The above is an edit of a headline and strapline from the front page of last Sunday’s Observer.

I have always erred on speaking up when I come across harm. As a retired doctor, professional values are important to me, including being respectful, showing humility, and being open and honest.

I have found that social media platforms can fuel polarisation and antagonism which may get in the way of better understanding of complex issues.

For standing up for professional values I have been treated very poorly indeed by some professionals, such that my sanity has been questioned and descriptions given of me have sometimes been monstrous.

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