The Psychopharmacology Committee

Professor David Baldwin took chairmanship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee when Professor Allan Young had completed his tenure as chair. Based on available evidence, and this is … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee

Simon says

From 2014 to 2017, Professor Sir Simon Wessely was the elected president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the week following taking up Presidency, Professor Sir Simon Wessely was … Continue reading Simon says

Marketing of Latuda in NHS Scotland

In an NHS e-mail with a wide distribution list, I was invited to this marketing event. Though it is titled “Current updates in treatment for schizophrenia” the following programme demonstrates … Continue reading Marketing of Latuda in NHS Scotland

Hide and Seek

This is the ‘No Holds Barred’ perspective by Dr Margaret McCartney, published in the BMJ, 27 January 2018:  

The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

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’

Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

This post is based on the following Scottish Parliamentary debate which took place on the 5th December 2017. In this post I have highlighted cross-party considerations relating to fully informed … Continue reading Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

Conflicts of interest and polypropylene Mesh implants

The following is a shared consideration of the potential for conflicts of interest to have had a significant role in the harm caused to Scottish women by Mesh implants. This … Continue reading Conflicts of interest and polypropylene Mesh implants

Mesh implants and “fully informed consent”

Since my last post on PE1571, Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices, there has been further consideration of this petition, with evidence given by Dr Wael Agur and the petitioners Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy: … Continue reading Mesh implants and “fully informed consent”

‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

According to the Sunday Post of the 23rd September 2017, the former Health Minister for the Scottish Government, Alex Neil, MSP, is: “urging the Scottish Government to stage a summit … Continue reading ‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

I submitted a rapid response to the BMJ last September after viewing galleries of photographs of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting of 2016. The BMJ did not … Continue reading Rising stars: British Association of Psychopharmacology

Unrealistic Medicine

This BMJ Editorial of the 30th June 2017 has had a number of responses: The Editorial was a consideration of Academy of Medical Sciences report ‘Enhancing the use of scientific evidence … Continue reading Unrealistic Medicine

Statements made by senior Psychiatrists working in the British Isles

“you are either abstinent or promiscuous when it comes to industry. Well you can see which side I am on”. “For those of you who watch Panorama, I do not … Continue reading Statements made by senior Psychiatrists working in the British Isles