Back in the driving seat: Industry

Historical backdrop (the last decade): UK Key Opinion Leaders argued robustly and consistently for an early approach to the diagnosis of dementia without articulating uncertainties, risks and necessary ethical aspects of person-centred … Continue reading Back in the driving seat: Industry

The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

I was born in Edinburgh:   It was by accident that I learned that this “consensus” has been “operationalised” across the NHS.   This  small group consensus needs to explain how … Continue reading The ‘Edinburgh Consensus’

It is important to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland accurately

I recently wrote to the Minister for Mental Health with concerns about  the way the Scottish Government has chosen to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland. I have … Continue reading It is important to record the narrative of dementia policy in Scotland accurately

The Glasgow Declaration: “the progressive test”

As a tireless advocate for a timely approach to the diagnosis of dementia I was delighted to be there in person when the “Glasgow Declaration” was signed. This rights-based declaration … Continue reading The Glasgow Declaration: “the progressive test”

“Can’t – won’t – no point”

This article published in the London Review of Books by Dr Gavin Francis has generated much discussion: This BMJ poll asked about the ethics of NHS England’s approach: Professor June … Continue reading “Can’t – won’t – no point”

Do we care enough about consent?

This leaflet is widely available to patients in NHS Scotland including in the waiting room outside my consulting room:   Its first page defines consent as follows:   This is … Continue reading Do we care enough about consent?

Alzheimer Scotland: in a “muddle”?

My previous post was about the latest Alzheimer Scotland “campaign”: Let’s talk about dementia which was launched this month:   I sent my post to Alzheimer Scotland and to a … Continue reading Alzheimer Scotland: in a “muddle”?