Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Two years of no sunshine

On Thursday 22nd March 2018 I will be standing outside the Scottish Parliament with this banner. This will be a peaceful, one-man protest, two years to the day that my … Continue reading Two years of no sunshine

NHS Targets: learning from experience

The following Report was published in November 2017: The Foreword began [highlights are mine]: The Report author Sir Harry Burns states: “experience with existing targets and indicators has been positive in … Continue reading NHS Targets: learning from experience

How much is too much medicine?

I do hope that Scotland’s Realistic Medicine campaign will consider all the points raised by Dr Louisa Polak in this letter to the BMJ:

The habits of an improver

I have recently read this most interesting “thought paper” entitled “The habits of an improver” which was published by the Health Foundation in October 2015. Several months before this was … Continue reading The habits of an improver

Early detection: “We need critical thinking”

The following analysis: “Surge in publications on early detection” was recently published in the BMJ. The authors concluded that “we need more critical thinking and more studies that specifically target both … Continue reading Early detection: “We need critical thinking”

Freedom to speak up

I am very grateful to the Scottish Government for replying to me on behalf of Jamie Hepburn, MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health. Below you will find … Continue reading Freedom to speak up

Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

This report has just been published in the BMJ: It has attracted this response from a “free spirit” and “old man”: The article begins: “GPs have again raised the question … Continue reading Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

“At Liberty” (cognitive screening)

A Scottish citizen, over the age of 65 years, recently wrote to a Parliamentarian with concerns about mandatory cognitive screening in Scotland’s acute hospitals. Following this a helpful letter was … Continue reading “At Liberty” (cognitive screening)

The Parabolic Pattern

This post is about ageing and memory. This is naturally a complex subject and any attempt to simplify it can only be misguided. I have thus decided in this post … Continue reading The Parabolic Pattern

Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

On the 30th October I received this most helpful reply from Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the Scottish Government. The full letter is as follows … Continue reading Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”

On the 3rd October 2013 I was invited as one of the speakers at the Royal College of General Practice Annual Conference in Harrogate. The Debate was in the main … Continue reading GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”