Is it lawful for the staff at a psychiatric hospital to force on me a drug which causes me great distress when there are safe alternative drugs available? This is at Trafford General Hospital in Manchester.
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the Mental Health Advocate
Going to the ward round with my son to speak to the doctors and nurses.
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I have been sectioned at Moorside the psychiatric unit at Trafford General Hospital under a section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 for 6 months. That was in mid June. I have been there earlier in the year. I was in good health whilst taking olanzapine but my health has deteriorated when they force me to take risperidone. It has very nasty side effects like causing me to stay awake all night. It also causes twitches and threatens to cause the condition of tardive dyskenesia when I already suffer from tardive dystonia from being given the old psychiatrice drugs for 18 years (largactil, depixol, clopixol). Olanzapine causes weight gain but I managed to lose the extra weight. - I took it from 1999 when I stopped taking the old drugs until November last year when they forced on me risperidone. I spent 10 years out of hospital when I took olanzapine. I have spent most of the time in hospital since they forced on me risperidone. Olanzpine also causes tiredness but it keeps me well. I believe that my human rights are being abused. I typed out an A4 sheet of nasty effects of risperidone and gave it to the 5 people present at the ward round and they just shut me out. My son has spent 600 pounds in lost wages and petrol to come to the ward round to ask them to take me off risperidone but they just shut him out as well. There are many desperately unhappy people in the unit because of the staff. They have destroyed me with the wrong drug - a toxic substance - for a few people risperidone "turns their life around" but for most patients it is a nasty substance they have to get off as soon as possible. I believe that the Consultant is giving it to me deliberately to harm me. If he thinks that 10 mg of olanzapine is not working any more he could increase it or give me quitiapin. I hope that you can help me
Your prescription is a matter for the doctor with conduct of your case.He has a duty to exercise reasonable care and skill and that involves prescribing the most effective drug for your condition. If there are other drugs that would be suitable with fewer side effects then that should be preferred but usually there is good reason for needing to use one drug and not the other.In terms of whether or not they can force you, normally they could not but if you are on S3 MHA then they are free to force treatment unfortunately.You can complain about the prescription to the hospital managers and also to the Mental health review tribunal.There isn't an abuse of human rights. The very highest point is that you may get the tribunal order different medication.Sorry thats probably not the answer you wanted but it is the position that you have and I have a duty to give you truthful and accurate information even though its not what I want to say.Hope this helps. Please rate my answer OK SERVICE or above and then I will continue with this for free.
I have contacted you through Amnesty International thinking that means that you would stand up for my human rights. The staff have destroyed my and my son's life with this nasty substance and you have given me the same answer as the abusive staff. They abuse the right the law gives them to force drugs on innocent people. The doctor exercises no duty of care. He has other agendas. Passing exams to become a Consultant does not make him use his authority wisely, kindly or with a "duty of care." I suggest you read on the internet what risperidone does to people. These are powerful chemicals and it is vital to give the right drug. Your answer is useless. I do not want to pay any money. Is Amnesty International just wasting its time supporting the abusers? I used to believe that they wanted to help people. I thought that they wanted to help the victims. I had a good life until this "doctor" forced on me risperidone - they are wasting a lot of NHS money making me stay in hospital because they force on me the wrong drug. Bad people turn up in all walks of life including hospitals. The staff do not care about the patients. All the human rights of a mental health patient are taken away so that they can take away someone's health if they wish. I had a good life - I had all kinds of plans but since they forced on me risperidone I have taken up smoking and tried to commit suicide. They are messing even with my life and they know that and don't care. They followed procedure when they did this but they broke every moral code with their cruelty. The pain I feel for what my son is going through on my account is terrilbe. The staff ought to read one flew over the cuckoo's nest and heed the warning. Even you seem to be deceived by the idea that a doctor "will always do his best." I wish that the NHS had never been set up. I could have recovered at home safe away from the clutches of this staff. They have ruined my life and you are supporting them. Cancel any money which I have paid. This staff have such power that the mental health advocate can do nothing to help the victim and there is little that a lawyer can do.
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