Email just sent to Fife Council social work managers and Fife elected Councillors:
"The onus is on Fife Council social work to bring
balance to the psychiatric treatment of mentally vulnerable people who
have been incarcerated or silenced with psychiatric drugs. Because you
aren't doing your job right there are human rights abuses going on in
We now have no independent advocacy in Fife because you took
the contract away from the user groups and gave it to a learning
disability service provider based in England, and I suspect a crony. To
award them the contract a second time is beyond comprehension. There
is now no collective advocacy in Fife. Circles Network do not
countenance complaints. I got a solicitor's letter for raising a
complaint about the bullying from their staff.
My son had his human rights abused in Ward 4 of Stratheden
Hospital in February 2012. Locked in a seclusion room for hours at a
time with no toilet or water to drink, with a broken hand untreated. He
had to defecate on the floor because no-one let him out for the
toilet. Treated worse than a prisoner. He was told by staff that he
didn't require an advocate to speak with the RMO/psychiatrist. This
same RMO told me that people without capacity don't require advocacy.
Patients in that ward for years were denied a voice. It's a disgrace.
It cannot continue, the human rights abuse of mentally ill
people in Fife. As public servants you are accountable for what you do
with public money. A £10million overspend is nothing to be proud of.
You can't keep getting away with it. There has to be major improvements
and better financial accounting.
Mental Health Officers should be protecting the rights of
psychiatric patients who are under the Mental Health Act. It's their
duty. They shouldn't be protecting NHS Fife staff. The people who use
mental health services are your customers, not health board staff.
Fife elected Councillors should be ensuring that social work
staff are doing their jobs rights, protecting the vulnerable and
supporting their carers. You are elected by the people and serve the
people. Not the institution."