Sunday, 9 February 2014

in the land of make believe where staff rule, patients are a nuisance and mothers are to blame

Where I live in North East Fife, Scotland, it seems that the psychiatric services are run for the benefit of staff and inpatients are there to make up the numbers, an afterthought or a nuisance.  Locked seclusion rooms used as naughty steps.  No toilet or water to drink, locked in for hours at a time, to teach you a lesson.  Do as you're told or else!

I got an Email update this morning with an update about the SPSP-MH
(Scottish patient safety programme, mental health) website and new content added, including a "Regional Learning Session" from NHS Fife.  Which had this information on page 6:

FEEDBACK ON CHANGE SINCE 2010

  • STAFF REPORT TECHNIQUES BEING “EASIER TO PICK UP AND EASIER TO REMEMBER”. THEY ALSO NOW REMARK ON “FEELING VALUED BY MANAGEMENT”
  • WARD MANAGERS REPORT INCREASED CONFIDENCE AND REDUCTION OF INCIDENTS 
  •  HOSPITAL MANAGERS ARE HAPPY AT THE SAVINGS THE NEW SYSTEM HAS BROUGHT

Well that's nice.  Staff feel valued and hospital managers are happy at saving money.  

But what about the psychiatric patients and their carers?  Has anyone asked them what they think?

What about the Stratheden Hospital detained patient in 2012 who was locked in the IPCU seclusion room with no toilet or water, for hours on end, in the dark, and had to defecate on the floor, then got their faces rubbed in it?  Has anyone asked them about their experience or admitted responsibility for bad practice and dehumanising treatment?  

Or is it going to be swept under the carpet with all the other dirt, justifying the bad practice in psychiatric notes and in adult protection investigation reports, by blaming the mothers ?

Huh.


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