The following information is quoted from http://www.mcs-international.org/news.html at the request of Gordon McHendry, founder of MCS International. Gillian is in the
PLEASE - help us save Gillian McCarthy. Your help is urgently needed.
Gillian is facing imminent eviction from The Stopgap. The temporary wooden huts continue to leak and deteriorate and yet however poor her accommodation, The Stopgap has been the only place available and Gillian cannot safely be transported elsewhere. It seems the Authorities are intent on forcing her out of the only sanctuary she has, by continuing to withhold suitable medical and dental treatment including agreed specialist housing and Home Care and the basic necessities of life. Thus we fear they are engineering Gillian's extreme suffering and untimely death.
Frighteningly, should the eviction (or threat of it) make Gillian's health collapse still further, the Authorities have the capability to keep her, the main witness to their scandalous behavior, hospitalized and isolated until this blows over and she "unfortunately" dies.
In order to try and protect Gillian from the latest inappropriate plans proposed by the authorities and in an attempt to get her desperately needed medical treatment, including housing and home-care reinstated, we need you to write a postcard/letter/fax/e-mail in support of the medically prescribed special housing Gillian needs - which has still not materialized 10 years after it was promised.
Your letters addressed to the Authorities, the Press and MPs etc. are aimed to protect Gillian from SSDC's dismissal of the seriousness of her condition, the cover-up of their failure to fulfill their promises and to stop them retrospectively justifying 10 years of lies, prevarication and sheer abuse of a "vulnerable adult" (in their words) by taking action which at best will cause extreme suffering and probably lead to Gillian's death.
By deluging them with postcards, letters, faxes, e-mails and even petitions, you can let them know that they cannot get away with this and sweep Gillian under the carpet as has happened with other patients.
If you write one postcard with one line on it you can make a difference. Evil prevails when good people fail to act.
Please write to as few or as many of the addressees enclosed as you can. Say as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. Speak from the heart. Let them know of your concerns. Not just for Gillian and her family but for neglected chemical victims throughout the
Please encourage your friends, relatives, co-workers, church groups and patient groups to write as individuals or set up a petition. In fact anyone who is concerned about how the disabled are treated could be approached. Copying us in, if possible would be most helpful and good for morale.
The most important thing is to write promptly as time is of the essence..
You may copy e-mails to: firstname.lastname@example.org, which is the address which is receiving Gillian's emails.
More background to Gillian's case can also be accessed on Gillian's "Meet the Team" web page on this web site at: www.mcs-international.org/meet_team_gillian.html
We have no funding or outside support for this campaign for Gillian's care. Gillian has helped many others including fellow sufferers. Now please help her.
Barbara McCarthy - June 2007
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