Like Joan Bellingham ( Weekend Herald, October 3), I found the struggle for redress “almost as bad as the original abuse”. An inquiry was held: unbeknown to the complainants, the terms of reference meant no- one could be held accountable. The inquiry was closed so the public did not know what was going on.
Despite an ACC finding of medical negligence, none of the staff responsible for the abuse ( which occurred in 1990) were held to account by their professional associations. Mediation resulted in an open apology and compensation which could not be disclosed. Because of an enforced confidentiality agreement, the staff involved are probably still practising to this day, because the public do not know who they are.
I thought an apology would mean I would at last be treated with dignity and respect. Think again. I was labelled as a troublemaker and bullied each time I was admitted for mental health care. In the end, I was expelled from the service when I took an advocate along to a meeting. My GP remarked wryly that I was her second patient who only began to get better after being expelled from state mental health “care”.
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