Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

The above film follows from the recent publication of this review: An Investigative Review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Reviews in Scotland The BMJ have covered … Continue reading ‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

‘The story is hair raising’

The BMJ of the 12th October 2018 had on its cover: “MESH: how it became a four letter word”. The journal is worth reading for a series of articles that … Continue reading ‘The story is hair raising’

Culture of openness and transparency

On the 4th April 2018 the Herald revealed that NHS Tayside had “transferred millions of pounds” from a charity fund to “prop up its ailing finances”. On the 24th May … Continue reading Culture of openness and transparency

Antidepressants (Overuse)

On the 9th May 2018 Michelle Ballantyne, MSP, raised the important issue of antidepressant overuse in the Scottish Parliament: This was the first part of the response made by the … Continue reading Antidepressants (Overuse)

‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

In September of this year it will be 5 years since I petitioned the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The evidence … Continue reading ‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

The role of prescribed persons

Health & Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament, 26 September 2017: NHS Governance: Miles Briggs, MSP, asked this question of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Director General for NHS Scotland: “I … Continue reading The role of prescribed persons

‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

According to the Sunday Post of the 23rd September 2017, the former Health Minister for the Scottish Government, Alex Neil, MSP, is: “urging the Scottish Government to stage a summit … Continue reading ‘Robust clinical governance must surround treatment’

Justice must be seen to be even-handed

This is a short film about my experience of attending the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 29th June 2017. I was there to support Marion Brown in her presentation of petition … Continue reading Justice must be seen to be even-handed

Submission on PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices

Submission on PE1517 on Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices Made by Dr Peter J Gordon Date of submission: 17th May 2017 Submission made in a personal capacity. The Agenda for the … Continue reading Submission on PE1517: Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are

“Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland

After sending an update of my petition for a Sunshine Act to the Chief Executive Officer of NHS Forth Valley I received this reply. Whilst I was employed by NHS … Continue reading “Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland