‘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 ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

I was born in Edinburgh:   It was by accident that I learned that this “consensus” has been “operationalised” across the NHS.   This  small group consensus needs to explain how … Continue reading The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

How much is too much medicine?

I do hope that Scotland’s Realistic Medicine campaign will consider all the points raised by Dr Louisa Polak in this letter to the BMJ:

‘Dementia overload?’

Sunday 23rd July 2017. “Dementia overload“: how the Scotland on Sunday titled their front cover My view is that there is no shortage of “awareness” of dementia in Scotland! The Editor … Continue reading ‘Dementia overload?’

“As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

I have just read: It begins: [we] As a doctor who openly asks questions I see great value in being a “critical friend”: The Alzheimer Scotland Strategic Review outlines significant … Continue reading “As a critical friend”: awareness campaigns

“Can’t – won’t – no point”

This article published in the London Review of Books by Dr Gavin Francis has generated much discussion: This BMJ poll asked about the ethics of NHS England’s approach: Professor June … Continue reading “Can’t – won’t – no point”

Cash for dementia

Today a friend of mine sent me a copy of this article by Dr Gavin Francis: Professor June Andrews of the Dementia Development Centre gave this published reply:   Dr Francis … Continue reading Cash for dementia

Dementia: Global Progress: Local impact “Exhibitor, sponsorship and promotion options”

Tickets are now on sale for this Alzheimer Scotland Conference:   In terms of “dementia awareness” I have recently offered my personal view on the current Alzheimer Scotland “campaign” which encourages … Continue reading Dementia: Global Progress: Local impact “Exhibitor, sponsorship and promotion options”

British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

This week’s BMJ provides a useful overview of the thorny issue of seeking an earlier diagnosis in dementia. I have always argued that a push for “early” diagnosis, using what … Continue reading British Medical Journal, 24 January 2015

The Parabolic Pattern

This post is about ageing and memory. This is naturally a complex subject and any attempt to simplify it can only be misguided. I have thus decided in this post … Continue reading The Parabolic Pattern

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