“Good to have a Government that listens!”

Remarked the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists after being greeted by name by reception staff as he arrived at St Andrew’s House. Unfortunately I … Continue reading “Good to have a Government that listens!”

‘Patients miss out on the whole picture’

One of the sub-headlines of a ‘special investigation’ by John Naish was this: “Patients Miss Out On The Whole Picture”.  In Scotland I have campaigned for Sunshine legislation for much … Continue reading ‘Patients miss out on the whole picture’

“It’s high time . . .”

This Special Investigation by John Naish is from today’s Daily Mail:  

“doctors pushing new drugs . . .”

This Special Investigation by John Naish is from today’s Daily Mail:

‘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’

‘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 Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

‘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 . . .’

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]

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 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

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”