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illegaltobepoor
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I took this article from Disabled People Against Cuts. It made me cry upon reading it. I don't cry often.
http://dpac.uk.net/2014/02/anthony-k....Cok564DX.dpbs
The abuse of disabled people has to stop. This CON-DEM Government is by far the worst one I have ever encountered while being alive on this planet.


Read below.
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Anthony Kletzander is 26 he has the label of Autism, he does not use the spoken word- but communicates by typing on his keyboard. Anthony’s treatment whilst in Redwood Extended Care Facility in Starmullen, Ireland is a cause for serious concern for any disabled person wanting to live independently in Ireland.


For three years, Anthony lived independently with support, in his own apartment, good diet, regular physical activity, and was studying at a university in Dublin.


Anthony‘s support arrangements were managed by


Áiseanna Tacaíochta Network (ATN) based in Dublin and funded by The Health Service Executive (HSE) Dublin. Both organisations publicly support Independent Living in Ireland.


However, ATN’s Director recommended to HSE that Anthony should be taken into residential care for further assessment.(Anthony and his family did not want further assessments) Anthony was sent to Redwood Extended Care Facility.


Within two days he was given antipsychotic drugs, and taken off his dairy and gluten free diet. This was despite protests from Anthony, his parents and family GP. Redwood ignored the protests and continued the drug regime, three days later Anthony had a series of nine seizures and was admitted as an emergency patient to the general hospital. Anthony had never experienced seizures before he entered Redwood or before he was given anti psychotic medication.


After hospital Anthony was returned to Redwood and the same drug regime was continued. There was no apology or explanation given to Anthony or his family about his treatment.


The final insult against Anthony after three months at Redwood, he was denied access to his own Case Conference and prevented from using his means of communication, whilst 15 professionals sat and delivered their opinions about Anthony.


Anthony’s experience at Redwood is a serious abuse of his human rights, any yet the people responsible for Anthony’s treatment:





Redwood Extended Care Facility


The Heath Service Executive


Áiseanna Tacaíochta Network


Remain silent.


We are creating a website to launch an international campaign to highlight the abuse of Anthony Kletzander. We will be posing questions for all those individuals and organisations who support a disabled persons right to establish independent living and to have their human rights upheld in Ireland publically, but act differently in reality.


Joe Whittaker [email protected]


Friend of Anthony Kletzander.


- See more at: http://dpac.uk.net/2014/02/anthony-k....Cok564DX.dpuf
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The story itself is shocking, and those responsible should be held to justice for their actions, but how is this a fair reflection on government policy?
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First of all, this is atrocious, but even with socialist free-spenders in charge there would still be awful regrettable instances such as this. You remind me of that feminist a few months ago whom whipped up a massive storm over a few unfortunate cases. I suspect that lots of other people would understand the gravity of the situation better if you didn't use this as cheap throw-away propaganda to your own ends.
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You can't criticise government policy by using as an example an incident that happened in a foreign country.
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Why are you blaming the treatment of a disabled person in a foreign country on our government? Idiotic at best, pathetic at worst.
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(Original post by arson_fire)
What on earth has what goes on in the Republic of Ireland got to do with our government cuts?

(Original post by Arbolus)
You can't criticise government policy by using as an example an incident that happened in a foreign country.

(Original post by tengentoppa)
Why are you blaming the treatment of a disabled person in a foreign country on our government? Idiotic at best, pathetic at worst.
I can't speak for him, but I can only imagine that the OP had gotten a little confused. It's true our government is in no way accountable this.

With that being said, it is fair to say that we are hearing these kind of stories up and down our own country. I've read dozens of these sort of stories myself and I'll happily post a few of them on here if people would like that. This government is wreaking havoc with the lives of disabled people in this country, there's no escaping that.
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I`m pretty sure I could find examples of similar events in the UK, both recently and during the boom years.
That's true. You will most probably be able to find such stories from every single era, but I bet my bottom dollar that they will be far greater in number since 2010. And it's not just about these kind of eye-opening cases of people dying or becoming seriously ill, for a lot of disabled people their day-to-day living problems have been exacerbated - life has become more of a struggle. A lot of the stories I hear about are easily preventable; they simply stem from underfunding.
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That's true. You will most probably be able to find such stories from every single era, but I bet my bottom dollar that they will be far greater in number since 2010. And it's not just about these kind of eye-opening cases of people dying or becoming seriously ill, for a lot of disabled people their day-to-day living problems have been exacerbated - life has become more of a struggle. A lot of the stories I hear about are easily preventable; they simply stem from underfunding.
Ok, if you were the government, and recognised this problem where would you get the extra millions from?
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Ok, if you were the government, and recognised this problem where would you get the extra millions from?
It is pretty irrelevant to the discussion to be honest, but if you insist. Finding "millions" when it comes to government expenditure is pretty easy - we're set to spend £720 billion in this year. But the cuts that the disabled are feeling the wrath of aren't in millions, they're in billions. I'd start by ending the governments commitment to eradicate the deficit by 2018 and I'd make serious amendments to the governments ruthless austerity programme which is having catastrophic impact the most vulnerable members of society - The Centre for Welfare Reform published a report in 2013 showing where the heaviest cuts have fallen come 2015: the average person has lost £1,126; the average person on low income has lost £2,744; if you’ve also got a disability it’s £4,660; and if you need social care it's £6,409. You can read the full report here:

http://www.centreforwelfarereform.or...-the-cuts.html

The debate shouldn't focus on the economics of the issue (I say that within reason). All that I can say is that these people are amongst the most desperate in society and we should be doing our best to support them.
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Firstly, as observed, using something happening in the Irish Republic to have a go at the British government really is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

More importantly, however, if you get your news from dodgy sources, it's going to be incomplete. You cannot just be moved, as an adult, to a residential care facility against your will. You cannot be sectioned (or whatever the Irish equivalent is) and forcefed anti-psychotics when you're merrily living an independent life and going about your daily business without harming anyone.

It's clap-trap and there's clearly a whole lot more to that story than meets the eye.
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Why did they recommend he come in for assessment? On what grounds was he started on anti-psychotic medication?

I suspect the answers are not 'on a whim' and 'none'. I realise this is Ireland and not the UK, but under British law this isn't something that can just 'happen' out of nowhere, there are lots of criteria and people who have to be involved in sectioning somebody, and I don't see why Ireland should be too severely different.

I mean, I have no idea, perhaps this poor chap was treated horribly, but this article fails to give any account of why these things were done. The lack of explanation makes them seem like gross injustices when actually there may well have been a reason. Regardless it means anybody reading the article cannot possible have an informed opinion by the end.
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My point is this.

Since Northern Ireland is our backyard whatever happens there is a testing ground for whatever happens in the rest of the UK.
But this didn't happen in Northern Ireland :confused:
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But this didn't happen in Northern Ireland :confused:
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Heard much worse stories... why does the banal still shock people? :rolleyes:
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The OP has a habit of quoting unverifiable Internet story's as fact
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The same thing happens in this country too.,br /> Perhaps some of you should have a look how easy it is for some quacks to lock you up with less rights than common criminals.
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It's absolutely disgusting that the most vulnerable people have targeted by these budget cuts.

These Tories don't care about reducing the deficit, they just want to reduce the size of the state and sell the rest of their big CEO friends.
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