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)

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