Tuesday, 23 January 2018

No threats and no abuse in my emails to Catriona Mackenzie

THE FACTS PROVE THAT I AM NOT GUILTY

After the Press and Journal has today published
“Political activist” accused of sending SNP councillor “sexually offensive” emails
now is the right time finally to publish the facts and the emails, in full, for all to judge for themselves.

At this stage, in order to defend my political reputation, I must publish the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.


My defence rests on three points -

  • my emails were those of a gentleman which contained nothing which a lady had any good reason to be alarmed or offended about
  • my respectful apology to the complainant, Councillor Catriona Mackenzie, for anything in my emails which was not to her liking
  • even if the complainant chooses to take offence herself, there was no threat and no abuse in my email and therefore there was no crime

ONLY 2 EMAILS - not "a string"

The fact is I sent only two emails to Catriona Mackenzie.

The court papers have misled the Press and Journal and the people by deliberately omitting the fact that there were only two emails which I sent to Catriona Mackenzie which have been complained about by the prosecutors.

The prosecutors have misleadingly trumped-up and sexed-up[1] the court papers to try to make their false charge against me stick by omitting from the charge the fact that there were only 2 emails sent over a six month period -
  • the first email on 29th April 2017
  • the second email on 29th October 2017
The first email was sent in April 2017 in response to the news that Catriona Mackenzie was standing as a candidate for election to Aberdeen City Council.

I received no complaint about my first email to Catriona Mackenzie for months. Not from her. Not from anybody. As far as I knew for six months, there had been no problem with my first email and no reason for me not to send another email sometime.

The second email, sent a whole six months later, in October 2017, was in response to a letter I received by post from Councillor Mackenzie's SNP colleague, Mr Kevin Stewart MSP, inviting me to meet with Councillor Mackenzie and himself.

To read the invite letter I received to meet with Councillor Mackenzie, read my Hogmanay blog post - I am to be prosecuted for replying to my MSPs letter

My reply email to Mr Stewart was responding to his invite to meet with Councillor Mackenzie and so I naturally copied my email to her, so as not to talk about her behind her back.

The fact that only 2 emails were sent, 6 months apart, is described by Ben Hendry reporting for the Press and Journal's story as "a string of emails over six-month period".

Actually, the prosecutor's trumped-up and sexed-up charge does not say "a string of emails" it says "repeatedly send ... email messages".

Whether what is averred to be "repeatedly send ... email messages" or a "string of emails", the prosecutors have deliberately refused to state in the charge that only the two emails were sent, deliberately exaggerating the number of emails which were sent.

For a prosecutor to deliberately mislead by refusing to disclose the relevant facts, like there were only a couple of emails sent, not more, is tantamount to a conspiracy by the prosecutors concerned to pervert the course of justice, to defeat the ends of justice, which is itself a crime.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Colin Neilson
So the procurator fiscal depute who appeared for the Crown on Monday, a Mr Colin Neilson, should, at the very least, be sacked as a prosecutor for bringing the reputation of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service into disrepute and Neilson should also be disbarred as a lawyer by being struck off the list of solicitors by the Law Society of Scotland for bringing the reputation of the legal profession into disrepute.

Oh and it was the disreputable Mr Neilson too who asked Aberdeen Sheriff Court to set up a secret police state in Aberdeen by preventing me from complaining to the Crown Office in Edinburgh. Sheriff Buchanan did not go along with that 100%, allowing me an exception to email the complaints and response and information unit email addresses of the Crown Office though the Sheriff has prevented me from emailing other procurator fiscal offices throughout Scotland, which I want to be free to do to allow for a process of peer review by other procurator fiscals who have a job to do and don't want their good name dragged through the mud by the likes of Neilson and his incompetent colleagues in Aberdeen Procurator Fiscal's Office.

The bail condition violates my human right of freedom of expression which is established by law, (actually by Article 10 of Schedule 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998) not by whether or not the Sheriff sees any need for me to have freedom of expression.

