Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

I have sent this open letter to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and copied it to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: 2nd July 2018. Dear Dame Coia, Healthcare … Continue reading Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

The wonderful world between the microscope and the telescope

Dr Margaret McCartney concludes her latest ‘No Holds Barred’ column with this comment: “We should turn our attention to the causes and effects of our iatrogenic anxieties. Researchers should be … Continue reading The wonderful world between the microscope and the telescope

‘Long term antidepressant use linked to ________________’

Have I Got News for You is a topical comedy panel show featuring Ian Hislop and Paul Merton and has been regularly broadcast since 1990. It takes a satirical approach … Continue reading ‘Long term antidepressant use linked to ________________’

‘How to lose your fear of Data’

Through work, this invitation recently came my way: As part of this Health & Social Care Digital Leaders Summit the expert panels and workshops will demonstrate “how to lose your … Continue reading ‘How to lose your fear of Data’

A Sunshine Act for Scotland

On Thursday 22 March 2018 I will be making a peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament, two years to the day that my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland

A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

I sent the following letter to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: Monday 19th March 2018 Dear Dr Calderwood, A Sunshine Act for Scotland I wanted to let you know … Continue reading A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are

What you need to know

1 in 7 Scots are on an antidepressant. Some Scottish academics have argued that this is “appropriate prescribing” for “recurrent” and “chronic” conditions. Antipsychotic prescribing, in all age-groups, has risen … Continue reading What you need to know

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

British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)

The above Evidence-based guidelines for treating depressive disorders with antidepressants have recently been published. The British Association for Psychopharmacology are an organisation highly regarded by my profession of psychiatry. 12% of their … Continue reading British Association for Psychopharmacology Guidelines (BAP)