Daniel Roque Hall ~ A plea for proper care for a life in the balance

Daniel is A HUMAN BEING! He does not deserve a DEATH SENTENCE!
Daniel Roque Hall

 

Letters to The Guardian The Guardian

We the undersigned write to you regarding Daniel Roque Hall, whose life hangs in the balance. Daniel is 30 years old and in an advanced stage of Friedrich’s Ataxia – an inherited, degenerative disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

He has a life expectancy of 35 years.

Daniel was arrested at Heathrow in November 2011 attempting to import cocaine. He had never been in trouble before and immediately confessed. Border control staff had to send him urgently to hospital. He was sent home on tag to await trial, imprisonment being clearly unsuitable for someone with Daniel’s condition.

In June 2012, Daniel received a three-year prison sentence, despite the life-threatening medical implications of imprisonment highlighted by his GP and neurologist. On the assurance that its staff could meet Daniel’s needs, he was sent to the psychiatric ward of Wormwood Scrubs.

Daniel was admitted to University College London Hospital on Wednesday 22 August, following the neglect and abuse he suffered. His treatment, in a matter of weeks, had caused irreparable damage.

An injunction obtained on Tuesday has given Daniel’s lawyers seven days to argue his case. If they lose, Daniel will return to prison.

Despite the insistence of the governor, Wormwood Scrubs cannot and will not provide the level of expertise and care he requires.

We therefore urge the minister to ensure that Daniel serve the remainder of his sentence at a suitable place of confinement, properly adapted to his needs, or tagged at home.

Michael Lavalette National convenor, Social Work Action Network (Swan)Ruth Appleton Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project,Peter Beresford Professor of social policy, Brunel UniversityAnita Castelino Social work student, Goldsmiths, University of LondonBen Cheney Social workerKerry Cuskelly Social workerAnna Da Social work and learning disability nurse studentAsh Drake Social work studentTom Henri Department of social, therapeutic and community studies, Goldsmiths, University of LondonJohn MacDonough Senior social work lecturer, London South Bank UniversityRea MaglajlicResearch and monitoring director, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre,Anna Mayer Social work student and Swan LondonDan Morton Social worker and Swan LondonNicki Ward Lecturer in applied social studies, University of Birmingham and Swan West MidlandsAlan WheatleyService user and Swan LondonCavan P Hall Company director, Ian Merrick Occupational therapist, Matthew Terdre Social workerHolly Prins Social workerHugh Noble Independent mental health advocate,Karen Eves Social workerHamida Yusufzai Women’s Project co-ordinator, Lindsay Ballantine Retired university lecturerDr Frances Reynolds Health psychologistMiranda Edwards Social workerPaul Higgs Medical sociologist, UCLGraham Scambler Medical sociologist, UCL, IR Jones Medical sociologist, University of BangorMichael Thorndyke Head of international development, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/02/daniel-roque-hall-wormwood-scubs

 

Comments
  • K Peake January 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    A brilliant new development for the wonderful young disabled people of the UK. Encourage any young disabled person you know to join Jack in standing up to the bullies.

    “My name is Jack and I am 8.

    I am starting a Young Disabled People Against Cuts Group, so children can protest together with the help of our guardians.

    We need as many young people as we can get to join in with YDPAC. ( Young Disabled People Against Cuts)

    I wish the Government was not making the cuts. If it was up to me, I would ban them from making cuts!

    Young people are affected by the cuts faced by our guardians. If my mum doesn’t get her car before 2 years is up we won’t get a car because of the cuts. When we’re 16 we may lose our DLA, and other benefits and help we rely on now.

    If you want to get involved with YDPAC let me know via mail@dpac.uk.net

    http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/12/young-dpac-group-launches/

    You might conclude it’s appropriate to ask Cameron and Osborne to step down so we can get back on track:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33327

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