Protected: NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

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The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

Protected: “Blew the study leave budget on BAP Masterclasses”

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‘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’

Payments from NHS Scotland to the USA

In a previous post I shared a response from Audit Scotland to a FOI request that sought to clarify how much public money was going to “Quality Improvement Partners” such … Continue reading Payments from NHS Scotland to the USA

Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

I have sent this open letter to the Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and copied it to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: 2nd July 2018. Dear Dame Coia, Healthcare … Continue reading Open letter to Dame Denise Coia

Revolutionary Road

A few extracts from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates:

NHS Scotland Event 2018

Last week I attended the NHS Scotland Event 2018. It was held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus. I do not attend corporate “educational” events such as this, however … Continue reading NHS Scotland Event 2018

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

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

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

Organisational Duty of Candour was enacted , after full approval by the Scottish Parliament, on the 1st April 2018. On the 18th April 2018, Healthcare Improvement Scotland stated: “We fully … Continue reading Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’

In “Corridors of Power” C.P. Snow reveals how effective it is for civil servants to: Since the 1st of April 2018, Organisational Duty of Candour has become a statutory requirement for … Continue reading ‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’