I've given up on getting justice through the complaints process for the bullying and intimidation that went on at Stratheden Hospital in February and March 2012, against me and mine. The psychiatric nursing staff have got away with it.
Patients and carers can be treated with disrespect, badmouthed and even assaulted, and nothing will be done about it. Mothers blamed for psychiatric system failure. For daring to complain about inappropriate nursing practice. For speaking out about the vulnerability of female patients and of what goes on behind closed doors.
But they won't stop me speaking out. Regardless of useless complaints systems and colluding social work staff. Of bullying and intimidating behaviour. Just because they are allowed to give compulsory treatment doesn't mean to say they should be using force. It's not a short cut.
There needs to be a transformation of culture, management and leadership at Stratheden Hospital, so that patients, carers and families are treated with respect and given the care they deserve. Not sure how this will come about. The nursing staff have got away with it and are likely to keep getting away with it. We need independent advocacy, locally led. Unfortunately the local advocacy projects lost out at a tendering process in 2009 to the English learning disability service provider Circles Network.