“Trickles down from the upper echelons”

I read this letter by Dr William Durward, a retired NHS Scotland Consultant with interest. It was published in the Herald, 7 November 2018, and was written in response to … Continue reading “Trickles down from the upper echelons”

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

Here is a story

The following excerpts are taken from the Scotsman, 28th December 2017: Targets are based on numbers that are intrinsically accredited primacy. But numbers cannot begin to tell a story. Here is a … Continue reading Here is a story

‘Dementia overload?’

Sunday 23rd July 2017. “Dementia overload“: how the Scotland on Sunday titled their front cover My view is that there is no shortage of “awareness” of dementia in Scotland! The Editor … Continue reading ‘Dementia overload?’

The Politics of Dementia

At the recent leaders Debate, David Cameron commented specifically on the progress made in  increasing dementia diagnosis rates in NHS England: I have long had concerns about the ethics of … Continue reading The Politics of Dementia

Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

This report has just been published in the BMJ: It has attracted this response from a “free spirit” and “old man”: The article begins: “GPs have again raised the question … Continue reading Evidence to back dementia screening is still lacking, committee says

Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

On the 30th October I received this most helpful reply from Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the Scottish Government. The full letter is as follows … Continue reading Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”

On the 3rd October 2013 I was invited as one of the speakers at the Royal College of General Practice Annual Conference in Harrogate. The Debate was in the main … Continue reading GPs and the “Dementia Challenge”