Labour Party has ensured that disabled people are being starved of their right to their Health

David Cunningham, a parent in Scotland with a long-running problem case, has contributed to Spectrum Fairness before. He now wishes this further strong message about his anger with the Labour Party’s management of classical autism services, to be circulated worldwide, as he explains. – site.


The sleaze ridden, uncaring Labour Party are systematically ensuring that disabled children, specifically people with autism, are starved of their health.

This is frighteningly demonstrated within the Labour stronghold of Fife where NHS Fife under the management of Professor McGoldrick and Dr Francis Elliot Medical Director (supported by Mr Brechin and George Cunningham) have for years now played games and politics rather than deliver health services to a severely autistic boy.

The latest rhubarb came from Dr Elliot Medical Director NHS Fife in a letter dated 24th July 2006. In the letter she makes a desperate attempt to prop up Labour’s Policies by misrepresenting the facts and doctoring the truth to suit her demonstrably unethical position. I understand from my communications with hundreds of parents and relatives throughout Scotland that the following examples of NHS Officials playing “Labour’s Game” are becoming the “norm”. Please pass on this e-mail and all of the 25 facts (another 23 to come) to all interested parties around the world. We have to let the world know just how bad things have degenerated in Scotland under Labour.

Dr Elliot as chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP) did (she is trying to deny it through an incompetent technicality that is described below) block the release of funds for a severely Autistic boy. She will claim what she did was in accordance with the new Labour legislation. That is she will not issue the funding for the little boy’s health care until the parents start taking the garbage offered by the ‘yet to be proven competent’ Fife Education. This child had a major medical breakdown in the first place due to Fife’’s handling of his Education.

The world must hear this. This sleaze ridden, immoral Labour party has effectively given all Health Authorities the mandate to starve any disabled person of their health care under Labou’rs requirement for ‘Integrated Assessments’ and delivery. In that Health, Social Services and Education must be delivered ‘as one’. This means that in Fife £17,000 per annum that was allocated for my son’s healthcare has for 3 years been frozen while the parents, through no fault of their own, watch the ‘yet to be proven competent ‘ Fife Education’ play their part in the Labour sham by refusing to provide details of a competent education service for my son. In addition Fife Social Services are also in on Labours immoral attempts to destroy the lives of disabled autistic children and there families. In that Senior Social Services Management in full collusion with Senior NHS Fife and Fife education management deliberately and without consultation with parents removed a small but critical number of hours of service. They all knew that this would cause maximum negative impact to my son and his family. But significantly how do I know that Professor McGoldrick, Dr Elliot, Mr Brechin and George Cunningham know all this? Well the basis for NHS Fife CAP’s approval of the £17,000 per annum was to support the small number of hours from Social Services.

But in an evil and immoral twist in the letter dated 24 July 2006 from NHS Fife, Dr Elliot and Professor McGoldrick state and I quote….’At that time and on regular occasions since then you (she’s talking about me) have declined to accept this integrated package of care’…unquote. This is where Elliot and McGoldrick are liars. In a desperate attempt to prop up Labour’s Policies they know that Fife Education have never offered any package of care. They also know that at the same time and to back Fife Education Fife Social Services timely removed (as detailed above) their Service. Indeed to complete the ‘Triad of Destruction’ and in full alignment with Labour’s Grand Design NHS Fife simultaneously froze the £17,000 per annum to maximise the negative impact to our son and his family. PLEASE PASS THIS TRUE SEQUENCE OF FACTS AROUND THE WORLD AS IT DEMONSTRATES THAT LABOUR’S POLICIES ARE DESIGNED NOT TO DELIVER SERVICES BUT DESTROY THE HEALTH OF SEVERELY DISABLED AUTISTIC CHILDREN AND THERE FAMILIES.

A SEPARATE BUT KEY QUESTION IS WHY ARE THE LABOUR PARTY DOING THIS? IT IS TIME THE OPPOSITON MSP’S STARTED TO ASK THIS QUESTION.

