Today I came across a poor man, whose wife had unwillingly been given ECT in hospital. He had arrived to find that she had undergone the procedure. The hospital had asked her to sign a consent form, but had not explained to her what was going to happen, or the risks involved. She was also very highly drugged and was aware of what was going on.
I am truly heartbroken and shocked by this. That such negligence could happen. ECT has improved over the last 40 years, but is still dangerous and rarely used today. We were able to support and try to advise the man on our group, but the whole mood of the group had dropped, as we all desperately wanted to be with this man to support him.
What a state the services are in.