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 . . .’

The Morality of Leadership

An edited short film based on some of the contributions to Radio 4’s Moral Maze ‘The Morality of Leadership’(aired on 23 March 2019): Music Credit: ‘Collapsing Time’ by Dexter Britain … Continue reading The Morality of Leadership

“Trickles down from the upper echelons”

I read this letter by Dr William Durward, a retired NHS Scotland Consultant with interest. It was published in the Herald, 7 November 2018, and was written in response to … Continue reading “Trickles down from the upper echelons”

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

The above film follows from the recent publication of this review: An Investigative Review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Reviews in Scotland The BMJ have covered … Continue reading ‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

‘How to lose your fear of Data’

Through work, this invitation recently came my way: As part of this Health & Social Care Digital Leaders Summit the expert panels and workshops will demonstrate “how to lose your … Continue reading ‘How to lose your fear of Data’

“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”

“The solution”

A further evidence session on Sir Harry Burn’s Review of Targets and Indicators took place in the Scottish Parliament on the 9th January 2018. The Convener of the Health and Sport … Continue reading “The solution”

freedom to speak

The Director General for NHS Scotland: Peter’s experience of the Director General for NHS Scotland   The Clinical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland: Peter’s experience of the Clinical Director of … Continue reading freedom to speak

“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”