NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

I have just heard Jane Grant, the Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board, interviewed on BBC Scotland. This was in relation to infection rates at The Royal … Continue reading NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

The President’s Medal Winners

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

“The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

The following perspective by Professor Walter Humes makes concerning reading. I reproduce it here, in full, as unfortunately my experience of the inner circle of Official Scotland has been anything … Continue reading “The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

Mental Welfare Commission: “This isn’t a priority for us”

On the 6 March 2018, I asked the  Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland if it supports Sunshine legislation. This was the reply that I received from Colin McKay, Chief Executive: … Continue reading Mental Welfare Commission: “This isn’t a priority for us”

Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’

When Nicola Surgeon became First Minister of Scotland she said: “I intend that we will be an open and accessible Government” (26 November 2014) On the Front page of the … Continue reading Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’

Courage to care

         

Director General for NHS Scotland

I have found it impossible to communicate directly with the Director General for NHS Scotland. The Director General for NHS Scotland does not reply to e-mails sent to him unless … Continue reading Director General for NHS Scotland

A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes

Professor Walter Humes, writing in Scottish Review, 21st September 2015: “For some time I have been copied into email exchanges concerning how complaints against public bodies are dealt with. I … Continue reading A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes

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

“OPAC tools are working”

It is over a year since I last wrote about delirium. Being aware that the new Care Standards for older people in hospital were to be published this month I … Continue reading “OPAC tools are working”

NHS Tayside – Update on Registers of Interest for all staff

Ms Lesley McLay Chief Executive, Tayside Board Headquarters, Level 10, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, DD1 9SY 15th December 2014 Dear Ms McLeay, I am writing to seek further … Continue reading NHS Tayside – Update on Registers of Interest for all staff

Why I resigned from NHS Forth Valley

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