The Care of the State

Aren\’t we lucky to have such a wonderful and caring organisation looking after us:

However, it is just such a fate that befell Jean Gambell when at the age of 15, in 1937, she was falsely accused of stealing 2s 6d (12.5p) from the doctor\’s surgery where she worked as a cleaner.

She was sectioned under the 1890 Lunacy Act and even though the money was later found, she has been moved from mental institution to mental institution. More recently, she went into a care home and has been lost to her family, who thought she was dead.

The brothers spent much of their childhood in orphanages because their parents were so poor. They said that they had later discovered that their father had tried for years to get Jean freed after she was put in Cranage Hall mental hospital in Macclesfield for being "of feeble mind", but was unsuccessful because her records had been mislaid.

She spent years, lost in a maze of instutitons and care homes, trying to convince people in authority that she had a family. But nobody would believe her.

Macclesfield Social Services are now conducting an inquiry into Miss Gambell\’s incarceration.

An entire lifetime spent "lost" in mental institutions. No one will be held responsible of course. No one at all.

5 comments on “The Care of the State

  1. “Macclesfield Social Services are now conducting an inquiry into Miss Gambell’s incarceration.”

    ‘Lessons will be learned’, of course…

  2. If that’s not an abuse of human rights, I don’t know what is. Problem is that by the time she had been locked up so long and supposed changes to mental health care arrived that would have not allowed this to happen, she was probably already sent loopy by the incarceration… Such a terrible story. I wonder if any of the other papers will pick up on it?

  3. Bernie,

    “Shit happens”?

    Seriously mate, I hope to fuck some of the same sort of shit as this woman had befalls you at some point you fucking arsehole.

    With that attitide I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire…

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