Rosenthal argues that the primary cause of poor mental and physical health is lack of social power, and she backs this claim with international research.
Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, has condemned our mental-health services as inhumane and grossly inadequate. Riot police have been deployed to quell violence in under-serviced, overcrowded facilities. O’Gorman exclaims, “There would be outrage if this happened in cancer care and there should be outrage now.”
These problems are systemic and cannot be blamed on individual staff, most of whom are committed to providing quality care.
Susan Rosenthal’s new book, Sick and Sicker: Essays on Class Health and Health Care, exposes the class roots of such problems.
– Patricia Campbell