I have sent no more emails to Catriona Mackenzie after receiving the very first complaint and I don't intend to send her any more emails, unless both

  1. the bail conditions are lifted and 
  2. I am invited to email her. 

which I am not expecting any time soon but, as they say, a week is a long time in politics!
😁

THE EMAILS

EMAIL 1

From: Peter Dow
Date: 29 April 2017 at 11:45
Subject: Peter Dow wants to meet Catriona Mackenzie for Torry & Ferryhill
To: Catriona Mackenzie

Dear Catriona,
I live in Ferryhill and usually vote SNP.
Are you meeting voters? I think I might like to meet you. (Full disclosure, I'm 56 year old bachelor with an interest in younger ladies)
Peter Dow, Science & Politics
http://peter-dow.blogspot.co.uk/
Sciences - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Energy, Engineering, Social
Politics - Republican Socialist, Liberal Democrat, Scottish Nationalist, Internationalist
Bachelor of Science with Honours
Ground Right Flat
21 Hollybank Place
Aberdeen
AB11 6XR
Tel. 01224 583906 (landline)
If telephoning on my landline always leave a message
Tel. 07449 993 678 (smartphone)
Tel. 078560 23313 (mobile)

EMAIL 2

From: Peter Dow
Date: 29 October 2017 at 14:15
Subject: Kevin Stewart MSP - Constituents' Surgery Ferryhill Library, Monday 6 November 2017
To: Kevin Stewart_MSP
Cc: Catriona Mackenzie , cmackenzie@aberdeencity.gov.uk, DC Nicola McGlashan

