‘The story is hair raising’

The BMJ of the 12th October 2018 had on its cover: “MESH: how it became a four letter word”. The journal is worth reading for a series of articles that … Continue reading ‘The story is hair raising’

Who are these folk up the hill?

On the 5th of December 2017 the Scottish Parliament considered two matters relating to NHS Scotland. In the morning, Sir Harry Burns presented his review on Targets to the Health … Continue reading Who are these folk up the hill?

Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

This post is based on the following Scottish Parliamentary debate which took place on the 5th December 2017. In this post I have highlighted cross-party considerations relating to fully informed … Continue reading Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

According to the Sunday Post of the 23rd September 2017, the former Health Minister for the Scottish Government, Alex Neil, MSP, is: “urging the Scottish Government to stage a summit … Continue reading ‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

Justice must be seen to be even-handed

This is a short film about my experience of attending the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 29th June 2017. I was there to support Marion Brown in her presentation of petition … Continue reading Justice must be seen to be even-handed

Submission on PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices

Submission on PE1517 on Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices Made by Dr Peter J Gordon Date of submission: 17th May 2017 Submission made in a personal capacity. The Agenda for the … Continue reading Submission on PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices

A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

With careful thought, and backed with full supporting evidence,  I sent the following letter of the 2nd February 2016 to support my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The Senior Clerk … Continue reading A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

The Mismatch

Time present.           It is still the case that psychological therapies are much harder to find in NHS Scotland than pharmaceutical therapies. Scottish Government figures, year … Continue reading The Mismatch

“As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

I have just read: It begins: [we] As a doctor who openly asks questions I see great value in being a “critical friend”: The Alzheimer Scotland Strategic Review outlines significant … Continue reading “As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

Do we care enough about consent?

This leaflet is widely available to patients in NHS Scotland including in the waiting room outside my consulting room:   Its first page defines consent as follows:   This is … Continue reading Do we care enough about consent?

A Sunshine Act for Scotland: the petitioner’s views

A pdf version of the following letter can be accessed here on the Scottish parliament website. Sunday, 15 March 2015 To: Public Petitions Committee The Scottish Parliament Dear Public Petitions Committee … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland: the petitioner’s views

Alzheimer Scotland: in a “muddle”?

My previous post was about the latest Alzheimer Scotland “campaign”: Let’s talk about dementia which was launched this month:   I sent my post to Alzheimer Scotland and to a … Continue reading Alzheimer Scotland: in a “muddle”?