Pictured is the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske)
Blog posted 30 December 2016 (Revised in 2018)
Chemo to Die for in Cornwall
Having been abused and cheated by Cornwall Council and it’s willfuly blind Welfare Priority Assessment Panel Members who knew Alison had suffered some 30 years of mental health disorders and acknowledged her health was deteriorating at the time of the Assessments, Alison continued to receive no help, care or support following the Assessments because the Council and the Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust were more concerned with covering-up the fact the Welfare Assessments were rigged.
Alison was awarded “Low Welfare Priority”.
Pictured is County Hall.
It remains unknown how many hundreds or thousands of mentally ill and vulnerable adults have been abused and discriminated against as a result of rigged Cornwall Homechoice Welfare Priority Assessments.
In reply to a Freedom of Information request the Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust did not deny the Assessments were rigged only that the cost involved in collating the information would be too high.
Some 8 months after the Assessments, Alison was diagnosed with a tumour and secondary to bowel cancer which was advanced and inoperable. This then involved Alison spending some time at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske).
Despite it being late stage and inoperable it was then perversely decided by those in charge to begin chemotherapy soon after being admitted after which she was then discharged and delivered to my 1st floor cramped flat for me to care for her.
Although the hospital staff knew Alison had a husband and were happy for her to be discharged into his care he was excluded from any decision making.
I do not know what kind of people would seek consent from a person it knew to have a history of mental health disorders and who they probably took advantage of in offering her the belief chemotherapy would extend what time she had left rather than it actually hasten death and destroy what ‘quality of life’ time she had left.
Chemotherapy which was so toxic that it caused her feet to excrete a liquid capable of removing dye colour from leather upholstery like paint stripper. This condition should have alerted professionals to an ‘infection’, as stated by her doctor on 12 June when he visited her and recommended anti-biotics. Despite the ‘infection’ and the potential of Sepsis chemotherapy continued in June when Alison returned to hospital for a 24 hour course and was discharged to me the following week.
When returned to me this time Alison had some difficulty walking and it took some 20 minutes for her to climb the 13 steps within my flat with my assistance. The last 2 steps proved the most difficult and once completed I sat her down on an old plastic post office sack and pulled her along the hallway and into the lounge where I then lifted her up and into an armchair.
Cornwall Council was kept fully informed of the situation in writing at the time.
Over the next few days things just went from bad to worse and I had to strip and wash the bedding more than once. The word hospice had already been mentioned by that time which serves to indicate just how late-stage the cancer really was.
In desperation I contacted Macmillan Nurses at Bodmin on 20 June who arranged for Alison’s doctor to visit her and who pathetically prescribed her 1mg Lorazepam tablets for ‘anxiety’. He also said he would try and arrange a hospice. The doctor later contacted me, presumably having considered the seriousness of the situation, to say he had arranged for an ambulance to call and collect her.
Unfortunately, Alison collapsed in the bathroom in the meantime and hit her head on the wash basin which knocked her out. The ambulance visit was then upgraded to emergency and I gently dragged her into the bedroom and dressed her as best I could before they arrived.
I visited the hospital that evening and I was asked to agree a DNR Order.
The following day Alison was still in A&E and was described as having a number of complex problems. Diabetic problems and twisted bowel and she was wearing an oxygen mask. Later that evening it was suggested a small amount of her bowel was believed to have died and that she had kidney and lung trouble.
Alison did not come home again and just deteriorated further whilst sucking on hospital sponges. We could no longer converse with her or understand what she was saying towards the end. Alison died on the evening of 27 June in hospital and less a month after she had been diagnosed with a tumour and cancer and poisoned with chemotherapy.
A few hours before Alison died my landlord Sanctuary Housing covertly hand delivered a repossession order on my home due to a dispute I was having with it. This resulting from confidential information Cornwall Council shared with its housing partner as to when would be the most advantageous time to serve the order.
I will forever regret chemotherapy destroying what little precious time Alison had left and the ‘quality of life’ we were all denied by chemotherapy. The hospital must have known Alison was dying and that chemotherapy would serve only to destroy what ‘quality of life’ she had left and with no chance of extended time or recovery.
It is generally accepted chemo can cure many types of early cancer. The notion late stage cancer patients have nothing to lose and may feel better on chemo is, I believe, a nonsense and has more to do with financial considerations than the ‘quality of life’ the patient and families will be denied before death. This based on an assumption Palliative Care would have been more expensive to provide than Chemotherapy.
Even Moors murderer Ian Brady received Palliative Care before he died.
I do not think it inconceivable that Councils and Health Authorities are engaging in genocide and are killing sick and disabled members of society prematurely and that this is being covered-up by central government, and public advocate bodies once considered “Independent” but which now only protect central and local government bodies and the true extent of the damage caused by austerity, corruption and incompetence.
Alison’s story began with criminality by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and at the time Alison died in 2013, aged just 54, there were still live complaints running against the Council and the NHS Trust. These complaints have continued despite cover-ups involving the Council, the Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police, Chief Constable Sawyer, Police & Crime Commissioner Hernandez, former Police & Crime Commissioner Hogg, IPCC, Coodes Solicitors, the CPS, LGO, PHSO, ICO, CQC, SRA, then Lib-Dem MP Stephen Gilbert, Tory MP Steve Double, Cornwall Councillors and others, and includes my false arrest in 2015 to stop me engaging in free speech on social media about the above.
Alison’s cancer should not have become late stage and she did not deserve to die the way she did in order for the Council and the NHS Trust to continue covering-up the criminal abuse and neglect of her in 2012, and before, and which contributed to her death 8 months later.
Alison, her next of kin and family had a right to be told about the risks involved with late stage chemotherapy and a right to be advised about Palliative Care which may have genuinely extended the time she had left and with a greater degree of quality and dignity.
The official ‘Cause of Death’, below, according to an M Anderson MBChB 7280630, was that Sepsis and Pneumonia were the diseases or conditions directly leading to death, and Metastatic Sigmoid Cancer contributed to death but not related to the disease or condition.
Alison was denied a more caring end in an Hospice due to an outbreak of norovirus at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
There were 6 individuals who made up Cornwall Council’s Welfare Priority Assessment Panels, and 1 representing the NHS who was “incorrectly described” as a Community Psychiatric Nurse in 2012, according to the CPS in 2018.
This revelation was also provided to me by the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) late 2014 when the PHSO unwittingly exposed a 2 year cover-up by the NHS Trust and Cornwall Council and then failed to explain what an NHS support worker was doing on a Welfare Panel for Professionals.
The PHSO then perversely decided to close my complaint on the grounds that the complaint was not about “care” provided by the NHS, despite the Assessments only becoming necessary due to the failure, negligence and reduced care and support provided to Alison by the NHS prior to the Assessments.
Throughout this time Alison came under the care and support umbrella of the NHS Trust and the Council because she lived alone. The purpose of Assessments was to enable me to resume being her recognized Carer, apart from me still being her husband, and care for her 24/7 under the same roof because she could no longer cope with living on her own anymore.
The PHSO also knew a crime had been committed because the support worker was not a Mental Health Professional and was not suitably qualified to be a member on a Welfare Priority Assessment Panel.
In my opinion the support worker and the CFT solicitor made false and malicious allegations of “Harassment with Violence” against me, the widower, in December 2015 and I was arrested by Devon & Cornwall Police. Two individuals who I have never met and only had written contact with the CFT Solicitor concerning a FOI request I had made and which the CFT Solicitor replied too late and broke the law.
The CFT Solicitor was also directly involved in the cover-up to protect the Trust CEO, Deputy CEO, Patient Advice and Liaison Officer, the Head of Patient Experience and others, including Senior Cornwall Council Officers.
The officer who arrested me on 3rd December 2015 was one PS 16259 Innes Dowlen and was pictured with the NHS support worker in May 2015 and before I was arrested later that year. Despite showing me pictures of the support worker in recorded interview PS Dowlen did not admit knowing him or working with him.
