Saturday, 16 February 2013

A short one but topical

So it continues. No one takes responsibility for them. Every time it happens the 'authorities' state that 'lessons are learned' or 'we take note of the circumstances and will do everything in our power to make sure that it doesn't happen again.' Then what? Nothing. No lessons are learned. No more staff employed. No more wards opened - only closed - and more deaths.

This week two cases: a schizophrenic woman who had previously killed her own mother was allowed out to kill again, notwithstanding her pleading to be held securely because she knew herself that she was going to kill again. Another case of a young woman who killed herself because staff were too ill-trained or irresponsible to ensure that she remained in the secure unit because she was suicidal. She left the ward and threw herself off Beachy Head.

When are lessons going to be learned? When will hospitals take action to secure the most vulnerable in our society? When are local authorities going to fund our mental health units so that they employ 'carers' who care? How many times do I have to ask these questions? I would use the analogy of 'flogging the dead horse' but that makes the topic flippant - but you know what I mean.

Onto another subject: my book. It's going to the Kindle version. Do tell your friends.

1 comment:

jmo said...

that is so sad, awful and irresponsible. it seems as though lessons are never learned.