Psychiatrist condemns DPP’s release of medical report to media

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share LocalNews Psychiatrist condemns DPP’s release of medical report to media by: – January 26, 2012 Sharecenter_img 127 Views   5 comments Tweet Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Griffin BenjaminOn Monday January 23, 2012, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) defended his decision to discontinue the court matter involving a client of the Community Mental Health Team. A few statements used by this senior judicial officer to justify his actions could be considered demeaning, unethical and wholesomely unprofessional conduct unexpected from such a prestigious office.Public declaration by the DPP that he had discussed the matter with the Consultant Psychiatrist is incorrect. The Consultant Psychiatrist was ordered by the court to present a psychiatric report to the court on completion of a court ordered admission (Section 8.1). This report was submitted to the court October 4, 2010 and represents the only communication between the offices of the DPP and the Consultant Psychiatrist. It was very unethical that the DPP could read out to the public the words of a confidential medical report that was issued by court subpoena. The courts in Dominica rely mainly on the professional discretion of a Consultant Psychiatrist to determine the fitness of Dominicans to offer a plea in court when there may be doubts of the individual’s mental competence. In accordance with the Mental Health Act 1986 Section 8.1, the court orders that any person before the court who is presumed to be mentally unstable be admitted for a period of time until he becomes well and fit to plead. Unfortunately, the statements by the DPP indicate that he may not understand the issue of mental competence to stand trial. Every month, the Community Mental Health Team treats dozens of persons with Mental Health problems and makes them fit to stand trial. The DPP has the authority to discontinue any matter that is before him. However, he must be able to justify his actions in a reasonable manner without pulling down his own social support system. The CMHT has successfully provided care and support to this client over the past eighteen months. Therefore, the decision by the DPP to refer this client for institutional Mental Healthcare in another country was unnecessary. This senior officer is not in a position to condemn the Dominica Mental Health Services.The decision of the DPP to discontinue a case of double infanticide secondary to Post-partum Depression is well supported by medical rationale. It is probably the most honourable action to take. The CMHT has the professional capacity to provide professional mental health care to all of Dominica despite the negative views expressed by the Director of Public Prosecution.Press ReleaseHealth Promotion Resource Centrelast_img read more

Cech impressed by Torres form

first_img Torres struck twice at Schalke and the winner in Sunday’s defeat of Manchester City which means Chelsea trail leaders Arsenal by two points in the Barclays Premier League ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash at the Emirates Stadium. The 29-year-old’s performances have been scrutinised since his £50million move from Liverpool, particularly due to his perceived lack of goals, but Cech insists his contribution has always been valuable, even when he has not been scoring. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Fernando Torres is playing as well as ever after the striker’s starring role of late. Mourinho has repeatedly made his displeasure with the scheduling clear. Following the draw, the Portuguese suggested he would select a youth team, but the reality is the side will be similar to the one which featured in the last round at Swindon, with World Cup winner Juan Mata and Brazil defender David Luiz among those likely to feature. Another who is almost certain to be rested is Branislav Ivanovic, who is Mourinho’s first choice right-back and was hugely influential against City. Mourinho twice won the League Cup in his first spell as Chelsea boss and Ivanovic hopes the squad take belief from the defeat of City into the London derby with Arsenal. He said: “The champions aren’t decided now, but it was so important for us to beat Manchester City because these kind of games give you confidence and extra points when you are fighting for them. “I hope it’s going to help our confidence and in the next games as well.” Press Association Torres has 40 goals in 142 games for the Blues, 101 of them as a starter. “This is the debate everybody’s been having for a long time,” Cech told Chelsea TV. “There were so many games when Fernando was absolutely brilliant, but because he didn’t score everybody’s saying ‘oh, he didn’t score’. “Now he’s scoring goals, he’s making goals, he’s playing as well as he has during his life.” Torres hopes to play a major role in a strong season for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. “I am feeling good and with high confidence, and feeling better in the system we are playing with more space,” Torres said. “Hopefully we can keep improving as a team as it is just the beginning of the season and important games are coming.” With just one full day’s rest between the City clash and the League Cup fourth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium, Torres is unlikely to feature against Arsenal. last_img read more