“Unpicked” by an Expert

I shared some of my reflections on the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People with the senior Scottish Psychiatrist and Government advisor who had given a presentation … Continue reading “Unpicked” by an Expert

Kept in the dark

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ by associate Professor Joseph S Ross of Yale School of Medicine:

The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’

The Morality of Leadership

An edited short film based on some of the contributions to Radio 4’s Moral Maze ‘The Morality of Leadership’(aired on 23 March 2019): Music Credit: ‘Collapsing Time’ by Dexter Britain … Continue reading The Morality of Leadership

A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

It is now over three years since my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland was closed. Over this time I have on occasion requested an update from the Scottish … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

“Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

In July 2009, Professor Henry Nasrallah, was invited to give a paid talk to psychiatrists and psychiatrists-in-training for NHS Forth Valley. Professor Nasrallah was flown over from the USA to … Continue reading “Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

Credibility

This was the advice given to ‘Mrs Hawkins’ in ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’. It was also the advice I was given by a senior parliamentarian when I began actively … Continue reading Credibility

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

No Sunshine for Scotland!

I shared the above post (and film) with the Scottish Government and I have received the following response: The Government states “in our view this was an appropriate response to … Continue reading No Sunshine for Scotland!

How many more inquiries?

This short film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Professor Alison Britton who chaired the Investigative Review into the Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants. In a … Continue reading How many more inquiries?

NHS Scotland: from ‘sticking plasters’ to NASA

Last week’s Scotland on Sunday had the above image on its front page. Inside, the paper went on to share and discuss the findings of a recent poll. The Editorial … Continue reading NHS Scotland: from ‘sticking plasters’ to NASA