Sunday, 16 July 2006

How they murder us

"A paranoid schizophrenic, who admitted stabbing a mental health worker to death and threatened to kill the Queen, has been detained indefinitely.

Ronald Dixon used four knives to kill Ashleigh Ewing, 22, who visited his house in Heaton, Newcastle, on behalf of charity Mental Health Matters."
Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive of the mental health charity, Sane was quoted thus by the BBC News on 22 October 2007:

"It is incomprehensible that a seriously disturbed man with a history of violence and non-compliance with treatment should have been discharged from psychiatric care and allowed back into the community. It is also troubling that an inexperienced care worker should have been sent alone to Ronald Dixon's flat.

There are 55 homicides and 1,300 suicides committed each year by people with a mental illness or disorder who have been in contact with mental health services during the previous year."
It's not incomprehensible at all, Margaret, it's normal.

It's been normal since the greedy Tories and the traitorously cynical Labour and Lib Dem do-gooders got together in 1990 and foist the Community Care Act on an unbelieving nation. After which the remaining asylums were sold off and their inmates set upon the rest of us.

Based on Ms Wallace's figures, the politicians have seen around 935 innocent people murdered and 22,100 nuts and otherwise mentally damaged folk commiting suicide since THEY dreamed up this particular Brit-killing scam.

And so, 'King Ron' Dixon, a paranoid schizophrenic, who was known to have been refusing to take his anti-psychotic drugs and was often drunk, gets to stick four seperate knives into the body of a bright and eager 22-year-old who only wanted to help.

Pretty Ashleigh Ewing was stabbed 39 times because some Blairite jobsworth decided a nutcase, who thought he was Henry VIII's son and had been arrested outside Buckingham Palace for threatening to kill the Queen, was a lovely chap who wouldn't hurt a fly. Oh, and he had once violently attacked his parents with a hammer.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust said:

"Since the incident we have carried out an internal review of our involvement in Ronald Dixon's care. We are satisfied that the individuals involved in his case acted professionally and provided appropriate support to him."
So that's alright then.

Hate those who kill us so casually, folks. And I'm not talking about Ronald Dixon.

Roy Griffiths was appointed as an advisor on NHS management to Margaret Thatcher in 1983, despite having no previous experience in the field. The short report he prepared at that time saw budgets and cost improvement programmes introduced. Treatments began to be evaluated for effectiveness in clinical and cost terms and the hands-on Matron was replaced by the manager, who, as often as not, just like Griffiths himself, had no direct experience of health-related matters.

Griffiths was rewarded for his efforts with a knighthood in 1985. In 1988, Sir Roy Griffiths prepared a second report for Thatcher. This one was called, Community Care: Agenda for Action. This heralded the introduction of The Community Care Act two years later.

In Susan Elizabeth Dopson’s 1994 PhD thesis, Managing Ambiguity: A Study of the Introduction of General Management in the National Health Service, she says this:

"The Griffiths changes were a conscious attempt to move away from the 'boxes and charts' approach… towards one which sought to disturb organisational processes and ultimately to change the beliefs and values (of) NHS actors."
At the time of his controversial appointment as Margaret Thatcher’s part-time business guru, Sir Roy Griffiths was the Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Sainsbury's supermarket chain. In his youth, he had been instructed in the ways of business at the Columbia Business School in New York.

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