Trainees’ Workshop

As part of the 2019 Summer Meeting the British Association for Psychopharmacology has organised a ‘Trainees’ Workshop’ chaired by Professor Jeremy Hall and with the following five speakers: I have … Continue reading Trainees’ Workshop

Kept in the dark

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ by associate Professor Joseph S Ross of Yale School of Medicine:

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

The front cover of the BMJ

If it is the case that there are hidden Pharma deals, how can healthcare professionals be sure that they are providing complete and unbiased information to patients so that they … Continue reading The front cover of the BMJ

A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

It is now over three years since my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland was closed. Over this time I have on occasion requested an update from the Scottish … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

A recent NHS Scotland study by Professor Daniel J. Smith of the University of Glasgow was widely reported because of the “concerning findings”. This was a typical headline [the Herald]:The authors concluded that … Continue reading Open questions to Professor Daniel Smith

Values

The following film is an expression of my reasons for having resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I took this decision after a lot of reflection about what is … Continue reading Values

Kings College London

This is the first in a series of posts that seeks to examine academia’s“strategic partnership with industry”. The following slideshow shares some of Kings College London’s ‘strategic partnerships’‘ in relation … Continue reading Kings College London

The Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

[No response received by the end of 2018] [Despite repeated polite reminders there has been no response from the General Medical Council by the end of 2018] “The Royal College … Continue reading The Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

Royal Society of Medicine: Sunshine legislation

I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare to ask whether they support Sunshine legislation or not? The Royal Society  of Medicine was established … Continue reading Royal Society of Medicine: Sunshine legislation

Bring me a sunshine act

Published in the BMJ, 29 March 2018, cite as BMJ 2018;360:k1380

A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

I sent the following letter to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: Monday 19th March 2018 Dear Dr Calderwood, A Sunshine Act for Scotland I wanted to let you know … Continue reading A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament