Keith Cooper is a freelance journalist, writer, and researcher
Kierran Fletcher, a father and professional Thai kickboxer in his 20s, had been waiting, bags packed, for 24 hours for a hospital bed when he rushed out of his home and killed Nigel Abbott in a frenzied assault, believing him to be the devil.
Mr Fletcher’s first episode of psychosis had been diagnosed quickly by his GP the previous afternoon. Hours later, an urgent admission had been advised by a psychiatrist. After considerable effort, his family had persuaded him to be treated.
But there were no beds free in BSMHFT (Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust) that night.
At What Price? An in-depth examination of the evidence for ‘organ harvesting’ in China.
It sounds like science fiction or an echo of a past horror. People rounded up into prison camps, their healthy organs removed without proper consent by unscrupulous surgeons for transplantation, all under a veil of state secrecy.
Yet, this isn’t fiction, according to many doctors, scholars, and campaigners. They say it’s been routine practice in China for decades and still is, a claim its government denies and the CMA (Chinese Medical Association) calls ‘groundless’.
So, what is fact and fiction in this alleged atrocity?
Banned from getting better – the impact of outmoded hospitals on mental health care
The front desk that greets you at Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford, is encased in glass, the friendly receptionists peering out from inside.
Wards are reached through four locked doors, along characterless halls in institutional magnolia. You buzz in, you buzz out.
You’re left in no doubt about where you’re heading.
A Place of Refuge – a report on the squalid refugee camps on Europe’s borders
They call them ‘soft signs’ in the paediatric clinic outside Moria, a refugee camp. Bed-wetting is one. ‘We see it a lot,’ says the Italian consultant paediatrician Carola Buscemi who helps run the clinic on Lesvos, Greece, for medical charity MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières).
Then there are the children who have panic attacks in the clinic, as young as six or seven, at least once a week. The babies who stop growing, under the conditions of the camp.
‘This is not normal,’ says Dr Buscemi. ‘These people are completely collapsing.’
Born of injustice – an investigation into the removal of a child from a mother with mental ill health.
Carrie Adams,* a junior doctor and mother of two, is back in family court. The same one which ordered her first child, Evie,* to be removed, a day after she was born. She’s to face the same judge, who agreed after nine months for her daughter to go home.
But Dr Adams is here today, years later, under very different circumstances.
*names have been changed