Inspirational: the Chief Medical Officers for Scotland

The Chief Medical Officers for Scotland have been a huge inspiration to me.

I was delighted to hear, earlier this year, that Dr Catherine Calderwood had been appointed to this office to replace Harry Burns. My full support goes to Dr Calderwood in her appointment.

Last year I spoke at a Civic Trust event in Glasgow and was fortunate to follow Sir Harry Burns. His talk on “salutogenesis” accorded with all that Hole Ousia is about.

Salutogenesis from omphalos on Vimeo.

Kenneth Calman was the Chief Medical Officer before Harry Burns. No other Scottish doctor has inspired Hole Ousia writings more than Kenneth Calman.

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In my need to put patients first I have included the Director General for NHS Scotland in e-mails that I have considered important to patient safety and well-being. I admit to being persistent in this matter.

Communications sent but unanswered:
No response came from the office of the Director General for NHS Scotland. With this experience I eventually asked for a “read receipt”  (this is something I most rarely do) This appeared to establish that my communications were being received.  Following this, I reluctantly made a FOI request to the Scottish Government to ask why I had received no response to my communications. This was the reply:

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I cannot understand why the Director General did not re-direct my 
communications from outset.

My communications to the Director General were specifically about:

(1) Health and Social Care Integration

(2) Transparency in NHS Scotland

National conversation from omphalos on Vimeo.

the above film ends with the promise as made by 
the Director General for NHS Scotland

The consequence for me, as an NHS Consultant, for raising questions about patient safety:

Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer

Footnote to the above e-mail:

I am not a "locum consultant". I am a substantive Consultant with 
NHS Lothian.

I agree with the Chief Medical Officer that my concerns relate to 
openness and accountability of the Scottish Government and 
especially its "advisors".

In my telephone conversation with the Chief Medical Officer, 
Dr Calderwood, I found that she never once asked about 
my wellbeing. Instead she seemed on guard, ill at ease:
almost as if she was hiding an ulterior motive 
for contacting my employers?

All I can say to anybody reading this: imagine the Chief Medical 
Officer for Scotland had expressed concerns about your 
mental "wellbeing"? 
How would you feel? 
How might your employers react? 
Might you feel that you had been re-defined? For better? Or for Worse?

My advice to the Scottish Government: do not be tempted, on the 
advice of your advisors, to so easily LABEL anybody for 
raising concerns. 

"See me".

First Minister Nov 2014

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