are addressed by his employer.

This change forces an employee’s GP to be part of the Occupational Health system, as this is the body responsible for recommending work related changes .

Thus imperceptibility eroding doctor patient confidentiality, and a GP’s ethical need to act in his patient’s best interests.

‘Fit notes’ replaced the old written GP sick notes in 2009 and are computerised statements so easily subsumed into an employee’s National Summary Care database, which embrace an individual’s complete health profile.

Despite opposition, the Coalition government rolled out this Data Base nationally, but surveys show most public do not even know of its existence, let alone its purpose .

And it has been rolled out to more agencies and professional services with pharmacies now gaining access .

Technically an employee’s express consent is required to access his medical records, including his summary care database record.

But consent may be expressly and/or impliedly provided for in a contract of employment, and a dismissal for unreasonably refusing consent can be fair Caplin v Howard Kennedy Solicitors AT 20/1/09.

It is likely, occupational health providers are able to access to the summary care record database.

As an independent academic study of the summary care system back in 2009, revealed that there was widespread confusion about the method of obtaining consent, and to whom such consent is extended, at present it extends vaguely to all specialists, who are providing care or treatment, which could extend to Occupational Health Care.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, provide evidence that NHS Connecting for Health , ( now NHS Digital managers of the system), changed a written assurance to patients that non clinical staff,” will not” have access to ”may not”, allowing non- clinical staff to gain access to the summary care record database.

An individual has a right to be ill, and a right to private consultation with his own chosen independent medical practitioner.

And a Human Right to Privacy.

Whilst an employer has a duty to ensure that an individual’s work does not adversely affect his health, which was why the Occupational Health Service was created, this should not  be subverted and then used against an employee.

Many people’s livelihood can be destroyed by the present use of Occupational Health as it can be made a tool of management to control workers present and future employability.

NHS Inpatient Mental Deaths Triple.No investigations. Numbers unknown.

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If our government really were concerned about our mental health, it would, at the very least record the number of deaths of NHS inpatients and investigate them.

Particularly as the number of MHA detentions has risen by 10% year-on-year since 2010/11.

The latest 2017 figures from Full Fact show deaths in MHA detention have tripled.

And those held under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards have increased 56%

But the actual number of deaths in NHS mental  hospitals is unknown, not recorded and rarely investigated.

No single body is responsible for recording children or adults deaths.

This crucial information is neither collated, analysed or made public .

And as  hospitals are increasingly owned by private corporations Freedom of Information Notices are being refused on the grounds of commercial confidentiality.

47% of child and adolescent mental health service providers refused to answer FOI requests because of their private status.

So we pay up to £13,000 a week, an average £900 a day per inpatient for public NHS ‘treatment’, provided by private corporations, but aren’t allowed to know how many healthy people die and why ?

New laws introduced last year  remove those dying under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards of their  right to a jury in a Coroners Inquest under EU Art 5  as not now in ‘state detention’.

Latest statistics from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust show 140 patients suffered “unexpected deaths” in just 9 months last year .

There are no national figures to compare trusts, like for like, but the consultant used said ,

’it did not appear that NSFT was an outlier ( out of line)in terms of high numbers of deaths or incidents.”

Panorama last year served FOI requests on 57 English mental health foundation trusts, increasingly private companies like Sheffield Health and Social Care .

Only 33 responded

In 2012-13, they reported 2,067 ‘unexpected’ deaths.

By 2015-16 this had risen to 3,160.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reported 113 ‘unexpected deaths’ within its mental health services in 2016/17 an increase of 76 from 2015/16 an  over 100% increase in  just a  year.

The number of ‘unexpected’ deaths in St Andrews Healthcare is still unknown

3 years ago the government reported 1,200 people, 3 a day with a learning disability died every year within our NHS due to inadequate care.

A Liverpool MP asked Jeremy Hunt last year how many children and young people had died in NHS care from 2010 and he couldn’t answer.

Why are so many young and physically fit patients dying from mental health ‘treatment’?.

We have no answer.

As there is no system requiring any investigation, let alone an independent one,at best, deaths are being investigated by the owners of the institution where they die .

With no transparency of process and in breach of the basic rule of natural justice, that no man should be a judge in his own court.

The CQC and NHS England refused to investigate the 7 unexpected deaths in St Andrews Northampton in 2013/14 flagged by the local Healthwatch

A 2016 study revealed that Southern Health NHS one of the largest NHS Trusts, has investigated only 13% of 1,454 of all its ‘unexpected’ patient deaths since 2010.

