• As promised, albeit a little belatedly, I reproduce below my speech to council on children being prescribed strong anti-depressants. I am pleased to say that, on the strength of my motion, the mayor has agreed to have the matter investigated:

    Speech for motion – Bay Children on Prozac

    Full Council, 26 February 2015

    Only last week, our newspapers were full of the news – or news to some but not those who follow health issues closely – that our government has failed children and young people yet again. This time in the area of mental health: no less than £49 million was cut from funding for child and adolescent mental healthcare budgets.

    By bringing this motion to council, I am asking that we get a grip on the extent of the problems caused in our Bay. One way to get a handle on just how well our non-drug based therapies are doing is to check out the prevalence of those drugs that are being prescribed to our children.

    That any child of five years old could be prescribed Prozac – a strong drug that can have shocking effects on a healthy adult male – should, I believe, be very worrying to us all. Let us remind ourselves once more, at this point, of those possible side effects of Prozac …(read list).

    We know from our current health strategies that care is now all about delivery ‘upstream’ to prevent more expense and suffering later in life, and I for one accept that fully as the way ahead. However, five years old is pretty far ‘upstream’ if you ask me to be risking the side effects of Prozac. If, and I stress the ‘if’, our GPs and hospital are prescribing Prozac to five year olds and above in large numbers, what does that say about the state of our other mental health support?

    What I am asking for this afternoon is for a study to be done to establish the true position. And we know that in the past we have met with nothing but frustration when seeking figures relating to children’s primary care. Remember Ritalin? I certainly do, and I am increasingly angry that we still do not know how many 4 year olds and above are being prescribed Ritalin in the Bay.

    If our Health & Wellbeing Board and the new close relationship between all providers, and our concept of integrated whole-life care is to be anything other than yet more political flim-flam, we have to use those relationships to obtain true pictures of the health of our residents. And yes, that involves four and five year olds even though they do not vote.

    A couple of months ago I asked for work to be done to further protect women in the Bay. I am pleased to report that work is well underway, but it is worth remembering here that young women and girls are by far the most likely to be prescribed Prozac – as opposed to young men and boys (yes, the next generation to be ‘running for the shelter of mother’s little helper’ * are coming on-stream).

    So, please Mr Mayor, let us use the new Health & Wellbeing Board to blaze a trail for others to follow, and do the research necessary to really make a difference. Let us discover the true context of our collective failure of children and young people with mental health problems.

    Let us discuss the implications of such an initiative now, along with councillors’ views of the current mental health provision for children and young people in the Bay. Children grow up fast; they need our help now or they will be the involuntary tranquiliser addicts of future decades.

    *The Rolling Stones



Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

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