A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

I sent the following letter to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: Monday 19th March 2018 Dear Dr Calderwood, A Sunshine Act for Scotland I wanted to let you know … Continue reading A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients

This is my BMJ Rapid Response, of the 6th January 2018 to Mike Thompson, CEO of the ABPI. [Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry] I share Mike Thompson’s disappointment in some aspects … Continue reading Exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients

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’