After contacting the N.H.S. in the U.K. with the faint hope they could help Maurice Kirk get the urgent stomach operation he’s been denied since the first week of March 2013, I received the 2 replies, below, on the 3rd December ’14, the replies dated 2 December and the 7 November.
Almost exactly 9 months ago – on the 3rd March 2014 – Maurice ended his 30-odd day long hunger strike in HMP Cardiff after receiving an official notification from a chief prison doctor stating, in writing, he had no brain tumour, etc. [see below]. He’d been trying to get official notification regarding this non-existing ailment since 2009 when he was falsely diagnosed as having brain tumour, without any examination or anything, by the then head of “Caswell Clinic”, Wales, a so-called “consultant psychiatrist”.
A couple of days later things turned really bad as parts of his stomach began exiting his anal orifice, and remained suspended. This was the origin of the serious pain he still is experiencing and getting no treatment for, not even pain relief, he tells us. [MK is now bedridden, and is denied a wheelchair, we were told]. Indeed, he was swiftly taken to Bristol Infirmary on Weds 12 November as he could no longer continue his appeal hearing at Bristol Crown Court because he was in so much pain. At the Infirmary, the doctors saw the situation and immediately gave him medication, including pain relief, but after a short while he was returned to the prison where, he tells us, all medication ceased as per the norm there.
The following Monday he could not enter the courtroom for the continuation of the hearing as he was in so much pain and had not received any medication. Imagine that. A citizen who attended the hearing that day gives a report, below, which is as outrageous as it is shocking:
“At the last hearing, on 25 November 2014 at Bristol Crown Court, Maurice declined to appear in court as he had been denied his medication.A representative of Geo Amery [the contracted transport company used by prisons to ferry inmates to courts and back] told the judge that he was declining to leave the van as he had been denied his medication.The Judge directed that he be taken back to the prison and that the hearing and remainder of his appeal would take place in his absence.
He later gave a judgment that stated that Maurice had been manipulating the court throughout the appeal and accused him of histrionics. He dismissed Maurice’s appeal and ordered costs of £1000. So Maurice was denied natural justice and denied the opportunity of giving evidence in his defence, so his appeal was denied in default as a result of the prison authorities deliberately abusing him by not giving him his medication. I’ve heard of proceedings proceeding in defendant’s absence who deliberately absent themselves from their trials, but someone who has been denied vital medication cannot be said to have deliberately absented himself from the hearing.”