To Kevin Stewart MSP for Aberdeen Central
Your Reference: KS/AM/5/SURGERY/17
CC: Catriona MacKenzie, DC Nicola McGlashin, Police Scotland
Kevin Stewart MSP - Constituents' Surgery Ferryhill Library,  Monday 6 November 2017
Dear Mr Kevin Stewart,
Thank you very much for your letter by post kindly inviting me to a constituents' surgery on Monday 6 November 2017 from 4pm at Ferryhill Library, Fonthill Road, Aberdeen AB11 6UP.
As it happens I did write asking for social security help on 22nd June 2017 to Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman MSP.
I have copied my email to Ms Freeman below and the reply I got from a Mr Stuart Brown of Ms Freeman's social security team, also copied below and see attached file "Scottish Government Stuart Brown to Peter Dow 17 July 2017.pdf"
As I did for my email to Ms Freeman, I have attached a file with my grounds for appeal to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service for the restoration of my Employment and Support Allowance social security payments, attached file "grounds for appeal Dow.rtf".
I can provide for you on request copies of supporting documentary evidence which I have quoted in my grounds for appeal on request.
Additionally, as my political representative, Mr Stewart, I would like you to know that it really offends me as a republican that the only appeal I have against the decision of the Department of Work and Pensions - Jobcentre decision to stop my social security benefits is to appeal to a Queen's appeal tribunal. Republicans as you probably know prefer to elect the head of state, an elected president and do not prefer to have a monarch imposed without election.
Additionally, I feel that I have never been treated justly by any of the Queen's courts - whether they be the Aberdeen District Court, Aberdeen Sheriff Court or the Scottish Supreme Court in Edinburgh. I have been subjected to various miscarriages of justice whether they be big or small.
Therefore I hold out no real hope nor prospect of receiving justice from Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service either, though I am going through the motions of appealing to the Queen's tribunal because that is the only appeal process open to me that I know of.
As you may be aware by now, I am a prolific email writer so when I have a matter that I need to raise with you, Mr Stewart, or with my local councillor, Catriona MacKenzie or with others, I usually find that I can make myself understood in writing.
Therefore I see no need great urgency to attend your surgery in Ferryhill Library on Monday 6th November, to meet with you personally though I would be pleased to receive a reply from you by writing to confirm that you are now aware of the social security crisis I have been suffering since January this year.
Regarding My Local Councillor Catriona MacKenzie
I regret that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Councillor Catriona MacKenzie, because after hearing her speak on the radio, I expect that meeting such an impressive young lady would no doubt be a great pleasure for me, if not for her.😁
I did write
To: Catriona MacKenzie
From: Peter Dow
Date: 29 April 2017 at 11:45
Subject: Peter Dow wants to meet Catriona Mackenzie for Torry & Ferryhill
but I didn't get any reply from Catriona MacKenzie or from anyone on her behalf.
I assumed then that, sadly, Catriona MacKenzie was not interested in meeting me, or she had better things to do, but I will copy this email to her in case, now, as my local elected councillor, Councillor Catriona MacKenzie does now want to meet me in which case I, of course, invite Councillor MacKenzie around to visit me at my home at Ground Floor Right, 21 Hollybank Place, Aberdeen at whatever time is convenient for her, though if she wants me shaved, showered and presentable for her then she had better give me some notice of when she intends visiting me.
It would be perfectly fine and expected if when visiting me Councillor Catriona MacKenzie wishes to visit me accompanied by any number of other women (women only please), whether women SNP party colleagues, women police officers or whichever other women Councillor Catriona MacKenzie feels she would like to accompany her for reasons of ensuring her personal security and to ensure that I was perfectly well behaved as a gentleman should always be with the ladies.
In terms of which women police officers Catriona could invite to accompany her to visit me, I might I suggest that Councillor MacKenzie might ask Detective Constable (which was her police rank in 2014 though she have been promoted since or she may have left the employment of Police Scotland altogether, I simply do not know, not having heard from her again) Nicola McGlashan.
I was pleased to receive a visit to my home from DC Nicola McGlashan in July 2014 when she was accompanied by a number of male police colleagues for a police raid of my flat so whilst the circumstances were generally somewhat stressful for me, DC Nicola McGlashan's presence made the whole event more tolerable for me.
I wish to thank DC Nicola McGashan once again for adding her female touch to the proceedings of that police raid and my arrest, so I will copy this email to what I assume to be her email address, but of that I am not sure either.
Whether by accident or design, at one point during the police raid, I was standing in handcuffs in my front room before DC Nicola McGlashan and her male police colleagues without any trousers or underpants on, which in retrospect amuses me somewhat.
I would very much like another opportunity for the thrill to be partially undressed again before DC Nicola McGlashan and indeed before as many other women police officers as would like to visit me. I do like the ladies very much indeed but I don't get out much and sadly have precious few opportunities to meet ladies, which can be a source of some frustration for me I must confess.
I do hope it is not inappropriate to suggest that if Councillor Catriona MacKenzie would like to see me half-naked or indeed fully naked at my home then I surely would oblige her at her convenience?
Rest assured that I am not about to undress without being invited to do so simply because I meet Councillor Catriona MacKenzie or any other woman. I do not have any record of getting arrested, charged and convicted for being naked in public and neither do I wish to risk such arrest.
My point is that if the ladies, women police officers, councillors, whomsoever, wish to see me undressed in the privacy of my own home then all they have to do is to ask and I will happily oblige.
However, I would respectfully suggest to all such fine ladies, be they women police officers or women councillors, that there is no need to bring any male police officers with you at all because I am a gentleman and my love is very much for the ladies only.
Yours sincerely,
(Alastair) Peter Dow
Bachelor of Science with Honours
Ground Right Flat
21 Hollybank Place
Aberdeen
AB11 6XR
Tel. 01224 583906 (landline)
If telephoning on my landline always leave a message
Tel. 07449 993 678 (smartphone)
Tel. 078560 23313 (mobile)
Science and Politics http://scot.tk

NO THREATS, NO ABUSE - SO THERE WAS NO CRIME!

NOTE 
[1] "sexed up" is a buzzword which means here "to make changes to something, in this context the charge, in order to make it seem more significant, exciting or interesting than the facts would warrant"

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Aberdeen's rogue prosecutors want GESTAPO powers

This Monday in Aberdeen Sheriff Court, the Aberdeen prosecutors will be applying for GESTAPO-style SECRET POLICE STATE powers, to run Aberdeen like a STATE-WITHIN-A-STATE.

