Sunday, June 05, 2005

Psychiatric Care

Clifford Way was a patient for four months at Alberta Hospital in Canada. Dr. Douglas Urness, the hospital psychiatrist who had filled Clifford Way up with various psychotropic drugs over the four months had then abruptly taken him off his medication.

According to Way’s sister, staff informed Urness that Way had made specific suicide plans. Urness did nothing. Later that day Way vanished.

Despite desperate pleas from Way’s sisters, Minnie and Olga, the psych unit claimed that Clifford Way could not be found.

THIRTY-THREE days after Way’s disappearance, a search organised by his sisters found Way’s body hanging from a tree in the hospital grounds.


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