We at Tameside Citizen have numerous sources for our stories, whistle blowers, other news outlets, members of the public and general observation of life in Tameside. But this story quite literally just walked into the blog.
Regular contributor to the blog Tonydj (Local writer and political activist David Jones) was sitting at home last week when he heard a knock on the open window of his lounge. He looked and was surprised to see 22 year old Jamie , the son of a friend of his. He was surprised not least because he knew that Jamie should have been in Tameside hospital. In fact he had been 'sectioned' under section 3 of the mental health act so he was REALLY surprised.
Jamie asked to come in and asked if David knew where his mother was and could he have a drink. David gave him a drink, told him he presumed his mother was at home and tried to call her on the mobile phone. Her phone was switched off. they chatted for a while before Jamie left.
The story has a happy ending in that Jamie was reunited with his mother and is again undergoing medical treatment. But that surely is not the point?
People are 'sectioned' because they are ill and need treatment, need help. They need to be supervised for their own safety yet here again is an example of "Shameside" hospital making a serious error. Yes I know that patients have rights and are not criminals but they deserve better looking after, better supervision. They sometimes need protecting from themselves..........but they should not need protecting from their protectors.