‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

Yesterday, on the 29th May 2018 I had my last revalidation as a doctor [though I will still have to complete annual appraisals until I retire in 2022]. My experience … Continue reading ‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

‘It was odd being dead’

This is a fictional film. It is about a teddy bear, Dr Hale Bopp and a day of two halves. In the morning Dr Hale Bopp goes exploring in the Scottish … Continue reading ‘It was odd being dead’

“This most unusual request”

In August 2013 I read an article published in the BMJ which was entitled “Three quarters of guideline panellists have ties to the drug industry”. I have petitioned the Scottish … Continue reading “This most unusual request”

“Trust is generally being eroded”

Last week I watched with much interest the 52nd Maudsley debate. The motion debated was: “This house believes that the use of long term psychiatric medications is causing more harm than … Continue reading “Trust is generally being eroded”

Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations

In response to my letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations I received this e-mail from Professor Nick Craddock, Treasurer of the … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations

Royal College of Psychiatrists and conflicts of interest

The Chief Executive of the General Medical Council (GMC) recently confirmed, in response to a recent BMJ article, that it “takes very seriously the issue of conflicts of interest”:   We … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists and conflicts of interest

“A probity issue and may lead to a failure to revalidate”

Here is a submission to the BMJ by S. Musheer Hussain, Consultant & Hon Professor of Otolaryngology, Ninewells Hospital & University of Dundee Medical School:   Here is relevant communication with NHS … Continue reading “A probity issue and may lead to a failure to revalidate”