“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is a good job that my book is coming out in May for people interested in accurate depictions of psychiatry’s models and treatments”.  The author has since clarified that his book will be “useful for mental health professionals and students as well as patients and carers and philosophers with an interest in health”.

The author has described himself as an “uppity nobody”. His twitter followers have described him as “the leading social media psychiatrist”. The author has concluded that his book makes a “strong argument” and will be signing his book at the Royal College of Psychiatrists forthcoming International Congress in London.

It is my understanding that the author has been subject to a number of complaints about statements that he has made on social media. However the author has had the full support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his employers and all regulators. In March of this year the author stated “anyone who follows my twitter account will know that I have many ways to alienate people”.

Wikipedia: "Alienist is an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist"

The image that begins this post carries some of the words made in the public domain by Dr Samei Huda [GMC number 3585810] .

I do not know Dr Huda, though like me he was born in Scotland and trained in psychiatry in NHS Scotland.  I have written this post using the author’s own words. Whilst I recognise ‘pawkiness’ it is the author’s use of language (and not him) that continues to concern me [please note, the author of The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation never swears, so this is not the issue].

You may not share the following worries in relation to the ‘Medical Model’:

    • I worry about language that may come across as battling or belittling.
    • I worry about language used over-certainly or sweepingly.
    • I worry about language that may reduce something that is complex to a single word or just a few words.
    • I worry about language that may [perhaps unwittingly] encourage otherness
Declaration of interest:

I have given this review of The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation. I have campaigned for Sunshine legislation. Last year I resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists after 25 years of membership.  My uncle who was President of Zambia has been a life-long ambassador for full equality for humankind and I am so proud of him.


Sent: 13 June 2019
Subject: strong argument

Dear Dr Samei Huda,
I note that you said this after my recent post on Hole Ousia about your book: “When the worst thing people can say about your argument is they don’t like the tone of the language it’s a tacit admission that your argument is strong but they cannot bear to say it openly – a reflection on their values”

I do not think that your arguments are strong and have said this openly (as you know from my Amazon review). I am of the opinion that your language undermines the arguments that you are trying to make.  I agree with you that your language can be alienating. I am not perfect but I am comfortable with my values.

I have offered several times to debate with you in the BMJ on the influence of industry on psychiatry but you have not replied. So it is incorrect to say “cannot bear to say it openly”. I would also be quite willing to debate with you in the BMJ on ethics and values in relation to mental health. I would also be willing to debate with you in the BMJ on the issue of “maintenance” antidepressant prescribing. I would also be willing to debate with you in the BMJ on Realistic Psychiatry. I  am not on social media as my experience is that it is not always a constructive forum.

I am going to add this response to yesterday’s post as I would not wish there to be any misunderstandings.

I wish you all the very best with your book.

Kind wishes
Peter Gordon

13 June 2019:

I have now shared this post by e-mail with Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Paul Rees, CEO of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Huda‏  stated this on social media, 12 June 2019:

“It’s the sign of desperation that somebody makes baseless complaints about you to your employer then blogs about you and states complaints have been made about me without mentioning he was one of the people doing it. Yet this person espouses he wants openness”

It is no secret that I have been one of a number of professionals and service users who felt that it was necessary to raise concerns about the core values that Dr Huda demonstrates in relation to his use of Social Media as a GMC registered doctor and as member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. My blog posts reveal that it is incorrect to say that I have not been open about this. Dr Huda may not be aware how frightened individuals are to question any of his statements realising that it is more likely than not that he will respond on social media making statements that many of us feel do not represent RCPsych Core values:

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