As petitioner for the Sunshine Act I undertook Freedom of Information Requests to all 22 NHS Boards in Scotland to establish if Boards had Registers of Interest for ALL staff. The findings revealed that most Boards did not.
The above guidance, HDL 62, was issued by the Scottish Government in 2003:
“Chief Executives are asked to establish a register of interest for all NHS employees and Primary Care contractors”.
NHS Lothian has NO Register of Interests for all staff. This was confirmed in this Freedom of Information reply dated 6th May 2013:
The former Cabinet Minister for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil, referring to HDL 62 “made it clear” the responsibilities enshrined in it to all Health Boards since it was issued in 2003 (this in the letter below, dated 31st October 2013):
This week Professor David Taylor is giving an “educational” talk to NHS Lothian. The Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) talk he gave earlier this year to NHS Forth Valley was on the basis of a paid honorarium. It was sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Company Janssen. As NHS Lothian have NO Register of Interests this financially sponsored education will have no formal record. It is important to note that Professor David Taylor may be talking about his “prescribing guidelines”.
The British Medical Journal have recently covered this issue (19th July 2014):
The Editor of the Sunday Herald shares the concerns of the British Medical Journal: