As Anne and Hollie Greig know all too well, the abuse of the Mental Health Act as a soviet style weapon to silence those who would speak out against child abuse is all too familiar. It was the first response against Anne by the Police and Social Workers when Hollie’s abuse was first reported in Scotland, and was attempted again by Shropshire Council when they fled to England.
It is therefore no surprise that we see the anti Hollie campaign detractors trying again to suggest that Anne’s unquestionable and already proven normal well-being should be brought into question, as we can see the silencing technique repeating itself.
Today, the Scottish Law Reporter released a report showing that statistics show that this problem is not just confined to Scotland, or child abuse campaigns, but is widespread right across the UK.
ANALYSIS of statistics of deaths in custody over the last decade in Scotland, England & Wales appear to show hundreds of campaigners, including people who had been pursuing genuine grievances against professions, public services including the Police & Local Government, and the justice system, have died in a trending pattern after being detained for lengthy periods of time in mental institutions & prisons.
Insiders who have come forward to the national media claim many of those now deceased, whose deaths have been explained away as either down to natural causes, freak accidents, or self harm & suicide, “were detained on trumped up charges or reasons completely removed from their actual circumstances, to mask the true nature of their predicament”.
Particularly strong evidence is now coming to light through the sheer scale of deaths in custody and the lack of independent inquiries into such cases that the apparatus of mental welfare detention and prison has been used to thwart campaigners & individuals attempts either to campaign for change in a particular area of law or public life, or to prevent details of what happened to them emerging in the mass media.
Scotland appears to fair no better than England & Wales in the emerging scandal, and unsurprisingly evidence for the real reasons for detention of campaigners north of the border appears to be hard to come by, as documents show in some recorded cases, most mental health ‘professionals’ cases have taken dim views of individuals who have been campaigning on an issue or who have pursued professions & public services in the courts.
In one case under current study, a family member who attempted to pursue a hospital for medical negligence over the death of another family member at a Scottish hospital, was scheduled to be sectioned by the same area health authority for a lengthy spell in custody, simply in order to prevent litigation taking place in the courts and curtail extensive headlines & criticism in the media of the hospital’s actions. The claims against the hospital in this particular case included claims of negligence involving well known surgeons in particular areas of medical practice who are now known to have caused deaths of patients in additional cases in the same hospital.
In the Scottish case, the grieving family member was only saved from what could have been a lengthy incarceration and what has been referred to by a now retired health professional as “almost certain death in custody”, after a high profile newspaper journalist got wind of the story and began making inquiries into the circumstances of the death and criticisms of how the hospital allowed the patient to die.
Recently, another case has come to light in the media, where a leading schizophrenia campaigner died while in hospital in North London in 2010 and the results of an internal inquiry into the death, which, unsurprisingly exonerated the hospital, has not been made public. Similar cases are occurring in Scotland with little publicity so-far …
The Guardian reports :
Campaign calls for open investigations into deaths of mental health patients
The Hollie Demands Justice campaign is just one of hundreds that have been stonewalled by the authorities, but just because people call us mentally ill for trying to uncover the truth will not stop us.
Hollie deserves Justice, and we will continue to campaign because Hollie Demands Justice.