Ashley Peacock: Family launch petition for Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman to intervene…

This man is apparently not a criminal but has been treated like one for five years:

Ashley Peacock has spent much of the last five years isolated in a small area of a mental health unit. Picture / Mark Mitchell
Tawhirimatea Te Kowhai Whaririki, a mental health unit at Porirua Hospital, where Ashley Peacock is a patient.

The family of an autistic man held in an isolated wing of a mental health unit have launched a petition calling for the minister of health to intervene in his case.

Ashley Peacock, 38, has been kept in a tiny wing of a mental health unit at Porirua for five years, allowed outside for an average of 90 minutes a day.

He sleeps in a 10m-square room with just a mattress and a urine bottle, and when staff order it, can be locked in for long periods – despite repeated warnings from multiple agencies that his condition is deteriorating, and his treatment breaches human rights.

Ashley, who is not a criminal, but has an intellectual disability, a schizophrenic illness and can be violent, is subject to a “watching brief” from the Ombudsman’s torture inspectors, who report intermittently on his case.

The Chief Ombudsman recently labelled his living situation “cruel, inhuman or degrading”, prompting fresh calls for him to be removed from near-permanent seclusion.

Tonight, as Ashley’s case was reported on TVNZ’s Sunday, a petition was launched onChange.org.

Read more:

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11676299

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/82193324/family-of-autistic-man-ashley-peacock-launch-petition-to-move-him-from-seclusion

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