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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

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

“Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

This was a recent statement made by a senior NHS Scotland psychiatrist who is one of the leads on quality improvement in NHS Scotland. It was said in the public … Continue reading “Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in the period not long after the “Defeat Depression Campaign,” in my case for “Social Anxiety Disorder”. My generation of psychiatrists were “educated” to … Continue reading The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

How much NHS Scotland money is going to ‘Quality Improvement Partners’?

Unfortunately this question cannot be answered as the information is not publicly available, this despite the fact that public money has been going to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement since … Continue reading How much NHS Scotland money is going to ‘Quality Improvement Partners’?

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

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

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