Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

Let the light shine in

Last Sunday Paula Murray wrote an article on my campaign for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. Marion Brown has since kindly shared with me the associated Sunday Express Opinion [as … Continue reading Let the light shine in

‘The Scottish Government has missed an opportunity’

I was not aware of this news article published in the Sunday Express 31 March 2019. My mother’s neighbour came across it. I wonder what was the “opinion” [on page … Continue reading ‘The Scottish Government has missed an opportunity’

A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

It is now over three years since my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland was closed. Over this time I have on occasion requested an update from the Scottish … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

I recently shared what was not redacted from the 300 page response of a ‘Subject Access’ inquiry that I made to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This response reveals that … Continue reading The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

Payments from NHS Scotland to the USA

In a previous post I shared a response from Audit Scotland to a FOI request that sought to clarify how much public money was going to “Quality Improvement Partners” such … Continue reading Payments from NHS Scotland to the USA

Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

In a recent post I shared a letter that I had sent to the BMJ that was not published. It was based on correspondence with Professor Sir Simon Wessely who … Continue reading Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

A costometer in overdrive

In the last 3 years the National Clinical Director for NHS Scotland has been representing NHS Scotland in the following countries (in date order): London, Hong Hong, Florida, Gothenberg, Brisbane, … Continue reading A costometer in overdrive

Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’

When Nicola Surgeon became First Minister of Scotland she said: “I intend that we will be an open and accessible Government” (26 November 2014) On the Front page of the … Continue reading Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’