Times Articles and Southall Victim
The first article looks again at MSbP and FII. I asked a question about FII relatively recently and the government (Civil Servants) came out with the usual drivel.
The second articlehttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,200-2436306,00.html
Looks at the use of Medical Opinion as Evidence.
It is important to remember the impact of the false allegations on the children of the parents who were alleged against. There is a speech from last week's conference athttp://www.fassit.co.uk/opening_up_family_courts.htm
This is from someone who was adopted as a result of false allegations and was recently reunited with her mother. This raises perhaps the hardest aspect of this whole saga. There is clearly an impact on the adopting family when it turns out that the forced adoption occurred on the basis of false allegations. I don't really have an answer to this save that we should stop forced adoptions on the basis of "balance of probabilities" immediately.
The following statement will be going to the GMC on Monday.
STATEMENT BY LAWRENCE ALEXANDER to GMC Fitness to Practise Directorate:
Dr DAVID PATRICK SOUTHALL
In 1987 I was made a Ward of Court based on medical evidence invented by Dr. Southall. Despite the wardship case having been dismissed thanks to a determined legal fight by my parents in 1987, the false Munchausen by Proxy (MSbP) label stuck and was spread throughout neighbourhoods, schools, my own social circles and their workplaces.
My parents’ ruined careers left us very poor and on benefits, so many clothes and toys came from car boot sales. My aunt Nina was one of the few in the family who offered love and support to me throughout my childhood giving generous birthday and Christmas presents. I recently gained an uncle, but I was abandoned by all others, and have no grandparents.
I feel Mum and Dad's parenting is pretty close to perfect looking back on it now as a 20-year old. They are caring, loving, open-minded and intelligent people. The idea of them being accused of child abuse is laughable. They never even smacked me. They gave me a good education, and just the right balance of freedom, discipline and care that I needed. Amazingly they also managed to keep up a front of being happy and carefree in the face of the chaos wrought by Dr. Southall.
During much of my childhood I was largely oblivious to it all, but despite Mum and Dad’s efforts to shield me, I secretly lived with the terror of being taken away from them and into care. If the worst had happened, I had designed elaborate escape plans, although naively based on Tintin adventures – one of my favourite reads when young.
I became more aware of the MSbP label in my late childhood and early teens. After being fit and full of energy for every activity through my early years, I suddenly became extremely ill, losing two stone in two months. My parents had been able to avoid any contact with GPs but we were now forced to consult a user name not allowed, who treated me with absolute contempt and derision. No help or treatment was offered. Mum and Dad had to pay privately for an ME user name not allowed the last five years, and I am still assessed as 80% disabled, and the worst case of cell damage in thousands of known patients. What exactly has caused all this damage?
The slur of child abuse also mysteriously found its way to my school. I was so happy there, when suddenly I was being bullied and ostracized, apart from two loyal friends. Classmates were barred from previously planned visits to sleep over, or even visit. The final humiliation came when Mum and Dad were banned from the school premises. Shortly after this, despite brilliant class and behaviour reports, I was told to leave the school, leaving me heartbroken and inconsolable. Mum and Dad educated me at home and did a great job, but I was desperately lonely without my friends.
We are told that in so-called child protection cases confidentiality is paramount. In my case this has been a joke. Despite my parents’ clear and proven innocence, we have been punished for two decades. To what purpose? There have never been any explanations or apologies.
During this my twentieth year, even more things have fitted into place. I have read my own Special Case file (kept secretly by Dr. Southall at a hospital I never attended) and have searched through pages of material in search of answers. I have learned of hundreds of babies being abused in horrifying and needless medical research by Dr. Southall during and after my time at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He didn't even seek parental consent, and I now read some of the tests involved giving babies "noxious" gases, including Carbon Monoxide. What implications does this have for my health now and in the future, I wonder?
It is impossible to imagine how my life would have been without Dr. Southall’s intervention. The phrases ‘best interests of the child’ and ‘child protection’ are used all the time. All Dr. Southall’s two decades of ‘care and protection’ have done for me is bring us grief, poverty, danger, isolation and now ill-health. I am not a bitter person but on behalf of myself, all the other children and their families, I implore the Fitness to Practise Panel to investigate thoroughly in this hearing the exact purpose and full extent of the secret files and the invasive experiments behind them.
I have been secretly monitored with my family throughout my childhood. Please at least help me to clear all records so I can restore my privacy and dignity as I face my uncertain future.
6th November 2006 Lawrence Alexander