The reality of speaking truth

The following is a comment posted with a re-blog of Dr Peter Gordon’s blog, which I’m also reblogging here:

“Dr Peter Gordon’s saga with the Royal College of Psychiatry UK is shocking. His treatment at the hands of these ghouls is disgraceful.

These emails from the Royal College display their complete and utter contempt for those who dare to challenger their lucrative (Pharma-funded) Power paradigm in the mental health arena. Peter is a light in the darkness. The Royal College of psychiatry should be deeply ashamed of themselves and I think there should be a public inquiry into their dealings over the past 20 years.”

It is very disturbing that a medical doctor not only felt the need to resign as a doctor due to the lack of support from his colleagues and bullying over the years for speaking up for patients rights, but that he then received such a response, outlined in his blog: 

Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

A month before I resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists I made a Subject Access Request asking for College communications that involved me to be released. At the beginning of this month I received a large bundle of printed material from the College that exceeded 300 sides of A4.

Of this material supplied by the College 93 A4 sides had been COMPLETELY redacted and another 94 sides had everything redacted other than a subject heading, date, and/or partial address list [in other words NO content was provided]. Read his full bog, if you want to feel depressed… and disgusted!

I sometimes feel like a whistle blower or someone who those in power would really like to go away. Whistle blower is one term that could be applied to Peter, a person speaking ‘truths’ which others simply do not want to hear.

Wikipedia says “A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public.”

Last week, I wrote a post on Facebook stating that I see the 35 new Secure Dementia Care Units being built in Australia as detention centres for people with dementia.

The Australian government is spending $70 million on them (it was originally said to be $100 million, so already the level of quality has been reduced by $30 million). If care was adequate in the first place, we would not have needed them, in the same way that if the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) had been doing their jobs adequately, there would also have been no need to fund the Severe Bahaviour Response (SBR) units or teams.

Sadly, I was almost attacked by one person on Facebook for using the term detention centre; however many others agreed with me. A few years ago, it would have been the other way around, and very few would have supported me, so the tide is slowly changing.

Please do read Peter’s blog. It gives incredible and stark insight into just how difficult it is to be someone who stands up for the rights of patients! Shameful...

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