“He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists describes “7 highlights” from its “sold-out”, and no doubt lucrative, International Congress 2018 which this year was held in Birmingham. The Royal College of Psychiatrists … Continue reading “He delivered piercing insights”

Tory Councillor: “Primary Primate”

In March of 2018 I shared my experience of contributing to PULSE and one contributor who went under the pseudonym “Monty”. Not long after this “Monty” appears to have changed … Continue reading Tory Councillor: “Primary Primate”

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 wonderful world between the microscope and the telescope

Dr Margaret McCartney concludes her latest ‘No Holds Barred’ column with this comment: “We should turn our attention to the causes and effects of our iatrogenic anxieties. Researchers should be … Continue reading The wonderful world between the microscope and the telescope

‘Monty’: a doctor and Troll

I have contributed comments to PULSE for some years now. I have benefited as a specialist from hearing the perspectives of GP colleagues. Following recent comments made by me on … Continue reading ‘Monty’: a doctor and Troll

“We are being regulated to death”

Since Alexander McCall Smith recommended to me “A Pattern Language”, I have found myself spotting different patterns:   This is a pattern about regulation as applied to the practice of … Continue reading “We are being regulated to death”

The GMC and doctors’ suicides

In October 2014, Dr Margaret McCartney, in her “No Holds Barred” BMJ column, asked: “Does the GMC deserve its current powers?” The full open-access text of Dr McCartney’s BMJ article … Continue reading The GMC and doctors’ suicides