The Principle of Give and Give.

‘Patient rights’ set me apart from my more enlightened colleagues. The massed bands of professional advocates, inspectors, relatives, mental health charities, public relations managers and health trust solicitors ensured that people with even the most dubious ‘mental disorders’ were insulated from the irksome risks and obligations of life like a protected species. I perceived work as the first therapy, not the final illusive goal, and couldn’t accept that maximising rights whilst minimising responsibilities could possibly provide successful rehabilitation within a society allegedly based on ‘give and take’ principles…


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