The Hydra monster of today

On the cover of last month’s British Journal of General Practice was a picture of Hercules confronting the Lernaean Hydra. This prompted one commentator to say on social media; “The … Continue reading The Hydra monster of today

Pills or public health?

This is the title of the Editorial in the current BMJ by it’s Editor in Chief. Fiona Godlee states: I have previously written about the approach to “transparency” taken by … Continue reading Pills or public health?

The front cover of the BMJ

If it is the case that there are hidden Pharma deals, how can healthcare professionals be sure that they are providing complete and unbiased information to patients so that they … Continue reading The front cover of the BMJ

‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution

Soft Power [and telling stories]

This Feature Article made the cover of the BMJ: One of the contributors described an approach to influencing healthcare policy as follows: Telling stories is a well established approach taken … Continue reading Soft Power [and telling stories]

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

“Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

This was a recent statement made by a senior NHS Scotland psychiatrist who is one of the leads on quality improvement in NHS Scotland. It was said in the public … Continue reading “Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

To do the best we can

This is a short film I made almost a decade ago that I have not shared again until today. I would suggest that the following institutions and honourable professionals might … Continue reading To do the best we can