The Aberdeen Procurator Fiscal's Office want to add a new bail condition to make it a crime for me to try to contact any other employees of Scotland's Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service except those in Aberdeen managing my case.


Then if I dared to defy that new bail condition to make a complaint to the Crown Office in Edinburgh, the prosecutors would have their excuse to get me locked up again as a political prisoner without even having one of their usual show trials and miscarriages of justice.

To blow the whistle on these fascist prosecutors, I have today complained to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Edinburgh and copied my email to Procurator Fiscal's Offices across Scotland - before the new bail condition is added. Hopefully, the Sheriff won't add that new bail condition but better to blow the whistle now just in case.

COMPLAINT to the CROWN OFFICE

To: COMPLAINTS, Response and Information Unit, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
<complaints@copfs.gsi.gov.uk>
CC: Procurator Fiscal Offices throughout Scotland

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to COMPLAIN about the ROGUE ABERDEEN Procurator Fiscal Office - a SECRET POLICE STATE within a state.

I am writing to alert you about the imminent attempt by the rogue Procurator Fiscal Aberdeen Office to keep their rogue operation in Aberdeen secret from the rest of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland.

If you never hear from me again it will be because the ROGUE ABERDEEN Procurator Fiscal Summary Team have obtained the following bail condition from Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday - see the attached scan-in of a copy of the document which they have lodged with Aberdeen Sheriff Court which requests this bail condition

1. That the accused does not contact or attempt to contact any employees of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service by any means save for contact via the following email address: 
PFAberdeenSummary@copfs.gsi.gov.uk

In particular, this attempted bail condition if approved and enforced would prevent me from complaining to the Response and Information Unit of the Crown Office in Edinburgh as I am doing now.

This abuse of power threatens that the Aberdeen Procurator Fiscal Summary team would be -

* free from my ability to complain again about their incompetence and mistakes
* free to keep whatever they do in my case a secret from the rest of the COPFS,
* free to pervert the course of justice & defeat the ends of justice,
* free from all scrutiny from the Crown Office
* free to run a rogue operation doing whatever they like
* free from any review by their peers in other COPFS offices
* free from all accountability
* free from the rule of law
* free from the obligation to serve the Scottish government and the people
* free from political accountability to the Scottish Parliament
* free to enslave me
* free to enslave anyone else in Aberdeen in future with a similar measure
* free to impose a secret police state of their very own in Aberdeen

I am complaining now because this may be my very last chance to complain before I am secretly enslaved by the Aberdeen Procurator Fiscal secret police state within a state.

Yours sincerely
(Alastair) Peter Dow

Friday, 19 January 2018

I'm being terrorised into the dock of Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday

I'm being terrorised again by the UK royalist, fascist police state with the abusive threat of being taken political prisoner again to force me to appear in Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday for another of the Queen's courts' show trials and miscarriages of justice.
           Accused Details              Court Ref No             PF Ref No       Court Room
Alastair Peter DOW       SCS/2017-113346        AB17011493      Court 3

The trumped-up charge this time is

I still have no solicitor so I will be representing myself and I will be pleading "NOT-GUILTY". 😇

Sunday, 31 December 2017

I am to be prosecuted for replying to my MSPs letter

I am being prosecuted for replying, by email, to this letter, addressed to me, from my Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeen Central, Kevin Stewart MSP, which I received by post.


Since my last blog post, I received a letter, with court papers in it, from a solicitor colleague of Sheena Mair's, a Miss Keidra Morrison of Bydand Defence, saying "As neither myself or Miss Mair were in a position to represent your interests at any future court dates you were advised that you would require to seek alternative legal representation".

I did try to contact both Sheena Mair and Keidra Morrison to ask them to re-consider if they might be prepared to represent me but I have had no further reply from either of them. So it looks like I am on my own again.

