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Intro

 


 

'Oh Brave New World that has such people in it'

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Despite having asked a GP to discuss a long term (assumed to be stress related) exhaustion issue with a psychiatrist (because I thought there might be a medical cause) and never having been diagnosed with a mental health problem, I was subjected to a catalogue of  pre-meditated, orchestrated bullying at the IHTT *  in Paisley. This letter tells me they were attempting to treat me for anxiety. It says "the treatment offered, in this case Olanzapine, which can be appropriately prescribed for  anxiety. " I had previously been offered Valium (Diazepam). I had no anxiety at that time.

 

* Intensive Home Treatment Team (a crisis team)

 

This was 7/8 weeks after the initial GP interview (July 26th)  at a time when my mental state was excellent. The remit of the IHTT is to respond within 4 hours. Confirmed in this letter which says

 

"IHTT have one standard which is to ensure a mental health assessment takes place
within 4 hours of referral to the service"

 

The web page says

 

"If we are best placed to support you, we will arrange an emergency assessment that day. This could be at the Charleston Centre, Dykebar Hospital or the accident and emergency department at the Royal Alexandra Hospital".

 

http://www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/article/5076/Intensive-Home-Treatment-Team

 

Something is already very wrong here, that's before I even met them. How could such unbelievable slackness and incompetence have happened ? The suspicion must be that  they were short of customers and someone's tried to pull a fast one by taking me from the GP referral list. Maybe the answer lies in the photos below of the the head of the unit, Nurse Hernon. Kevin supports Celtic.

 

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More seriously, a contemptible, transparent and infantile subterfuge was arranged to give me a psychiatric assessment after I had complained  to the GMC about a psychiatrist, despite me being discharged two months earlier with not only no diagnosis but no comment on the state of my mental health.

 

 It was done by sending me a letter apparently with an appointment to see my medical records (enclosed leaflet below letter) , but was actually for a psychiatric assessment. I saw through it instantly because the letter simply didn't mention medical records. 

 

 

Here is a later  letter with a full confession from the psychiatrist I was supposed to see. This is a vile tactic used by NHS management against whistle blowers. The medical records scenario came about because team leader, Kevin Hernon refused to give me information I requested  and told me I would have see my medical records.

 

The best evidence for the abuse is a letter and I sent to a Dr McAree asking for details of the drug treatment she wanted to offer and the evasive, inept and fear mongering  reply. I deliberately asked for details which she was unable to produce, revealing there were no valid medical grounds for prescribing a drug. I contacted the drug licensing authority who told me that the drug (Olanzapine) she wanted to prescribe was not licensed for anxiety and that I should complain to the GMC which I did.

 

 

Some of my personal history here . Email here

 

 

The idea of this page is that it should be a complete summary of events. My name has been redacted from correspondence. I do not believe that anything that happened was unique to me. They would have done the same to anyone which is horrifying.

 

 

Unanswered Questions

 

These questions were put to Renfrewshire CHP management in order to reveal that they appear to be  running a scam to take patients from the GP referral list and making long term customers by using the IHTT (a four hour response team) to bully them into taking drugs. The situation  has a distinct resemblance to other  recent NHS management horror stories such as Stafford FurnessStrathedenAyrshire and ArranGlan Clwyd, Ellen’s Glen Portsmouth .

 

1. Who originally assigned me to the IHTT and why ? My GP doesn't know and can't understand it.  I asked to see a psychiatrist to discuss exhaustion. If you claim it was based on the GP's report, I want to see a copy of it. How could I end up at a crisis unit (with a 4 hour response remit) 8 weeks after my GP appointment   ?

2. What was the name of the nurse who witnessed Dr McAree's abusive behaviour on Friday 13th   September, 2013.  It was a male  nurse of about 30. You don't have to look at records. there can't be many staff who fit that description. It is the first thing asked for on the GMC website. Nurse Henron refused to tell me and wrote I'd have to see my medical records.  

I will still complain to the GMC regardless and suggest that in my opinion the staff were behaving under  duress because they all used exactly the same language.

