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
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’
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 following is an extract of a recent letter sent to the Clinical Lead of Psychiatry for older adults in NHS Forth Valley. I have redacted certain names: This was … Continue reading Freedom to speak up
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”
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”
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?
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”?
I want to thank Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, for agreeing that I can include his letter to my employers, NHS Forth Valley, dated 22 May … Continue reading Correspondence with Healthcare Improvement Scotland