“The King of DLB research”

Professor Rob Howard has recently shared on social media a picture of the personalised number plate of Professor Ian McKeith along with these words: “Just given a talk in Newcastle … Continue reading “The King of DLB research”

Back in the driving seat: Industry

Historical backdrop (the last decade): UK Key Opinion Leaders argued robustly and consistently for an early approach to the diagnosis of dementia without articulating uncertainties, risks and necessary ethical aspects of person-centred … Continue reading Back in the driving seat: Industry

The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

I was born in Edinburgh:   It was by accident that I learned that this “consensus” has been “operationalised” across the NHS.   This  small group consensus needs to explain how … Continue reading The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are

A letter to Professor Jason Leitch

In this post I reply to Professor Jason Leitch, whose letter of the 2nd June 2015 on Haloperidol prescribing to Scotland’s elderly can be read here:   This is the … Continue reading A letter to Professor Jason Leitch

Cash for dementia

Today a friend of mine sent me a copy of this article by Dr Gavin Francis: Professor June Andrews of the Dementia Development Centre gave this published reply:   Dr Francis … Continue reading Cash for dementia

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

Hospital prescribing of Haloperidol in your NHS Health Board area

I have sent the following as a Freedom of Information request to 14 NHS Boards in Scotland. When I receive replies I will post them on Hole Ousia. 7 November … Continue reading Hospital prescribing of Haloperidol in your NHS Health Board area

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”

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?

INTRODUCTION: In Part II of my review of dementia I am going to offer my personal “journey” through policy developments in the UK over the year past. To help you … Continue reading PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?

CANTABmobile and its misleading promotion

(submitted to the British Medical Journal on the 7th July 2013 by Dr Peter J. Gordon as a rapid response to the Editorial “Too much medicine; too little care” BMJ … Continue reading CANTABmobile and its misleading promotion