There appears to be a new diagnostic category being used by some senior members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I am referring here to the frequent use of the word “C R I T I C A L S”  as a pejorative label generally used to describe anybody who may offer a different view.

Phrases that have been used to accompany this label include: “ill informed”, “extremists”, “most vocal”, “from a moral vacuum”, “pretend they care”,  and “wholly mince”.

Please note: I have practised as a psychiatrist in the NHS for over 25 years.  I passionately support the right for all voices to be heard. Our use of language should reflect the values that we hold dear.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists states that following values “underpin everything we do”:

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