Hated Tory ghoul David Cameron praises cult leader Ashton

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APPGITA – All Party Parliamentary Group for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction
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Question by Jim Dobbin MP
Prime Minister’s Questions
House of Commons
October 23, 2013

Jim Dobbin MP (Heywood and Middleton): A total of 1.5 million people in the UK are addicted to the benzodiazepines diazepam and “Z drugs”. I know of one individual who has been on those products for more than 45 years – a total life ruined. They are not drug misusers; they are victims of the system of repeat prescriptions. Will the Prime Minister advise the Department of Health to give some guidance to the clinical commissioning groups to introduce withdrawal programmes in line with the advice from Professor Heather Ashton of Newcastle university, who is the expert in this field, to give these people back their lives?

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon David Cameron MP: First, I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman, who has campaigned strongly on this issue over many years. I join him in paying tribute to Professor Ashton, whom I know has considerable expertise in this area. He is right to say that this is a terrible affliction; these people are not drug addicts but they have become hooked on repeat prescriptions of tranquillisers. The Minister for public health is very happy to discuss this issue with him and, as he says, make sure that the relevant guidance can be issued.

David Cameron’s savage NHS budget cuts have forced the mentally ill  to fend for themselves in the Dickensian nightmare of 21st century England.

Impact of mental health service cuts

The Guardian, Thursday 17 October 2013

The wider implications should be heeded of the sentencing of a homeless man with paranoid schizophrenia for the stabbing to death of two Big Issue sellers (Report, 16 October). As John Bird, founder of the Big Issue, observes, the tragedy is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of cuts to mental health services. I visit mental health facilities on a weekly basis to review the detention of compulsorily detained patients. It has been increasingly apparent for months that patients are being admitted to hospitals hundreds of miles from where they live because of the lack of beds in their own locality.

This impression is now given an evidential basis by the BBC and Community Care investigations which used freedom of information requests to identify that at least 1,711 psychiatric beds have closed since April 2011, most of them in acute adult wards, older people’s wards and psychiatric intensive care units. Not only is admission to facilities far from home detrimental to the wellbeing of patients because of the disruption to their support networks, the increased complexity of setting up and monitoring their care after discharge from hospital in rare cases compromises public safety.

It is an inadequate response by the Department of Health to cite increased numbers of service users being seen in their own homes. Improvements in community care are obviously welcome, but do not obviate the need to provide appropriate hospital care for those who are acutely ill. Depositing people far from their homes is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Ship of Fools and invokes medieval attitudes towards people who are mentally unwell.

Professor emeritus Nick Gould
Department of social and policy sciences, University of Bath

Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:20:35 am »

[Buddie]

H O U S E O F C O M M O N S
APPGITA – All Party Parliamentary Group for
Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Question by Jim Dobbin MP,
Prime Minister’s Questions,
House of Commons,
October 23, 2013

Jim Dobbin MP (Heywood and Middleton): A total of 1.5 million people in the UK are addicted to the benzodiazepines diazepam and “Z drugs”. I know of one individual who has been on those products for more than 45 years – a total life ruined. They are not drug misusers; they are victims of the system of repeat prescriptions. Will the Prime Minister advise the Department of Health to give some guidance to the clinical commissioning groups to introduce withdrawal programmes in line with the advice from Professor Heather Ashton of Newcastle university, who is the expert in this field, to give these people back their lives?

The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon David Cameron MP: First, I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman, who has campaigned strongly on this issue over many years. I join him in paying tribute to Professor Ashton, whom I know has considerable expertise in this area. He is right to say that this is a terrible affliction; these people are not drug addicts but they have become hooked on repeat prescriptions of tranquillisers. The Minister for public health is very happy to discuss this issue with him and, as he says, make sure that the relevant guidance can be issued.

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Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 08:20:31 am »

[Buddie]

wow […], i am so excited.
this is a big step forward […], there will be an ”out-cry” all over the world soon i think.
thanks for posting. please keep us up to date. i appreciate it.
[…]

Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013, 01:41:49 pm »

[Buddie]

Thanks, […], for posting this.
This is great news and we should post this everywhere. I’m going to show this to my doctor,
who, by the way, understands.

Thanks so much,
and all my best,
[…]

Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 07:11:45 pm »

[Buddie]

Quote from: [Buddie] on October 24, 2013, 04:20:35 am
I join him in paying tribute to Professor Ashton, whom I know has considerable expertise in this area. He is right to say that this is a terrible affliction; these people are not drug addicts but they have become hooked on repeat prescriptions of tranquillisers. The Minister for public health is very happy to discuss this issue with him and, as he says, make sure that the relevant guidance can be issued.

Very encouraging! Thank you for posting this. I guess the minister referred to is Jane Ellison.

Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013, 05:42:20 am »

[Buddie]

If anybody wants to read more about this kind of UK stuff, go to benzo.org.uk and check the APPGITA link

Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2013, 06:14:31 am »

[Buddie]

Quote from: [Buddie] on October 25, 2013, 05:42:20 am
If anybody wants to read more about this kind of UK stuff, go to benzo.org.uk and check the APPGITA link

Thanks i am reading it. The Sunday Times article from August is quite scary.
imagine, 200 women a day are admitted daily to hospital and its quite remarkable, that
they call it ”Drug Poisoning”, cause thats what it is in the end.
”Poison on Prescription”. shocking.

Re: Heather Ashton acknowledged by David Cameron, Prime Minister
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 10:16:09 pm »

[Buddie]

Thank you for posting this […]. I’d been loosely following what’s happening in the UK via the excellent benzo.uk.org site by Ray Nimmo. […], an “out-cry” around the world is exactly what I’ve been hoping for these last two years. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. This seems like a good step forward, an acknowledgement by the PM.

S.

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