“a twitter spat”

Included in a heavily redacted response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists to a FOI request was the above internal communication. The identification of the sender has been redacted but … Continue reading “a twitter spat”

‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

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

My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Saturday, 24th November 2018 To: The Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8BB Dear Dr Adrian James, Resignation as a member of the … Continue reading My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

[No response received by the end of 2018] [Despite repeated polite reminders there has been no response from the General Medical Council by the end of 2018] “The Royal College … Continue reading The Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

‘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’

“Chemical Imbalance”

When I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in 1998 for anxiety I was told by my doctor that this would correct a “chemical imbalance” in my brain.  As a … Continue reading “Chemical Imbalance”

Paid opinion leaders and GSK

The quote above is from Corridors of power, Chapter 5, by C P. Snow: The following U-turn by GSK was reported in the BMJ: This led the BMJ Editor in Chief … Continue reading Paid opinion leaders and GSK

‘The story is hair raising’

The BMJ of the 12th October 2018 had on its cover: “MESH: how it became a four letter word”. The journal is worth reading for a series of articles that … Continue reading ‘The story is hair raising’

We listen.

For many years now I have shared as much as I possibly can in relation to my activism for Sunshine legislation. Last week I wrote a letter to the Royal … Continue reading We listen.

‘No Holds Barred’

This is the last “No Holds Barred” column by Dr Margaret McCartney: Screening is only for people with no symptoms. If you have symptoms it’s not screening. Screening is often … Continue reading ‘No Holds Barred’

‘Priorities for the President’

It is most welcome to find that the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, has embraced social media. This being one of a number of meaningful … Continue reading ‘Priorities for the President’