I present more evidence not that anymore is required. The recent Labour publication admitted that under their management there has been a 1000% increase in people with autism in Scotland over the last 10 years. This means that 1 in 25 grandparents have no choice but to accept the Labour Party’s gift that they will have a grandchild that will develop autism. Yet for the same period Labour has refused to listen to the explosion of parents and grandparents who have been telling them what has been happening.

SO IT IS NOW HISTORICAL FACT THAT HAD LABOUR LISTENED AND ACTED THEN THOUSAND’S (CERTAINLY HUNDREDS) OF SCOTLAND’S CHILDREN WOULD NOT NOW BE AUTISTIC.

There are several more facts that I can present which overwhelmingly support the statement that the ‘Labour Party has ensured that disabled people are being starved of their right to their Health’. But I will close with one final fact. The Labour Party in a desperate attempt to prevent many facts from getting out has shut down the Cross Party Group for Autism. But worse in shutting it down they doctored the minutes of some meetings in a deliberate and systematic attempt by Elaine Smith, Labour Chair, to cover up the issues those Parents, Grandparents and other relatives and friends of People with Autism were raising. In an unprecedented move Labour also shut down the Cross Party Group for Autism Website and removed all minutes – COVER UP OR WHAT?

I have another 23 or 25 facts to go. I re-emphasise that when finished it will show that the Labour Party backed up by an incompetent Executive have colluded and worked to cause maximum damage to People With Autism. But even worse, this has been done within a restructured justice system. Specifically the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB ) has been structured and with no standards for Autism in existence then this makes it virtually impossible to get justice i.e. the rates paid by SLAB means that most of Scotland’s legal firms cannot afford to take on complex cases like those described above because the SLAB rates and procedures means that legal firms are forced to take a loss for every hour worked (Reference is made to statements made by the Law Society, Law Firms and media reports). Also when the parents point to a best practice standard the Labour Party, Executive and Council shrug their shoulders and say “we dictate what standard of crap you’re going to get in your services” thereby ensuring that no laws are ever broken. Unless of course someone dies. Many believe that it is no coincidence that cases of suicide amongst people with autism and their families have significantly increased under Labour.

SCOTLAND WHERE THE LABOUR PARTY ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS TIME THAT THE WORLD KNOWS THAT WITHIN SCOTLAND THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE (INCLUDING THEIR FAMILIES) NOW BEING EFFECTED ARE FAR MORE THAN THOSE IN THE PRESENT CONFLICT IN ISRAEL, GAZA AND LEBANON.

Signed Dave Cunningham Father of a severely autistic boy whose son, under Labour, is forced to live with the following realities:

1. Severe bowel problems, it is fact that the ‘scoping’ of People with Autism has been mostly banned because the Labour Party and incompetent Executive can’t explain what they are finding. So opt for ‘don’t look, no problem’ strategy;

2. autistic colitis;

3. SIGN and NHS refuse to recommend best practice medical protocol for People with Autism;

4. Parents are forced to fund testing themselves. But even where partial reimbursement is given NHS Scotland refuse to pay for all the treatment because they say Labour, Executive, SIGN and BNF will not approve it.

5. NHS official policy is to tell parents to go to charities to get ‘charity handouts’ as Labour’s Policy does not allow funding of the best practice. Note much of which is a fraction of the cost of existing treatment.

6. Where NHS do not have the expertise in their geographic area NHS are now systematically refusing to pay for the full costs of GP referrals out with their area. This practice in NHS Fife means that thousands of pounds in GP referrals are being refused to be reimbursed to parents by NHS Fife. Thereby preventing People with Autism getting access to Health care.

7. Many people with autism have the measles virus circulating inside them. The Labour Party claim this is impossible and so again opt for ‘don’t look, no problem’ strategy;

8. Within Scotland parents are being deliberately refused funding to take their child to the ‘Best Practice Clinic’ run by the charity Autism Treatment Trust in Edinburgh. The trust is manned with professionals and with their extensive network of clinicians around the world can go on to provide a truly world class service. But under Labour parents have been banned from receiving funding.

9. etc, etc

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