My mam got a new psychiatrist a few years back when she was managing her Schizophrenia reasonably; the previous one retired. Now that her condition has erupted and is mercilessly making life hell for me (because I don’t react to insanity very well) – we’ve had to consult the new psychiatrist. We both confirm that the new psychiatrist is next to useless and is inept; she did not train in the UK but at some oversees place. We now want a new UK-trained psychiatrist to take over, but can we get one? Can we hell! It’s set in stone; once you are under a psychiatrist and they’ve handled your case over years – they become your permanent shrink. That’s according to UK rules! So – even if they delegate consultation to another consultant, the original psychiatrist with her team of “support workers” – stay in charge.
We cannot change our psychiatrist: it’s absolutely crazy! This is a violation of patient’s choice. For one – we did not choose her; she replaced our original one. And if we had known her level of expertise back then – we’d have rejected her without hesitation. Two – we feel utterly deprived of expert medical/mental health advice - since we have no confidence in this so-called doctor and the team she heads - whatsoever.
Can anyone confirm that this is really the case under UK law?