They were both involved in the ‘detoxification’ of a covert and unlawful community created by and involving collusion by Cornwall Council and it’s housing partner Sanctuary Housing and which included deception.
My unlawful arrest, initiated by Cornwall Council, involved me being fitted up for a false confession and a guilty only plea court, a corrupt Coodes Solicitors being chosen not to defend me, recorded interview evidence being edited to protect the Council, the Trust and the Police, most of my evidence being removed, and a very corrupt Devon & Cornwall Police Data Protection Unit withholding CCTV evidence until after Trial to obstruct the course of justice and deny me a fair Trial.
Despite two court appearances I still do not know who the alleged victim of ‘Harassment with Violence’ is. An indication perhaps of just how perverse Coodes Solicitors represented their client.
Most of these issues will be found on social media under #Cornwallgate, which includes my unlawful arrest in 2012 and 4 bent Devon & Cornwall Police officers being reprimanded in 2012, and by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in 2014.
Due to evidence of collusion regarding an email scam by Devon & Cornwall Police and the IPCC in 2017, the outrageously corrupt IPCC was shut down in January 2018.
Although Alison knew she was dying in hospital the only thing which reduced her to tears was the fact she had been cheated out of the help and support she should have received the year before by Cornwall Council and the NHS Trust.
Alison Linda McLaughlin 1959 – 2013 RIP
Further reading : CHEMOTHERAPY -V- PALLIATIVE CARE
A POTENTIALLY DEADLY COMBINATION EVERY CANCER PATIENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
In your fight against cancer, arm yourself with the facts about infection and sepsis. Having cancer and certain treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy, can put you at higher risk of developing an infection and sepsis.
Getting an infection or developing sepsis is a medical emergency. Either condition can delay your treatment, put you in the hospital or be deadly.
Why does cancer put me at risk for developing an infection and sepsis?
Having cancer and undergoing certain treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy, can make your body unable to fight off infections the way it normally would. What is the difference between infection and sepsis?
An INFECTION occurs when germs enter a person’s body and multiply, causing illness, organ and tissue damage, or disease. For cancer patients, an infection can turn serious, or even deadly, very fast.
SEPSIS is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. For a person with cancer, any infection that is anywhere in your body can lead to sepsis.
How does chemotherapy increase my risk for infection and sepsis?
Chemotherapy works by killing the fastest-growing cells in your body—both good and bad. This means that along with killing cancer cells, chemo also kills your infection-fighting white blood cells.
Is there a specific time I may be more likely to get an infection?
An infection or sepsis can happen at any time. However, when your body has very low levels of a certain type of white blood cell (neutrophils), your risk of getting an infection that can lead to sepsis increases. This condition is a common side effect of chemo called neutropenia.
How will I know if I have neutropenia?
Your doctor will routinely test for neutropenia by checking the level of your white blood cells (neutrophils). “)
(“Palliative care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat, as early as possible, the symptoms and side effects of the disease and its treatment, in addition to the related psychological, social, and spiritual problems. The goal is not to cure. Palliative care is also called comfort care, supportive care, and symptom management. Palliative care is given throughout a patient’s experience with cancer. It should begin at diagnosis and continue through treatment, follow-up care, and the end of life.”)
(“Four clinical trials have shown that providing palliative care helps patients live longer, perhaps because care teams pay close attention to patients’ symptoms. Studies show that palliative care also reduces depression and anxiety.”)
(“Depressed patients are less responsive to chemotherapy. A study has found that cancer patients suffering depression have decreased amounts of brain-deprived neurotophic factor (BDNF) in their blood. Low levels make people less responsive to cancer drugs and less tolerant of their side-effects.”)
(“In a study of more than 600 cancer patients who died within 30 days of receiving chemotherapy, the treatment was found to have probably caused or hastened death in 27% of cases. 43% of patients in all suffered significant treatment-related toxicity.”)