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Issue Date:- 26 May 2008

Naughty in the noughties costs the NHS £139million

PSYCHIATRISTS have been jumping on the gravy trains that feed off children labelled mentally ill and then drugged, says the international psychiatric watchdog, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

Being naughty in the noughties has cost the NHS in England millions. Since 2000, over £139million has been shelled out on the chemical coshto keep disruptive kids drugged up who have been labelled with so-called ADHDbecause they are naughty.

The cosh includes drugs similar to cocaine like Ritalin and Concerta.

In 2007, boisterous kids cost the NHS over £33.4million when nearly 700,000 prescriptions were handed out, an increase of 541% on the £5.2million spent in 2000. If a child has 12 prescriptions a year, this equates to over 58,000 children in England being drugged up to fuel the gravy trains.

Psychiatrists and ADHDsupport groups claim the increase is due to the so-called condition becoming more recognised and more easily diagnosed. Critics however point out the criteria for ADHDare synonymous with normal childhood behaviour; a set of emotional and behavioural characteristics that don’t have any relevance to a mental condition.

CCHR has made numerous requests for evidence to support claims of a chemical imbalancein the brain as is suggested for children and adolescents labelled as ADHDsufferers but psychiatrists haven’t been able to provide it. This has lead to ADHDbeing described not only as an emperor’s new suit, but as a fraudulent diagnosis born out of psychiatric imagination.

Dr Joanna Moncrieff, a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer at University College of London says:- “Although psychiatrists commonly talk of psychiatric drugs correcting a ‘chemical imbalance’, there is in fact no proof that such an imbalance exists... hence the notion of a drug ‘correcting’ such an imbalance is meaningless.”

Last year, Baroness Susan Greenfield called for an examination of how ‘ADHD’ is diagnosed in the UK.

Brian Daniels, national spokesperson for CCHR in the UK, says that while it cannot be denied that some children have problems learning in school, that some can be argumentative, boisterous or even disruptive, psychiatry’s fixation on labelling these difficulties as a mental disorder is not only unscientific, but medical fraud.

Brian Daniels:- “The idea that psychiatrists are experts in how to resolve childhood behaviour is negated by an inability to ‘cure’ their patients.

Well meaning parents, teachers and politicians have been duped by psychiatric propaganda that children have a ‘chemical imbalance’ and that a drug is the answer.

The reality of the situation is that psychiatry is a profit-driven industry that would go out of business if it ever cured anyone who actually had one of its manufactured ‘

CCHR is urging parents to seek the advice of non-psychiatric doctors to find undiagnosed physical conditions manifesting as so-called mental illnesses.

It is urging parents to find a doctor who can find the cause of problems rather than following psychiatric advice and drug the symptoms.


1000 members of UNISON and PCS are working to rule in a dispute over pay. The action consisting of a ban on overtime and working only contracted hours for the weeks 19 May 2008 until 30 May 2008 will disrupt the tight inspections schedule for children’s homes, nurseries, boarding schools and child minding services. The move on hours is the latest in a series of action by employees over the imposition of a divisive new pay structure and below inflation 3-year pay deal.

UNISON National Officer for social care, Helga Pile, said:- “The pay deal on the table for Ofsted staff is completely unacceptable. Staff have been left with no choice but to take action. In the current economic climate how can anyone be expected to sign up to a three year pay freeze? Ofsted staff are also being expected to bring in widespread reforms, which will add even more to their heavy workload.

What Ofsted management need to realise is that by not coming back with a fair offer they are putting the inspections service on the line. Our members are dedicated to their jobs, they have never been on strike before. However, they have been pushed to breaking point. They are struggling to make ends meet. They should be able to expect a decent pay rise and a fair pay structure.”

The work to rule comes after members of UNISON and PCS working in Ofsted staged a one day strike on May 16. The impact will be quickly felt as Ofsted’s own staff survey showed half of all staff working over four hours a week extra above their contracted hours and 27% over 8 hours a week extra.


IN the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill before parliament last week, the government wants to remove the need for doctors to consider whether a child born after IVF treatment will have "a father".  They propose replacing the need for a "father" with only the need for "supportive parenting".

With this proposal, we believe the government are turning the 'best interests of the child' principle on it's head and putting the needs and wishes of the IVF 'parents' before the interests of the child. The Equal Parenting Alliance believes it is a fundamental right of a child to have (and know the identity of) a father. After all, whatever the gender of the IVF 'parent's, the child will still only ever have 1 biological father and mother. 

The government's proposal sends a clear message that fathers are unnecessary and betrays their thinking that a father's presence in a child's life is nothing more than a lifestyle choice to be made by the mother.  After more than a decade of policies and practices that have denigrated fathers and assailed the family unit to the point where our children are the unhappiest in the western world, it can hardly be a surprise that the government hold this view.

Indeed, the deputy Labour Party Leader Harriet Harman wrote:- "It cannot therefore be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life, or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social harmony and cohesion."

With this and similar views in the core of the Labour Party, it's no surprise they are quietly trying to remove fathers from the picture at every opportunity, however innocent and accidental it may appear.  We hope that MPs see sense and vote for this amendment to keep the need for a father as a consideration during IVF treatment.

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