I began training in psychiatry in October 1993 just after the “Defeat Depression Campaign” had been launched. It ran alongside the five years of my training. This “Campaign” had the … Continue reading My career began with the “Defeat Depression Campaign”
This is the trade-marked strap-line for the American Psychiatric Association. Over my 25 year career as an NHS Scotland psychiatrist I have seen many of my colleagues travel to America … Continue reading Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.
Over 6 years ago there was a head-to-head debate published in the BMJ on antidepressant prescribing. It so happened that this was between two Scottish NHS doctors: Professor Ian C … Continue reading Psychiatry in Fabula
It has been many years now since ABPI introduced a new Code that put an end to the ‘gifting’ of relatively low value merchandise to healthcare professionals from industry representatives. … Continue reading Crappy Branded Stuff
I have today posted this letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists:
Two months ago I received an e-mail from my College that stated that the President “does not wish to be contacted by you any further”. This request was signed “HR Department”. … Continue reading The President’s Medal Winners
This is my BMJ Rapid Response, of the 6th January 2018 to Mike Thompson, CEO of the ABPI. [Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry] I share Mike Thompson’s disappointment in some aspects … Continue reading Exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients