Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

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

NHS Targets: learning from experience

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

“battling” [the] “horrible”

Last Sunday I watched and listened to the Secretary State of Health on BBC One: The Secretary of state began: Politicians often use military metaphors when discussing health and care: … Continue reading “battling” [the] “horrible”

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?

“Toxic certainty” – Alzheimer’s Society

In a recent post I asked ten questions of Alzheimer Scotland. I was worried that they were in a bit of a muddle. So far Alzheimer Scotland has not answered … Continue reading “Toxic certainty” – Alzheimer’s Society

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