We want the CPS to prosecute this case. The story of how an older Mental Health Nurse in an NHS Hospital groomed a vulnerable mentally ill young woman, had sex on hospital premises leading to an unwanted pregnancy and then arranged a crisis abortion, is very much in the Public Interest.
Other patients and staff have told us what happened to Alison was not an isolated incident, that sex with patients and rape by nurses on the wards occurred. Cumbria Police and the CPS should explore the circumstances around what happened to Alison and get to the bottom of events that occurred in an NHS Hospital under the noses of staff. If Alison had been famous they would be falling over themselves to take this matter to court.
We want independent reviews of both the investigations Cumbria Police undertook in 2001 and 2016. These should clarify the role of a former Senior Police Commander who was on the board of the local NHS at the time of the first investigation and also establish what happened to the evidence Cumbria Police lost. We would like to know if as was suspected at the time, the Police had an implicit national policy of not intervening in cases in NHS Hospitals.
We want the role of Executives from North Cumbria NHS in 2001 to be explored. Why did they suddenly lose Alison’s medical records and why they did not share evidence we gave them with Cumbria Police, including a copy of the pregnancy termination certificate; the same evidence Cumbria Police were given and “lost”. Was there a concerted effort to protect the recently damaged reputation of the NHS Trust by making sure this evidence never reached the CPS? What was the role of Alison’s consultant Dr Singh, he has told Cumbria Police he “can’t remember anything”; we don’t believe this. And we would 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 able to continue in Hospital Radio at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle under Shirley Chipperfield, the same HR Director who investigated and knew 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, including dealing with young adults for many years. What did they know and do they have safeguarding processes in place?
What happened to Alison in the NHS Hospital in Carlisle was not known at the time of the original inquest into her death in 1992 so we are looking to reopen the inquest as this will be an opportunity to get the facts out in the open. The Coroner’s office has acknowledged that what happened to Alison when she was in the Garlands Hospital could have had a significant impact on her and played a part in the events that unfolded.
The trainee nurse who had sex with Alison has no idea the damage he caused and no apparent desire to understand. However, we do not want harm to come to him; enough people have been hurt by his actions and we have no wish to ruin more lives. He concealed his wrongdoing for almost thirty years before finally admitting his offences to the Police in 2017. What he did was despicable, illegal, immoral, harmful, selfish, unethical and unacceptable. In using a vulnerable mental health patient for sex and covering his tracks with an abortion, he ignored his duty to act in Alison’s interest. We believe he should answer for what he did and have asked Cumbria Police for restorative justice; a request that has been ignored. Whatever he did, 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 that other people knew what was going on; they are also accountable.