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

Protected: BAP: Trainees’ Workshop

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‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’

Protected: “P R O M I S C U O U S”

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“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 . . .”

Protected: The Narrative Controllers

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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

SIGN guidelines: transparency and objectivity

It has been a good while since I last wrote about SIGN Guidelines. In fact my last communication to SIGN was the following e-mail (of over a year-and-a- half ago): … Continue reading SIGN guidelines: transparency and objectivity

Sign Guideline 98: Autism Spectrum Disorders

I was recently asked by Autism Rights if SIGN Guideline 98 had records of financial interests for all those involved in developing this national guideline. The answer is no. Along … Continue reading Sign Guideline 98: Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Sunshine Act for Scotland: the petitioner’s views

A pdf version of the following letter can be accessed here on the Scottish parliament website. Sunday, 15 March 2015 To: Public Petitions Committee The Scottish Parliament Dear Public Petitions Committee … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland: the petitioner’s views

Clinical Guidelines: let’s be transparent

Jeanne Lenzer’s feature article, “Why we can’t trust clinical guidelines[1]” has attracted a considerable number of responses, many of which highlight individual clinical guidelines where particular issues of conflicts of … Continue reading Clinical Guidelines: let’s be transparent

Primum non forgetful

Disclaimer: the transcript of this film (and the film itself) does not represent the views of any organisation. Any opinions offered by Hole Ousia and the filmmaker are made in a personal capacity only. … Continue reading Primum non forgetful