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Attitudes in Mental Health Services

category national | consumer issues | other press author Wednesday August 11, 2010 19:41author by Sean Crudden - imperoauthor email impero at iol dot ieauthor address Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louthauthor phone 0879739945 Report this post to the editors

Why Antagonism?

What jumps out at me about the recent report by PNA (Psychiatric Nurses Association) to the Minister of Health is that it underlines a definite antagonism between providers and patients in the mental health services. It conveys graphically and in a rather stock way a strong underlying sense of fear and loathing of mental patients. Undoubtedly relations between patients and nurses can assume knife-edge proportions at times. And it is, as we all know from human experience, at times of heightened tension or drama that basic and fundamental motivation emerges clearly in the spotlight. I believe Mr. Kavanagh (general secretary of PNA) when he says nurses in their hundreds have been injured by patients. I am sure he, too, can remember the names of John Carthy and Anthony Burke.

Well any report worth its salt should try to figure out why things are the way they are. What is the cause of the problem?

The article I am providing a link to quotes the reasons given by PNA

"Shortages of nursing staff, retirements, reduced recruitment and reduced access to secure facilities."

Respectfully I suggest that these reasons may be genuine but they are not central to the real cause of the problem.

Speaking of a patient who broke his way into the roof space the article again quotes the report

"When nurses got him down he was threatening and assaultative."

He was a "him" and he was "threatening and assaultative." Questions suggest themselves to me. Are these remarks a fair representation of the patient? Does this patient count as a human being? Why did he break into the roof space in the first place? A one word answer, "mental illness," would, in my estimation, be a total cop-out. It begs too many fundamental questions.

Well the PNA thinks that mental health services are in "free-fall." If the system broke down completely many highly paid jobs would be at stake. But to be brutally honest about it not many patients or prospective patients would shed a tear for what is an unlovely system as it now stands

Related Link: http://news.ie.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=154370185

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   fundamental questions...     opus diablos    Thu Aug 12, 2010 21:03 
   What Is Insanity?     Sean Crudden    Fri Aug 13, 2010 00:45 
   One flew over the cuckoo's nest .     Sceptic .    Fri Aug 13, 2010 04:49 
   Corruption     Sean Crudden    Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:22 
   The psychiatrist in question     An tSionainn    Fri Aug 13, 2010 13:54 
   Escape to The Country . ( far from the madding crowd )     Sceptic.    Fri Aug 13, 2010 14:08 
   re this Mohan medico...     opus diablos    Fri Aug 13, 2010 15:13 
   Feudalism     Sean Crudden    Fri Aug 13, 2010 19:43 
   treacherous ground...     opus diablos    Fri Aug 13, 2010 22:50 
 10   On a clear day you can see forever .     Sceptic    Sat Aug 14, 2010 00:21 
 11   old feudal CMH Dundrum     An tSionainn    Sat Aug 14, 2010 13:36 
 12   Inertia     Sean Crudden    Sat Aug 14, 2010 14:51 
 13   Semblance but no substance     children_of_lir    Sat Aug 14, 2010 17:32 
 14   Open wide....     opus diablos    Sat Aug 14, 2010 17:54 
 15   Up Up & Away on my beautiful 2 wheeler Baloon .     Sceptic    Sat Aug 14, 2010 19:49 
 16   Head of Central Mental Hospital Gets It Wrong     children_of_lir    Sun Aug 15, 2010 05:05 
 17   Check out...     opus diablos    Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:53 
 18   vulnerable     CM    Sun Aug 15, 2010 15:10 
 19   Commentary     Sean Crudden    Mon Aug 16, 2010 21:40 
 20   The Catholic Taliban     children_of_lir    Tue Aug 17, 2010 03:58 
 21   seems     opus diablos    Tue Aug 17, 2010 15:09 
 22   The more things change, the more they stay the same     children_of_lir    Tue Aug 17, 2010 16:46 
 23   FILM 4 .     Petra .    Wed Aug 18, 2010 03:52 
 24   Flew     Sean Crudden    Wed Aug 18, 2010 17:25 
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