Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

In today’s Herald the following news article by Helen McArdle features along with her analysis below. A PSYCHIATRIST said he was “gaslighted” by his own professional body after openly criticising … Continue reading Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

Scotland needs to create space for all voices

Chrys Muirhead recently wrote a blog post “appealing for survivor voices to be welcomed and respected in Scottish mental health arenas”. I offered this short supportive reply: Dear Chrys, You are … Continue reading Scotland needs to create space for all voices

“The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

The following perspective by Professor Walter Humes makes concerning reading. I reproduce it here, in full, as unfortunately my experience of the inner circle of Official Scotland has been anything … Continue reading “The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

#followthefellows

  Footnote: The two quotes about industrialisation and healthcare come from Intelligent Kindness by Ballat and Campling. The considerations on conferences are included in a this BMJ perspective This post … Continue reading #followthefellows

NHS Scotland – it should not take courage to care

On the 17th July 2017, the Scottish Government announced an “Enhanced service for NHS Scotland staff” The Scottish Government began this announcement stating that: “Staff in Scotland’s health service will … Continue reading NHS Scotland – it should not take courage to care

Lifeboat NHS

A film about freedom to speak up in NHS Scotland based on an edit of the evidence session of the Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament, held on 13th June … Continue reading Lifeboat NHS

‘Have you ever noticed that certain days are injury days?’

I was filming in our garden today as the sky was beautiful, the spring bulbs colourful, and the green as fresh as can be. By chance, an NHS Forth Valley … Continue reading ‘Have you ever noticed that certain days are injury days?’

Courage to care

         

“The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

This was a recent post by Walter Humes for the Scottish Review. I read this as a personal view about the civil service in Scotland  (and not just about the governance … Continue reading “The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

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

Director General for NHS Scotland

I have found it impossible to communicate directly with the Director General for NHS Scotland. The Director General for NHS Scotland does not reply to e-mails sent to him unless … Continue reading Director General for NHS Scotland

It is very difficult to challenge a powerful organisation

This week  the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport welcomed a new report into management of frailty and delirium This reminded me, that 6 months on, I do not … Continue reading It is very difficult to challenge a powerful organisation