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

“Unpicked” by an Expert

I shared some of my reflections on the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People with the senior Scottish Psychiatrist and Government advisor who had given a presentation … Continue reading “Unpicked” by an Expert

I was not given the opportunity to say this in the Scottish Parliament . . .

I sent this e-mail the day following the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People held in April 2017: Dear Convener I hope that you do not mind … Continue reading I was not given the opportunity to say this in the Scottish Parliament . . .

Sylvia Plath said . . .

From the’The Bell Jar’ Image is of Colinton Pharmacy.

Anton Chekhov and ASTROV

The image is of Colinton pharmacy.

‘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’

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

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]

Two days with medical students

The President and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have publicly shared their appreciation of Professor Daniel Smith’s contribution to two days of teaching with Scottish medical students. … Continue reading Two days with medical students

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

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

“The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”

This study was published on the 28 February 2019 in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It is open access: Given my longstanding interest in factors influencing medical education in NHS … Continue reading “The pharmaceutical industry has successfully promoted the use of alternatives”