McAree


The complaint is that Dr McAree (in the presence of a nurse) carried out a campaign of coercion, harassment and humiliation to make me submit to her agenda of accepting the prescription of anti psychotic medication (Olanzapine) when I had no symptoms that would have benefited from it.

I told her repeatedly that I wasn't going to take Olanzapene She arrogantly swept aside my wishes and rights and continued to harass me. I invited her to continue the abuse by letter and she accepted it. My letter and her reply  form the basis of this complaint.

Further she made decisions that were against my interests, not from professional incompetence, but purely to further the agenda laid out in her letter. To become a customer of the IHTT monitored by a nurse in conjunction with a GP, Dr Karen Pope who is a personal friend of hers.

 

From the letter.

"I am glad that you are seeing Dr Pope regularly and trust her ". 

 

A few days later I was formally discharged with no diagnosis and no comment on the state of my mental health. A few days after that I discharged myself from Dr McAllister in a phone call to nurse Dianne Jeffries.

I could have faced years of the very unpleasant side effects of the drug she wanted to prescribe, Olanzapine described in the leaflet and letter she gave me. That would include sleepiness, major weight gain, heart problems, constipation, low blood pressure, dizziness etc. I was 58 years old. The last thing I needed was a collection of long term ailments. Unbelievably, the main side effect of Olanzapine is sleepiness, exhaustion was the main symptom I originally presented to the GP (Dr McColl) with. I confirmed that with him . This  is medical negligence at the very least.

The reason I attended the Charleston Centre when I had no symptoms was because I asked my GP, Dr McColl if I could see a psychiatrist in the hope that it might provide a clue to the occasional severe exhaustion problem which has plagued me. My medical records clearly say that 'p/t requested to see psychiatrist' .

At one point I was exhausted but couldn't sleep which is upsetting.  I was also distressed and fearful of an upcoming DWP interview.  That was 7/8 weeks earlier and the symptoms  had now gone because the main cause of the stress had gone. That was noted by nurse Diane Jeffries on the second interview with her. I  attended the Charleston Centre purely because I wanted to discuss the exhaustion issue.

 In the interim, the DWP assessment  interview at ATOS with a highly, intelligent, capable, civilised and mentally sharp assessor, a doctor who told me she had worked in psychology and psychiatry. She was everything Dr McAree wasn't

 I also had first class service at Specsavers .  There was a huge difference in quality  between the Specsavers staff and the IHTT.

 


The following happened at the Charleston Centre, Paisley. I wrote this down within an hour of the events. Friday 13tSeptember Dr McAree and a nurse.


When I first arrived at Charleston Centre, I had a very nice conversation with the very happy and charming receptionist, Caroline as I had on the previous days. I have always found the staff to be really friendly. At this point I was happy, relaxed and cheerful with no mental health symptoms that required treatment.

  From the beginning, pressure was put on me by to take anti psychotic medication. I told her repeatedly I didn't want to take it and I wasn't going to. She and the nurse told me it could be used in conjunction with relaxation. I was simply not going to be pressurised by anyone. They asked if I wanted them to visit me at home or to phone me over the weekend. I told them in forceful terms I didn't want them to. I said 'do not, under any circumstances come anywhere near my house or phone me there'. They were putting really serious pressure on me.

She then started this mantra ' Do you think you're attractive to women ?' over and over and over.. This same question had been put to me on two previous days, so she had been told (ordered) to say that. This was orchestrated and premeditated abuse.

My selfie (deliberately) taken the same day with a really poor webcam.

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Dr McAree is the 'lady' with the red hair holding the plate.

 

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Next they tried mental humiliation. She said that Dr McAllister was worried about my interest in Morrissey. In a sneering tone she said 'what is your interest in Morrissey'. I was pretty offended by that and wearily replied that I wasn't an acolyte of Morrissey. She had literally no idea what the word meant,  neither did the nurse. She didn't know what Tai Chi was either. 

So, given the previous experience, why would I write a letter ?  It was a very deliberate entrapment to allow me to make a complaint. I calculated that with her arrogance and  apparent determination to force me to take drugs, given enough rope she would hang herself, which she duly did. The questions were deliberately chosen to elicit detail that would likely not be forthcoming. Specifically that there was no medical reason for it. I asked for a diagnosis and none was forthcoming 'you appear to have some problem with your mood' is not a valid reason for prescribing a dangerous drug with horrible side effects.

This is a tactic previously used by my medical family to make a successful complaint to the GMC about an alcoholic GP whose refusal to make a home visit resulted in my sister in law having a miscarriage. My other brother was a university professor and chief consultant bacteriologist who asked him questions he couldn't answer. At the end of the process he was no longer allowed to practice medicine. He had done something similar before and the fact his alcoholism was widely known gave the GMC no choice. That is as far as I can remember from forty odd years ago.

Dr McAree (as I suspected) was unable to engage at a professional level. The questions were very closely based on the Mind charity guideline questions that one should ask before taking medication.


In my opinion, the letters establishes the abuse. Her reply was deceitful,  contemptuous, inept and intimidating.


This what I wrote

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We had established that you believe I am suffering from anxiety and that low doses of an anti psychotic drug would be beneficial. I expressed the opinion that I wanted to do relaxation class or other stress management regime as I had before and didn't believe I required medication. I repeated that a number of times.

