‘blow that argument to smithereens’

The Sunday Herald, 3rd June 2018, had this report on its front page: The Editor of the Herald gave a careful analysis of this and concluded: Naturally, in reading this … Continue reading ‘blow that argument to smithereens’

Hide and Seek

This is the ‘No Holds Barred’ perspective by Dr Margaret McCartney, published in the BMJ, 27 January 2018:  

Exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients

This is my BMJ Rapid Response, of the 6th January 2018 to Mike Thompson, CEO of the ABPI. [Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry] I share Mike Thompson’s disappointment in some aspects … Continue reading Exposure to industry promotional activity can lead to doctors recommending worse treatments for patients

Who are these folk up the hill?

On the 5th of December 2017 the Scottish Parliament considered two matters relating to NHS Scotland. In the morning, Sir Harry Burns presented his review on Targets to the Health … Continue reading Who are these folk up the hill?

Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

This post is based on the following Scottish Parliamentary debate which took place on the 5th December 2017. In this post I have highlighted cross-party considerations relating to fully informed … Continue reading Fully informed consent: NHS Scotland

Credible or incredible: experience is evidence

A senior Scottish figure once gave me advice that it is very important to be perceived as “credible”. I was thinking about this advice recently when the convener of the … Continue reading Credible or incredible: experience is evidence

Neil Findlay’s support for those harmed by Mesh implants

What follows below are several extracts from Socialism and Hope by Neil Findlay, MSP. If you wish to purchase this book please do so through socialismandhope.com as this means a … Continue reading Neil Findlay’s support for those harmed by Mesh implants

“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”

Conflicts of interest and polypropylene Mesh implants

The following is a shared consideration of the potential for conflicts of interest to have had a significant role in the harm caused to Scottish women by Mesh implants. This … Continue reading Conflicts of interest and polypropylene Mesh implants