Monday, 17 December 2012

getting away with it

As an activist and campaigner I really do get annoyed when, despite mounting evidence and the voices of people raising complaints, statutory agencies and their workers keep getting away with it.  Practice and behaviour continues on in the same old way.  Staff centred services with patients and their carers at the bottom of the pile.  Human rights issues in psychiatric treatment.  Compulsion resulting in force. 

Despite the safeguards, which aren't as safe as they should be, and mental health act principles, which aren't always (or even often?) put into practice.  And a surplus of meetings that we can attend.  With managers, organisations, government, groups.  Resulting in nothing much, except talk and no action.  Or so it seems.

confidentiality cartoon
Of course there may be some action and we aren't getting to know about it.  For it's confidential and only for those in the know, the so-called professionals, on some/lots of money and with apparently many responsibilities.  Public servants, sometimes civil, sometimes not.  It depends, on who's listening.

However some of us are in this for the long haul.  We're going to keep on keeping on, until there is accountability and person centred psychiatric care.  Until psychiatric staff put the principles into practice.  Until the mental health act safeguards are safe.  Even better if and when force is unacceptable in psychiatric treatment.  And when there is no more getting away with it.

1 comment:

  1. That is exactly the problem: you are telling them, they pretend that they are hearing you but nothing happens. I often am wondering why this is so. I suspect they think they know better; also it would be too much of an effort to change. Handing out a pill is so much easier and quicker than looking for the root-cause of the problem.