Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Year after year, month after month, week after week, the British Association for Psychopharmacology [BAP] has invited psychiatrists, and psychiatrists in training, to their “educational meetings”. Throughout my career I … Continue reading Correspondence with the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

This is a transcription of a Radio New Zealand (RNZ), interview with Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Professor Taylor is a … Continue reading Going off antidepressants – take time to quit

Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

Russell T. Davies and Ian McEwan are just two of many writers who like to imagine how the world might have “unfolded” had there been slight changes to past events. … Continue reading Admitted to a Mental Hospital: Gordon Bennett

“And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

It is likely that you will know the phrase “Gordon Bennett” as an expression of incredulity. But who was Gordon Bennett? And why is he remembered in this way? James … Continue reading “And the Gordon Bennett Trophy goes to . . .”

Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

3rd October 2018, Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ: “We need a Sunshine Act to ensure that payments are properly declared. We also need action from medicines’s leaders – the … Continue reading Sunshine, light, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Professor David M. Taylor

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Prof David Taylor’s declaration, Science … Continue reading Professor David M. Taylor

The [generally hidden] place of big business . . .

I am a celebrant of subjectivity and a seeker of objectivity. I share here [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry:

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

NICE reconsults on depression guidelines

I recently read an article in PULSE which revealed that NICE has launched a second consultation on a new guideline for treating and managing depression in adults. The article explained … Continue reading NICE reconsults on depression guidelines