I would very much prefer to be represented by a woman solicitor for this case in particular. So if there is a woman solicitor out there who would like to volunteer to represent me I would be very much relieved.

So while I wish you all a very Happy New Year, I am very sad to report that, as a former political prisoner, I fear that in 2018 I will suffer again for my political beliefs, enduring further cruel threats, abuse and loss of my liberty at the hands of the Queen's (and SNP government's) police, prosecutors, courts and maybe prisons too.
 😓

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Arrested, charged and bailed (again). Got some money though.

Sheena Mair

After being detained by uniformed police from my home and later arrested at Kittybrewster Police Custody Centre, the day before, I made bail from Aberdeen Sheriff Court, 24 hours ago, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 8th of November 2017, thanks to being defended by the court's duty solicitor - a brilliant solicitor by the name of Sheena Mair - and thanks to the independence of Sheriff Andrew Miller from the Crown, represented by a woman prosecutor (whom I don't know the name of) who opposed my bail and was seeking my cruel imprisonment on remand, as the Crown has previously sought to do, despite the fact that I have never been a threat to anyone.

The duty solicitor entered a plea of "NOT GUILTY" on my behalf and there is scheduled to be an intermediate diet set for 22nd January 2018 and a trial diet set for 19th February 2018 when the details and the truth will be revealed I hope. I haven't secured legal representation for the case as yet though I would dearly love it if Sheena Mair could and would take my case on but she suggested that there was a conflict of interest (I know not what) which prevented her taking my case on.

For now, all I will say publicly is that the case concerns an email which I had sent in reply to a letter I had received from my local MSP, Kevin Stewart, which email reply I also copied to two women whom I am not naming at this stage, saying only that I do respect and honour those two women and if I was given an opportunity to do so, I would wish to apologise to them both most sincerely for anything in my email which I copied to them which was not to their liking or which has caused them any embarrassment or offence. My email has massively back-fired and I regret that deeply.

The typically over-the-top response to my harmless email by the police and the prosecutors is not Kevin Stewart MSP's fault nor indeed entirely the fault of the SNP, even though Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are governed by the leader of the SNP, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The police and courts in Scotland are part of the UK state and when they wrongfully arrest and prosecute anyone, it is ultimately the fault of the head of state, Queen Elizabeth.

Fortunately, there was some good news waiting for me when I was freed yesterday afternoon. My telephone answering machine had recorded a message from a very nice lady at the Employment and Support Allowance office at Aberdeen informing me that I am to be paid social security benefits, at the lesser appeal rate of Employment and Support Allowance, until the date of my appeal tribunal later this month.

This desperately needed money will allow me to repay some of my mounting debts and pay my bills. I wish to thank most sincerely all those who helped me out with this.

Being on bail again means I am well-advised to tone down the rhetoric of my political commentary and lower the profile of my activities generally until such time as this case is concluded. Hopefully, my normal "rampant" political service to the people will be resumed when it is safe for me to do so.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

BEWARE - March for Science Edinburgh Facebook - FASCISTS


WARNING "March for Science - Edinburgh" Facebook group is run by censorious, anti-free speech, anti-civil liberties, anti-human rights, anti-academic freedom and therefore ANTI-SCIENCE moderators.

TO QUOTE FROM "March for Science - Edinburgh"

"Amanda Boyd
Hi Mods...I wonder if Peter Dow's post, below, shoud be removed? I'm all for free speech, but this is distinctly political, (if somewhat irrational), and therefore should not be promoted here? Cheers."
____
Pamela Cameron
Agree. I think we do him a disservice by giving validity to his claims, which he seems to sincerely believe.
____

"Maria Fernanda Torres
I decided to remove it after the post was reported and after reading this post. I didn't do it Initially as I believe everyone has the right to discuss, post and reply. He wasn't using any offensive language and he wasn't spamming. This group is meant to be inclusive and respectful of people's opinions, whether we agree or disagree with these, and the idea is to promote healthy discussions. Though not too much research is needed to have an idea of his speech, many of us are unfamiliarized with him and I (personally) was waiting for a discussion to develop and see if removing it was really necessary. Given the call for it, the decision was made."
________

