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[photographed opposite Balgreen, Edinburgh, Friday 14th June 2019]

‘TOOL Library’

As I entered Stirling Central Library last night, I was invited to become a member of a “TOOL Library” My considerations of the increasingly mechanical approach to healthcare in NHS … Continue reading ‘TOOL Library’

NHS Scotland: from ‘sticking plasters’ to NASA

Last week’s Scotland on Sunday had the above image on its front page. Inside, the paper went on to share and discuss the findings of a recent poll. The Editorial … Continue reading NHS Scotland: from ‘sticking plasters’ to NASA

Protected: The Narrative Controllers

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Protected: “Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

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Protected: The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

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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

Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Realistic Medicine

Last week I sent an open letter to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland on Realistic Medicine in NHS Scotland. I have received this prompt reply: I am sure that … Continue reading Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Realistic Medicine

Revolutionary Road

A few extracts from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates:

Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group

Last week I attended the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group in Stirling. The speakers were all excellent and I would like to share some of the learning and discussions. … Continue reading Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group

NHS Scotland Event 2018

Last week I attended the NHS Scotland Event 2018. It was held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus. I do not attend corporate “educational” events such as this, however … Continue reading NHS Scotland Event 2018

‘A formidable armoury’

The Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland describes his organisation as “a formidable armoury”. I have often found myself wondering why healthcare leaders feel a need to use such military … Continue reading ‘A formidable armoury’