Surgeon’s Hall: ‘Improving our understanding and treatment of depression’

As a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists I have received an invitation to the Autumn Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland. This is to be … Continue reading Surgeon’s Hall: ‘Improving our understanding and treatment of depression’

‘Compelling evidence for maintenance treatment for antidepressants’

Dr David Christmas, 27 April 2017: “With regards to evidence, there is compelling evidence of benefit for maintenance treatment for antidepressants for at least 3 years (Geddes et al, 2003). … Continue reading ‘Compelling evidence for maintenance treatment for antidepressants’

“Objectivity” does not come in a title

On the 17 July 2018 Professor Roy Perlis shared the publication of this paper in which he was lead author: Professor Perlis who is Director, Center for Experimental Drugs and … Continue reading “Objectivity” does not come in a title

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

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

How mechanical should healthcare be?

These two fliers are currently being shared by the Royal College of Psychiatrists:   The following words, it seems to me, are appearing more frequently in healthcare:   It is … Continue reading How mechanical should healthcare be?

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

A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

With careful thought, and backed with full supporting evidence,  I sent the following letter of the 2nd February 2016 to support my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The Senior Clerk … Continue reading A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

“PULSE Live is heading to Scotland”: the Corn Exchange

My wife is a GP working in NHS Scotland and was recently invited to the “PULSE LIVE 2015″ educational conference to be held in Edinburgh on the 19 May 2015: … Continue reading “PULSE Live is heading to Scotland”: the Corn Exchange

After raising a concern …

The Francis Report was published recently. I was particularly interested in the following excerpt: In his Report, Robert Francis gives: I was a Consultant in one NHS Board for 13 … Continue reading After raising a concern …

“A probity issue and may lead to a failure to revalidate”

Here is a submission to the BMJ by S. Musheer Hussain, Consultant & Hon Professor of Otolaryngology, Ninewells Hospital & University of Dundee Medical School:   Here is relevant communication with NHS … Continue reading “A probity issue and may lead to a failure to revalidate”

NHS Tayside – Update on Registers of Interest for all staff

Ms Lesley McLay Chief Executive, Tayside Board Headquarters, Level 10, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, DD1 9SY 15th December 2014 Dear Ms McLeay, I am writing to seek further … Continue reading NHS Tayside – Update on Registers of Interest for all staff