twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

‘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’

front-to-back and back-to-front

The front cover of the current BMJ (22 June 2019) asks: “Why are efforts to stub out tobacco failing?” alongside a graphic image of a map of the world made … Continue reading front-to-back and back-to-front

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

‘Royal College adds voice’

The following is an article published in the current BMJ:

Position Statement: “FACTS”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants and depression was published on the 30th May 2019. The very same day, the President, Registrar and CEO of the Royal … Continue reading Position Statement: “FACTS”

Position Statement: “the so called withdrawal reactions”

In an Expert Statement for the Science Media Centre, Professor Allan Young, King’s College London, offered this opinion in relation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on antidepressants … Continue reading Position Statement: “the so called withdrawal reactions”

A letter in the BMJ

References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ

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 . . .’