I reminded  her that I had refused  to take her medication a number of times. Any honest physician would have stopped or at the very least addressed that, but she continued and even maliciously suggested I might end up in hospital.

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'.

 

Please note that I wrote  'you believe I am suffering from anxiety'.  I didn't have any  anxiety** when I walked in the door. I was giving her  her the opportunity to deny that she had been abusing me by her repeated demands to prescribe medication. She didn't take it. To me, that is a tacit admission of guilt. Any genuine physician would have been  defended themselves if it wasn't true and backed off.  Although I had no anxiety at that time, I might have been interested in relaxation classes in the long term.


I then asked her for


The condition you believe you believe I have, the observed symptoms and the severity


Her reply


I believe that you have suffered with some difficulties to do with your mood. I thought that a medication such as Olanzapine could help you with this and also would decrease the amount of stress that you appear to be experiencing at the present time.

I posed deliberately precise questions to reveal that she had no medical reason for prescribing that drug. She doesn't say what condition this is meant to treat or its severity which is what I very deliberately asked for.  'Some difficulties to do with your mood' is not a medical condition, it's barely English,  and 'I believe' is  hardly an 'evidence based diagnosis'.   She obviously didn't care, she's only interested in getting me to take drugs and be her 'customer'.  This is  abusive and corrupt practice. 

She continued

I believe it would allow you to think in a clearer manner and that it could be used in conjunction with other approaches such as relaxation classes or other ways of stress management as you had outlined were your preferred options.

What on earth does she mean by 'think in a clearer manner' ? Is she implying  that my thinking was disordered, in  a psychotic sense ?  One way of looking at this is that she has no idea what she's doing and simply read this off a fact sheet and presented it to me. If I was her manager, I would like to test her knowledge. I (immodestly) contend that my thinking in the letter was somewhat more articulate and lucid than hers.


The major side effect of Olanzapine is sleepiness, similar symptoms to that I presented my GP with. That looks very much like negligence.


This is from the (attached) NHS sheet of side effects given to me by Dr McAree,

VERY COMMON (more than about 1 in 10 people ) - Sleepiness. Feeling sleepy or sluggish. It can last for a few hours after taking your dose. Don't drive or use machinery.


Weight gain is also a major issue and at 58, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy having lost weight through diet and exercise before.


I then asked


What, in your judgment would be the consequences of not taking the medication ?


Her reply was “I am concerned that if you do not remain involved with people who are trying to help you with your current difficulties that the situation might rapidly worsen and that you might require admission to hospital. Of course I have no way of definitely knowing this would happen but, in my experience, it is a possible scenario.”

I  was expecting to know about the precise medical consequences. She doesn't say anything about that. She obviously had no idea what condition I had originally presented with. However she reinforced the offer with the tabloid level shock warning that I could relapse and end up in hospital. Relapse to what ? I have never been in hospital for any condition never mind a psychiatric one. I have never had  a mental health diagnosis.

That was a very deliberate attempt to scare me and make my condition worse in order to submit to her agenda which is scandalous. It's clear she had no idea of the condition I presented with and just decided go do with the standard psychiatric solution, anti-psychotics. Trying to force a 58 year old with no mental health history into taking a horrible (and horribly unpopular with patients) drug is pretty heinous behaviour. The letter is nasty and intimidating. It reads like it came from a  particularly unpleasant primary school bully.

She obviously knew nothing about me, was too lazy to find out and concocted the letter  in a standard patient intimidating fashion. About three weeks after that apocalyptic prophecy, I was acting in front of a large crowd of people at the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 play in Paisley town centre. It's hard to imagine a greater contrast.  I was the seventeenth century executioner wearing with the Casio digital watch (oops). 

I don't know anything about the mental health system. This was obviously some kind of compliance technique. No doubt mental health patients can be difficult. However I cannot conceive of any valid reason for a doctor to behave as despicably as that or any code of professional conduct that would determine this behaviour fell within acceptable limits.  Dr McAree is the most obnoxious, pernicious  and thuggish human being I have ever met. I'm sure the behaviour was entirely deliberate and contrived and in no way personal toward me.

 She tried to insinuate herself into my house. Three junkies had helped me up when I twisted my ankle a few days before. I would rather have those junkies in my house. I'd rather live next door to them. They are hugely superior human beings and I got more sense out of them than I would ever expect to get out of Dr McAree. I walked into town, thanked them and had a conversation with them. I can't imagine having an adult conversation with Dr McAree about anything. 

I 'met' a mental heath campaigner online who told me that Dr McAree had been contemptuous and obnoxious to her. That played a large part in my decision to complain to the GMC.

 

Thanks for reading Sorry for the length.

 

* * When I complained to Dr McAree's management, I received a  letter of reply confirming they were treating me for anxiety . Part of the letter (the end) claimed ' Olanzapine, which can be appropriately prescribed for anxiety'.   According to  an email from the UK  licensing authority, it isn't licensed for anxiety, it's 'off label'. It can only be prescribed in extreme circumstance and the doctor must take full responsibility for his / her actions. The only exceptional circumstance is that I had no anxiety at that time. They told me that if I was unhappy to complain to the GMC which I did.