Written evidence from Cedric Maddox (CAL
1. This submission is from Cedric John Maddox
and I am a retired RAF Squadron Leader. I am 72 years old and
for the last seven years I have been dealing with NHS and Government
Agencies attempting to gain justice for myself and my mother who
died of Alzheimer's. The purpose of this submission is to bring
the attention of Parliament to the serious maladministration and
unlawful treatment against the most vulnerable members of our
society; the elderly mentally ill.
2. In 2003 the Local Government Ombudsmen published
a special report highlighting the fact that the NHS cannot charge
for after-care for patients detained under the MHA(83). The report
people who have paid for section 117 aftercare should receive
financial restitution with interest.
3. I obtained a copy of the Mental Health Act
and my incredible saga into incompetence, deception, lies and
fraud by the NHS and government agencies began.
4. The evidence I have available covers every
department that is involved in the NHS complaints procedure right
up to the new Justice Minister and is impossible for me to cover
in 3,000 words. Therefore I am only submitting evidence obtained
from the Government's own statistics, this involves a massive
fraud against the elderly mentally ill.
5. Two weeks after admission under Section 2
my mother's legal status was changed to INFORMAL. The Hospital
Managers failed in their lawful duty to inform the Nearest Relative
that this had been done and the consequences of this change in
Note: This change of
legal status has very serious consequences on the after-care costs
of a detained patient. This is because the maximum stay allowed
under the Act for a patient detained under Section 2 is 28 days
and the information provided by the government stated that if
the doctor wants you to stay in hospital longer than 28 days the
patient will be detained under Section 3 of the Act.
But a Section 3 patient is entitled to free after-care under section
117 of the Act. Section 117 after-care is for as long as it is
needed which would mean until death for a demented elderly patient.
This free care is not available for Section 2 or INFORMAL patients.
6. A patient detained under Section 2 who is
regraded to INFORMAL loses any chance of free after-care under
Section 117 of the Mental Health Act.
7. Statistics show that over 156,000 Section
2 patients were regraded to INFORMAL status for the 10 years up
to 2009. All lost any chance of obtaining the free after-care
they would be entitled to under Section 117 of the Mental Health
8. This fraud is simplicity itself as long as
the details of the patient's and Nearest Relative's rights are
kept secret by the Hospital Managers ignoring Section 132 MHA(83).
9. My submissions to the SFO and AGO can be seen