Bla­tant bias in Car­se­view doc­u­men­tary

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – Hav­ing vol­un­teered at Car­se­view Cen­tre for 15 years, I want to re­spond to cor­rect the very bi­ased re­cent BBC Scot­land doc­u­men­tary, Break­ing Point, which por­trayed the unit in such a neg­a­tive way.

The ded­i­cated staff face huge chal­lenges in con­trol­ling the ag­gres­sive and sui­ci­dal be­hav­iour of a small mi­nor­ity of pa­tients, of­ten suf­fer­ing phys­i­cal and ver­bal abuse them­selves.

The ma­jor­ity of pa­tients are given suit­able treat­ment which en­ables them to live in the com­mu­nity again, and en­gage in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

Every ef­fort is made to pro­fes­sion­ally care for very vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients.

The staff should be shown how much we ap­pre­ci­ate the work they do on our be­half, to care for and man­age the lo­cal peo­ple who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a time of men­tal and emo­tional dis­tress.

By high­light­ing ex­cep­tional er­rors of judge­ment by some staff, the pro­gramme pre­sented a very bi­ased and un­fair pic­ture.

I meet many ex-pa­tients who are only too thank­ful for their stay at Car­se­view, and the help they were given dur­ing a cri­sis in their per­sonal lives.

David Scott. Vol­un­teer Gar­den­ing Ther­a­pist, 24 West­field Road, Broughty Ferry.

Cor­re­spon­dents ac­cuse the re­cent BBC doc­u­men­tary on the Car­se­view Cen­tre of bias.

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