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Mental health boss steps down after shouting at patients

PUBLISHED: 18:22 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:27 07 September 2010

A MENTAL health boss has agreed to step down after shouting uncontrollably at mentally ill patients during a public meeting. Professor David Taylor, who has been chairman of the Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust for eight years, admitted shouting

A MENTAL health boss has agreed to step down after shouting uncontrollably at mentally ill patients during a public meeting.

Professor David Taylor, who has been chairman of the Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust for eight years, admitted shouting at Scott Stevens and Jason Roberts during the trust's first annual members meeting on Thursday September 25, in which he refused them permission to speak.

In an extraordinary letter of apology, he said: "I regret this discourtesy and my loss of emotional control, and apologise to all those present. This was in part due to tiredness and the extent of my university related commitments, as well as the challenges of the extended foundation trust chairman's role."

When approached by the Ham&High, Mr Roberts, who was elected as service user governor in February 2008, called for Mr Taylor to resign immediately, instead of serving out his term until February.

"What's really important here is that he openly attacked two people he knows to be mental health patients while leading an organisation that is supposed to care for them," he said.

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