“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

“Hats off, Young Sir”

Yesterday, Dr Paul Morrison, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacology researcher, tweeted this: “Three cheers to Dr Samei Huda for standing up to aggressive, right-wing anti-psychiatrists, despite complaints, harassment and intimidation.” This … Continue reading “Hats off, Young Sir”

A Royal College calls for

In the NEWS section of the BMJ it has been confirmed that the “The Royal College of General Practitioners will call on the General Medical Council to ensure that all … Continue reading A Royal College calls for

Kindness, attention and respect

Many years ago, one of my patients who had lost a child to suicide, wrote to me to say: Some years later I read this: I have previously shared considerations … Continue reading Kindness, attention and respect

‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Last week the Council for Evidenced-Based Psychiatry (CEP) called for “the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the … Continue reading ‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) do not support Sunshine legislation

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours

The title of this post is taken from a piece of writing by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. I was reminded of it in reading a recent perspective of Dr Margaret McCartney: … Continue reading The temple of health and the temple of books were neighbours

‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

In a recent post I outlined [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry. My research into what is publicly available on competing financial interests in … Continue reading ‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

H.O.P.E.

In offering this ‘No Holds Barred’ perspective in the BMJ, Dr Margaret McCartney concludes: “Doctors should seek independent education. In fact, we should all do so – including MPs, guideline committees, … Continue reading H.O.P.E.

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

Skills and experience: “thrown on the scrap heap”

I recently wrote about my experience of revalidation. My final revalidation just happened to occur on the same date that Dr McCartney had her perspective published in the BMJ. Since … Continue reading Skills and experience: “thrown on the scrap heap”