|from Scottish Parliament website|
Strapline: Mental Health (Scotland) Bill debate - disappointing performance - lack of insight and capacity - remember the victims of psychiatric abuse
"Dear Dr Simpson
I did not hear you speak out at the debate about the unreasonable treatment of psychiatric patients in Stratheden Hospital. You said nothing about the mental health act safeguards not being implemented properly or monitored effectively. Although I did hear other MSPs mention this in a general sense and by implication.
My youngest son was locked overnight in the Stratheden IPCU seclusion room for hours on end, unobserved, broken hand untreated, in February 2012. Prior to this he had been assaulted by a staff nurse in the Lomond Ward and face-down restrained. He has had 3 collapsed lungs and is asthmatic. His life was at risk.
My son was forced to defecate in the IPCU cell when no staff appeared to let him out for the toilet through the night, and then was forcibly injected with 25mgs Haloperidol until he would "voluntarily" swallow the drug. Sub-human treatment. The RMO Dr Bill Dickson, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, told me that people without capacity don't require advocacy. I set the doctor straight about this, that advocacy is a safeguard and a right for all, and then advocated for my son whenever he asked me to, representing my son's views at clinical meetings in the ward.
You may be in a tricky situation as both a psychiatrist and government minister at mental health debates. Whatever. I thought that your performance yesterday lacked insight and capacity, in understanding the perspective of a person who has been subject to forced drug treatment and psychiatric abuse.
I hope that you might consider my critical feedback and that this may impact positively on your future practice.
I am copying others into this Email and will put the letter into a blog post, in the interests of transparency,
Yours sincerely,Chrys Muirhead (Mrs)"