[Email sent to The Courier 16 October 2014]
Anonymous Glenrothes woman: “If people read things like this they could end up killing themselves”
Irresponsible reporting, in my opinion. I say this as a writer and blogger, a social networker and campaigner. Fortunately someone has alerted me to the piece this morning by Email.
Firstly, I don’t doubt that the Glenrothes woman has found her care and treatment to be OK but others have not found it to be good. In fact some people, I contend, have killed themselves because the treatment has been sub standard and sub human. But I didn’t say this in a news article.
Secondly, this type of prose is more suited to the tabloids than the local paper. I would have liked to see something more sophisticated.
Thirdly, there are others who have had their human rights abused in Stratheden’s IPCU and it goes back a long way. The culture is a negative one, especially for anyone who whistleblows.
I am disappointed in seeing two articles which are critical of my complaint, both written by the same reporter who I did have as a facebook friend and who now isn’t, as of yesterday. I would recommend that you try and report incidents in a balanced manner. It does not help the cause of patients in Stratheden Hospital to be setting one person against another.
The fact that I had my complaint upheld by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman was a big event in mental health circles. It doesn’t often happen as usually the “mentally ill” do not have a voice. This is a victory for human rights in psychiatric settings.