Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Are the police sending in the NHS medics?

Write an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron enquiring if a warrant has been obtained for the property you live in - which the Home Office will neither confirm nor deny - and you could have one of the most notorious NHS psychiatric hospitals in the UK at your door! As Declan points out in his letter to the Prime Minister (published in the previous blog), neutralized MI5 whistleblower David Shayler, aka Delores Kane, lived for a couple of years in one of the rooms below us, until 2007 more or less.

I actually went down to the front door a little over an hour ago because I saw our live-in landlady, human rights activist Belinda McKenzie, by her car and thought it was her who was ringing our bell. Instead I found two women at the open door, both insistent that they needed to talk to Declan but wouldn't tell me who they were or what they needed to speak to Declan about, only that the police had sent them. In the end, one of them gave me a note and this is how I learnt that she was Dr Therese Shaw, consultant psychiatrist from St Ann's Hospital, and her companion a social worker called Kate Walsh.

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St Ann's Hospital has a terrible reputation. In 2003 an inquest jury found that a man who died after being restrained by police there was unlawfully killed. And of course there is "Baby P", a 17-month old boy who died in London after suffering more than 50 injuries over an eight-month period. Three days before Baby P was killed, he was seen by a doctor at St Ann's. We don't know what they want to talk to Declan about, and we have absolutely no interest in finding out!

Entrance to St Ann's Hospital

According to Wikipedia, St Ann's Hospital has until recently been largely a mental health care facility, however, it now also provides outpatient services.