Achravole

The graves of three people were buried in this small enclosure in 1830. They had all died of Cholera and their friends declined to carry them any further for fear … Continue reading Achravole

“Humbug”

The Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, in reference to language used in Parliament in the last week of September 2019, was of the opinion that it was: The Editor … Continue reading “Humbug”

Wolves at the door

I no longer feel safe

I have reluctantly decided that I am no longer going to write any posts about NHS Scotland on Hole Ousia. I will however still continue to discuss health and wellbeing in … Continue reading I no longer feel safe

“In a world that has lost its signposts”

The following screenshots come from a Sunday Observer of the 19th August 2015. I have written before on Hole Ousia about how we use language. Whether we are scientists or … Continue reading “In a world that has lost its signposts”

Doctors loath to disclose their mental health issues

This report, from the BMJ, reminds me of when I attended the Scottish Parliament on the 6th January 2015. This was for a debate on mental health. I sat next to … Continue reading Doctors loath to disclose their mental health issues

“Costometer”

I recently noted this request: Anybody who has read my writings on Hole Ousia will be aware that I have a dislike of the current mechanical language that would seem … Continue reading “Costometer”

“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

The GMC and doctors’ suicides

In October 2014, Dr Margaret McCartney, in her “No Holds Barred” BMJ column, asked: “Does the GMC deserve its current powers?” The full open-access text of Dr McCartney’s BMJ article … Continue reading The GMC and doctors’ suicides