“Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

Dr Samei Huda [11 January 2020]: “The reason the complaints have not been successful is because they are baseless. Any decent reflective professional would reflect that means their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong but instead you [Professor Peter Kinderman] persist that everyone is wrong except you & your mates”


In December of last year a service user wrote to me to share this “Thank you for your blog and your considered and thoughtful approach. Watching Dr Samei Huda on social media I feel terrified of psychiatry and psychiatrists. A certainty that one view is the right view leads to ideological battles, and such battles use force to win. I think of times I have been vulnerable and terrified in my life and I am very grateful that I had more people like you in it than people like Dr Huda” 


I have received many similar comments from both patients and professionals expressing concerns about Dr Huda’s language and that it leaves them frightened to approach medical help. As for myself, I find Dr Huda’s battling and belittling language distressing. He regularly refers to those with other views as his “enemies” and seems to apply one  label to them all: “antipsychiatry”. It is my view that he is causing harm by entrenching divides and leaving everyday folk fearful to contribute to discussion in “debates” that President Burn herself has referred to as displaying “such nastiness”. Yet Dr Huda regularly remarks that he finds these ‘nasty’ exchanges as “amusing”. 


It is my view that Dr Huda is bringing the profession of Psychiatry into disrepute and that the Royal College of Psychiatrists needs to finally act in an appropriate and responsible way that respects their own guidance and that of the GMC [Good Medical Practice].


I have shared these concerns with the Royal College of Psychiatrists but the College has not offered any substantive response in over a year. Indeed, College leads continue to share social media contributions by Dr Huda. I would contend that this may give out the message that the College, despite its core values for psychiatrists, tacitly approves of the social media behaviour and language of Dr Huda.

Professor Rob Howard, a former College Dean, RCPsych grandee and close colleague of Professor Sir Simon Wessely, said [18 July 2019] “Keep it up Samei. You are patient, lucid and professional in your tweets. The threats you receive indicate only that these people know they are losing the argument”


An archive of Dr Huda in his own words can be read here. This has been shared with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his employers and the General Medical Council. It is now evident that such an archive has proven necessary, as recently Dr Huda made this statement: “[they] make up stuff that I am supposed to have said”:

On the 26 November 2018, The chief executive of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists called on the mental health professions to build “a coalition of trust, goodwill and an unwavering commitment to better mental health”. The authors went on to state “that good debate between mental health professionals should be respectful, constructive, and conducted in good faith, with conviction and good intention.”


The Dean of Royal College of Psychiatrists [5 January 2020]: “The General Medical Council are the medical regulator and have clear guidelines re use of social media. Most employers also have policies they require employees to abide by.”

 


The Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Values for Psychiatrists:


Dr George Dawson, MD, Psychiatrist has produced a  summary chart of the ‘Identity’ of a psychiatrist including the following:



Comments about Dr Samei Huda’s behaviour and language on Twitter by a range of individuals:

“This high profile psychiatrist publicly insults clinicians who stand up for rights.”

“I’m quite shocked by the immaturity of his behaviour.”

“He’s discrediting himself and his profession.”

“Dr Huda somehow tweets 25 hours a day. Someone should do a study.”

“Many will attest to his unprofessional conduct on Twitter. He brings his whole profession into disrepute.”

“Dr Huda’s favourite method, with people he disagrees with, is to demean, belittle and insult them.”

“Dr Huda is one of the most divisive figures on Twitter, he manipulates situations for his own ends, and people fall for it.”

“Why doesn’t President Wendy Burn and the Royal College of Psychiatrists put a stop to this person’s bullying and abusive behaviour?”

“When I was mocked and ridiculed (which you found funny) you talked about antipsychiatrists professionals? What was so funny about someone trivializing what I’m going through?”

“Attacking psychiatric survivors and reform-oriented clinicians on twitter during a pandemic is poor form.”

“Mute, block, ignore: [Dr Huda will do] anything but engage with harmed patients and get real”

“Dr Huda has the full support of his colleagues in psychiatry, on Twitter at least. He causes pain and suffering to patients on Twitter by his behaviour and seems to enjoy it. I fear he must do the same in clinical practice.”

“@SameiHuda time now to all move beyond ‘us and them’ thinking and Be Kind

“Dr Huda never fails to try and score points . . . his spitefulness [during this time of a world-wide pandemic] is astonishing”

“My thoughts are with his poor patients… ”

“You seem to have a lot of time to bully people on Twitter”

“You would hope he treats his patients better than he treats other people on twitter, but I would not bet on it.”

“Dr Huda is always on the defensive and attacking good people”

“Dr Huda, why so angry?”

“Dr Huda is a very angry man and has to take out on patients and professionals alike”

“He is the angry man of Twitter defensive and lashing out at anyone who crosses his path.”

“Having no valid argument in response, you result in personal insults, how mature of you, I hope your patients are reading your twitter feed.”

“[Dr Huda] you are about the first to ridicule others, to throw insults at them and to mock them. In my opinion you are a prime cyber bully”

“Dr Huda is one nasty consultant. Imagine how his patients are treated? God help them if they dare question anything to do with their health”

“Dr Huda’s online conduct is an embarrassment to his profession”

“With each tweet he builds a case against himself.”

“Months ago I contacted the Royal College of Psychiatrists about this. They’re not professional gate keepers or they’d reprimand/suspend membership for social behaviour [that regularly departs from ‘College Core Values’] ”

“It is clear that the Royal College endorses shameful, bullying behaviour, we conclude that they have very low standards of conduct for their members.”

“Please can someone of authority remind Dr Huda of his online conduct & his responsibilities.”

“Dr Huda personally attacks and denigrates almost anyone who disagrees with him. The implication, then, is that his behaviour is considered responsible and acceptable to the psychiatric establishment.”

“How can psychiatry’s gatekeepers turn a blind eye to this college members’ abusive behaviour towards marginalized demographic?”


Footnote: 
I added this footnote on the 20 January 2020 to share a note about my full retirement from Medicine aged 52 years. 

In these posts I have shared the language used in the public domain by professionals and have not made comment other than share the professional backdrop of College and GMC Core Values.  I am of the view that language does matter. 

It is my earnest hope that ethics and professionalism continue to be essential in the art and science of healing. 

Peter Gordon

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