‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Last week the Council for Evidenced-Based Psychiatry (CEP) called for “the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the … Continue reading ‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Science Media Centre and transparency: where is the leadership?

The Editor in Chief of the BMJ has recently said: I have written to a number of UK bodies who have a leadership role in healthcare. One of the most … Continue reading Science Media Centre and transparency: where is the leadership?

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education (an update)

The Royal Society of Medicine describes itself as “one of the country’s major providers of postgraduate medical education. Independent and apolitical, the Society provides a neutral platform for informed debate about … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education (an update)

Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists

It is most welcome to be able to report that the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been considering my recent feedback, as a College member, on its governance of “relationships … Continue reading Progress on transparency: Royal College of Psychiatrists

“Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland

After sending an update of my petition for a Sunshine Act to the Chief Executive Officer of NHS Forth Valley I received this reply. Whilst I was employed by NHS … Continue reading “Appropriate” and “correct” concerns in NHS Scotland

Royal College of Psychiatrists and transparency: “Criticisms of yesteryear”?

For several years now I have written to the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding an apparent lack of meaningful transparency regarding financial conflicts of interests in our profession. A recent … Continue reading Royal College of Psychiatrists and transparency: “Criticisms of yesteryear”?

Transparency in drug company payments to doctors

In a BMJ “briefing” Rebecca Coombes sums up the new UK system for public disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors Published the 2nd January 2015 in The BMJ, … Continue reading Transparency in drug company payments to doctors

The GMC: “The differences between our guidance and a compulsory register”

This is the General Medical Council’s response to my Petition for a Sunshine Act to the Scottish Government: PE1493/I 9 January 2014 To: petitions@scottish.parliament.uk Andrew Howlett Assistant Clerk Public Petitions … Continue reading The GMC: “The differences between our guidance and a compulsory register”