Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly
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’
The following Report was published in November 2017: The Foreword began [highlights are mine]: The Report author Sir Harry Burns states: “experience with existing targets and indicators has been positive in … Continue reading NHS Targets: learning from experience
I recently noted this request: Anybody who has read my writings on Hole Ousia will be aware that I have a dislike of the current mechanical language that would seem … Continue reading “Costometer”
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
This Scottish report “Adding Life to Years” is now rather old. It once asked about ageism: This week the UK National Screening Committee has expressed significant concerns about screening tests for … Continue reading “two-thirds of diagnoses would be given to healthy people”
Tickets are now on sale for this Alzheimer Scotland Conference: In terms of “dementia awareness” I have recently offered my personal view on the current Alzheimer Scotland “campaign” which encourages … Continue reading Dementia: Global Progress: Local impact “Exhibitor, sponsorship and promotion options”
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?
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”?
A few years back I was a member of the Policy Group for Alzheimer Scotland. I resigned as I was concerned about some of the approaches being taken at a … Continue reading When forgetfulness becomes pathological
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
I resigned from work on the 6th June 2014. Some folk have been wondering why. Below I offer briefly the background to my decision to resign and why it was … Continue reading Why I resigned from NHS Forth Valley