Now I know a lot of you may think I’m a little delusional or at the very least a slightly emotional, conspiracy theorist. Some of you may think (or not) that that’s understandable, albeit a tad hard to believe. Some may just think that I’m not the full shilling, I understand that and accept it. Either way, bear with me if you will.
I have made no secret of the fact that I thought Professor Patricia Casey and the Irish College of Psychiatry’s involvement in Shane’s inquest was, how do I put this; a little strange! I also made no secret that I found it ‘strange’ that the Irish College of Psychiatry would choose to send someone with a long history of working for lundbeck (the drug company who invented Citalopram), to my son’s inquest. Considering Citalopram is the drug I blame for Shane’s death, I wondered whether she was representing psychiatry Ireland or lundbeck that day?
Still bearing with me?
In 2010 I sent off a ‘Freedom Of Information’ request to Lundbeck which I happened to be going through this week. Most of it was newspaper clippings from the various media outlets in Ireland and a few e-mails with a lot of redaction. I came across one e-mail which I had somehow missed before. It’s an internal e-mail to members of the Irish College of Psychiatry, from the College President Justin Brophy, referring to their decision not to address the antidepressant ‘issue’ raised by the ‘Shane Clancy Affair’.
Well here’s the conspiracy theorist bit;
Why did Lundbeck have access to private ‘internal’ e-mails sent by Justin Brophy to members of the Irish College of Psychiatrists? Who forwarded this ‘internal’ e-mail to a pharmaceutical company implicated in my son’s death? There’s quite a few members of Irish Psychiatry who have financial ties to Lundbeck; does that surprise you? Me a conspiracy theorist?
The Irish Medical Council is a public body set up by statute. Section 38 of the ‘Medical Practitioners Act’ 1978, provides:“The Council shall from time to time determine, in relation to each specialty recognised by it, the body or bodies which the Council shall recognise in the State for the purpose of granting evidence of satisfactory completion of specialist training.”The Medical Council currently approves the Irish College of Psychiatry for the purpose of granting ‘evidence of satisfactory completion’ of psychiatric training. In August 2010, we made a complaint to the Irish Medical Council regarding the care, or lack thereof, that Shane received in his last few weeks. Similarly, the Medical Council also asked an expert with financial ties to Lundbeck (PJ Cowen), to compile an expert ‘independent’ report on my son’s case. So is it possible that the dubious relationship between Lundbeck and the Irish College of psychiatry, if not addressed, could lead the Medical Council, as a public body, open to a ‘perception of bias’? Or maybe it’s just a case of the old boy’s network, and the families of the victims are never invited? Well, you’ll have to make up your own mind, mine’s firmly made up!