NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

I have just heard Jane Grant, the Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board, interviewed on BBC Scotland. This was in relation to infection rates at The Royal … Continue reading NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

“Trickles down from the upper echelons”

I read this letter by Dr William Durward, a retired NHS Scotland Consultant with interest. It was published in the Herald, 7 November 2018, and was written in response to … Continue reading “Trickles down from the upper echelons”

The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

This report was published yesterday. I commend the Health and Sport Committee for such a comprehensive review and in what follows I will link my writings to some of the … Continue reading The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

Courage to care

         

A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

With careful thought, and backed with full supporting evidence,  I sent the following letter of the 2nd February 2016 to support my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The Senior Clerk … Continue reading A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

“Unprofessional”

My view is that we all have conflicts of interest. Science however cannot ignore financial conflicts of interest. The above was a recent statement by the Scottish Government in response … Continue reading “Unprofessional”

“Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland

After sending an update of my petition for a Sunshine Act to the Chief Executive Officer of NHS Forth Valley I received this reply. Whilst I was employed by NHS … Continue reading “Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland

After raising a concern …

The Francis Report was published recently. I was particularly interested in the following excerpt: In his Report, Robert Francis gives: I was a Consultant in one NHS Board for 13 … Continue reading After raising a concern …

Seeking Transparency

Over a year has passed since I had an uncomfortable experience at work through trying to encourage transparency regarding pharmaceutical sponsored medical education. Over that period of time, despite wider … Continue reading Seeking Transparency

Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

On the 30th October I received this most helpful reply from Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the Scottish Government. The full letter is as follows … Continue reading Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

Why I resigned from NHS Forth Valley

I resigned from work on the 6th June 2014. Some folk have been wondering why. Below I offer briefly the background to my decision to resign and why it was … Continue reading Why I resigned from NHS Forth Valley