Thursday, 25 April 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - The Dispassionate And The Merciless

This is surreal... Hospitals give us infections. Doctors fight to end our lives. And take our lives. And our loved ones who rush to our defence are imprisoned.

In Ray Bradbury's surreal world, the firemen came to set fire to your books.

In this 21st century, this is Mail Online -

The State, the dispassionate and the merciless...

Doctors may take us to court to impose their decisions upon us. The court may not only enforce those decisions but throw us in prison should we attempt to disregard them.

The Mental Capacity Act and the so-called Court of Protection...
...the terrifying fact is that we already have a whole swathe of secret courts in this country, where judges are allowed to exclude the public and the Press.  All the normal principles of British justice can be turned on their heads. The rules, which in criminal courts require evidence to be put to a proper test, can be routinely ignored.

This is Labour's imperious legacy.

Miss Maddocks, who served six weeks of her sentence, was jailed because she ignored the court’s orders not to try to remove her father John from Park Hall care home in Bentilee, a suburb of Stoke on Trent.

She was condemned for incidents including taking the 80-year-old dementia sufferer to a court hearing and to see a solicitor.

She was also censured for producing a leaflet to try to publicise details of the case and giving her father a wooden cross ‘to ward off evil’ in the care home.

Her family said Mr Maddocks, a retired painter and decorator from Stoke-on-Trent, had been held ‘like a prisoner’ on the orders of a local council.

Miss Maddocks was initially not allowed to be named after the hearing and was identified only by her initials WM.

And the court’s ruling containing details of her sentence was not published.
The Court of Protection is a branch of the High Court and its hearings are always conducted in private.

Judge Martin Cardinal merely went through the motions of observing open justice when he handed down his sentence.

He ordered the doors of his courtroom in Birmingham to be unlocked and told ushers to announce in the corridor that members of the public were free to come in.

How gracious...

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