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”

“Blunts intellectual curiosity”

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 “Blunts intellectual curiosity”

‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

Yesterday, on the 29th May 2018 I had my last revalidation as a doctor [though I will still have to complete annual appraisals until I retire in 2022]. My experience … Continue reading ‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

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