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Mum faces second battle to keep son under treatment in Bradford
5:32pm Monday 16th June 2014 in News
A MUM who successfully fought to stop her disabled son being sent to a mental health hospital 125 miles away from home is now facing a second battle.
A plan to put Paula Rawnsley's 19-year-old son Thomas in his own flat in Bradford with carers instead of sending him fromLynfield Mount Hospital to a care unit in Peterborough - has fallen through and she has been told a special unit in Sheffield is the only option.,
But she has vowed to keep resisting the move so she can keep her son closer to home.
Because Bradford District Care Trust can not provide the special care package Thomas needs, it is Bradford Council's Social services and Bradford City Clinical care Commission Group which have to find an alternative.
Mrs Rawnsley, of Wibsey, said the Sheffield option would break her son, removing him from the family he dotes on.
She said this is the second time a proposal to get him a place of his own in his own home city has collapsed - meanwhile Thomas is still at Lynfield's treatment and assessment unit under a Deprivation of Liberty order.
The threat of moving him to Sheffield is the latest in a list of of complaints Mrs Rawnsley has had about her son's treatment which includes claims of over-medication of anti-psychotic drugs and him being left naked in the corridors at Lynfield, where he has been held under the Mental Health Act since October.
The Telegraph & Argus previously reported how Mrs Rawnsley , who has no job or car, had been thrilled at the U-turn by health bosses not to send Thomas to Peterborough but had remained sceptical at a plan to find him a flat in the area supported by care staff.
"I knew this would happen," she said.
They told me they would work as fast as they could to get him his own flat in Bradford but it's come to nothing - now they want to send him to Sheffield. It's nearer than Peterborough but he will still be away from home and that would break him."
The original decision to transfer Thomas to Peterborough, was blocked after an independent panel recommended a local care plan should be developed for the 19-year-old closer to home instead.
Neither Bradford Council or Bradford City Clinical Commissioning group were able to comment on Thomas's plight because of legal reasons, they said.
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