This week the International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking place in Edinburgh. It is titled “Psychiatry without Borders”.
Given my concerns about the harms associated with over-medicalisation I decided to make a peaceful protest outside.
I was born in Edinburgh in 1967.
This was a home-made protest.
I have no associations with Critical Psychiatry, Anti-Psychiatry, Scientologists, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
I am simply a doctor who is interested in ethics.
I am of the view that critical thinking is an essential part of science.
I understand that biases come in all forms. However there is longstanding evidence that exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients.
Thank you to all who came to talk to me on the day. Particular thanks to Chrys Muirhead and her son Daniel for all their support
I waited the full day as I wanted to meet the Cabinet Minister for Health (Scottish Government) outside the International Congress. This was my experience:
The public consultation can be found here.