3. Why was I given a blood test before I saw a doctor ?  What tests were done on the blood ? What were the results ? That is very  important. I have asked this question before. This is the appointment letter for the blood test.  (I assume it was to prepare me for the prescription of an anti-psychotic for which it is required. The doctor  told me I was elated  ( a symptom of bipolar disorder) which I  certainly wasn't)

4. Why did Mark McAllister arrange a scan (at the RAH) for me ?

5. Why did Nurse Dock tell me that (psychiatrist) Mark McAllister would come to my house if I didn't attend next day. I told him I had come to discuss exhaustion.  That made me very angry. (I assume to prevent me escaping before they could prescribe a drug and be their customer)

5. Why did Mark McAllister make an appointment for me at Dykebar hospital for a psychiatric assessment with  Alistair Kinniburgh  (just after he discovered I had complained to the GMC about him) ?  I want to see a copy of the appointment. This is the  letter I  received. My family and I are determined to expose who was responsible for that letter. Were others involved ? For example, Nurse Hernon ?   Who gave him the medical records leaflet ?  Was it Jean Still ? Anne Gallacher told me she had passed on my request to her. Confession in this letter .

(This was a disturbing  attempt to lure me to a mental hospital under false pretences.)

6. Alistair Kinniburgh told me in the same letter that Mark McAllister thought I had a mental health problem ? What mental health problem ? Please provide dated documentation that McAllister recorded that. 

 (This was several months after I had been discharged with no comment about ,my mental health , just after I had complained to the GMC)

7. Does the IHTT have targets to meet  (for example patient retention, cost cutting) ? Were the staff under duress to behave in a particular way. This was the situation at Mid Stafford.

8. Why did Nurse Buchanan  suggest to a GP at my practice that I had complained about two doctors and  they now thought was unwell and might need to be detained. It is in my medical records. This was 4/5 months after I had been discharged with neither diagnosis nor comment about my condition.

9.  Do Nurse Henron or other members of the IHTT receive benefits from outside sources ? For example money, education,  expenses to attend conferences etc.  That is a question, not an accusation

10 Are you aware that psychiatrist Mark McAllister has personality nissue

 

 

This is a record of the abusive behaviour of the staff.

 

 

Abuse

    

Day 1.  I had an interview with an obnoxious, insulting, pernicious psychiatrist by the name of Mark McAllister. I was preposterously told I appeared 'elated' when I was actually  dumbfounded, disgusted and annoyed. I assume to claim I was bipolar. I stopped him before he got a chance.

 

I was not elated nor high, nor manic. My speech is sometimes very fast and I'm often anxious in stressful situations without being aware of it . I was a chain smoker for years.  There are numerous references to stress and anxiety in my medical records. The abuse would have raised my anxiety levels.  My GP medical records clearly state 'patient asked to see psychiatrist'

 

Elation - medical dictionary .
An emotional reaction characterized by euphoria, excitement, extreme joyfulness, optimism, and self-satisfaction.

 

A GP in my practice who knew him at university confirmed he had the same 'personality issues' then.  A look of silent horror is the universal response to the mention of  his name.  He repeatedly asked me "do you think you're attractive to women" after I told him I had no confidence with women.

 

Day 2. Insulted and abused again, this time by nurses using the same mantra "do you think you're attractive to women" as the previous day. McAllister must have passed it on.  In fact, the interview generally went fairly well until I was offered Diazepam  by Nurse Dock like polo mints for no reason apart from me saying the word 'anxious' in the context of the previous day's events.  At this point  I saw a sign on the wall saying 'Intensive Home Treatment Team'. I said 'why am I here, I only asked to see a psychiatrist about exhaustion' ?  So they knew

 

Day 3. Nurse Dock and an older woman. The interview became a hostile interrogation when I said I refused to see Mark McAllister again. It was threatened (by Nurse Dock) that  said psychiatrist will come to my house if I didn't attend next day. That traumatised me and made me angry. I said I would phone the police if he came anywhere near my house.

 

Day 4. Insulted and abused again, this time by a female psychiatrist and nurse. Put under enormous pressure to take another drug, an anti-psychotic, again for anxiety.  I refused a large number of  times. I sent a  letter (closely based on Mind guidelines) asking for details of treatment, emphasising the multiple refusals.  Her reply was evasive, oppressive, deceitful, threatening and inept. She didn't address the questions to remotely near a professional standard.  I expected something horrible to be honest, but that was shocking.  My letter and her reply (described above).

 

This is what the charity Mind has to say about  choice

 

'Could I ever be forced to take medication?


In most cases: no. If you're offered medication, you usually have the right to refuse it and to ask for an alternative treatment'.

 

 

At times I felt I was pushed drugs upon, some psychiatrists didn't ask me or even discuss with me whether or not I wanted the medication, usually I was told to take it and told how it would help me, without being aware of the serious side effects of the drugs. I feel strongly it should be someone's decision what they put in their body and everyone has a right to be warned of the risks before taking the drugs not after they've developed it.

https://www.patientopinion.org.uk/opinions/83291

 

 

The whole thing can be summed up rather easily with  comparisons to other experiences I had around the same time. I had very recently been interviewed by a highly intelligent, perceptive and capable psychologist / psychiatrist at ATOS. She was a vastly superior individual to everyone at the IHTT.   I went to Specsavers, the optician and other staff  were intelligent, responsive, human, warm, humorous and professional. The IHTT rude, abusive and creepy.

 

I twisted my ankle in the street, four (what appeared to be) junkies helped me up. They were  concerned, supportive, friendly, very motivated to get me up and walking again.  They couldn't have done more. Again the exact opposite of the IHTT. I met them walking to the town and had a conversation. They were nice people. I can't imagine having a conversation with any member of the IHTT.

  

Everything that happened to me was well below any  imaginable minimum standard.  How did it come about that all these thoroughly unpleasant people came to be working in the same place ?  Everyone behaved in extreme ways to bully into taking drugs. That it is consistent with the behaviour being orchestrated and the staff being under duress.  The most plausible explanation is by management.

 

When I asked  team leader Nurse Hernon for the names of  the abusers to allow me to make a complaint, my first letter was completely ignored. When I threatened to tell a CHP board member, I received a very cheeky response, telling me I would have to see my medical records. On reflection, my letter to him may have  seemed cheeky, but there was such a vast difference between Specsavers and the IHTT,  it certainly wasn't intended to be.

 

 They invited me to talk to them at a mental hospital (only after they saw part of my CV). I refused as they had behaved despicably and I wanted their incompetence and abuse in writing.  That included being accused of having an unspecified mood disorder by someone who clearly didn't understand what a mood disorder was (Nurse Buchanan) or even understand the concept of a generic name. I see that as scandalous, their sense of entitlement means they probably don't.

 

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 It has caused me a lot of distress as three GPs have witnessed. I tried to forget the whole thing, but the issue of  the attempt to get me to a mental hospital under false pretences has wider implications. It isn't just done to mental health patients and the elderly,  it's also done to NHS whistle blowers either as as form of retribution or an attempt to discredit them. For example here.

 

The reason this website has taken so long is this deliberate misdirection and the dispiriting inadequacy of the response.  I don't believe Renfrewshire CHP Mental Health  are willing or able  to deal with complaints. I'm obviously not the only one with a similar experience in the NHS.

 

BBC - The NHS still has a long way to go to improve the way it handles complaints.

The survey showed more than half felt their complaint had been ignored - more than in other parts of the public sector - and 43% were "dissatisfied" with the outcome. 


Yougov -One in six British adults know of someone whose poor treatment by the NHS has been covered up – and majorities support sacking, prosecuting and removing the pensions of staff found to be involved

BBC-The failure to protect whistleblowers remains a "stain" on the reputation of the NHS in England, MPs have said.

"The treatment of whistleblowers is a stain on the reputation of the NHS and has led to unwarranted, inexcusable pain for the courageous individuals affected," it says.

July Bailey, OBE (Mid Stafford)  to  Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair, Health Select Committee (on Twitter)

"Please help & do something with the NHS complaints process, It causes so much misery for families."

 

I am also doing this for people more vulnerable and compliant than myself. What happened to me is an exemplar of exactly how not to treat patients and exactly how not to deal with complaints.  We simply can't have human beings press ganged into taking harmful drugs by the malicious misdiagnosis of psychiatric conditions.

 

I am very happy to discuss this with any impartial individual. I have already spoken to a number of agencies in person and by telephone. The website is split into the record of the abuse, the handling of the complaint, details of meetings with the two psychiatrists Dr McAllister and Dr McAree.

 

Ancillary pages that are linked from elsewhere on the site.

 

Suggestions   NHS bullying   GP practice

 

 

I want to thank  IHTT nurse Diane Jeffrey, Anne Gallagher (CHP director's secretary)  and Charleston Centre receptionist Caroline for their warmth and humanity,  in contrast to the cold, cynical abuse of  the IHTT. An important fact is that I had warm and friendly conversations with IHTT employee, Nurse Diane Jeffrey when I bumped into her, even during the abusive days. That extreme contrast in behaviour made the callous abuse crystal clear.

 

This website is subject to continual improvements in its language / text . Thank you  for reading.