When it comes to human rights abuses in psychiatric settings it is a matter of action. It's just not good enough for people to listen, to watch and then do nothing. Turning a blind eye. Taking staff out of the firing line. Or giving lessons in mindfulness.
Institutional bullying in
psychiatric settings will result in human rights abuses, patients
suffering and carers getting caught in the middle, or having to advocate
at clinical meetings. If they are brave enough to do so and take the
Government ministers with
experience in human rights law and advocacy should be playing their
part. In speaking out on behalf of their constituents who have been
subject to the bullying and abuses.
should also be getting the uncivil servants telt. Hold them to
account. For not doing the job right. Too much targeting resulting in
too many casualties. The wrong sort of action. Defective management
and ineffective leadership. Fail.
Why should families and
carers have to continually pick up the pieces after unreasonable
treatment and human rights abuses in psychiatric settings? Why should
Scottish Government have to keep baling out health boards with financial
awards after failing to keep patients safe?
Why are health boards
benefitting to the tune of millions for not managing their money right
when carers are only getting £61/week or nothing if on a basic State
Pension? To cope with the fallout.
a new build unit prevent bad habits from continuing and reduce the
risks of harm to patients who are resistant to the forcing of toxic
drugs into their system? Where are the guarantees?
Is anyone listening? And more importantly, what are you going to do about it? Actions speak louder than words.
"Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our
nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour,
religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to
our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all
interrelated, interdependent and indivisible."
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Thanks to Dr Richard Simpson MSP for sending me this newsletter about the new build IPCU at Stratheden:
Otherwise I may have been kept in the dark.