Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Looking For the National Help Service (NHS) In Birmingham & Solihull ..

Picture :

"User de Existential Pisa"

by A Local Mental Health Artist

In a search for authentic alms...

Oh yes and help ..

Poetic Tribute To Sainsbury Centre For Mental Health And Other Spidery Networks

They called it life

The grey society machine
That made of people

Defined them away
To ghosts of work
And nothingness
And treated them
As jeery football gangs and
Like Freud's unconscious fools

Poor bones they fitted other's richer dreams
Hacked the dark
Made fires
From Earth's seams

Trod with coloured flags
And Union themes
And politics gutted them
To newly bleed in China's
Economic themes

Now DIY the soul
If you can
You boned clan

For now you see
The bone tank
In all its green and gory
And the UK welfare state
With its empty plate
And even hate
That lost its worker's glory

You're dinosaurs
While the middle class are
Internal colonists
Are well enough, swill cash
Are beautifully dentist-ed
And well dressed

And the inner deserts are ignored
Where the bone tank is moored
Or played with
By graffiti treatment scrawls
Yes , look
There where the last cog
Of the bone tank

Come and get your surface treatment
And your metal pill
But the bone tank
Is duned and doomed
Because the human system
And everything they make
Across the generations

Is classed and classed

And is always system-ill ..

Zeronimo was never here
Or if he was

His name was always "workarse"

A synonym
For "patient"

For finally "disappear"


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Snakes And Madders The Bham NHS Tragical Magical Show

This is an update regarding the lack of statutory consultation at the Birmingham And Solihull Mental Health Trust in the UK and the jointly managed (or mis-managed some would say ) Social Care Mental Health Day Services in Birmingham

The Statutory Overview Scrutiny Committee for Health in Birmingham upheld in July 2007 that substantial service changes had happened in MH Day services without lawful Section 11 (Patient and Public ) consultation happening properly .

The evidence jointly put forward was submitted by Dr Lynne Jones M.P. , the Late Micheal Elvin , The Local PPI Forum and Paul Brian Tovey who put forward an 11 page submission which included the late Michael Elvin's work .

UserWatch has now learned that Nette Carder of Birmingham And Solihull Mental Health Trust , the Executive Director Of Operations and Social Care who had written to Paul Tovey in late 2006 and had not admitted to inadequate consultations then , has now written to Dr Lynne Jones M.P. who Paul Tovey worked closely with, apologising for misleading her and has admitted that the changes to MH Day Services that were not consulted upon with MH Users or the public were in fact "more substantial" than she had been :

" led to believe . "

Really ? We understand Paul Tovey and others were trying to make her believe that what she was making herself believe in 2006 was in fact "Make Believe"

Paul Tovey is now pressing for an apology to be given to all the MH Service Users who were distressed or were not lawfully consulted throughout 2005 - 2007 about changes to services they had to endure without any means of proper legal consultation ..

UserWatch agrees with the terribly cheeky cartoonist KAKATOO that Snakes and Madders in the NHS is quite a game and that top MH NHS Directors have learned how to play the game of breaking the ladders for MH Service Users while making believe there are plenty of helpful rungs still available ..

This of course is known as : Madder ladder adder bollox....

If you say it quick enough you can actually dance to it - a bit like a puppet which most MH Users recognise ......

We can tell you this though : we have also discovered more information about missing enfranchisements of MH User rights in Birmingham and we will be bagging a few more snakes and coily spitting information adders and making them into another board game with plenty of writing on the snakes soon ...

Oh by the way ....We understand Jonathon Shapiro the Chair of the BSMHT Board left in August.

Goodbye John ...