This post was left as a comment on our Blog, but I am moving and making it a full post as it's important. I would like to thank Chris Balchin for adding this and also for being strong enough to use their own name, something that not many can or will do.
From the outset I can openly state my name. I am Chris (Christopher) Balchin. My LCFT credentials you will find in my comment earlier in this blog.
I am so grateful for this latest posting!
is of great benefit to me personally in my one man campaign for Justice
for disabled people in The former Lancaster Unit, at its replacement
The Orchard, and around attitudes to disabled people's experience within
the Trust generally. My campaign has received warm words but little
success since 2010 when I was an inpatient suffering the effects of a
I today met with genuinely concerned senior
managers in the Trust. These managers were made aware of my concerns for
the first time today and were genuinely shocked at my stories. I
believe they are taking this and other issues very seriously indeed.
had not occurred to me that the Trust needed to take Due Regard for
Disability when earlier mentioned, but your wording opened my eyes to
All I've heard from project managers and the Architect
was that Regulations are different for a refurbishment to that of a new
build. Other management just referred to cost implications. I
continually questioned the legitimacy of those comments where no
facilities are provided at all, or where facilities are so lacking that
there might as well be none.
The room lauded to me as 'The Disabled
Room' is named such for one reason and one reason only - it has a larger
floor area. Further, this Disabled Room is on the Men's Wing. I received no reply when I asked where the Women's Disabled Room was.
those people that I have previously spoken to thought I would go away,
be assured I never would, but the stress of their inaction and
dismissive behaviour might have caused a relapse in my health forcing me
back to the inadequate conditions of the Orchard. I would not have
coped with that though so would not have likely survived.
However, though my only technology is a phone, I see it can be so beneficial in bringing justice to the oppressed. It is amazing what Public Knowledge of a situation can do.
Well Chris, we do hope that the Trust staff who we know are reading our blog, look into your concerns properly and start taking issues of potential discrimination seriously.