Sunday, 22 June 2014

NHS Fife finally admitting the truth about Carstairs State Hospital patients at Stratheden

"Former patients of the high-security state hospital at Carstairs are being accommodated at Stratheden Hospital near Cupar, NHS Fife bosses have admitted."

Fife Herald article on Fife Today 13 June 2014: 'Assurance given over Stratheden security':

photo from Courier
"Worried Springfield residents first raised the issue a year ago when they noticed mesh and electric fencing had been put up on a newly-opened ward designed for low-risk patients.

At that time, NHS Fife denied the measures were anything to do with accommodating overspill from Carstairs, but the fencing was standard procedure and the mesh designed to stop illicit substances being passed into the ward."

In May 2013 the Courier article 'Bid to calm fears on new unit at Stratheden Hospital' says:

"Assurances have been given that a new low-security unit opening on Monday at Stratheden Hospital near Cupar will not be used to accommodate patient overspill from the State Hospital at Carstairs"

and "Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram said she was reassured by the comments from NHS Fife."

What bothers me about this story isn't the fact that patients from the State Hospital are being rehabilitated at Stratheden Hospital but that NHS Fife haven't been open with the facts a year ago.  They should have told the whole story when first asked about it.  

I am not surprised to hear this but I am disappointed that yet again NHS Fife are found out to be economical with the truth.  Are we to believe their assurances that " ‘robust’ measures are in place to protect the public and other patients"?

I am not convinced.


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