I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare to ask whether they support Sunshine legislation or not?
The Royal Society of Medicine was established in 1805 and describes itself as “one of the country’s major providers of postgraduate medical education. Independent and apolitical, the Society provides a neutral platform for informed debate about important, often controversial, healthcare topics.”
I am awaiting a response from the Royal Society of Medicine.
The current President of the Royal Society of Medicine is Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Previously, Sir Simon was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and it was during this period of office that we shared considerable communication on the subject of transparency in relation to potential financial competing interests of members. It is thus the case that Sir Simon should be well placed to lead the Royal Society of Medicine on this matter.
The issue of transparency has again come to the fore given these recent statements by the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ:
There is a currently a poll on this subject through the BMJ website and this is the response so far: