Barnet Borough Council and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust issued a joint statement about the case. The statement reads: “We cannot comment on individual cases. People with mental health issues are protected and have rights to live in the community the same as everyone else. ““We are quite happy to allow someone diagnosed with schizophrenia to live in a flat which stinks of human waste and is overrun with flies. It’s their human right to live in squalor. Did you really think ‘protection’ meant about protecting them from themselves? Oh, how quaint!”
“We aim, as appropriate, for social workers and mental health workers to work closely with individuals enabling them to lead independent lives with the correct support from professionals and the relevant community teams.”“And if those ‘independent lives’ impact on the community because the person slept during the day and spent the night screaming at her voices, well, that’s just the price the community must pay to help us feel good about ourselves.
And yes, the ‘correct support’ is indeed an occasional quick visit from a social worker to say 'Hi, how are you doing?' and get out as quickly as possible, stepping over the rubbish bags she left outside her door. Why do you ask?”