Investigation rates being  particularly low for elderly patients with mental health problems (0.3 per cent) and for patients in general with a learning disability (1 per cent).

This was stated not to be an outlier.

So, we can therefore assume nationally, only 1 % of ‘unexpected’ deaths of learning disabled including the autistic, and 0.3 of the older patients are investigated.

All ‘unexpected’ deaths are supposed to be reported to a coroner so they can be investigated.

But official figures show that that of 1,115 cases recorded by the NHS, only a third, were reported to coroners over the last three years.

Norman Lamb blamed
’ Under funding of sometimes threadbare mental health services which are struggling to cope with rising demand for care’.

Yet a fifth of our total NHS budget is being spent on mental health , the CCGs budget being up by £342m, and an extra £1.4bn is allocated by this Parliament.

How can the present £13,000 a week and minimum £900 a day even be justified, let alone insufficient ?

And would venture capital be investing their cash, as they increasingly are, in ‘threadbare’ services ?

Last year the government ploughed £433 million into safeguarding the vulnerable in their family home or individual’s non state home.

With so many dying in state care, the vulnerable need to be safeguarded in state care, not removed to it,  as in such care deaths are not even recorded let alone investigated .

Simon Duffy in his NHS Slides for personalisation of services reveals the latest statistics for mental hospitals up to December 2017

• In the last 3 months 25.9% of inpatients had harmed themselves • 21.0% of inpatients had suffered an accident in the last 3 months • 22.2% of people had suffered physical assault in the last 3 months • Physical restraint had been used 34.2% of people in the last 3 months 11.4% had suffered seclusion in the last 3 months • 56.6% of people had been the subject of at least one incident involving self harm, an accident, physical assault against them, hands-on restraint or seclusion during the last three months •

Antipsychotic medication used regularly or at least once in the last 28 days for 68.3% of the people in the units


The bipolar cashcows. Release this 8 year Cygnet ‘Bipolar’ 4 million pound inpatient.


In the USA  Prior to 1955, bipolar illness was a rare disorder. There were only 12,750 people  hospitalized with that disorder in 1955.

In addition,  there were only about 2,400 “first admissions” for bipolar illness yearly in the country’s mental hospitals.

Outcomes were relatively good too.

 Seventy-five percent or so of the first-admission patients would recover within 12 months.

Over the long-term, only about 15% of all first-admission patients would become chronically ill, and 70% to 85% of the patients would have good outcomes, which meant they worked and had active social lives.”

Today over 5.7 million US citizens have bipolar and are mostly unemployed, hospitalised and medicated for life.

And according to NHS Digital 2016, 2% of the UK population mainly children and under 25s screened positive for bipolar.

Yet there is no proven pathology and bipolar can be diagnosed on a few hyper episodes by those employed by corporations who gain millions from its diagnosis .

A psychiatrist commented to me fifteen years ago ‘ Bipolar is where all the money  is now’, as it appeared in soap characters  and celebrities like Stephen Fry. 

As  David Healy  noted

‘how a very few people in key positions can determine the course of events and shape the consciousness of a generation’.

Many bipolar victims have been holed up in mental hospitals on secure wards for years as they now earn £13,000 a week on secure wards and £7,000 on others for their private for profit providers paid from NHS funds.

This is not treatment under the MHA, as it is not determinable and  patients are mentally and physically deteriorating on an increasing in breach of NICE guidelines  diet of  polypharmacy, as they suffer in captivity.

They have no voice, no IMCA, no nearest relative appointed, no meaningful reviews, no future, no life, all experts and treaters are  employed by the private corporations that profits from their encagement.

The girl pictured above is just one  of the many victims.

We only know about her because her grandmother Gillian Speke, has  petitioned the government for her release from a Cygnet hospital.

She has been held medicated on a secure bipolar ward for 8 years, earning her Cygnet providers earning  over 4 million pounds of NHS money to date.

Here are comments by workers on Cygnet services.

Why is this allowed to happen ?

Can she not be more effectively treated under a treatment order in her community.

When, if ever would she be released ?

Here are the words of her grandmother from her petition, please sign it, this young woman  and  thousands silently suffering need our help.

‘My name is Gillian Speke.

Please help release MY GRANDDAUGHTER from CYGNET HOSPITALS by signing our petition.

She needs to be near to her Nan. 8 YEARS she has been incarcerated. Her physical & mental health have deteriorated, she has had no help from a Nearest Relative because this has not been attended to.

Her weight has doubled due to the long list of meds she is forced to take. She has to stay on a secure BIpolar ward, she gets no fresh air or exercise, there is no structure, no organised activities except for Mindfulness & she has been denied access to education for the past 11 YEARS.

