Transparency: ad rem

For more than a decade I have been an advocate for, and campaigned for, full transparency of competing financial interests for scientists, academics and healthcare workers. Without such, it is … Continue reading Transparency: ad rem

A social media ‘influencer’ asked:

Earlier this summer a social media ‘influencer’ asked this question: “What is your best advice in four words or less?” The current President of the Royal Society of Medicine (who … Continue reading A social media ‘influencer’ asked:

The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Almost a year has passed since I last considered the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This committee has ten members including the Chair. Here is a summary … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’

A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

It is now over three years since my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland was closed. Over this time I have on occasion requested an update from the Scottish … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

No Sunshine for Scotland!

I shared the above post (and film) with the Scottish Government and I have received the following response: The Government states “in our view this was an appropriate response to … Continue reading No Sunshine for Scotland!

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

I recently shared what was not redacted from the 300 page response of a ‘Subject Access’ inquiry that I made to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This response reveals that … Continue reading The Royal College of Psychiatrists and sunshine: ‘Gordon Bennett’!

Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

A month before I resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists I made a Subject Access Request asking for College communications that involved me to be released. At the beginning … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

In a recent post I shared a letter that I had sent to the BMJ that was not published. It was based on correspondence with Professor Sir Simon Wessely who … Continue reading Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

In a recent post I wrote about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

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

NHS warker urgin Scottish Government tae introduce Sunshine Act

Rab Wilson, Scots poet, has this to say about my activism for a Sunshine Act for Scotland (the National, 8 March 2018): OAN Thursday, March 22, 2018, a lane figure … Continue reading NHS warker urgin Scottish Government tae introduce Sunshine Act