Peter Dow 17 April 23:32

I'm no Trump fan but the really dangerous threat to science and scientists in Scotland comes from the police state here which raids scientists' homes (well it did raid my Aberdeen home in 2014), seizes our equipment (my computer with all my science data) prosecutes and punishes us (£500 fine to be paid @ £20 a month) - all because the state in Scotland can do whatever it likes because there's no good head of state to stop the state running amok persecuting scientists if it wants to and it does want to whenever anyone, scientist or not, dares to use bad language, robust political rhetoric on social media (a few rhetorical political, republican, anti-Queen tweets) or published elsewhere.

So we need a good elected president who is pro-science HERE IN SCOTLAND, an elected head of state who will bring the state to heel, deliver the rule of law, guarantee civil liberties, legal human rights and academic freedom for scientists and other academics.

So it's good to have solidarity with American scientists battling against the anti-science Trump - but it would be not so good to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to scientists in struggle here in Scotland against the UK in Scotland fascist police state running amok persecuting anyone it likes including scientists doing our duty because there are in practice no legal limits here to the Queen's royalist, fascist police state.

There is no rule of law here - merely the dictatorship of some senior lawyers (which is different, honest) - so Scotland in the UK is run as a gangster police state but the "gangsters" are really just bad police officers and bad lawyers working for the procurator fiscal service or for the courts as judges. They can and do arrest, fine, jail anyone for the least controversial outspokenness.

I write as a scientist who feels like I have been persecuted for most of my life as a graduate (1982) scientist, since I finished my time as a Glasgow college lecturers, including being persecuted by science professors at Universities (Aberdeen's) who haven't hesitated to call on university managers to exclude me from the campus to exterminate my academic freedom - all because I asked some difficult questions (I was "disruptive" apparently)

I've unjustly spent time in jail or police cells - for not going for a psychiatric examination (2002) for typing comments online (2014, 2016), for simply doing my duty as a scientist and for speaking out a person of conscience doing my political duties.

It's not like I have any friends backing me up, though there was this nice and brave man Professor Jon Godwin, who did one time, which was nice.

http://peter-dow.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/scientists-for-freedom-of-expression-in.html

Few will stand with me but then again, can you blame anyone for not wanting to step into the firing line alongside me? Who would want to suffer the risk of being dragged down beside me into the hell of social exclusion and being criminalised for my beliefs?

Anyway, I am very happy to stand alongside the March For Science and I wish everyone on the march all the very best.

PS. if you'd like to nominate me for the Sakharov Prize I'd appreciate that very much!

THANKS!

http://peter-dow.blogspot.co.uk/

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PS

Although I joined that "March for science - Edinburgh" Facebook group in good faith and gave it my initial support, now, in the light of my persecution at their moderator's hands, I have of course to warn about the group which clearly has no principled commitment to freedom.



So this is how academic freedom at our universities has been destroyed.

Someone, in the style of the above quotes complains that someone is "too political" or "disruptive" and a polite request is made to the university managers who make a polite request to the university lawyers who make a polite request to a Queen's judge who makes a court order banning you from the premises which if you defy you can be arrested for contempt of court and if you resist arrest the police can use whatever force they deem fit and you could be KILLED by the police while resisting arrest.

It starts with a whiny complaint about nothing much but it ENDS IN A DEATH THREAT by the state against the persecuted academic.

And there's no debating this abuse of power allowed either

If you dare to publish leaflets, comment on line, complaining about your exclusion the same lawyers go to court to get gagging orders and if you continue to publish, again you are accused of contempt of court and can face arrest and death while resisting arrest.

The people running the kingdom's universities in Scotland will stop at nothing to save the face of their authorities, to exterminate from "their" campus anyone who challenges their authorities.

Yes the professors and managers who run the kingdom's universities may be educated in their speciality - scientists, engineers, architects, divinity scholars, language experts and so on.

