It still takes courage to care

The Herald, 21 June 2020: I was an NHS doctor for over 25 years, and whilst I was never [technically speaking] a whistleblower, I always did my best to speak … Continue reading It still takes courage to care

MELVENS

Inside, the back-cover of an old book, I came across a price label: I mentioned this old price label to Sian, and asked if she recalled MELVINS?

Centaurea

Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea

‘we are attempting to survive our time’

Had felt incredibly alone

I retired from the medical profession two months ago. My fulcrum was ethics. I openly asked questions. The Royal College of Psychiatrists seemed to struggle with this. I was left … Continue reading Had felt incredibly alone

Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

This film is for Adam. It is the final film in a series.   Music credit: ‘Intruder’ by Peter Gabriel. ‘Dr Marigold’: from the writings of Charles Dickens. The first … Continue reading Dr Marigold’s prescriptions

20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

Without sharing a little of the backdrop, and some of the thoughts that inspired it, this film risks being misunderstood. My last day as a doctor was on 20-1-20. I … Continue reading 20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

A timeline of missed opportunities

This film presents a timeline from 2002 to 2019 in relation to England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy. The film presents missed opportunities, in particular the potential role of prescribed medications … Continue reading A timeline of missed opportunities

My retirement

I have been considering, for some time now, whether I should continue doing what I do in terms of what some refer to as ‘activism’. My interest is in ethics, … Continue reading My retirement