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

Science Media Centre and transparency: where is the leadership?

The Editor in Chief of the BMJ has recently said: I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare. One of the most … Continue reading Science Media Centre and transparency: where is the leadership?

“We have an appropriately puritanical relationship with Pharma”

In February 2015 I wrote to my College and the General Medical Council about concerns that competing financial interests were not being made public and that the current College system … Continue reading “We have an appropriately puritanical relationship with Pharma”

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education (an update)

The Royal Society of Medicine describes itself as “one of the country’s major providers of postgraduate medical education. Independent and apolitical, the Society provides a neutral platform for informed debate about … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education (an update)

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

On a regular basis, as an NHS doctor, “journals” such as this find there way into my mailing. This happens without my say. I have not found a way to … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

My reply to Dame Denise Coia

Sunday 8th July 2018, Bridge of Allan. Dear Dame Coia, I received your reply to my open letter yesterday. I wanted to write and thank you for your most helpful … Continue reading My reply to Dame Denise Coia

The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

This report was published yesterday. I commend the Health and Sport Committee for such a comprehensive review and in what follows I will link my writings to some of the … Continue reading The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

Simon says

From 2014 to 2017, Professor Sir Simon Wessely was the elected president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the week following taking up Presidency, Professor Sir Simon Wessely was … Continue reading Simon says

Finding balance

This unedited clip (apart from titles) is from the evidence session on NHS Targets given to the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 9 January 2018. I share … Continue reading Finding balance

I have a question about Duty of Candour

This post considers the question that  Maree Todd, MSP, asked at this Parliamentary committee. As an NHS employee of 25 years I will close this post with a similar question. … Continue reading I have a question about Duty of Candour

Transparency at the Top

I wrote “Transparency at the Top: British Psychiatry” in April 2015 but did not share it publically as I wanted to give the Royal College of Psychiatrists time to improve … Continue reading Transparency at the Top

Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists

It is most welcome to be able to report that the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been considering my recent feedback, as a College member, on its governance of “relationships … Continue reading Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists