Denied of Attending A Funeral

On 11th April 2018, I sent an email and a copy via signed for letter to Herefordshire Council regarding my brother’s inadequate care and support, and the destruction of our family supported by Herefordshire Council. I also requested to know if my brother would be allowed to attend a funeral with me of a foster brother who he was fond of. (a redacted copy of the letter is below)

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The letter was received and signed for on 12th April 2018 at 11.26 am (redacted proof of posting below) allowing adequate time for a member of Herefordshire Council adult social care to contact me and make arrangements. Only on the day and after the funeral did AM of Herefordshire Council contact me, leaving a message on my answer machine, to discuss my brother attending with me, denying him of saying goodbye to our foster brother.

Next months it will be three years since I first raised concerns of my brother’s inadequate care and support, which has been assisted to continue by Herefordshire Council. To date, they have functioned to ignore concerns and destroy a caring family and contact, neglecting my vulnerable brother, his rights and to move to satisfactory accommodation, or back home.


Audio/Video Recordings

In the next few days I hope to release available recordings regarding my brother’s inadequate care and support, many of these conflicts with both Herefordshire Council and The Priory Group claims and documentation and provide evidence of institutional abuse and incidents of negligence and neglect. The recordings include refusal of a mandatory right, and medication and treatment errors which both organisations have documented as not happening.

For the present, the recordings pages will remain password protected. However, I cannot protect from it’spassword being compromised.

I speculate both organisations may attempt to create documents for the recordings content, however, under forensic examination such could be discredited; notably, as electronic copies of documents I have requested have not been provided to date.



Easter with Family refused

Once again my brother has been denied of a family home visit, on this occasion and for the third consecutive year a visit and stay at home to celebrate Easter.
Due to the breakdown between the provider and us, a considerable time ago regarding the inadequate care and support provided to my brother and the many lies they have told to date about the poor care and support they provide, which I continually have to address, I do not want Priory Group staff at our home.

I asked, some time ago, that Herefordshire Council staff assist with visits and recently asked for my brother to be dropped off at Elgar House in Hereford, where he would meet his social worker or representative and where I could pick him up from to come home for a few days.
Herefordshire Council refused to support us with this visit, sending me a questionable email for the refusal, which contains a fallacious comment.
I assume this was due to the documented threat by Mr Martin Samuels (director for adult and wellbeing) to affect adversely the service provided to us.

Below is a redacted copy of the email from AM (locality manager at Herefordshire Council) denying us of Easter together and refusing to provide support

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Three points to note regarding AM’s email are:
1. AM’s claim that my brother should not be dropped off at unfamiliar places is irrelevant to our request, and I believe is an indication of the lack of support he and his family are provided with, and have been since 2015 by Herefordshire Council.

2. AM’s claim that I stated I could not have my brother home due to being unwell from my hunger strike is entirely untrue, reviewing the phone conversation I said it would be difficult cooking for my brother while I was on the second week of a hunger strike in protest at his inadequate care and support.

3. AM states it is unreasonable at short notice to arrange the visit home and for care agency to support. Contrary to AM’s claims, there was no issue with my brother coming home for Easter at short notice, until 2016 when The Priory Group denied him of celebrating Easter with his family after I became concerned of their provided care and support. Further, I spoke with a care agency, and an agency representative told me they could facilitate support at short notice.


Recordings and Hunger Strike

After 18 days of protest at my brother’s extended inadequate care and support provided by Herefordshire Council and The Priory Group,  I will be ending my hunger strike and continue to battle for his rights and health.

In the coming weeks, recordings will be released via this site; this is to provide evidence of the deficient service and inadequate care and support provided to my vulnerable brother by Herefordshire Council and The Priory Group, since being forced to move to H House.







Freedom of Information Request – DoLS

I have now received a response to the freedom of information request I submitted regarding Herefordshire Council and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorised by them, in particular, Martin Samuels (Director of Adults and Wellbeing)who has authorised no less than three of my brother’s DoLS authorisations that are factually inaccurate and untruthful.
The current response can be viewed here:

Freedom of Information Request – DoLS

I believe it is in the interest of the public who have a relative in Herefordshire’s care to highlight this. Of concern is the non-existence of appeal to The Court of Protection by any paid RPR or IMCA representative of a vulnerable person to any granted DoLS authorisation.
0 challenges of the 697 DoLS authorisations for the period 1st January 2017 to 28th February 2018 suggests to me that some people are not supported by their paid RPR’s or IMCA’s, and Herefordshire Council is using the DoLS system to institutionalise individuals for convenience; my brother one of those with inadequate representation. In his case provided with on no less than two careless advocates, TC and BS of



Lawfulness of DoLS

On 14th March 2018, I received a phone call from Mr SM the person who conducted the recent harmful and questionable Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessment of my brother. Form 3 of the assessment not only contains inaccuracy but untruthful information, and also includes a second and conflicting reason for why the mobile phone loaned to my brother was taken from him and locked away denying him access to family contact.

During the phone call, I asked the assessor SM, more than once, as a solicitor had advised me, “who was the IMCA that you consulted with?” Mr SM refused to answer and provide the details requested.

Further, I asked SM why he had published comments about me, shared by third parties with him concerning me, and without my consent on the DoLS form he submitted relating to my brother; SM again refused to answer.

Since speaking with SM, I received a letter from Herefordshire Council stating there was no such IMCA consulted for the DoLS assessment and am awaiting a formal response as to why my data was shared on a form of my brothers; as adviced by The Information Commissioner’s Office.

