Puritanical or Platinum?

Next week the 2019 International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists will take place in London. Naturally the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and her predecessor, have … Continue reading Puritanical or Platinum?

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The RCPsych International Congress 2017 “performed well”

The Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 2017 has recently been published. This includes following analysis: Despite being a working NHS psychiatrist  and a … Continue reading The RCPsych International Congress 2017 “performed well”

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I have a question about Duty of Candour

This post considers the question that  Maree Todd, MSP, asked at this Parliamentary committee. As an NHS employee of 25 years I will close this post with a similar question. … Continue reading I have a question about Duty of Candour

GP recruitment in NHS Scotland

There was a debate on GP recruitment in NHS Scotland held in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 26th September 2017. It can be watched here. The Cabinet Secretary for Health … Continue reading GP recruitment in NHS Scotland

‘The medical untouchables’

The following is a recent opinion piece by Dr Des Spence published in the British Journal of General Practice. I had been lined up to do the media interviews on … Continue reading ‘The medical untouchables’

Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

I submitted a rapid response to the BMJ last September after viewing galleries of photographs of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting of 2016. The BMJ did not … Continue reading Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

Psychiatry Without Borders

The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists took place in Edinburgh, the city of my birth, between the 26 – 29 June 2017. This International Congress was called … Continue reading Psychiatry Without Borders

Psychiatry without borders

This week the International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking place in Edinburgh. It is titled “Psychiatry without Borders”. Given my concerns about the harms associated with over-medicalisation I … Continue reading Psychiatry without borders

Transparency at the Top

I wrote “Transparency at the Top: British Psychiatry” in April 2015 but did not share it publically as I wanted to give the Royal College of Psychiatrists time to improve … Continue reading Transparency at the Top