She has not had an assessment for a move to the community as promised in 2016. She is DYING in there. She does not deserve to be punished. She is a vulnerable woman who needs help for Trauma (PTSD)

Is this how you want our NHS money spent ?

Here is the list of medications this lady is forced to take and originally her stay  was estimated at 2 to 3 years.

Regular Medication:

Sertraline 200mg mane; Depakote 750mg BD; Mebeverine MR 200MG BD; Metformine 1G bd; Atorvastatin 40mg OD; Omeprazole 20mg mane;  Furosemide 50mg mane; Dapaglifozin 10mg mane; Diazepam 5mg TDS; Colecalciferol T OM; Kwells 300mg TDS; Clozapine 225mg BD .

PRM Medication:
Ibrufen 200-400mg up to QDs; Epipen 0.3mg up to 0.9mg; Cyclizine tab 50mg up to 150mg;  Procyclidine 5mg PO max in 24 hrs 10 mg; Olanzapine 2.5-5mg max 200mg (PRN + regular); Promethazine 25-50mg max dose 100mg in 24 hrs;  Salbutamol 100mcg; Glucogel/Glucsgon T; Corsodyl ; Lactulose;  Stat dose of Clopizol Acuphase given on 3 occasions since admission – forcibly injected.

And read here the full story of the horror of this lady’s very expensive minimum £900 a day ‘treatment’


And, there appears systemically, no effective accountability for health services, as under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, NHS England and not the Department of Health is liable for services but are also the commissioner and regulator of these services and liable if inadequate.

So there is a huge conflict of interests between these roles of regulator and commissioner, which equals no accountability.

 ‘ My sister is dead after 4mths after being placed at Cygnet Hospital  Derby

was posted as a comment to this petition in November 2017.







Serco, Priory and Mydentist – A tale of monopoly venture capitalism and leadership.


The Priory Group is the UK’s main provider of mental health, learning disability and specialist education services almost exclusively financed by public funds via NHS clinical commissioning groups and Local Authorities.

Tom Riall joined the Priory from Serco in 2013, where he had been Chief Executive of their Global Services Business.

He continued to build on the strength of the Priory’s care pathway service ensuring the business was well positioned to manage the transition of the healthcare commissioning reforms.

Riall sold the Priory Group to venture capital backed US Acadia for 1.28 bn last year.

And in May this year moved on to Integrated Dental Holdings Group, who own UK’s largest NHS dental chain Mydentist which also provides private treatments.—announcement-of-new-chairman-and-chief-executive

Did Riall’s sojorn in the Priory Group improve services ?

Deaths spark fears at Priory Hospitals.

Coroners have issued five formal notices over the past five years, highlighting care failures after deaths of patients in the care of the Priory Group’s hospitals.

Among the recurring problems highlighted in the coroners’ “prevention of future death notices”, are a failure adequately to monitor patients at risk of self-harm, failures in training and inadequate record keeping

Riall’s meteoric climb began 25 years ago with the advent of monopoly corporatism and outsourcing.

He held senior leadership positions in the Onyx and Reliance Groups working with local authorities and central government across the UK.

And oversaw Reliance’s successful tender in 2003 for the use of private contractors to transport prisoners in Scotland.

When the firm mistakenly released a number of prisoners, including a convicted murderer in 2004, Riall offered an apology but defended his company’s performance, before joining Serco’s Civil Government and Home Affairs divisions

Riall spent eight years at Serco , most recently as chief executive of Serco’s global services division, spanning 12 countries.

Serco provides a variety of services and products relating to defence, home affairs, aviation, and transport.

Since the 16 October 2017, Integrated Dental Holdings Group, who own Mydentist has had Omar Shafi Khan as its Chief Financial Officer and Board member.

Omar joined IDH with a wealth of experience and  strong track record in financial leadership, strategy, business development and treasury.

He was previously Group Chief Financial Officer at Innovia Group, a private equity backed leading advanced polymer solutions company, and prior to this spent 16 years at Royal Dutch Shell.

So can we expect a venture capital purchase of our NHS dentistry soon ?

In just 17 years, Mydentist  developed from just 3 NHS practices in North West England to the largest dental corporate in the world with over 672 Practices across the UK.

Their core business is the provision of primary NHS  dental services, but the majority of dental practices also provide private dentistry services including dental replacements.

Practices can make over £500,000 a year just from the NHS, if they see 60 patients a day.

IDH also own the dental supplies and equipment to their practices.

But will it help our teeth, particularly with our government’s policy for ‘preventative’ dentistry?

See my recent experience of Mydentist