I am now in StCharles Hospital Kensington, being forcibly injected with anti-psychotics every night.
During my time inside, I have had the opportunity to "inspect" no less than four mental institutions, both NHS and private and the strongest impression I gained was of collossal waste of fuel and energy. These places are kept at almost searingly hot temperatures, and the climate is like that of a hot, dry arid landscape. They could cause a global warming all by themselves, and I get the impression, that while the patients might well benefit from cooler temperatures, the equatorial climate conditions are maintained for the benefit of the staff, who mainly hail from the warmer regions of the world......and, of course, the bill goes to the taxpayer....
As you would expect, these places are entirely organised for the convenience of the nurses, who arrogate to themseves the patients' quiet rooms and computers, even locking them out of chapels and sanctuaries designated for their use. At South Kensington the daily papers always arrived in the middle of the night, presumably after the staff had finished with them. I, myself am forcibly and probably illegally sedated, not for my own good but to knock me out so that the nurses do not have to check on me.
The staff put the patients off speaking to me by telling them I have filthy habits, but the ones I have spoken to tell me they are being robbed blind by the support staff that are supposed to be there to help them with shopping etc. Apparently the way to ensure a patient's complaints will be disbeleived is to diagnose him or her as a paranoid schizophrenic .
And here's a name for you, people: Dr Annie Hall, psychiatric consultant. Be afraid, be very afraid.
THE NEW MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2007
Is a real CATCH 22. It seems that the very fact that you have been committed to a mental institution is regarded as good reason for keeping you there, since you are an obviously vulnerable person. Vulnerable, that is, to people who want to commit you to a mental institution.
I understand, from reading the hospital Daily Mail, that certain members of the House of Lords get paid vast sums of money for making sure acts like this one are passed without difficulty.
PS: The scandal of male patients on female wards is as nothing to the scandal of male nurses on female wards.