I have a funny feeling that I’m wasting my breath here. Will I be ignored? Probably! The President of the Medical Council is a member of the Irish College of Psychiatry. As I’ve said before, the Irish College involved themselves before, during and after Shane’s Inquest. The College have collectively made their opinion clear here.
To whom it concerns,
Thank you for the Freedom of Information documents. Having now received access to Professor Cowen’s report, I have some queries regarding the decision of the Medical Council that there was ‘not sufficient cause’ to take my complaint further.
Professor Cowen states in his report that he ‘did not have experience of what would be regarded as the appropriate standard of practice for General Practitioners’ but this was considered sufficient for the Medical Council? Roslyn Whelan advised Professor Cowen that his opinion was being sought regarding his expertise in Psychopharmacology. I find it astonishing, that when I corresponded with Professor cowen, he answered questions regarding SSRI’s and Citalopram in particular that you never thought to ask.
When asked by me if the drug could have caused the events of Aug 09, he answered: “I do think it’s possible that in some circumstances SSRIs can lead to people behaving violently to themselves and others. It seems that the risk is apparent early in the course of treatment, particularly in younger people, and that’s why the NICE guidelines stress the importance of careful follow-up early in the antidepressant treatment of young, at risk patients. From this point of view Shane should have had weekly follow-up after the start of SSRI treatment.”
He further opined on the question of whether Citalopram could have contributed to or caused Shane to commit suicide and homicide? “It’s certainly possible. Leonie. What I was trying to say is that the judgment has to be made on an individual basis in the light of all the facts, and I know very little about what happened after the appointment with Dr Coetzee. However, it looks as though David Healy has looked carefully at the circumstances for the inquest and he is an expert at these kinds of assessments.”
So the Irish Medical Council’s own expert admits that these drugs can cause suicide and homicide and you didn’t have ‘sufficient cause’ to investigate further? He further admits that he didn’t have enough facts to deal with this case but acknowledged that Professor Healy did and that he is the expert in this area. The IMC had both reports so how did you come to the conclusion that there was ‘not sufficient cause’ to take further action?
Your purpose is to protect the public from the same circumstances recurring; could you tell me how you are protecting the public from another drug-induced incident, namely suicide and/or homicide?
- Professor Cowen and the Irish Medical Council. (leoniefennell.wordpress.com)
- Doctors differ and patients die; Dr McManus, O’Brien and Coetzee differed, Shane died. (leoniefennell.wordpress.com)