As a side note, the second RPR provided to my brother, TC of, has not once challenged The Priory Group or Herefordshire Council concerning the inadequate care and support of my vulnerable brother, in the fourteen months they have been paid to represent my brother. refusal to provide solicitor contact details

On 5th March 2018, I sent an email to Ms Kate Harvey (CEO of requesting to know who the proposed solicitor was that my brother’s current paid representative claimed was reviewing the recent DoLS authorisation.

On the 13th March 2018, I received a refusal from Ms Harvey to provide the requested information. Such has caused a considerable delay to legal challenge on behalf of my brother, notably as Ms Harvey and colleagues have assisted in the destruction of a close, caring family and the institutionalisation of my vulnerable brother.

In hindsight, I should have expected such from an organisation who provided a negligent advocate to my vulnerable brother and who’s chair of trustees, in the past as a senior police officer retired from the force due to their sexual harassment of a colleague, abusing their position of trust and authority.


Mother’s Day visit missed

Today, my brother was due to visit his family home for Mother’s Day. For a second consecutive year, my brother was denied this established event and time with his 87-year-old mother.

Before this date I attempted to contact his social worker via email and phone to make arrangements for visits allowing my brother home, I also sent a recorded delivery letter, which was received by Herefordshire Council at 10.49 am on 8th March 2018, nobody contacted me.
Whether such is due to The Priory Groups sustained institutional abuse of my brother or due to the threat made by the Director of adults and wellbeing at Herefordshire Council that an adverse service would be provided to us, I believe is debatable.

My brother remains unable to contact us freely, and we him, due to the provider denying him access to the mobile phone I loaned him. The phone now switched off and locked away for almost four months, as of writing this, with two flawed versions of the reason why it was taken from him.


Hunger Strike Protest

On the 12th March 2018, I will eat my last meal and begin a hunger strike in protest at the long-term recurring and ongoing neglect and institutional abuse that my vulnerable brother has tolerated and endures, and the broken promise by Herefordshire Council to move my brother to satisfactory accommodation, providing better care and support. something I have been fighting for on his behalf for 854 days.

As an unpaid carer, the hunger strike protest is not a decision that I have taken without considerable thought, but one that may gain interest and help my brother have his neglected statutory and mandatory rights reviewed in a court of law; ensuring Herefordshire Council adhere to their responsibilities and legal obligations, and regaining my brother and mother’s private and family life.

My brother remains institutionalised in a residential home he does not wish to return to, when he is rarely allowed a family home visit. Further, he continues to be denied access to the mobile phone loaned to him for contact with his mother and me, with conflicting and flawed reason as to why it was taken off him and locked away in November 2017. My brother’s RPR, TC of, has not once challenged The Priory Group or Herefordshire Council regarding any restrictions.

Herefordshire Council staff, including those who attempted to find a way of having our website and blog removed, have not only disregarded concerns but made false claims, allegation, threat and defended the negligence of a former social worker EG and inept manager SC.

My protest is due to the facts my vulnerable brother:

Remains denied of speech and language therapy, since being in care.

Remains denied of a dietician and his mandatory right to support and treatment for his weight; weight has had an impacted on his mobility.

The refusal by local authority staff to recognise the neglect, including the recent incident that occurred, ignoring their duty under The Care Act and The Mental Capacity Act.

The unreasonable behaviour policy that has been imposed by Martin Samuels (Director for adults and wellbeing) which has severely hampered care and support needs of my brother, and our frail elderly mother, who I will continue to care for as long a s I can.

While Herefordshire Council suggest redress via The Local Government Ombudsman, The LGO can merely make recommendations to local authorities, for a limited period, and not enforce laws or decide punitive compensation, whereas I seek satisfactory care, support, accommodation and justice for my vulnerable disabled brother and the distress caused.






Recurring neglect and Deprivation of Liberty

After some 54 days and hindrance by Herefordshire Council management, my brother eventually visited his family home, staying for a long overdue short break.

I noted while my brother was with us, he was in some discomfort. Later, when helping him to bathe and dry I saw his toes and nails were once again not cared for, this I believe was the cause of the discomfort, evidenced in the photo below.

Once again I had to intervene, arranging for my brother to visit his podiatrist clinic, as the home’s staff had made no plans for a visit. If left once again I believe the infection would take hold and need repeat treatment. For most they could address this themselves, but for a vulnerable disabled person who needs competent care, and support with making appointments, such is not acceptable.
Since December 2017, I have spoken with a total of six care professionals, not including social workers or G.P., all agreed on seeing photos that my brother had a fungal infection and that his nails needed attention.

David Watts (The Priory Group) claimed some time ago that the recurring concern of nail care had been addressed.
Further, the DoLS assessor, SM of Herefordshire Council, worryingly recorded in the recently granted deprivation of liberty authorisation AW of H House claimed the nail concerns have been resolved, this can be seen below in the redacted document below.

As you will note, the photo taken after the above statement was made, conflict.

Even though the claims made by Priory Group staff are untrue, Martin Samuels (Director for Adults and Wellbeing at Herefordshire Council) signed form 5 of the DoLS documentation, granting authorisation without checking accuracy or truthfulness of the content of the DoLS assessment forms: which contain more serious concerns.

In light of the claims made in the DoLS assessment, and the lack of accuracy and truthfulness, I have submitted a freedom of information request, which can be viewed here: FOI Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Authorisation