Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

‘The rules of science’

How many of us, like Dr Jauhar, are today guided by “the rules of science”? This short film is based on an edit of this interview and debate, aired on ‘All … Continue reading ‘The rules of science’

The ladder of participation

Yesterday I asked the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “I was wondering when the planned meeting to consider the shared experience of long term antidepressant prescribing, and the … Continue reading The ladder of participation

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

In a recent post I outlined [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry. My research into what is publicly available on competing financial interests in … Continue reading ‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

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)

“RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

I have been receiving weekly invites to this International Congress [to my NHS e-mail address]. The latest invitation makes the statement that “it’s all you need!” The previous invitation was titled … Continue reading “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

Strong Clinical Leadership

The Chief Medical Officer’s third annual report, Practising Realistic Medicine, was published on Friday, 20th April 2018 It was introduced as follows: “Realistic Medicine has always had people at its heart. This … Continue reading Strong Clinical Leadership

I N S I G H T

Psychiatrists across the world, when assessing mental states, have to consider “insight”. Psychiatrists, like myself, are also taught the “subjective-objective divide”. This “divide” has always troubled me, as it would … Continue reading I N S I G H T

Psychiatry, dependent on its authority, is finding withdrawal seriously difficult

In the week that has followed the publication and media reports of this Lancet paper, I have noticed how Psychiatry (my profession) has seemed to be struggling with any threat … Continue reading Psychiatry, dependent on its authority, is finding withdrawal seriously difficult

Antidepressant prescribing and informed consent

I have submitted the following to the BMJ in response to this research news: Large meta-analysis ends doubts about efficacy of antidepressants In Scotland, it is estimated that 1 in … Continue reading Antidepressant prescribing and informed consent

“We were duped; we were used”

The following is an account of the experience of the petitioners, Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy as members of the “Independent Review” into Polypropylene Mesh implants.  This is taken directly from the … Continue reading “We were duped; we were used”