What do we want?

We would like the CPS to reverse their decision and prosecute this case. We think the story of how a Trainee NHS Mental Health Nurse was allowed to groom a vulnerable mentally ill young woman, have sex on hospital premises and then withhold information about a pregnancy and an abortion, is very much in the Public Interest. We think the CPS should explore the circumstances around what happened to Alison and get to the bottom of how these events were allowed to occur in an NHS Hospital under the noses of other staff. There may have been other employees doing what he did and other families whose loved ones were being taken advantage of. Unless the CPS chooses to lift the lid and investigate these matters fully, we may never know.

We would like independent reviews of the investigations Cumbria Police undertook in 2001 and 2016. We want these to clarify a number of things, including the role of a former Senior Police Commander who was on the board of the NHS Mental Health Trust at the time of the first investigation and what happened to the evidence Cumbria Police conveniently lost. We would like to know, if as was suspected at the time, the Police had an implicit and deliberate national policy of not intervening in cases within Hospitals.

We would like the role of Executives from North Cumbria NHS in 2001 to be explored. We want to know why it seems they did not share evidence we gave them, with Cumbria Police, including medical notes and a pregnancy termination certificate; the same evidence Cumbria Police were given and then lost. Was there a concerted effort to hide this and protect the recently damaged reputation of the NHS Trust by making sure this evidence never reached the CPS? We would also like to establish who the managers were at the Garlands in 1988; we think they have questions to answer.

We want to know why Scott-Buccleuch was allowed a role in Hospital Radio at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle under Shirley Chipperfield, the same HR Director who investigated and established what he had done when he was a Trainee Mental Health Nurse at the Garlands.

We would like to know if the Hebron Church in Carlisle was aware of what Scott-Buccleuch had done. He has held a position of responsibility at the Church which includes dealing with young adults for many years. What did they know and do they have safeguarding processes in place?

Like many people who commit serious offences, the trainee nurse who had sex with Alison has no idea of the enormity of the damage he caused and no apparent desire to understand it. However, we do not want to see any harm come to him; enough people have been hurt by his actions and we have no wish to ruin more lives. Having sat on knowledge of his wrongdoing for almost thirty years he finally admitted his sexual offences to the Police in 2017. What he did was illegal, immoral, harmful, selfish, unethical and unacceptable. In using a vulnerable mental health patient for sex and choosing not to tell anyone she’d had an abortion he behaved despicably and ignored a professional duty to act in Alison’s best interest. We believe he should answer for what he did and have asked Cumbria Police for restorative justice; so far this request has been ignored. Whatever he did, it must be remembered he was just one part of a wider system that allowed the events in question to happen and enabled him to get away with serious sexual misconduct. Though he is responsible for his actions and entirely culpable, it should be noted there were other issues at the Garlands and other people knew what was going on; they are also accountable.

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