Outside Number 10

The above image is of Larry the cat taken recently outside Number 10 Downing Street.  The words come from ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark. This was one … Continue reading Outside Number 10

NHS warker urgin Scottish Government tae introduce Sunshine Act

Rab Wilson, Scots poet, has this to say about my activism for a Sunshine Act for Scotland (the National, 8 March 2018): OAN Thursday, March 22, 2018, a lane figure … Continue reading NHS warker urgin Scottish Government tae introduce Sunshine Act

“The solution”

A further evidence session on Sir Harry Burn’s Review of Targets and Indicators took place in the Scottish Parliament on the 9th January 2018. The Convener of the Health and Sport … Continue reading “The solution”

“Nothing but waffle”

On the 9th January 2018, Brian Whittle, MSP, began his questioning of those giving evidence on Targets and Indicators with this statement:  

Finding balance

This unedited clip (apart from titles) is from the evidence session on NHS Targets given to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 9 January 2018. I share … Continue reading Finding balance

General practice is the best job in the world

In a previous post of earlier this summer I explained why I share Dr Margaret McCartney’s view that “General practice is the best job in the world”. It is sad … Continue reading General practice is the best job in the world

Raised by the people of Scotland

  Crowd-funding is nothing new. The Martyrs’ monument was funded by public subscriptions to redress the events of 50 years previously when five Scots were transported for sedition. Their speaking … Continue reading Raised by the people of Scotland

Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply

On Friday the 25th of November 2016 I gave a talk for the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Special Interest Group. My subject was “Improvement Science”. The following is based on the slides and … Continue reading Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply

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

The diary that washed ashore

Chapter 18 of ‘This is Not yesterday’: Alec MacCallum Scott (1874 – 1928) At 3pm on Wednesday the 29th August 1928 the diary of Alexander MacCallum Scott washed up on … Continue reading The diary that washed ashore