BUT these professors, managers, academics ARE BAD PEOPLE. MORALLY AND POLITICALLY, THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM FASCISTS.

So I find it DISTURBING in the extreme that these bad people are allowed any promoted position in Scotland's universities.

I don't mind them being students, but they do need to learn to be decent principled people first and foremost before being put in charge of anyone else.

We shouldn't have EVIL people managing anything so important as a university, but that's what I think the status quo in Scotland sadly is.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Refused sick note by Dr Adrian Crofton, Carden Medical Practice, Aberdeen

As I reported in January in this blog, I have been denied my Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), leaving me with no income, except my housing benefit which only covers part of my rent anyway.

I've no income at all now for food, gas, electric, telephone and broadband bills, with my savings fast dwindling. 😟

I need to appeal the DWP decision to an independent tribunal for which I have been advised I need to present fresh evidence of my fragile mental health, stress and behavioural problems, such as a new sick note from my GP.

So naturally enough I made an appointment and saw one of the doctors at my registered GPs - Carden Medical Practice / Centre - a Dr Adrian Crofton and here he is - quite a mountaineer by all accounts too.

Dr Adrian Crofton - denied me help

Crofton refused me a sick/fit note. I consider his refusal to be wrong, unhelpful and unprofessional for any health care professional and I do not wish to have any future appointments with him because I do not believe he has my best interests as a patient at heart.

On the contrary, Crofton seems entirely indifferent to my need to have my social security benefits restored. He is clearly a very heartless and a very cruel man - not what the public have come to expect from our doctors and tending to bring his employment as a doctor with the NHS in Scotland into question I might suggest.

However, Crofton got the full backing of the practice manager, Shona Alexander, who has refused to allow me to make an appointment to consult any of the other doctors in the practice to ask for a second opinion, sadly.

I wrote to Shona Alexander as follows -

"Shona, 
Can I ask the practice to review your decision and make me another appointment? 
I have no income. I am desperately in need of a sick/fit note for my appeal.
I have been registered as a patient with Carden Medical Practice for many years and never before have I experienced such difficulties with the practice. I cannot imagine that Dr Clarke would have denied me the help that I urgently need.
Why won't Carden Medical Practice help me, one of your patients who is in desperate need?
Is the practice content to see me with no income, no money, no ability to pay my bills, struggling to pay my rent? Do you want me driven to food banks, begging on the streets and homeless? That would certainly ruin my health and likely drive to me to an early grave. 
Is hard to believe that the practice is so indifferent to my needs for social security. 
Please have mercy on your patient who is in desperate need."
But reply came there none. 😡

And it is not as if I wouldn't do anything 😉 for the fine ladies at the Carden Medical Practice if only they would get me the sick note I need to win my benefits appeal.

I'm always very happy to please the ladies for a little consideration that keeps the wolf from my door.

THE FIT NOTE I NEED


REMOVED FROM CARDEN MEDICAL'S PATIENT LIST

On the morning of the 17th March 2017, I received a letter from NHS Practioner Services informing me

"Removal from General Practitioner Lists  
We have been asked by Carden Medical Centre to remove you from their patient list because of a breakdown in the patient-doctor relationship.  
This means that you will no longer be registered with your current GP Practice after 23rd March.  
You are advised to register with another GP practice as soon as possible before the above date"
Letter from Practitioner Services

I was with Carden Medical Practice and at their previous premises as the "Queen's Road Medical Group" since I registered with Dr Geoffrey Clarke, now retired, who was a compassionate and helpful doctor, a lovely man, for more than 20+ years.

So sad that the practice's new broom have thrown me to the wolves like that. 😞

Got a sick-note, finally

Update - Monday, 27th March 2017

I got registered with another GP Practice in Aberdeen and the second of the doctors I asked there did agree to write me a sick-note, thankfully. What a relief! 😌

I'm not naming the new practice or the helpful doctor until I have a reason to do so.

The moral of the story is that with doctors, as with any other service, it pays to shop around.