twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

Communicating with a President

My uncle, Dr Guy Scott, was President of Zambia. When my uncle last visited Scotland we chatted awa as if there was no tomorrow. I have also communicated with a … Continue reading Communicating with a President

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:

Rising antidepressant prescriptions

Dr Samei Huda, 27th February 2019: “Actually the rise isn’t because people are struggling to get off but because doctors are following the evidence which shows antidepressants prevent relapse which … Continue reading Rising antidepressant prescriptions

GAS LIGHT

This film is for Truthman30 Credits: (1) Footage of Grangemouth from the brilliant film ‘SHUTDOWN’  (2) ‘Vote for Me’ – by the Specials (I do not have copyright) (3) Quotes … Continue reading GAS LIGHT

My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Saturday, 24th November 2018 To: The Registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London, E1 8BB Dear Dr Adrian James, Resignation as a member of the … Continue reading My formal instruction of resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

“It is time we all grew up”

This letter, by Professor Simon Wessely, was published in the British Medical Journal on the 9th August 2003:  

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

‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

Yesterday, on the 29th May 2018 I had my last revalidation as a doctor [though I will still have to complete annual appraisals until I retire in 2022]. My experience … Continue reading ‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

The Scottish Government: “we are not aware”

This report, written by Marion Scott, was recently printed in the Sunday Mail: The Cabinet Minister for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, is quoted as saying: I was surprised by this Scottish … Continue reading The Scottish Government: “we are not aware”

Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations

In response to my letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations I received this e-mail from Professor Nick Craddock, Treasurer of the … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists: relationships with pharmaceutical and other commercial organisations